Ahh, the mid afternoon slump, how I’ve come to expect your knock at my brain’s door at about 2:30 every damn day.
Whether it’s a sleepy slump where I can’t seem to stay awake at my desk, or just a plain mind-wandering, day dreaming, can’t seem to rewire my brain to work mode after it’s been in lunch mode kinda slump, when 2:30-3 pm hits, I have more often than not checked out at work.
Today is a day-dreamy, mind-wandery slump where all I can think about is building a tiny log cabin on the edge of some North Pacific forest where my boyfriend and I will run free with our rescue dogs, gaggle of sheep, and whatever other animals we end up sharing our home with along the way.
As per usual, I’m using this blog to help me stay centered and sane, to appreciate where I am in life right at this moment rather than dream my time away.
So, in the spirit of pulling myself out of my blissful, will-be-fulfilled-in-the-years-to-come daydream, I’m going to focus this post on the positive aspects of my life happening RIGHT NOW.
Positive #1: MY FACE HAS FINALLY CLEARED UP!
After a rough Christmas season, skin wise, where there were endless family gatherings filled with gluten, stress, and not enough sleep, I returned home with my skin screaming for a little TLC.
Instead of focusing on “banishing” my pimples with a new natural treatment every day, I just decided to let them be. I still wash my face twice a day with my coconut water-based, organic cleanser, but I don’t use vinegar as a toner since it turned out to be too harsh as a daily thing, and only moisturize with a bit of coconut oil when my skin requires it, not just because I’m “supposed” to do it every day.
I also exfoliate once a week with raw sugar and have been taking Vitamin A and Evening Primrose supplements. My lighter skin care regime coupled with eating gluten free a majority of the time and staying super hydrated has really made a huge difference in my skin issues! When I waved goodbye to 2014, I kicked my skin insecurities to the curb and I suspect even this mental ritual has helped my baby face…maybe.
Positive #2: Collin and I are looking at new apartments this evening!
Although our current apartment will always hold a special place in my heart for being our first apartment together, I can’t wait to get outta that place. Sure, it’s cute and suits our needs fine, but it’s falling apart and just isn’t serene. It fills me with pride that we’ve come out of our first year living together with bank accounts far larger than when our roommate status began, and an even deeper love and appreciation for one another. I’m excited for what our next shackin’ up adventure will bring.
Positive # 3: Delicious Macrobiotic Meals like this one:
- 1/2 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 1 cup frozen broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup kale
- 1/4 cup garbanzo beans
- 1 tbsp. tahini
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. raw sauerkraut
- 1 tbsp. roasted pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place cubed squash and broccoli in a single layer on a greased cookie sheet. Drizzle sesame oil on top and mix the veggies around to coat. Bake for 25 minutes or until squash is tender and broccoli is brown.
While veggies are cooking, boil a bit of water in a pot, and lightly steam kale for about 2 minutes. Once the veggies and kale are done, layer cooked quinoa, veggies, kale, beans, and sauerkraut (I found curry sauerkraut at my local market! Holla!). Soften tahini in the microwave, and drizzle on top of the macro bowl. Finish bowl with a sprinkling of roasted pumpkin seeds.
I basically used whatever I had on hand. My quinoa was leftover from the previous night, I had half a squash leftover from my Butternut Squash & Lentil Stew and had just roasted a big batch of pumpkin seeds. Though I suggest this combo since it was out of this world, you can use anything you want!
The basic formula for a macrobowl is:
- Grain of choice: Quinoa, Brown Rice, Cous Cous, any kind of pasta, Millet, Bulgur Wheat, etc. (Best to use whole grains)
- Greens: Kale, Cabbage, Bok Choy, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Collards.
- Veggies, cooked or raw: Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Radishes, Cauliflower.
- Beans: Garbanzo, Black, Pinto, Navy, Adzuki, Lentils, Black eyed peas, Black soy beans, tofu, tempeh.
- Fermented Goodies: Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Pickled veggies.
- Toppings: Roasted/toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, and other nuts. Nori or any other sea vegetable.
- Dressing/Sauce: Miso-ginger-sesame oil dressing, Tahini, Hummus, Oil and vinegar.
Basically, macrobowls are the shit, and one of the most versatile, fun, and nutritious meals to make/consume.
I hope everyone’s mid-afternoon slump ain’t so bad and you all inhale this bowl ASAP!