I know, it's been awhile. My apologies to those of you who've come by to find the same boring plate of chicken. Now I'm that blogger. Owner of that blog. I won't sugar-coat it. I've been missing from the "blog"sphere for awhile. Over the past few months, I've gone through a few changes and transitions. I've moved back to Florida, taken on a new job and am somewhat starting back up again. Thanks to those of you who've encouraged me to keep blogging (and v-logging.) Without planning on neglecting betterVITA, life has just gotten hectic since my move back.
Now back into a 40 (+) hour job, my time for creativity and cooking has been scarce. When before I enjoyed my few extra hours flipping through cookbooks over a cup of coffee, before hitting the grocery store and then still managing to blog, I'm lucky when I can get to the store. Life is full and busy, but I can't complain. It's certainly through changes in life we learn the most. This whole transition has been a time for me to recollect myself, re-evaluate passions and prioritize accordingly. So again, it's been hectic, but good.
So as I've been rushing to and fro, from work to work and some more work, I've been figuring out how to live better (ehmm, "Better Vita"- which I hope is what you are stopping by for.) So typically I feel less than genuine if I can't keep up with my own life and proceed to tell you how to live your own. Thats just one reason Better Vita needed a breather. I have learned in my hectic schedule, which is probably no more hectic than your own, how to be a little more efficient, a little more effective, a little more... reasonable, shall we say.
Here are some some practical ways that I'm learning to maintain healthy habits throughout a fast-paced week.
Still you must know I secretly wish this entry was a recipe for some timely and springy lemon curd, joined by serene pictures of freshly sliced meyer lemons, just picked up from The market. And then follow up, suggesting that you spread it over a grainy and golden slice of freshly baked bread. And finish, encouraging you to enjoy it with a cup of freshly pressed coffee in your favorite mug and ... Ok. Time to wake up from dreaming that I'm living the fanciful life of Molly Wizenberg. Ah, the life.
This is for those of you just figuring out how to eat cleaner without having to spend hundreds on a kitchen aid or vitamixer.
Foremost is simplifying and prioritize.
I used to try prioritize what was ideal over what was practical. If you know me, cooking out of my Jamie Oliver's Italy book every night (or living off his caponata leftovers) would be ideal. But once again, here in the real world, it's not alway realistic, let alone practical. Are you getting ahold of this other lesson I'm learning??
So can life be hectic, but healthy? Sometimes it must. How then can you eat well, find rest and manage to stay on top of all that life demands of you?
1. Eat to fuel (and therefore PLAN AHEAD)
Friends ask and wonder how to I and when I mention this one it's "ugh, really!?". Yes, really. You have to plan ahead. You wouldn't start a road trip on a empty tank of gas, so why start your day at work on an empty stomach.
And no, coffee doesn't count. Even I find this dissapointing. But if I don't fuel myself at the start of a day I'll probably scarf down too much at lunch, then feel stuffed and tiresome ( aka "the afternoon slump") and probably give myself the freedom to induldge by dinnertime ( and then some.) Then wake up the next morning feeling like I don't need breakfast. And so the vicious cycle begins...
Not having time to cook, should be no excuse. Some of the best meals I eat are the simple ones. As my dad likes to remind his over-analytical daughters, Keep It Simple Stupid (aka KISS.) Eat more fruit, get creative with your salads. Remember how you ate as a kid. Things were simple.
And most of your quick options are some of the healthiest:
Old-fashioned oatmeal (you can pick it up at Starbucks now, and even McDonald's!)
A bowl of berries with a dollop of greek yogurt, some honey and a sprinkle (or down-pour if your me) of cinnamon
Cucumbers, carrots or cauliflower with hummus or my favorite dip by far
Lemon and garlic baked Fish with steamed asparagus and peas (try it with a drizzle of olive oil and a few sprigs of fresh mint)
3. Eat your protein
Yes, a year ago I wouldn't believe I'd be suggesting this. Some of us health foodies, get so ecstatic about our granola or sweet potatoes we can easily overinduldge in the starchy stuff, rather than finding a balance between the two. I used to think lean proteins (aka - fish, chicken, eggs) weren't necessary.
But once you begin adding lean protein, in place of the typical fatty and processed foods, you will quickly see and feel a change. Believe me, it may help you stay more satisfied and sane.
Life may get crazy and hectic, but you don't have to let it sabotage your health and sanity for it.