Whole Foods Market is having a major sale this weekend on Parmesan cheese. So yeah, get that block and get to cooking this delicious import.Read More
I want to ask you a question.
How long are you in a toxic relationship with another person before you realize it’s time to leave? Think about your answer for a moment before you continue reading.
I know, for me, it took roughly two years. And over those two years, I was talked down to, praised, overly emotional, unhappy, happy, sad, excited, confident, insecure … you get the idea.
But I got out of it. I looked myself in the mirror and knew that I deserved better. It didn’t matter that I had essentially spent two years on a roller coaster I barely recognized as dangerous, because I was finally getting off of it.
Once I said my goodbyes to that boyfriend I never looked back. And from that point forward, I made a promise to myself to only seek out healthy relationships. Not just romantically, but personally and professionally as well. It’s made me a stronger person, and I have no regrets.
Fast-forward to two years later. I’m working full-time, mostly nights and weekends, and eating a lot of shit. The company would order tacos and chicken wings and queso and sandwiches to feed us while we worked during some of the year’s biggest sporting events. I thought that it was normal to eat the way I was, and to eat what I was eating as frequently as I was. But then I got tired. And my weight wasn’t coming off like it did in college with just one workout. And I slowly realized I was back in a toxic relationship … this time with food.
It took me longer to notice the effect food was having on me because, well, food is food. And people are people. But I started writing down some things that I was feeling, and finally found a solution.
I was going to break off my current relationship with food and start fresh. Because I fucking deserved it.
I’m one of those dramatic people who needs a clean state from relationship to relationship. So when it came time for me to do my bi-annual juice cleanse, I wasn’t just going to cleanse for three days. I was going to stick with a mostly plant-based diet afterwards.
These were my goals for my new relationship:
- I want to feel good, not just as I’m eating, but after, too
- I want to make confident decisions without feeling deprived
- I want to have fun with the ingredients and flavors I eat
- I want to feel so good that I don’t miss what I had before
- I want to be proud telling others about my choices, without being that annoying person on social media who pushes others into being like me and judging them for their choices
- I just want to be happy
That last bullet was the hardest for me to list. Because it meant that I wasn’t in that moment. But I wasn’t going to stop until I made it happen.
And here I am, almost one year into my new relationship and feeling great. I walk around feeling light, like the weight from the processed cheese is finally off my body. During flu season, I feel confident that my diet helps me dodge the germs and help my immune system fight back. I go out to eat and know that I can have room for dessert because my dinner isn’t lathered in sauce but instead coated in herbs.
And most importantly, I am really happy. And you should be too… Because you fucking deserve it.
So here’s some homework for you:
- Write down 1-2 sentences that describes your current relationship with food. Do you eat for comfort? Do you eat out of boredom? What food groups are you reaching for and how often do you feel badly after you eat?
- List 5-6 bullets for what you want out of your new relationship. Don’t hold back.
- Challenge yourself to remove some variables. Ditch the bagged cheeses. Eat popcorn instead of Doritos. Do what you can do remove the toxic food out of your life. And journal it when you start to feel different about food as a whole.
- Share your story with me. Write me on Instagram, Facebook or my contact page and tell me all about your new relationship with food. You better believe I want to celebrate the freedom with you.
I love to celebrate one of the biggest days in sports, but it also comes with some scary territory. People on diets fear it, people who want to go on diets overly embrace it, and I just feel like there's got to be a middle ground on how to enjoy the day without eating like shit and then saying, "It's fine, it's the Super Bowl." To get the best feeling from your food, you have to cook with the best ingredients. And that's why I love shopping at Whole Foods Market for my spread.Read More
I've officially put off getting back to my normal diet for a week, but I'm ready (I write this post as I am about to go to all-you-can-eat sushi to say my final goodbyes for a little while.)
For me, getting back to my "normal diet" means returning to mostly plant-based whole foods. And thankfully, I've partnered up with Whole Foods Market to make this transition back to reality a lot easier. Being the dope partner that they are, they sent me their Paleo Power Box, and I picked out my three favorite products from their stores so that you, too, can get back into eating real food again. And loving it.Read More
When I decided to change my diet to become mostly plant-based, I had my reservations. Being the type of person who needs substitution over elimination, I did as much research as I could think of in finding alternatives to foods I love. The cheeses, the meats, the cookies. I didn't want to stop eating good food, I just wanted to started eating food that would make me feel good.
Full disclosure though, none of these ingredients are identical to their substitutes. I would never recommend something because it "tastes just like" something else. Part of adapting a healthier diet, for me at least, was finding ingredients and recipes that would help me move on from my old habits, not find chemically-based substitutions. Think of it this way: When you break up with someone, you're out there looking for someone who has the qualities that made you happy without all the bullshit that made you mad. It's not about finding an identical substitute. It's about finding something new that will help you not miss the old.
And now that I've compared relationships to eating food, I think it's safe to get this list started.Read More
There’s an art to the perfect bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. The ratio of bacon to eggs must be right. The cheese has to ooze. And most importantly, the fix-ins need to be complimentary, not overwhelming. For me, it's all about the B.E.C.S.P.K.A. on a roll. Bacon crispy. Sunny side up egg. Lots of cheddar cheese, melted perfectly. Salt, pepper and ketchup, obviously. And then avocado. Because as if there isn't enough goodness on it already, the touch of California flare keeps me fuller even longer.
I think it’s only fair to share with you some other versions, by the people who want, love and need them the most.Read More