Today I woke up and tried some Bulletproof coffee, (which is big news for the tea drinker that I am) so I was thoroughly caffeinated for this energizing yogurt combo. There was just enough time before my hike this morning to make this small breakfast.
I got to use my new pho bowls and chopsticks with this dish! It was so nice to share this meal with a good friend. And, this meal marks the last meal I drink alcohol for an indefinite amount of time! Wish me luck!
“If the only prayer you ever say is “thank you” that will be enough” The Power Of Now, Ekhart Tolle
Okay, I think we should take a moment to take a big deep breathe.
Now that we’ve taken a breathe, my life is taking me on quite the journey right now. My house may have mold, or something in my house is definitely perpetuating my health issues. I need to decide where I’m going to move now that I’ve decided I’m going to take a semester off from school. I’m currently feeling the deep repercussions of not taking care of my burnout and am currently learning how to ask for help when I can longer “push harder”. I’m feeling a life-calling coming on in the form of educating others around the effects of living in a world of toxins and in a society that refuses to acknowledge systemic issues. So, yeah…meditate on that, folks.
I have been drinking a smoothie that has been fueling me in this time of serious adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance, digestive distress, and just a general state of being inflamed. It contains collagen powder, matcha powder, moringa powder, frozen pineapple, chunk of ginger, grapefruit juice, and a touch of almond milk. It’s packed with micronutrients like vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, and many other antioxidants. It’s so anti-inflammatory that I’ve felt a physical difference from drinking this smoothie throughout my week. Sometimes I’ll change up this smoothie by adding a chunk of turmeric or using blueberries instead of pineapple. As you see below, I’ll drink a smoothie in rain or shine (or snow!). Obviously, the focus is not on my smoothie, but that I’m drinking a smoothie when there is snow outside. I’m sure y’all have seen enough spotless pictures of green smoothies, but how about a blurry picture and SNOW!
“Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise , you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace.” The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
Wow, college is kind of the worst sometimes even when it’s not that bad! Did that make sense? No? Okay, well maybe someone resonated with that. On a more positive note I’m grateful that I have people in my life who make it not so bad. I’m grateful I get to go to college and I’m grateful that I got myself out of bed to go to class today. I just watched 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix Original show, the other day and it hit me like a wall of bricks. Yeah, I read the book when I was actually 13 years old (lol at that coincidence), but it’s one thing to read that story in book form and another to watch it. It made me think about depression, bullying, and their connection to suicide. What really made me think about was the presence of bullying in college, and especially how socially acceptable it is! Maybe I’ve had some bad experiences when I went to CU Boulder, but there were quite a few experiences that truly felt like bullying. The campus was so actively exclusive, I don’t even think I met a community that was genuinely inclusive. Through talking with some of my close peers recently, they agreed that they’ve experienced a lot of exclusivity with many of the communities on campus and in Boulder. Bullying doesn’t go away as you get older, bullies just aren’t called bullies anymore. I only came upon this realization after watching 13 Reasons Why because for the most part I didn’t experience that much bullying growing up. Sure, I had my experiences with other kids being mean to me or girls being cliquey in high school, but I never experienced active on-going bullying, at least until I came to college. Many bullies don’t realize they are being bullies and I, at the time, didn’t realize that I was being a perpetuator of bullying that was going on too! One of my best friends Andrea said to me yesterday something along the lines of “How I feel about bullying is a lot like how I feel about social justice issues, if you’re not actively being inclusive in your community, then you’re perpetuating exclusive behaviors”. When I heard her casually say this to me, I was like “Wow, you’re so so right and on point with that!” and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. These were just some thoughts I’ve been processing lately. How are you actively being inclusive in your community?
Anyways, you probably came here to see some food. Well, if you remember from my first Meditation On My Meals post I talked about how not ever one of these posts is going to be pretty. This post probably isn’t going to be the prettiest of posts, but there’s a lovely selfie of me in it, so it still twinkles of beauty (hey, hey, I’m allowed to call myself beautiful if I want to!).
“If you want a always-picture-ready blogger, you’re in the wrong place, my friend.”
Oh my goodness, who is that?! That’s me y’all, in my truest form, with a smoothie in a blender bottle, hair in a bun, and in my boyfriends sweatshirt. You wanted an honest and authentic picture of a college student who’s healing, and here I hand you a mirror selfie. My makeup foundation no longer matches my current skin tone because I’ve been sitting inside for too many hours at a time studying, but I wear it anyways. If you want a always-picture-ready blogger, you’re in the wrong place, my friend.
Not every smoothie is going to be pretty and Instagram-ready, but it can still be yummy nonetheless.
“Love is an action, never simply a feeling.” Bell Hooks
Hey readers who are no longer in school, does it suck as much as I imagine to no longer have mandatory vacations like spring and summer break? Yeah, I’m going to just imagine you all just nostalgically looked off into the distance remembering the times where you got super drunk in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico or Miami, Florida. Ok, ok, yeah, I know, not everyone goes somewhere beachy for their college breaks, myself included, but you got to admit there are enough tipsy college students roaming the warm beaches during these times of the year to make us all believe it’s the norm. Anyways, I visited San Francisco, California with Kevin (the handsome model in my photos below), where I got to show him around my favorite places in the city and introduce him to my parents. So I’m going to show you my favorite restaurant in San Francisco, a cool spot located in Hayes Valley named Souvla. It’s a cool, hip, very San Francisco vibe Greek Restaurant. In the spirit of San Francisco, they try to get most of their meat and produce from local and sustainable sources. It’s so nice to be able to go to a restaurant where I can say that whatever I’m eating isn’t going to hurt body.
Sunday, March 25, 2017
Here’s some more yummy food we ate while in my favorite city and a glimpse into the rest of our adventure:
“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it all in at once.” Audrey Hepburn
[I know, I know, he’s super pretty and significantly more stylish than I am]
Our trip was a much needed a break for my mind and body, as exhausting as it was at times going to so many places. You can even tell in the voice I use in this post, that I’m more myself and I’m coming back. That means more blogs posts, hooray!