In the age of weight loss and meal plans it can be easy to get swept up in ridiculous, and expensive dieting plans. One thing that holds true through all the bullsh*t is that, if you eat good you feel good. If you don’t like to eat good because it doesn’t taste good there’s two things you can do.
For one thing, you can train your taste buds to prefer healthier foods over McDonald’s and brownies. Yes it’s true, if you expose yourself over and over again to carrots you will eventually reach for the carrots not the cookies. Over time, your body will guide you in a healthier direction, you just need to give it the option.
Another thing you can do is, try my stuffed chicken recipe. It tastes good, and it’s a healthy option for dinner. The ingredients are pretty basic, and it’s fairly easy to make.
- Chicken breast
- Feta Cheese/spinach/roasted red peppers
- Eggs (2 or 3) and breadcrumbs
- Coconut oil
- Clear off your kitchen counter top (I know its covered in junk mail and coupons like mine) and lay out your ingredients.
- Prepare two bowls, one with bread crumbs and another with two eggs mixed with a bit of milk. (use your judgment, but not the kind you use on Facebook)
- Cut off the fat of the chicken, while doing this have your spinach steaming.
- Mix three equal parts of spinach, feta cheese, and roasted red peppers in a bowl.
3 parts before
3 parts mixed
- Cut down the center of your chicken to make a pocket, and stuff with the mixture.
- Put tooth picks through your chicken to hold the mixture in. (kind of how you hold in your work frustration)
- Cover the chicken in your egg and milk mixture, then breadcrumbs.
- Put the chicken in a pan with a thin layer of coconut oil to fry. Fry each chicken until it begins browning. (like right before you get sunburnt at the beach)
eggs and bread crumbs
- After the chicken has browned put it in the oven for a half hour at 375 degrees. Check, with a thermometer, that the temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees before serving.
bake at 375 degrees
This is my all time favorite thing to both eat, and make! Worth the tooth pick hassle.
“I’ll have the chicken breast, hold the chicken” – Michael Scott (The Office)
Put good energy into the world, and put good food in your body.
In the spirit of my last post about the importance of mental health I wanted to write about self care. Many people think “self-care” and, assume pedicures and spa days. While I am no stranger to a deluxe pedicure or a 20 minute face mask, it is important to remember self-care is not always as glamorous as a fancy 19 year old’s Instagram posts make it out to be.
Self care can come up in a variety of ways and is considered anything you do for YOU. Sometimes locking ourselves away so we can have a loud ugly cry in private, and not break down in the line at Walmart, is what we have to do to self-care. Remembering to eat or taking it a step further and making your favorite meal can result in a much more fulfilled day. Sometimes the most we can do for ourselves is just take a shower. Washing off the day, climbing into bed and just taking a deep breath is one of the best forms, in my opinion, of self care.
Stuffed chicken with spinach, ricotta cheese, and roasted red peppers
We tend to get caught up in the way the media portrays self-care and think to care about ourselves, we need to shove a whole Acai bowl down our throats. This is not the case. Just because your yoga teacher eats a banana when she’s sad and buys $100 yoga mats it doesn’t mean that, that is what will improve your life.
Self care is all about YOU. You need to have some kind of understanding about who you are as a person in order to help calm your own life or, excite it if that’s your style. Jumping on the bandwagon of Sunday morning yoga class and an afternoon brunch with the girls is not going to help you, if that is not how you function. We all move about this life in different ways, taking time for ourselves to do the things we like or need is very important to living a productive healthy life. Every now and then it’s good to take a step back from the world and put a little effort into yourself.
Put good energy into the world, and put good energy into yourself.
So, I see this all the time… boxed mac and cheese. I know all college kids are supposed to flourish on ramen and easy mac but the truth is, you don’t. So, I think we should all leave fake powdered cheese and uncooked pasta in 2017 with whatever other bad habits and crappy people you decided to leave there.
Something me and my mom love to do is cook together. Now I know Mac and Cheese is not the healthiest choice. In fact, you’re only supposed to have a lipstick size severing of cheese a day! But, none of us have ever listened to that, except my vegan pals, and none of us are going to. Don’t let me ruin your new years diet but next time you reach for that powdered cheese nasty-ness, think of this recipe and how much better life could be.
Lets get down to it.
Here’s what you’ll need :
- 1 pound elbow pasta
- 4 cups cheddar cheese
- 3 cups milk
- 2 cups velveeta cheese
- 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
- salt & pepper as needed
- 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs
What to do:
Boil the pasta.
Mix up the cheeses, milk, ground mustard, salt, and pepper in a sauce pan.
Put your now cooked pasta in a glass dish and pour your cheese mixture in and stir.
Once all the pasta is coated in cheese sprinkle your breadcrumbs on.
Put in the oven bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes
This a great dish to make on a cold day, like today since we are in the first blizzard of 2018. It also heats up great at night for a midnight snack!! That is if you have power. Stay warm.
Put good energy into the world, and good food into your body.
As someone who suffers from anxiety I can tell you first hand that a “wave of anxiety” feels more like a tsunami sometimes than your average rolling beach waves. Anxiety can come in many forms and be triggered by a multitude of things. One moment can set you off into a downward spiral even if it doesn’t seem like that big of an issue. Worrying about every little detail in life gets tiring and you end up making situations worse in your head than they really are. When these tsunamis hit don’t spiral!
Learning to cope with anxiety is a long and treacherous road but sometimes this road is best run, or walked on a slight incline, on a treadmill! The thing about anxiety is that it’s all this built up energy you have been holding inside and when you let it all go it hits too hard too fast. Nobody can withstand all these emotions consuming them at once. So what I do to help ease the waves are to get all the energy out of my body prior to the meltdown.
Going to the gym requires dedication and a lot of time but having a place to go and de-stress is important to live a healthy life. I have found that it’s extremely difficult to “lose it” when you have nothing left to lose. Running out your work frustrations or family issues can seem daunting but trust me it helps. There’s nothing to focus on when you’re pushing your body to its physical limits except your physical limits. Getting in the gym clears your mind and gives you one centered spot to place your attention. After you’ve run it all out, lifted it all out, or wall sat your way into exhaustion your energy will not be so pent-up inside you. This leaves you with a little ripple of anxiety rather than a wave.
Anxiety is different for everyone making it difficult to cope with. There’s no, “one size fits all” solution when it comes to calming your thoughts but, giving every option a try can only increase your chances of finding that magical fix for at least some moments of zen.
Put good energy into the world, and turn anxiety waves into ripples.