Last year, I divorced my scale. I spent years weighing myself daily, if not multiple times a day (read more about that here). The reality on the scale each morning directly affected my mood; too much of my life revolved around a number. I ditched my parasitic sidekick as part of completing a Whole30 challenge last March. While I do not agree with 100% of Whole30, I do 100% support its focus on non-weight (or what they call non-scale) health goals. Whole30 does not require participants to physically throw away their scales, but I sensed too much temptation lurking beneath my bed each day. My scale went in the trash.
Food brain: noun, state of being
1. A condition in which the mind hyper-focuses on nutrition, or feels guilty about recent eating choices
Today I am experiencing food brain.
2. Where my mind floats to during moments of pause and/or silence
3. The opposite of being kind to myself
Synonyms: anxiety, fear, depression
I promised when I started this blog to review all kinds of recipes, not just the paleo/primal ones. Until now, I have not help that promise, but hopefully this review makes up for it! A recent meeting of the cookbook club David and I belong to provided a great excuse to step outside my culinary comfort zone and try something new. The dinner was a Halloween themed Friendsgiving (attempting to celebrate two holidays in one night), where we all picked a recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays.
I love traveling, especially to big cities. My respect runs deep for those of you who like hiking/camping/backpacking for days, taking in nature's finest, but I am not you. For me, the best kind of trip includes busy sidewalks, noisy traffic, and attempting to live like a local in an unknown city with millions of strangers. Let me be clear, trips/travel and vacations share many similarities, but are not the same. In fact, my husband and I had this exact conversation during our recent week in Chile; vacations aim to bring complete relaxation back into you life, while trips aim to bring a little adventure and a lot of exploration. I prefer trips, David would like us to take more vacations. Regardless of our views, we loved our week in Chile; amazing sites, delicious food, interesting history, and friendly people. This post covers two areas: 1) a brief overview of our trip, in hopes of convincing you to consider Chile for yourself, and 2) lessons learned about stress and anxiety while traveling.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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