Does this happen to anyone else, or is it just me? My alarm dragged me out of bed at 6:00 this morning, my normal weekday wake up time. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary at first. I never feel excited to see that time on my phone, but can you blame me? With my eyes half-open I fumbled through my routine; shower, turn on coffee maker, hair, make up, etc. I require a little extra time in the morning than most people because I enjoy 20-30 minutes of mindless news watching or internet scrolling while I let the caffeine flow through my veins. When I feel awake enough to safely handle kitchen appliances I whip together breakfast before getting dressed and heading out the door. This morning, however, as I sat down to eat my veggie and egg scramble, I experienced a sudden assault of anger bubble up...for no reason.
Do you ever have one of those nights where you just want to curl up on the couch in front of the TV with a huge plate of comfort food? Me too...almost every day. Comfort food may not always be the healthiest, and often leaves me feeling lethargic, but I think I found the solution thanks to Juli over at PaleOMG. This (dairy free) spinach artichoke dip hits all the right notes and just in time for any Super Bowl parties in your future.
Some people love winter, and I understand why. Fresh falling snow creates picturesque moments, and curling up on the couch with a good book or a nap sounds perfect, but I am just not a winter loving person. Don't get me wrong, I love experiencing all four seasons. I may have my moments in winter, but I also don't have a desire to live in summer year-round. However, the fact still remains that winter brings along its own set of challenges which play directly into my existing anxieties.
Before the holidays become a distant memory, I want to quickly share these cocoa fritters (donut holes) I tested for a family Hannukah meal. Fried foods, especially donuts, are traditional during Hannukah to commemorate the miracle of a small amount of oil lasting eight days, but these fritters would be a crowd pleaser any time of year.
This week's menu planning took a little extra thinking; one dinner out, one night helping at cooking school, and hosting friends for a casual weeknight meal creates a more complex, but exciting puzzle. I am certainly looking forward to trying new things this week, and encourage you to do the same - happy cooking!
Last week I asked you to think about leaving your New Year's resolutions behind for the sake of sanity, and self love. This week, I am trying to take my own advice. I sailed into New Year's Eve weekend feeling strong, and confident in my ability to fight the cultural pull of eating better, or exercising more in 2017, but then reality set in.
I started this blog as a personal project; an outlet to express my thoughts, feelings, and anxieties on my continuing journey toward finding sanity in today's crazy, body image obsessed world. I feel my own experiences, plus my professional background, allow me a voice in the larger discussion. I sometimes forget, however, that Finding Normal didn't completely solve my struggles; that in fact, bad food anxiety days still occur, and some days the body I see in the mirror appears in contrast to reality.
Walking enthusiast, kitchen experimenter, sports lover (watching, not playing), and future world traveler.
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