Hey everyone. So I haven’t written a post myself in a bit, and usually when I don’t post it’s because of two reasons. I don’t have time, or I’m not sure what I want to say. Granted this blog is considered a food blog, it’s also a place where I find parallels and intersections between food and philosophy, or I may simply want to tell a story. Well, today I was talking to a very close friend of mine (some of you may know her as “Veggie Girl”, which she is no longer hehehe). We were actually reunited the other day at her dance competition!
Anyway, so I was talking to her and we were discussing bodies. At one point I had mentioned that when I think about all of the tasks our bodies do, in a matter of time that we can’t even grasp or imagine… well, that is something that inspires me to respect it. You see, with my soul and ego I have more control over the cause and effect. But with my physical body, I can’t entirely decide how my body will respond. I definitely play a role though. What I subject it to whether it’s food, environments, thoughts, or what have you… all play a role in how my body functions. So that’s what I want to share today. The idea of respecting my body, and what that means to me as of late.
I’ve been becoming more intuitive with knowing what to do when I feel out of balance. I’ve also become more aware of what may throw me out of balance, and gravitating towards certain foods depending on how I feel.
I know that when I consume things that are fresh and with not too many ingredients I tend to feel a lot better. Only recently have I noticed how eating certain things can affect my mood, which has been very helpful. I’ve also noticed that sometimes during the week I’ll want something grounding like sweet potatoes…
Towards the end of last year I started to feel this physical anxiety that wasn’t going away. Everyday I would feel this lump in my throat along with shallow breathing. Through meditation, getting out of a stressful environment, revamping my outlook, getting back into physical activity, and mindful eating and hydrating I’ve been able to overcome this. Honestly, those physical feelings of anxiety were unbearable, and I used to hope that each day would end quickly because at least I didn’t feel those things in my sleep. If I could stay asleep. The things I’ve been learning in the courses at IIN have also been extremely helpful and encouraging, and seem to be just what I need to hear at this point in my life.
It has strawberries, watermelon, rosemary, and a bit of sea salt in it. If you want to check out the exact recipe, I shared it on the Perricone MD blog last week. Check it out over here. Also, I found out some incredible facts about strawberries when researching them for last week’s Perricone MD informative article. I’m still amazed by these berries.
It’s mostly made up of avocado, pineapple, and three forms of coconut.
1) I’ve been making smoothies for breakfast, and started putting greens in to see how it affects my energy levels and skin (so far so good!), 2) I was in the mood for lively flavors to go alongside the blackened tilapia: apple, cucumber, fresh chives, and lemon juice, 3) a grounding dinner at the beginning of the week: steamed sweet potato with coconut oil, served with lightly steamed spinach dressed in vinegar and olive oil, and cold fresh green peas, 4) cucumbers soaked in apple cider vinegar and honey… later tossed in some cold green peas, fresh mint, and almond slices.
I also used some croutons I had made out leftover challah bread for half of the batch for my flatmates. The other half was sans bread since it tends to sit like a stone in my stomach.
These have just been some recent observations, and I think it’s so interesting to see what intuitive eaters gravitate towards or perhaps stay away from.
I’m curious… taking a look at what you’ve been doing, what are some intuitive choices you’ve made recently?