When Life Happens

Yesterday was the Chicago Marathon and, of course, I headed out to watch it.  I mean it’s only 1 block away from my apartment, I kind of have no excuse.  I had this eloquent post that I was going to write about the marathon and my thoughts on running and how I feel about not running as much anymore and all that wonderful stuff.  You would have loved it.  But then my cat got sick.

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My Thoughts on Being a Health Hypocrite

So yesterday I did something I rarely if ever do.

I spoke up.

If you know me at all, I tend to be a background type person.  I don’t like confrontation and it’s really hard for me to be the center of attention.  Like impossible.  But there are times that I have some sass in me that I make known and yesterday was one of those times.

I had to go to the grocery store to pick up a few things that I had forgotten.  I was in the baking aisle looking for some almond flour and two ladies walked up behind me and were looking at the oil.

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The offending coconut oil

“Oh my gosh.  Look! Crisco is trying to get into the healthy fats game by selling “organic” coconut oil.”

“Like anyone would buy coconut oil from Crisco.  Don’t they sell vegetable shortening and all that other bad fat?”My Thoughts on Being a Health Hypocrite | Life Healthfully Lived

As I was listening to this conversation, I almost started to agree with them but then I stopped.  We all complain that we want more affordable healthy options.  We push big food companies to listen to us, to give us the good food we deserve without charging and arm and a leg.  Then when companies, like Crisco, try to give us what we’re asking for we disregard them.  Does selling organic coconut oil instantly make Crisco the best and newest healthy company?  No, but it shows they’re listening to us.  And what do you think happens if we all ignore them because they’re Crisco and “sell vegetable shortening and all that other bad fat?”  They pull that affordable organic coconut from their line and someone who maybe couldn’t afford the other brands suddenly can’t buy coconut oil anymore.My Thoughts on Being a Health Hypocrite | Life Healthfully Lived

I don’t know what made me do it, but I had to respond to this whole incident.  So I politely said excuse me and reached for the Crisco organic coconut oil between these two ladies.

“Thanks.  You know it’s really great that there are some affordable coconut oil options now.  Those little $13 jars never seem to last!”

I smiled and then just walked away.  Was it a little snarky?  Yeah, but I did my best to not make it about shaming these women because that wasn’t my goal.  We have to do a better job of working with what food industries are giving us.  It’s going to take a lot of time and it isn’t going to be perfect.  We need to work on not being snobs about our healthy products and realize if someone is choosing the Crisco coconut oil over things like vegetable oil or canola oil or corn oil then that’s a small victory.My Thoughts on Being a Health Hypocrite | Life Healthfully Lived

Please, don’t be a health hypocrite.  If you can afford to buy high-end all organic food and products, that’s great but not everyone can do that and the fact that there are more and more options for those on a budget is awesome.  Let’s support those people and those companies that are making an effort and maybe one day EVERYONE can afford the high-end all organic food we deserve.

 

Birthday Recap and Some Thoughts

Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you had an awesome weekend and are enjoying your fall thus far!

I thought I would do a little recap of my birthday last weekend because it was actually really awesome and I could not have asked for a better day.   The one thing I told Adam that I wanted was for him to plan the day.  I didn’t want to make any decisions or schedule anything, I wanted it done for me.  It’s nice every once in awhile to have someone do all the decision making for you.

So Halloween morning after we both woke up and did a quick Fitness Blender workout, we headed out to breakfast.  I had been wanting to try a place called Yolk for awhile so that’s where we went.  It was delicious!  They had amazing coffee that tasted almost like chocolate and the food was great.  Adam decided to try a little bit of everything and I had an awesome California omelet complete with avocado.

After breakfast, we headed to the farmers market because it was the last day that it was going to be outdoors.  It was kind of pouring rain right when we got there, so we only did a quick lap through, got Adam a donut, and then moved on.  From there, Adam took me downtown and told me that we were going to go clothes shopping for me.  I have been needing new fall/winter clothes for a long time, so this was a really nice surprise.  Plus, how many husbands take their wife out on a shopping spree?!

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Almond Milk Latte of my dreams…

We hit up a few stores on State Street where I bought all the flannel and found some awesome new boots.  You can never have too many boots, right?  After a few hours of shopping both our energies were dropping so we decided to take a break and get some coffee.  We found a Peet’s Coffee around the corner and I decided to try an almond milk latte because my sister is always raving about them.  Good choice because it was awesome.  After we were caffeinated we shopped for a little longer and then decided to head home and chill for the rest of the day.

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These tacos were amazing… still working on that tortilla recipe, so look for that soon!

Once we took the world’s longest bus ride home (rain and Halloween apparently make for lots of traffic) we hung out, watched some movies, and ate homemade tacos.  It was pretty much the best way to end my birthday.  Oh, and I decided to be “crazy” and dyed my hair a reddish-brownish-slightly purplish color.  It’s awesome and I love it.

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During…

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After!

As I was looking back over my birthday extravaganza, I realized I was really happy.  Not because I had an awesome day or got cool clothes and shoes or ate delicious food but because I was really and truly happy.  I am content with where I am in life and confident in the things I am doing to go the places I want in the future.  I want for nothing, I have an amazing support system in my family and my husband, and I am blessed beyond belief.

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Birthday kisses from Dot

Maybe it was turning 28 or maybe it was knowing that things change and I don’t have to feel stuck or down in whatever situation I face.  Either way, I’m in a very good place both physically and mentally and I am going to enjoy it!

A Few Thoughts On Food

FoodFood For Thought is a complex thing.

On the surface, it’s just fuel to keep our bodies functioning.  But we know that it is so much more than that.  It is social, it is cultural, it is pleasurable, it is creative, it is tradition, and unfortunately it is sometimes the enemy.

I don’t know exactly when food became such a problem.  If you think back to our ancestors, they didn’t really give much thought to food in regards to good or bad food.  They knew that they needed to eat and that meant hunting, gathering, and cooking.  There weren’t really off-limit foods.  There weren’t junk food aisles at their local store, candy bars didn’t surround the cash register tempting them as they waited to pay, and while they had parties and gatherings with special dishes, they enjoyed them and then moved on with their life.

U.S. Food Administration

Somewhere along the line, food started to get more troublesome.  We started mass producing food and creating products out of things that you wouldn’t necessarily find in a home kitchen.  We moved away from making our own meals and started relying heavily on other sources like restaurants or meal services to provide.  Diets started emerging each promising to fix all our myriad of health problems.  All of these things combined has led to huge amounts of confusion when it comes to what food we should eat.

Cooking Quote from Michael Pollan

I have been there with the thousands of Americans who have no clue what is healthy and what isn’t.  It’s hard when you have advertising for all of these products claiming to be healthy when in fact they aren’t any better than the junk food we know isn’t good for us.  I’ve done my fair share of diets and cleanses and fasts and made food out to be the enemy of all my weight problems.  Don’t get me wrong, food is a huge part of being healthy even more so than exercise.  But it doesn’t need to be a complicated headache.

Food is essential

When things finally started clicking for me it was when I simplified my food.  I stopped buying food in packages and that had commercials and marketing campaigns.  I started using more fruits and vegetables and making all my meals.  I learned how to cook and make things taste good without store bought sauces or dressings.  I tried to stop stressing out over food and feed my body what it needs.

Julia Child Quote

It’s an ongoing process.  I still have times where I have a rocky relationship with food and I have to remind myself to simplify.  Food doesn’t need to be a huge stress in your life.  It will take some work to change the way you view and eat food, but it can go back to being pleasurable, social, cultural, and traditional instead of the enemy.  Eat simply and if you have to wonder about a certain food then you probably don’t need it.

Michael Pollan Quote

Simple is where it’s at.