H a p p y F r i d a y !
Oh my goodness...
I think I've forgotten what the sun felt like until this morning when it was back in our Nashville sky.Granted, it's still coat weather --- but nothing can really beat that incredible feeling you get when you park your car in the sun, and return to it's warmth after sprinting in the cold.
Speaking of moving quickly, most all of us know the struggle of eating on-the-run from time to time. As I speak more and more with clients/friends about how often they eat at home, I realize it's typically a subject they find embarrassing. Truth be told, most people either don't enjoy eating at home or don't think they have time.
I heard a lecture once that really stuck with me. It was regarding time being our most valuable resource; time is a priceless component to our daily lives which we cannot govern nor control. Whether you sit on your couch all day, or you find yourself having anxiety attacks at stop lights on your way to work, the clock will never stop ticking.
That being said, we do have absolute control over what we do with our time. There is never "not enough time" and we don't "run out of it" --- it's all a matter of what we decide to make our priorities.
Whether you feel in control or not, you fully govern what you do with your time. Your time is yours, no one can take it from you, no one can give you more if it. You have plenty. You have an abundance of time at all times.
[ Okay, what is she talking about? I NEVER have enough time do take care of myself, I'm too busy taking care of my *insert responsibilities here* ]
Instead of saying "I don't have time" try saying "it's not a priority," and see how that feels. Often, that's a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don't want to. But other things are harder. Try it: "I'm not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it's not a priority." "I don't go to the doctor because my health is not a priority." If these phrases don't sit well, that's the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don't like how we're spending an hour, we can choose differently. -Laura Vanderkam (168 Hours)
Once I changed my viewpoint on time, I was really able to use my time in a way that was honest and true to who I am --- doing what I believe is important because it's a priority to me.
Let's look at eating at home.
You may currently be telling yourself that you should be eating at home but you just don't have enough time after work to cook, or enough time at work to eat a packed lunch. You may also be telling yourself you just don't have enough time to eat at all.
Maybe the problem isn't falling in your "lack" of time after work, but instead, your priority is spending time with your partner or friends. Maybe you think that if you made cooking your priority, you would miss out on time with these people --- which is totally valid. Do you see what happens when you stop playing the victim of the clock and start holding yourself accountable for why you do the things you do? It's empowering. You make choices. If you want to be healthy and save money, then you must make your health and your bank account your priorities.
Obviously, I'm not a banker and I can't give you specific financial advice, but I can tell you that by making our health our priority, we have saved so much money --- we also spend WAY MORE time together!
How you decide to make your health your priority is your own journey. I will say that this simple tip about time can be an amazing step toward TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR TIME.
Daily Buddha Bowl
I'll start you on this journey by sharing my everyday lunch. Literally, I hardly ever eat anything else, since this dish is so versatile. All you need is a big bowl and an appetite.
Basically, a Buddha Bowl can be anything. Literally, look it up on Pinterest and you'll find infinite images of veggies flailing from bowls, topped with other nutrient-dense, mouth-watering delicacies. Ideally, you want to have a bed of greens, a carbohydrate, a serving of protein, and a healthy fat!
Recipe: serves 1 Prep time: <10 Cook time: <10
- 2 cups greens of your choice
- 1/2 cup gf whole grain or starchy veg (quinoa, brown rice, sweet potato, butternut squash, turnip, parsnip, etc.)
- 2-3 more servings of colorful veggies
- 1/2 cup cooked legumes or 1/3 block tempeh (my fav is chickpeas or lentils!)
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1/2 avocado, 1 tbsp olive oil, or handful of any of your favorite nuts (well, maybe not any ;)
- toppings are endless, but my current favs are: pickled jalepenos, smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, hemp hearts, chia seeds, sea salt, sauerkraut, shredded beets, maple drizzle, red pepper flakes, red onion, etc.
- Toss your greens in your coconut aminos in a medium sized bowl.
- Top with all your goodies and enjoy!
A little random tidbit: I was asked to be in a music video and had to send off a headshot this morning. Was told to stay pretty neutral, no smile, and I just really loved the way this shot turned out; my husband really captured my brown eyes in this pic!
I remember when I was younger, I hated that I didn't have green/blue eyes, and I envied my friends who did. These little insecurities sometimes hide themselves and show up when we're adults.
***Has anyone else ever struggled with this as a youth, or even now? I'd love to know in the comments what brought you closer to accepting and loving your physical features that were different than others.***