It’s been one of those weeks where I feel like I’m radiating stress. I’m getting ready to shoot some cooking videos at the end of this week (yay!), working on my next book pitch (yay!), and still working full-time and taking care of my son. It’s madness. Luckily, Austin has been able to help me out quite a bit this week, but it’s still stress-city over here. I just keep reminding myself that this is all temporary and all for good reason.
As much as I’d like to think I can “do it all,” something inevitably falls through the cracks… and usually it’s taking care of myself. I haven’t made time for my daily walks and I’ve been eating WAY too many sweets to give myself a temporary “boost” of energy. (Even though I know better, I don’t always do better.)
So, today I thought I’d share a peek at what it looks like when I’m not prepared with healthy snacks and find myself craving sweets. I don’t ever want these posts to make it seem like I eat “perfectly” all the time, because I don’t. I do tend to crave healthier “junk food” than I used to, but even that took a LOT of time for me to get to where I am today. Even when I do eat real junk food (hey, it still happens) I never beat myself up about it. I used to do that and it didn’t help anything!
One day, or even one week, of unhealthy choices won’t make-or-break your overall healthy lifestyle, and I think it’s important to keep that in mind when you’re tempted to feel bad about your choices.
Early Morning: I started my day with a chunk of almond butter fudge from the freezer, along with 2 cups of (unpictured) decaf coffee with a splash heavy whipping cream.
Late Morning: Not surprisingly, I soon found myself craving more sweets! This time I satisfied my sweet tooth with a chocolate smoothie, loaded with chia seeds, hemp hearts, raw cacao, spinach, dates, vanilla, and water.
Early Afternoon: I had another chunk of almond butter fudge, because it was the easiest thing to grab from my fridge. This is when a healthier snack would have come in handy, like having some baby carrots to dip in my hemp seed ranch dressing (in my cookbook)… but like I said, I just haven’t been prepared this week.
Lunch: When my son wakes up from his nap, we eat lunch together. We shared two bowls of leftover Carrot Ginger Soup (from my cookbook), three fried eggs, and a banana. Normally, we’d share a big leafy green salad for lunch too, but I wasn’t prepared for that, so it was a very un-green lunch.
Pre-Dinner Snack: I remembered that I picked up some fresh strawberries from the farmer’s market, so I snacked on a couple handfuls of those before getting ready for my dinner plans.
Dinner: I had a meeting with my producer last night, so we met at SunCafe for some delicious raw and vegan food. I was starving by the time I got there, so we ended up sharing a number of things from the menu, including raw nachos served on sliced jicama “chips,” a marinated beet and quinoa salad, and millet & zucchini “crab” cakes served over asparagus with a delicious raw vegan tartar sauce. I need to recreate that tartar sauce!! I wanted to dip every veggie I had in it. And for dessert, we split a chocolate superfood shake made with dates, cashews, and raw cacao– the restaurant split it into two smaller glasses for us.
My dinner out ended up making this day a LOT better than it could have been. I’ve noticed that on days when I start my mornings with coffee (even if it’s decaf) I just don’t feel as good when I start my day with some lemon water followed by a green smoothie. I think it’s helpful to have days where you don’t feel as great, so you’re reminded of habits that DO make you feel good!
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