The best way to form new habits is to focus on one at a time, until it becomes second nature. This week, I’m going to focus on chewing my food properly because I’ve noticed I’ve been rushed eating lately, trying to ‘get it done’ so I can get back to studying.
Slowing down and appreciating each bite makes a tangible difference to digestion and levels of satiety. It is SO simple, but you do need to turn your mind to it to make it happen. Who else can get on board with this one?
The model who I arbitrarily picked is Steph Claire Smith. I follow her on ‘gram.
It has been years now since I have eaten bread with a clear conscience.
Look, it doesn’t happen often, but I’m going to be straight up with you. I eat bread. Sometimes, when I’m really fucking hung-over, I medically require a baked bean and cheese jaffle. Or if the food is taking ages in a…
This has definitely been concerning me lately. I’m obviously all for clean eating, you feel better, you look better. For one thing, it definitely does wonders for controlling the symptoms of my Crohns disease (yes wot of it, don’t dis my ability) as last January I did some tests at the hospital and for the first time since I was 9 the results said I had no active Crohns. This is largely owing to my diet.
But is ‘clean eating’ merely a socially acceptable way to be fussy as fuck and load the practice of eating with yet more guilt? Imma write more on this later as I sort my thoughts out, but read the above piece for some *food* for thought (reh).
Egg scramble with Dukkah Lamb Mince Meat Balls
You know what’s really hard? Making scrambled eggs look photographically appealing.
But you know what’s really, really tasty? Scrambled eggs with spinach, chopped cherry tomatoes with organic Dukkah Sesame lamb mince meat balls. So much protein I felt like some sort of athlete eating it. I did, in fact, go on a half an hour walk this evening, so feeling justified.
As a side note, I’m only a few chapters into Atonement and I don’t want it ruined… but Briony is a psycho.
FAST FOOD DOESN’T GET FASTER THAN THIS SHIT. You can eat these sons of bitches raw. Sometimes I like them hot so I toss em on the grill. Use some of that bomb-ass peanut sauce too. Look, just because french fries come from a vegetable don’t front like that shit counts as your veggies for the day. Yeah, I’m already in your fucking head.
GRILLED SUGAR SNAP PEAS WITH PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE
1 pound sugar snap peas
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
8-10 wood or bamboo skewers
PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE
1/3 cup natural peanut butter (nothing full of sugar or a shit ton of salt)
1/3 cup warm water
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 ½ teaspoons grated or minced ginger
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons agave or honey
1 ½ teaspoons soy sauce
Mix together the peanut butter and warm water in a glass until it is smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients for sauce and keep fucking mixing until it is all uniform. Taste and adjust the seasoning so that you like it. Add more agave if you like stuff sweet, more garlic, whatever you like. That shit is on you.
Cut the ends off your sugar snap peas because those can be stringy. Run a skewer through the peas widthwise, with about 9 peas per stick. Mix together the oil and lime juice in a small glass and brush it over both sides of the peas so that they don’t stick when you grill them, otherwise your just wasting everybody’s goddamn time.
Bring your grill to a high heat and place the skewers on there for a minute or so on each side. You don’t need to cook them, you just want some char marks on there because that looks fucking legit. Slide the peas off the skewers and sprinkle them lightly with salt. Serve with peanut dipping sauce. Too lazy to cook them? Just serve them shits raw.
We whipped this dish up exclusively for our homies over at Frank151.
Seriously, Gywneth Paltrow makes me excited to get older because she is just subtly perfect in every way. Even her voice! American accents don’t always get me wet with excitement, but hers is dreamy.
Miss Paltrow has this website called Goop - and let’s be honest, she probably needs all the promotion she can get so I’m just doing my bit- which features a whole array of recipes. There’s some general life-style banter going on there too, but I think you have to be a Mum or something to really ‘get’ it. Whatevs. The following recipe is from her website and they are perfect for sprinkling on yoghurt for a bit of a treat. Saahhh naughty. ________________________________________________________________
Chocolate-Covered Goji Berries
- ½ cup goji berries
- ½ cup dark chocolate (70% or higher)
- sea salt
1. In a double boiler (meaning a pan filled about 1/3 of the way with water underneath the pan you will be using) melt the chocolate.
2. Once chocolate is melted, remove from heat and add goji berries and stir until berries are coated.
3. Remove berries from chocolate with a slotted spoon and lay on parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt to your liking.
Yes, I am actually sick and this should be acknowledged.
I’m notoriously quite bad at admitting I am ill. I will forge ahead relentlessly in the wake of phlegm, congestion, pain and fatigue - rather than slow down.
I now have the self-awareness to understand that I view myself (not others, to be clear) getting sick as a sign of personal weakness. I know, I know, doesn’t that sound ridiculous? Everybody gets sick. But not I!
Clearly that is not true. I’ve been given a cough and last night I finally had to admit to myself that I needed a micro-break, as I spent two hours in before getting to sleep worrying about how I was going to get through the next day.
or- “Advice I actually need to take myself”
1. Getting sick is your body’s way of telling you it is under stress. If you do not listen to it, and give it the care it deserves, it will only get worse.
2. Getting sick is not a personal failure. It doesn’t require you to judge, you just need to observe.
3. Acknowledging that you need time off or a break actually takes strength because it means you are tuning into your inner voice.
4. How you respond to sickness is a good insight into how you deal with other ‘crises’. Do you try and ignore it? Do you throw your hands up and surrender immediately? Do you blame others? Do you hide it from others? Do you get angry? Sickness is a great opportunity to learn and hopefully get better at responding to those more testing moments in life.
Okay. So I’ll admit I still plan on doing law uni readings today (it’s a relatively chill activity, I’m in leggings), and I do have a dress rehearsal for a drama thing later tonight, but hopefully we can all get better at getting better.
What to do if you are still feeling hungry after a meal…
Have you ever felt hungry, but you know you’ve eaten enough already? And perhaps you eat more, but it doesn’t really satisfy you? In my experience, sometimes the signals that our body sends to our brain that we interpret as “hungry for food” are actually about finding the correct source of nourishment for that particular time. For example, sometimes I will still feel hungry after a lunch that at another time would leave me feeling quite satisfied. Chances are the answer isn’t about eating more food (although it could be), but one of these three solutions:
1. You are dehydrated. In Western culture, so many of us are too disconnected from our feeling of thirst that we end up merging our thirst and hunger mechanism into the one sensation. They are different things.
Solution? Have a glass of water. You may suddenly feel that “Aha! That’s what I was after.” All is well. This is not about ‘tricking’ your body into feeling full, this is assuming you’ve eaten enough, say, a nice decent bowl of porridge, or an omelette, but you need something more.
2. You are lacking nutrients.
For many of us, it takes focus to pack in enough green vegetables into our diet.
Solution? For a powerful nutrient hit, try an all green juice. A nice sweet tasting green juice you can try is 1 bulb of fennel, 1 cucumber and a bunch of mint juiced. Serve over a few ice cubes, and you have a beautiful, nourishing drink. This is particularly great in the morning, as from the word go your body is being energized with pure, alkalizing goodness.
3. You are in need of good fats.
Solution? Stir a teaspoon or two of organic coconut oil into a cup of green tea. Seriously, I know it sounds pretty effed-up at first, but it works to make you feel completely satiated by in a nice way, not an over-stuffed way. I was researching the science behind exactly why coconut oil is so filling, but what I found was either too piece-meal to share or inconclusive, so I offer you this tip merely from experience. I got it from Sarah Wilson and Miranda Kerr (not that I take any dietary advice from M-Kerr as I find her media persona disingenuous, but I will admit, this tip works).
I hope you find this useful in listening to what your body needs, and making sense of the different signals. Remember, your body knows exactly what’s what, it’s simply your job to listen to the messages it sends!
Also, cool irrelevant picture of a picnic because whatever.