This Saturday was a bit of a food experimental. It’s those types of Saturdays where the fridge is lookin’ a little empty, but you have at least enough food to tide you over and make simple but delicious meals. Even though there was absolutely nothing major for me to do this day, I could not have been more exhausted. Ironic, right? Well, it’ll all make sense as you read the article.
I started off the day with a light Pilates workout to stretch my muscles and such, then I walked my dog Cookie all around the neighborhood. She’s adorable, but is way too selective with her potty spots! Sometimes I’d wait for a good ten minutes until she’d finally go. (TMI? Well, this is from a dog, what can you expect?) Overall, I got some pretty good running intervals, of which she happily joins me!
Brekkie was the one and only Pumpkin Spice French Toast Waffles! This was my first time trying the recipe out with Nature’s Path Pumpkin Spice waffles from my last Whole Foods Haul! I personally put in quite a bit too much cashew milk with the egg-white mixture and it turned out a tad bit soggy. Or is it just that the waffles are fragile to begin with? Either way, it was still a tasty meal, plus it made the kitchen smell ah-mazing. I topped this delicacy with red velvet Elli Quark (also finished the rest separately), strawberry slices and cinnamon. I’ve adjusted the measurements in the actual recipe so that you’re guaranteed crispier results!
After I polished the waffles, I quickly rinsed the dishes in the sink and left. It would’ve been more logical to put everything in the dishwasher, but I wanted to track social media and do homework (procrastination at its finest). There wasn’t really much I could do home alone, plus I had to make sure my grandmother would come home safely from dialysis and Cookie wouldn’t break anything in the house. Not like she’d do that, but better to be safe than sorry. I got so caught up in work that I didn’t realize I’d left a huge pile of stuff on my desk!
I was in a rush once I realized my piano lesson was in less than 30 minutes, so lunch was light–one cup of egg whites served under a bed of mixed winter greens, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, pepper and Sriracha zig-zags. Unpictured was a blueberry-strawberry smoothie. I literally had less than two minutes to scarf this omelet down because of a piano lesson. I thought I could but this was WAY easier said than done! I threw the dishes and Nutribullet in the sink without looking back, knowing I made a bigger mess. I ended up being a little late to the lesson as well.
I spent the remaining hours before walking Cookie again finishing a paper and exam study. It wasn’t too hard, so I listened to Sia while doing it. She is my favorite artist because of her powerful songs and charismatic mystery! But I’ll admit, I listened to a little Flo Rida, Furious 7 and Iggy Azalea. Yes, hippies love rap and dubstep. We don’t care about societal standards. Just intuitively do whatever we want and disregard judgment.
My post-dog-walk snack wasn’t super breakfast-ish, but I had my go-to giant bowl of never-ending protein peanut butter: 1 cup of Greek yogurt mixed with about 1.5-2 teaspoons of Trader Joe’s crunchy flax and chia seed peanut butter and Stevia. It”s absolutely delicious. This time I topped this perfection with almonds, carob chips, a pinch of chia powder, flax seeds and some mo cinnamon! For a full meal, it’s better to add one or two large tablespoons along with some fruit, maybe a little granola and other toppings.
Dinner was a total marvel. I started off the meal with a LARGE bowl of detox soup, made of blended steamed vegetables with a shiz-load of spices. Completely salt free and delicious! I’ll probably show the recipe for it in a separate post.
The next part of the meal was coconut flour pancakes made with maple extract, smothered in Greek yogurt mixed with cinnamon and Stevia. Best comfort food by far.
I called my mother to ask her if I had to feed Cookie for a second time, and then she asked me if I was okay. I waited a few seconds to really think about it and shook my head with tears welling up in my eyes. I told her I didn’t know how I felt and was overwhelmed with cleaning the house, final exams, worrying about my grandmother, walking the dog, making food, running around to organize everything, etc., and I just started crying. In all honesty, I think I was lonely and stressed out. But deep down in my heart, I knew it was the mess in my kitchen, my room and my desk. With my family at home, I don’t have to worry about basic house chores and don’t have nearly as much to worry about, but when you take away a few extra people to help you out, the little things that you disregarded once become so important to you. That’s what created the clutter.
I don’t know what it is about clutter, but it’s like looking at a pile of all of the stresses you have in your life, one on top of the other. Looking at the giant pile of papers and bags on my desk, clothes in my room, dishes in the kitchen, my anxieties were all around me. Clear your desk. Make food. Finish your assignments. Walk Cookie. Clean your shirts. You don’t deserve rest.
So yes, I cried. My mother reassured me that I was still safe and healthy, that there was time to clear my head. All I really needed to do was set everything up and not completely clean the house and wind down. I just needed to clear my head and relax. Only in a cleaner spot. After a few more tears, I hung up the phone and turned to my grandmother at the dinner table. She asked me why I cried and repeated the story. Then she told me she wanted me to be happy. I could not have asked for anything that would’ve made me more grateful. I started to cry even more because of it! I realized how much I missed her and love her. It’s sad when the people you love most live so far away. Having her stay here is rare, and how could I have ignored her presence?
You need to cherish those around you. The problem with frequently seeing someone is that you constantly assume they’ll remain with you forever and take care of whatever needs to be done. But when they leave, whatever was once done is incomplete and becomes a problem. Your own tasks that need to be fulfilled look even greater as a result.
Just wind down and tackle one at a time. It helps to time yourself reasonably so that you feel more motivated to complete something more quickly. I put everything in the dishwasher and timed myself to clean my room for twenty minutes, and even finished before that! During my extra minutes I finished the rest of my avocado mask and had a slumber party with Cookie.
It ended up being a much better day for the emotional and familial detox. Nothing is better than restoring your sanity.
Would you ever have breakfast food every single meal of the day? Salad every meal? Or do you need variety?