Late last night I suddenly realized that I was not prepared to make lunch for myself. I hadn’t been grocery shopping so I didn’t have any lettuce (typically I make salads), and I didn’t want to have to spend a bunch of time cooking something up that would prevent me from getting to bed at a reasonable time.
Then I remembered this. Cacio e Pepe, literally “cheese and pepper.” It was a recipe I had seen a bunch of times in emails I receive from Bon Appetit, and I was pretty sure it would be easy. Granted, I’d never actually LOOKED at the recipe. But I figured I could guess and that would be close enough. And so that’s what I did!
The end result was surprisingly delicious for a bunch of random things that I threw together at the last minute, and it was satisfactorily easy to get me into bed on time. Perfect!
OH MY GOODNESS. I had forgotten how much better food tastes when you use real ingredients and make it yourself. Seriously, I really need to start finding time to cook for myself more often.
The reason I haven’t posted any recipes in so long is because I haven’t really been cooking much at all – mostly eating microwave food and sandwiches, or using the occasional salad recipe I find on a blog somewhere. But last night I was really craving kale for some reason so I made myself Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta, which was delicious. And I’ve made myself two really good salads for lunch today and yesterday, so since I’ve had such a good food week I felt obligated to cook dinner. Even though I didn’t get home until almost ten pm. But I am SO glad I did. Because this dish is worth it.
I know, I know. It sounds a little weird. But trust me. IT’S GOOD. Like, really good.
After my half marathon, I lapsed a bit in the food that I was buying (read: bought more crap in addition to the healthy things). When I started spending all my time at aerial, I lapsed even more and started buying more quick, easy things and fewer fresh ingredients since I had less time available to cook. About two months ago, as I started to get really serious about trying to get back on track and lose some weight, I realized that this was a problem.
So, I took some drastic measures. I avoided going to the grocery store for a month and a half and instead dedicated my efforts toward eating all the unhealthy crap out of my kitchen. It was rough.
Whether or not organic food is healthier than conventionally grown food is a big topic of debate in science, which is interesting, because it seems to me that most people (whether they buy organic or not) just assume that it is, in fact, healthier.
As it turns out, science doesn’t know! But here’s a really great article from Vox summarizing a recent study and some background in the broader research and its challenges.
In short: Is organic healthier? We don’t know, and we may not ever. But eating more fruits and vegetables definitely is good, so eat more produce – whether you buy organic or not!
I made this salad for lunch on Sunday, and then it was so good that I made it for lunch again today. I fully intended to take a picture, but I forgot until I was already halfway through eating it so you’ll just have to use your imagination. The good news is salads are super easy and barely even count as a recipe (this one especially), so using your imagination shouldn’t be too hard.
I already wrote a post about how losing weight is only about consuming fewer calories than you burn in a day. So a lot of people will take that fact to its “logical” conclusion and think, “oh! That means if I barely eat, I’ll lose a ton of weight really quickly!” which is also recognizable in various fad/product diets such as the Special K Diet. This is really bad. DO NOT DO THIS.
These diets, which from here on out I’m going to accurately refer to as starvation diets, are common – especially among women. But they’re also only minimally effective, super bad for you, extremely difficult to follow, and ultimately counterproductive. Here’s why:
Even though I have some solid motivation now, and I’m determined not to gain back even more weight, I still have the occasional bad/stressful day and I’m still often tempted to push myself through those days with food. Which is bad, because it’s exactly what got me into this predicament in the first place.
I already know that running can be great stress relief, so when possible I do often try to go for a run when I’m really angry or upset about something. Unfortunately, though, runs are pretty time consuming (change into clothes, get into gear, go out and run, stretch when I get back, shower, etc.) and sometimes it just isn’t an option to get one in; like yesterday, for example, when I got home at 4:15 and had to be online for class at 5:00. So lately I’ve been looking for a faster, but still effective, way to combat stress eating – and I think I’ve figured it out.
Now, anytime I have the urge to start eating my feelings, I grab my strength training book and try to pump out one of those workouts instead. I’m happy to report that so far, this seems to be a pretty effective alternative!
Ages ago I mentioned that I had enrolled in an online course to become a Certified Nutrition Course. And while I got through all of the course material sometime in early to mid November, I hit that weak point before I actually took my second certification exam and had been putting it off (despite its presence on my to-do list) for literally months.
But, on Saturday night I finally got around to taking that exam and… I passed! So I am now officially a Certified Nutrition Coach. 😀 I would add a picture of my certificate here, but I haven’t received it in the mail yet so you’re just going to have to take my word for it.
Let me start by saying that there is nothing healthy about this. It’d be like calling carrot cake healthy because there are carrots in it and carrots are a vegetable; it just doesn’t work that way.
Let me second start by saying that if you don’t know what pralines are, I’m sorry. You should get yourself to the south (Charleston, Savannah, and New Orleans are good options) and get one as soon as possible because you are seriously missing out. I regret the first 22 years of my life that were tragically pralineless.
And now that we’re covered the basics, it’s time to get serious about praline butter.