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Funked Up

So, I’ve been thinking a lot about thoughts…

For a little more than a week now I have been living in some sort of a funk, at least that’s what my friends have been calling it. I guess to put it simply I’ve felt a little off. Over-tired, over-stressed and just kind of over-it, whatever that means. I couldn’t exercise, I couldn’t work, heck I couldn’t even blog! But more than that I was getting down on-myself and increasingly so as the list of my duties from school to work grew longer and longer. I, along with my close friends, was aware that my demeanor was different than usual and even after just a couple of days I wanted desperately to get back to my normal active, vibrant and maybe a-little-too-energetic self, but I was felt stuck.

One day last week I was lying in my bed and decided to turn on a podcast. Looking through the top lists, I randomly downloaded one titled ‘Invisibilia’. The podcast happened to be about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions, and from the first minutes of the very first episode, I was hooked. It’s funny how sometimes life can throw you exactly what you need.Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 4.35.56 PM

The podcast questions thoughts and what they mean, if anything, and in turn it caused me to start questioning my own. Could it be that my own thoughts are perpetuating my own funk? Furthermore, if I continue to think of myself as ‘off’ will I just continue to be ‘off’?

Time for a serious attitude adjustment.

I began to change the way I looked (and listened) to my thoughts. I stopped investing so much weight in the way I thought about myself and the way I felt. I decided if I can’t control the way thoughts may enter my head, I will control the way I examine them. And slowly, but surely, the fog began to clear. I felt better and more energized, I began to move more and sleep less, I shifted towards positivity and I even started knocking off items on my long list of to-do’s.

This is not the first time I’ve been in a funk and I am sure it wont be the last, I’m human after all! But if there is anything I learned from this week it is that it’s o.k. to have feelings that aren’t so peachy keen. It’s o.k. to experience stress, and sadness, and fear, and laziness, and anxiety. Feel those feelings, breathe them in, experience them, learn from them, but don’t live in them. 

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Something that always makes me feel better, as you all already know, is cooking! So despite my funk I was sure to keep my kitchen game strong. SOOO naturally I have a couple of recipes to share with all of you lovely people…enjoy! 🙂

Hearty Roasted Veggie Salad

2 cups baby kale
1 cup butternut squash, cubed
1 cup brussels sprouts, de-stemmed and halved
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 avocado, cubed
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

Easy Red Wine Vinaigrette

1/4 cup EVOO
2 tbsp red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
1 tbsp honey
1 clove garlic, diced (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add cut squash and brussels  sprouts to a pan lined with foil. Pour the melted coconut oil over the veggies and toss with hands, add the salt and pepper and toss again. Place the pan in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes turning the veggies with a spatula about halfway through cooking time.

While the veggies roast, add the kale and onions and avocado to a medium bowl. Assemble the vinaigrette in a small bowl and whisk with a fork. Add the pine-nuts to a saute pan and toast over medium heat for about two minutes (be careful not to burn!) Once the veggies are done add them to the bowl with kale and top with vinaigrette as desired and toasted pine-nuts.

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Basic Zoats (Zucchini oatmeal)

2 cups water

1 cup rolled oats

1 zucchini, shredded

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp coconut butter/manna (optional)

Boil water over medium high heat with a pinch of salt. Shred the zucchini and squeeze out as much water with your hands. Add the oats, zucchini and chia seeds to the boiling water and stir. Let oats simmer for about 10 minutes, or until absorbed.

Place oats in a separate bowl, add the coconut manna and stir. You can keep extra oatmeal in the fridge and reheat for breakfast through the week! Enjoy your zoats with fresh or frozen fruit, nut butters, honey, or toppings as desired!

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