Time you enjoy wasting…

…is not wasted time

I seriously never thought this time would come. It’s very strange and I’m almost positive it hasn’t hit me yet. I’m done with my undergraduate classes–heck, I’m done with school! The hours upon hours of memorizing, thousands of pages of reading, all-nighters, entire days spent in lecture halls, millions of printed slides, posters, presentations, CAREPLANS–done? Just like that? wtf.

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Last week’s pinning ceremony which marks the transition from student nurse to professional nurse

While I definitely was able to squeeze in many good times and memories, my college experience was often challenging with a rigorous and time consuming major. With an end in site, I’m finally able to look back on all the tremendous work, dedication and commitments I’ve made. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve given myself enough credit. The perfectionist in me always saw good as the opportunity to do better and I was often blinded my the achievements I’d earned. With my new perspective, I see the person I was when I started nursing school, all that I’ve done, and the person I’ve grown to be. And you know what? I feel damn proud. 

So what’s a girl to do when she has nothing to do? Well aside from the NCLEX board exam prepping (or not) and occasional job search, I’m just basking in the glory of doing everything I always want to do when I don’t have the time! In all honesty, I thought about being bored for a second since most of my friends are still finishing up classes and prepping for finals as we approach graduation in 2 weeks. But I snapped out of that quickly when I realized my days could be spent hiking and enjoying the beautiful spring weather, updating myself on my favorite blogs/research interests/Netflix and experimenting with fun recipes/DIY projects. I can pretty much put money on the fact that I will never have a time quite like this again. I don’t want to waste any of this time that I GET to waste :)

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The earth has music for those who listen–Santayana

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More Adjustments from a Dietary Standpoint

I feel like since I’ve started this blog I’ve been absolutely ALL OVER THE PLACE as far as what I’m doing nutritionally. Reduced carb, low carb, paleo/primal, going on a crazy free-for-all, etc. I don’t even know what I’m doing anymore but I do think I know what happened and I’ve been working to change it around.

After being diagnosed with impaired glucose tolerance/insulin resistance I was told to make some simple changes (keep carbs to 40%, choose whole grains, limit 2 fruits daily, and combine carbs with protein+fat). Looking back on it, I feel like that plan seems completely reasonable and fitting to my needs. However, because I am an extremist, perfectionist and avid researcher, I started to put a to of unnecessary stress on myself searching for the “perfect” diet that would resolve any issues I had.

The next approach I took made sense but I’m not completely sure it was necessary. A new nutritionist put me on a diet of 20% carbs, 20% protein and 60% fat. The goal was to resensitize myself to insulin and give my body a rest from working to control my blood sugar. For a month or so, this worked but I slowly began to get more obsessive about it–always plugging in everything I ate ton my iPhone to make sure my ratios of nutrients were on track and making myself eat things like more fat just to keep the percents up–I felt almost sick eating that way.

And of course, there came my pale/primal phase where I thought I could literally cure everything If I just stuck to meat, eggs, nuts and boatloads of veggies. And I really did notice a difference–good blood sugars, clear skin, etc. But this lifestyle pushed me to my extremist tendencies as well, always trying to stick to the plan. My system didn’t feel that great either–I still had a slightly sick feeling that came with eating such calorically dense, tough to digest foods all the time. Even though I lost a lot of the cravings I would have for sweets and carbs, I still felt like my meals were missing something that kept them from being totally satisfying. Furthermore, I didn’t like the fact that I really lost my appetite and didn’t feel hungry often. A reduced appetite is ok, but feeling hunger is a normal biological process that shouldn’t be reduced to such an extent. I wanted to feel hungry and be ready to eat at mealtimes like I used to feel.

I had also come across countless research articles stating the importance of consuming carbohydrates and their role in metabolism and thyroid function. They are particularly important for the female’s hormonal cycle. That’s why a lot of low-carb enthusiasts are men! An extreme in one direction is rarely good.

So, sick of dinners consisting of just meat and veggies and all my coconut/almond flour concoctions to replace my beloved pancakes, cookies and muffins, I’ve made yet another change that I’m still in the midst of tailoring to my needs. Carbs have made their return–but in a modified way:

1. Emphasis on paleo friendly carbs (sweet-potatoes, potatoes, fruits, squashes, etc) but not excluding some grains and gluten-free bread products here and there

2. Carbs are eaten with meals (with protein and fat) to control blood sugar response

3. Sticking to a single portion of carbs at a given time

I’ve been eating this way for nearly a month and I finally feel content, balanced and satisfied. My stomach is comfortable and I feel more relaxed knowing I don’t have to 100% exclude foods that I love and that I don’t have to be as strict. However, this adjustment is a process that has required experimentation and adjustment with my glucose monitor. It seems that if I have more than a portion of carbs at a meal or if i don’t combine it with enough protein, my sugars are outside the normal range. I’ve spent some time charting my fasting  sugars as well as my 1,2 and 3 hour after-meal sugars and have learned a lot about what my body can handle right now.

Sometimes the high responses I got from eating a high-carb meal scares me, and makes me sad to know I can’t eat with total abandon. However, knowing the damage I could do to myself if I did’t know to make these adjustments make me grateful for the awareness. So, I guess in the end, even if it’s not completely the answer I wanted, it’s all good.

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A month and a half later…

Well it’s about time I paid this blog a little attention. Things have been crazy–job applications, interviews (or should I say interview), NCLEX reviewing (or not) and just living life. Blogging hasn’t been on the to-do list and to be honest I got a little sick of it–I think I got worn out posting everyday in the beginning. Not to mention the fact that it was weird to have to always stop and take pictures and report  back on things I was doing–it got annoying! Balance was desperately needed. So, having had a nice break I’m back with a different approach. I love to write and share my life and knowledge with others, so I definitely don’t want to stop. However, this will no longer be a stress, it’s supposed to be a hobby! I’ll post about whatever I want, write as long/short as I want, whenever I want–be it once a week or a few times a day if I feel inspired. Sounds good to me :)

I’ll update ya’ll about what/how I’m doing from a nutritional standpoint sometime later this week. I’ve made some changes resulting in some good/some not-so-great results. I’m in the middle of lots of tweaking and figuring out what works best for me instead of being as strict as I had been. More on that to come.

For now, here’s some pics from the National Student Nurse’s Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. I just returned this weekend–it was a week of seminars, NCLEX review, motivational speakers and some touring with friends. Pretty tiring, sometimes boring, sometimes fun–and basically a free trip so I can’t complain!

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NASCAR Hall of Fame–had to do it!

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The usual

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Gorgeous city!

 

Enjoy the rest of the day :)

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The Best Low Carb, Gluten Free Pancakes

I’ve tried many low carb/gfree pancake recipes over the past few months–nothing really ever hit the spot. They were either too dry, too wet, too burnt or just plain gross. But alas–there is always a solution! These bad boys are kind of like flapjacks (slightly thinner, light, fluffy) and they definitely taste like the real thing. This is my new go-to recipe–don’t mind the cottage cheese (it’s works, I promise)!

 

Low Carb, GFree Flapjacks (with optional blueberry syrup)

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Ingredients (makes 4 pancakes/one serving):

1 tbsp coconut flour

2 tbsp almond flour

1/4 cup cottage cheese (works decently with greek yogurt as well)

1 egg + 1/4 cup egg whites (can use 2 eggs or 1/2 cup egg whites if desired)

1/4 tsp each baking powder and baking soda

Cinnamon to your liking

Sweetener of choice (I used 8 drops stevia–try a tbsp honey or a packet of Splenda)

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor

2. Grease pan and turn dial to medium heat (about 5)

3. Cook pancakes until small bubbles show in batter, then carefully flip (you’ll want to divide batter into 4 pancakes otherwise they’re too hard to turn)

4. Cook for only a minute or so on the other side, checking to make sure they don’t burn

5. Devour and make a second batch (just kidding)

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Optional Blueberry Syrup

Ingredients:

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1 tsp chia seeds

8 drops stevia, a packet of sweetener or tbsp honey

1 tbsp water

Method:

combine ingredients in a mug and nook in the microwave for 40 seconds. Stir. Pour over your perfect pancakes. Have an amazing day.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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I NEEEEEED IT!

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I want that crap so bad–like REALLY BAD. I’ve actually eaten most of this junk in g-free form over the past few weeks now that I think about it. I was on a good role for a while, doing my thang… and then my birthday came along. It has pretty much been a constant 3 week celebration with lots of restaurant trips and scrumptious leftovers and gifts. Ever since that first slice of glorious cake on my birthday i’ve been craving serious carbs like crazy. I really meant it when I said I was feeling great and craving sweets way less when I was on my reduced carb/high fat plan–but as we know I’m an all or nothing kind of girl and now that I’m off the wagon–I’m REALLLLLY off the wagon. I’m starting to feel pretty gross…but i can’t seem to snap out of it.

Today I had that defeatist attitude and was all “Oh I don’t care anymore blah blah..everything sucks”. It’s pretty clear that it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate. What went wrong that brought me here? 

Honestly, it’s probably the all-or-nothing/perfectionist mentality that I’m all too familiar with. I’ve been going crazy these past few weeks because I figure either I’m going to do it perfectly or i’m not gonna do it…it will work if I stick to it 100% but if I screw up a few times it won’t work at all and I may as well eat a few bags of Reeses (obviously–makes sense!). The reality is that I love sweets and quality g-free carbs and cutting them out completely sucks the joy out of life and just makes me pig the f*c* out on them during the rare time I allow myself to eat them. Also what’s true is that life is full of events and occasions so it’s very important to understand how to maintain control and recognize a happy grey area–an area of balance.

That said–this is how I plan to proceed with getting back on track to prevent getting so off course in time to come:

1. Focus on whole, nutritious, quality foods the majority of the time–especially when my day is busy or there is nothing special going on

2. Honor hunger and satiety

3. Enjoy a portioned indulgence or two selectively (events out with friends/family, holidays, parties, etc.) if I really want it, but don’t go hog wild–this is not my only time to have it!

4. Return back to healthy habits with the next meal/snack after a treat–abolish the all-or-nothing thinking that the rest of the day is done for–it still counts!

This idea reminds me to live my life–and that I’m not perfect. Ultimately, I do want to live a life of health and that is most important. But, figuring out where a bit of moderation and pleasure in my life fits is important. When done right, it most certainly won’t derail my efforts.

Even though I’m having awful cravings and really don’t feel like putting in the work to get back on track, my boyfriend reminded me why getting back to it will be worth it in the long run:

1. The main reason I started–so that I can control my insulin resistance/hormone imbalance and reduce a need for side-effect laden medications and possible health situations like diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers 

2. To look and feel better/more fit–summer, trips and much more coming up!

3. To feel like I was when I had adapted to the diet (more energy, clear skin, positive, in control, bright–HAPPY)

I can’t wait to get back to where I was–that was a good place :) 

Readers: help me stay accountable–I need all the help I can get right now–this is rough!

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Change Happening in the Gym

So it turns out, just as the dietary guidelines are being challenged, so is the way we’re told to properly exercise. Being about to run 5 miles, hold a hard pace on the elliptical for a half hour and taking the time  to adequately strengthen each muscle group is the ideal picture of physical fitness–right? WRONG.

It turns out that our bodies just aren’t meant to exercise this way–it’s not natural. It puts us in a state on unnecessary stress. Making ourselves workout for a prolonged period of time at an elevated heart rate (about 80% max HR) puts the body in a state of stress and causes an increase in the production of cortisol (the stress hormone). Elevated cortisol levels sets us up for decreased immunity/increased infections, chronic fatigue, increased fat storage, impairment of hormone/endocrine function, impaired digestion and mental/psychological processes. This is also known as adrenal fatigue syndrome–as your adrenal glands are what pump all the cortisol out into your system.

Furthermore, making our bodies work for this extended period just depletes all the glucose readily available in our blood stream as well as the glycogen stores in the liver (the primary fuel source for aerobic energy). What is the result? Increased hunger! We think we’re doing great burning all these calories but the fact of the matter is, after the workout, you will need to take in a decent amount of calories to replace the glycogen/glucose stores and feel energized + satiated. It really defeats the purpose–all the time you put into working out just to replace the majority of it anyway.

So how should one adjust their physical fitness routine to avoid the above? While I don’t think there is any one “right” way to workout, I think the approach I’m about to describe makes a lot of sense for many people. It helps to think back on what our bodies did thousands of years ago, when we were free from modern day inventions, beliefs about workouts and body image ideals. What did the hunter-gatherers do? Anthropologists have proven countless times that their body composition resembled that of a fit, modern-day athlete. Research suggests that they did a LOT of moving/walking at a slow pace, performed occasional high intensity sprints to get out of danger, and periodically lifted heavy things when necessary. When did the idea happen that it’s fine to sit on our butts all day and then push through an hour on the elliptical/bike at a moderate-hard pace. That’s not using our bodies in the way that best supports their function and ability.

Adapting a routine that more closely mirrors the way our bodies are “supposed” to move offers a great reduction in unnecessary stress, hormone balance, efficient fat burning/muscle building and greatly reduced breakdown (hunter-gatherers showed little to no evidence of arthritis). Moreover, moving at a slow pace frequently, the occasional sprint/high intensity circuit and brief heavy lifting provides a workout that readily utilizes fat stores and a constant rate rather than tapping out glucose/glycogen stores which leaves you ravenous. 

Given all this–what have I been doing? 

1. Lifting twice a week for about 30-40 minutes using basic exercises that utilize multiple muscle groups at once (dumbbell squats, dumbbell chest press, assisted pull-ups, lunges, planks, rows) for 8-12 reps

2. Walking as much as I can outside for 30-60minutes about 3 days a week at a steady pace. When it’s bad weather–I enjoy the TV on the treadmill (speed probably 3.5-4.0)or a book while on the stationary bike

3. 10 minutes of sprints once a week or a fast 15 minute cardio-burst workout (jumping jacks, mountain climbers, etc.)

I see results already–and I feel good! No longer do I have to dread pushing myself through a long and hard workout. I basically just think about my energy levels and either do nothing, do some easy cardio or go all out if i’m up to it. It’s convenient for a busy schedule as well–I don’t have to devote all this time to strength training or excessive cardio. I can easily slip in a quick workout on my way home from classes or walk to campus to get in a walk for the day. This way of working out really makes sense to me and I feel like I’m respecting my body rather than abusing it. I feel energized and strong.

Mark explains the whole exercise thing here–check it out!

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It’s been a good weekend here at school! The birthday celebrations continued with my family coming up for some good food and conversation–what’s more to want?

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G-free, low sugar cupcakes–thanks ma :)

And of course there was the Valentines Day festivities–Justin had a delish, Paleo/low-carb meal waiting for me when I came home from a loooooong clinical day

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Whatta guy.

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:)

 

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And yes–that salad was amazing. Avacado, turkey, BACON, tons of veggies, olive oil & balsamic. Nom. 

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Glad to be Less Than Perfect

“I’m glad to be less than perfect”

My mom left me the above message on a post-it note next to my bed a good 5 or so years ago. To this day, it still comes to mind often. It reminds me to relax and stop shooting for something that doesn’t exist. Nobody is perfect and trying to act and perform that way is unrealistic. Remembering I’m less than perfect takes a ton of pressure off. It allows me to take a step back, breathe and know all I can do is my best in any given circumstance. Trying to be perfect will do nothing but disturb my calm and cause me harm. Because in trying to be perfect, one will always fail. When one gives up striving for that which does not exist, there is room for so, so much more.

That aside–it was an eventful weekend–depending on how you look at it. Much of my time was spent dealing with this…

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Yep–I definitely “found” Nemo–3 feet of Nemo! Many hours were spent unearthing cars and hunting down shovels (never realized how much I love those tools). But, it was also kind of fun. Something about everyone around campus coming together, helping each other out and the camaraderie that goes along with that. I’m not gonna argue the 4 day weekend either–plenty of time for…….

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thanks Diana–best brownies ever–so good I even ate the wax!

Celebrating my 22nd year of life! It was cozy being locked in with the finest g-free pizza, brownies, spice cake and all friends close enough to walk through the storm to our little apartment :)

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thanks mel and erin :)

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This, coupled with a good night out before the blizzard made this b-day pretty solid. Thank you everyone!!

So I lived my life this weekend and celebrated properly–but it was back to my new eating habits today. It’s a little difficult–after all the treats I’m craving sugaaa like mad. I feel like it’s the kind of thing where you loose your taste for sweets after a few weeks avoiding them–but as soon as you go back it’s worse than before! Ahhhhh. 

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the best high-fat low carb meal on earth.

After another small adjustment period, I’m sure I’ll be right back on track—have a good evening everyone!

 

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I’m Really Onto Something Here…

Everyone enjoy the Super Bowl festivities? Our little college apartment/shack was filled with food and people (all gathered around a 20 inch screen)—the good life :) While I learned who was playing like 3 days beforehand, I was still thoroughly entertained by…

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Best half time ever.

Anyway, I felt it was time for a little update since I began my lifestyle changes to heal by body three weeks ago. Why now? Well there has already been progress–a lot of progress. It’s really incredible–not just physically but emotionally. I feel like my diagnosis was a gift in a way, because it has caused me to discover true medicine and to challenge everything I, and this nation, have accepted as conventional wisdom–as truth. Everything we know to be “healthy” like high fiber, plenty of whole grains, low fat, low cholesterol, limited red meat—the very guidelines prescribed for a long and abundant life—what if it’s all wrong?

Three weeks ago I began a high fat, moderate protein and reduced carb diet. I’ve been eating several servings of meat daily (including bacon and sausage!), nuts, avocado, coconut oils, loads of veggies, butter, hard cheeses and a serving or so of fruit daily. I’ve greatly reduced/mostly eliminated all grains and legumes. In just 21 days….

1. My fasting blood sugar has gone from 110 to 89 [normal is 70-90]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. My skin is dramatically clearer and less oiley

3. I have virtually no bloating and much smoother digestion

4. Last blood pressure before the change was 138/86–> just now it was 116/72

5. I feel energized and experience much less “waves of tiredness” throughout the day. I also feel more focused

6. I feel more satisfied than I ever have. I haven’t snacked much and instead can easily and happily get by with 3 solid meals

7. Definitely crave sweets less– I used to want it after every meal, mid afternoon and at night. Now (for the most part) I can take it or leave it–or we happy with a small piece of something

8. Normal “womanly” cycle from the month of January–huge for someone with PCOS

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Steak, veggies, g-free soy sauce and olive oil

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Cauliflower crust pizza with mozzarella and sausage

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baked acorn squash w/ chicken sausage & egg

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lotssaaaa veggie smoothies/green franks (half a fruit or none at all)

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my version of low-carb oatmeal (1 tbsp coconut flour, 1 tsp psyllium husk, 2 tbsp flax or chia seed seed, scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 cup coconut milk)

I seriously am beside myself. I literally don’t want to do anything else but read the research, books and evidence supporting this lifestyle. I believe in it so much. I feel so incredibly powerful over my health. I believe everyone could benefit from it. I believe if we ate this way as a nation we would have significantly less rates of heart disease, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, food allergies/intolerances, degenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, MS, etc.), arthritis and autoimmune conditions. This is the medicine of the future, it’s prevention, longevity, health, comfort—and the opposite of everything we’ve ever been taught.

I believe in this so much that I’m actually questioning the career path in which I was so certain of for so many years. For the longest time, I wanted to be a Family Nurse Practitioner and diagnose conditions and prescribe medication to help them. While I still want to do this and see it’s benefit in a variety of ways–I can no longer ignore the option of an even better medicine–one without interactions and side effects. I refuse to simply prescribe a pill to lower blood pressure without giving the option of an alternative. In the end, it is always a choice–but I want to be able to provide the information to make that decision (informed connect to my fellow nurses). I want to teach people of the power they have over their own lives and happiness.

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Chocolate Chunk Scones

I made these bad boys because I was missing having a little something carb-y/sweet to finish off lunch or dinner. I’m not a huge fan of always replicating sweets and bread-y things with low-carb alternatives. If I did that–I’d be eating a whole lot of almond and coconut flour which can’t be too balanced (replacement pancakes, cookies, muffins, bread, cakes, etc.). This would defeat the purpose of getting nutrients from a varied, reduced carb diet (eggs, fruits, veggies, meats, etc.). That being said, I’m all for finding good alternative recipes to use in moderation and for special occasions. With that aside, I give you…

Chocolate Chunk Scones

(low carb, grain-free, gluten free, delicious)

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut flour

1 cup + 2 tbsp almond flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup butter (cold)

1/4 + 1 tbsp Swerve Sweetner [a mix of erythritol and stevia–can make your own blend to taste or use 1/4 cup honey & subtract the tbsp milk below!)

1 tbsp milk of choice (I used almond-coconut)

4 eggs (cold)

1/4 cup dark or semisweet chocolate (I used chips)

 

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet w/ parchment paper

2. Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse until uniform

3. Pulse in butter (small pieces) 

4. Pulse in eggs and milk

5. Add chocolate chips (pulse only a few times to maintain chunks)

6. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheet (about a dozen)

7. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden (touch top to make sure cooked through–tricky with these flours!)

8. Nom Nom :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Being a Worry-Wort & Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

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Amen Sistaa!!!

For as long as I can possibly remember–I’ve been a worry-wort (and not a little one either!). It used to be something that really held be back, cost me precious sleep and simply drained my joy. I’ve definitely gotten a lot better over the years as I’ve worked on changing my thinking. I try to focus on things that I have control over and being proactive with whatever power I do have in a situation. And for the countless things out of my control–I choose to trust that whatever outcome I reach has meaning and purpose. Because in the end–there really is nothing more that you can do other than your best.

Even though I’ve been doing well, I obviously have my slip-ups. Once a worrier–always a worrier :) My first days back at school began to bring me back to the “old” mindset. As a final semester senior–I am constantly bombarded with questions like, “Where do you want to work…What do you want to do…How many places have you applied?” All around me I hear of people accepting early job opportunities and people who have already applied to 34357093485732 places. It seriously feels like the only topic of conversation going around these days…understandably so. With that–it began to take it’s toll on me. All the sudden I felt like I wasn’t doing enough/not doing the right things and basically freaking out.

It’s times like this when you really just have to take a step back, realign yourself and reframe your thinking. For me, that’s starts with figuring out the areas of the situation I do have control and those that I don’t. That way, I can stop wasting my energy on things I don’t have power over in the first place. Making a list of places I want to apply with the deadlines? Yes I can do that. Contacting different connections, knowledgeable people and preparing my resume? Yes I can do that. Contemplating the misery ahead if I don’t get the place or area I want, if all my fiends move far away or if I just fail miserably? That will do absolutely nothing for me except make me a grumpy, anxious, incredibly pissed off insomniac.

The bottom line is exactly what the above quote states. Worrying about things you cannot change will not prevent them from happening–it is simply and completely a total waste of energy. Worrying sucks the joy out of today because it is impossible to live in the present when you are focused on all that can go from in the future. So live for today–after all it’s the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. Instead of worrying–use that energy to act on whatever it is you’re worrying about. Finally, choose to let go and accept the things to which you are powerless. Choose to trust in the outcome–that that outcome will lead you to wherever you’re truly meant to be.

With that said–let me introduce you to a delicious, creamy and low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes! Nom.

Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

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Ingredients:

2 bags frozen or 2 heads fresh cauliflower

2 tbsp cream cheese

2 tbsp butter

salt & pepper

Handful (or more) shredded cheese (I used cheddar)

Method:

1. Steam cauliflower until soft

2. Drain excess water + pat dry cauliflower (important for thicker mash)

3. In a food processor, process cauliflower until shredded (will take on a rice-like appearance)

4. In a bowl, combine cauliflower, cream cheese, butter, salt + pepper

5. Pour into a casserole dish and sprinkle desired amount of shredded cheese ontop

6. Bake at 375 until cheese begins to brown slightly (can also broil for rapid cheese-melting)

I’m tellin ya–this stuff was good. My mom made it for me when I was first venturing out with my reduced-carb diet. The flavoring and texture is similar to potatoes and will definitely satisfy a serious comfort-food craving.

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I will leave you with a few excellent resources I stumbled upon that really explain my previous post about my dietary changes–way better than I could in those brief summations.

Why reducing carbs can prevent diabetes, heart disease and improve overall quality of life

Why grains actually deplete nutrient/mineral stores, harm your gastrointestinal tract and are behind numerous diseases (especially degenerative)

Why dietary fat is NOT the case behind cholesterol/triglyceride problems and heart disease and increasing consumption can reduce benefit overall health status

These are really excellent sources. Though they’re quite long, they explain the science behind why low carb high fat is becoming one of the leading dietary plans for a long, disease-free life. Read these at you’re leisure (read a little, come back, whatever)–but understanding WHY a certain lifestyle works and not just following it is crucial to making positive change.

Have a good evening and feel free to post any thoughts or opinions you have about the above links–I’m very interested!

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