I really meant to get this post up Friday morning, but this week has been a little nuts! I got back pretty late from market last night, and I really just wanted to go to sleep. Things have been a little off-balance for me lately. I actually feel like for a while I have been striving to find the balance that works for me. In high school, it was all about running, food, and sleep at the expense of socializing and learning outside of school. Since I have come to college, working out, mindful eating, and rest have slid into the back seat as my school work and internships have become more intensive and I have opened myself up to interacting with others.
For anyone, I think it's really hard to pursue professional growth and entirely prioritize personal well-being. Working to share your passions with others, even if they are based around health, is time intensive, and ironically, the people who want others to get healthier often lack the time to nurture their own health.
Even if perfect balance isn't achievable all the time, I think it's important to remember that the pendulum should swing back in time. Or at least we need to take action so it does; life can't always be about the hustle. We need time to rest and rejuvenate as well.
Personally, I am adapting to my new status quo and developing/getting back to the habits that help me feel good. When I feel good, I know that it's so much easier to do my thing and be productive. That means outside of my internship, this summer I'm going to prioritize sleep, working out each day (at varying degrees of intensity depending on how I feel), and getting back into the kitchen to cook myself and be more mindful about my eating.
Although in the past I have been obsessive about what I put in body, college has helped me adapt to being more flexible and open to trying new things. Recently, the pendulum has swung in the other direction, and I have been a little too willing to eat out all the time or grab a snack when I'm bored or tired. Of course this is acceptable because emotional eating is a part of being human. Sometimes, life is too busy to make a full meal for yourself, but you still need to eat. However, because of the vast personal growth I have experienced since last August, I think I'm ready to completely address some of the demons that still haunt my relationship with food.
Last fall in my Introduction to Nutrition class, my professor introduced us to the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. While I was slightly familiar with the concept before, my professor gave us a more detailed explanation of what it means to eat intuitively. The 10 principles of intuitive eating include:
- Rejecting the diet mentality
- Honoring your hunger
- Making peace with food
- Challenging the food police
- Respecting your fullness
- Discovering the satisfaction factor
- Honoring your feelings without using food
- Respecting your body
- Exercising because it feels good
- Honoring your health*
I recently purchased the book for myself, as well as Tara Styles's Make Your Own Rules Diet, which is based on many of the same ideas. It's all about connecting to and nurturing yourself as well as responding, not reacting, to external stimuli as it comes at you. I will check back in with more information as I dive into these reads, but on the surface level, these are some of the main ideas I'm going to be applying to my life.
What a perfect opportunity I have to reset and refocus my eating habits when I get paid in fresh, local produce for my internship! I literally have to get back in the kitchen and connect with my food because I don't want it to go to waste! (Plus, I don't think my wallet can take eating out so much anymore!)
My FARMSHARE bag this week was gorgeous, including a huge head of lettuce, beets, bok choy, cilantro, green garlic scallions, and apples. However, I also ended up with some extra items like pea shoots, asparagus, and strawberries from leftovers from other markets and heirloom tomatoes that I purchased myself at the market last weekend. I totally should've taken a photo of all of it for you, but alas it was eaten before I got the chance (sorry). I developed this salad using some of these ingredients as well as some of the pantry items I had on hand to make a quick dish to power me through the end of my busy week!
Serves: 2 as a meal-sized salad
Prep Time: 30 minutes
8-10 large leaves of green lettuce, washed and dried
2 beets, shredded or chopped into thin matchsticks
1 large heirloom tomato, diced
1 can of chickpeas, no salt added, drained and rinsed or 1.75 cups of cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup of toasted pepitas
2 tablespoons of walnut oil (or other oil)
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup pea shoots
- Take the lettuce leaves and pile them on top of each other. Roll the leaves up tightly, and slice into strips. You can slice the strips into smaller pieces from here if you would like.
- Add the lettuce, beets, tomato, chickpeas, and pepitas into a large bowl.
- Prepare the dressing: combine the walnut oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into a small bowl and whisk together with a fork.
- When you're ready to serve, pour the dressing onto the salad and mix it all up! Top each salad with 1/4 cup of pea shoots
I will be back on Sunday with an update on how getting back into running has been going for me this summer too!
*Tribole, E. & Resch, E. (n.d.). 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating. Retrieved from http://intuitiveeating.org/content/10-principles-intuitive-eating.