As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, 2014 was a weird year. A lot of hard moments led to a whole host of really unhealthy choices on my part, mostly to do with food. But at this point, I feel like I’ve gotten to a place where my diet has never been healthier (if my apart-mates are reading this they’re probably scoffing, as they see me walking around the living room with a jar of almond butter and a spoon more often than not). Honestly, my relationship with food is constantly evolving. There have been moments where I really don’t care about what I put into my body, then spend following days regretting the poor choices I’d made. Then there have been stretches of time where I’ve been extremely health-conscious, to the point where I begin to alienate those around me without even realizing it. Neither is really a productive way to spend time. As I spend more time paying close attention to food, I’ve realized it’s such an important indicator of what kind of place one is in, physically and mentally. It can require a lot of thought, or no thought at all. It has the ability to make one feel good and terrible. It makes some embarrassed, secretive, guilty; others satisfied and proud. The fact that one everyday experience has the power to affect people so intensely is something I find truly extraordinary. That’s probably why I spend so much time talking about it.
I’m not a big fan of new-year-new-me posts, but the beginning of anything does feel fresh and exciting. The start of a new year is always full of affirmations. Everyone around me is swearing to get fit, to quit caffeine, to spend more time outside. I haven’t made any resolutions yet, and I don’t think I will. Other than to continue posting here, because I think it’s a nice way to organize my thoughts. That feels very doable and not nearly as horrifying as something like, “I will switch to decaf”. But, for those of you who have resolved to eat well, there are a lot of really awesome (read: healthy, flavorful, filling, not all parsley and spirulina-oriented juice) cleanses out there, like the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse. Buzzfeed also puts together a lot of really great links. To bring this post full circle, I thought I’d share my own roundup of healthy and tasty meals, none of which are too difficult to make as long as you possess the right ingredients! You don’t have to be as obsessed with food as I am to know that putting good things in your body will make you feel a little better. Some things just make sense!
Basics – used in many of the recipes listed below and/or lasts a long time
quinoa (buy it in bulk to save ca$h, but rinse it well in a fine mesh sieve before cooking)
almond milk (in cartons like this– unopened they apparently last 7+ months)
cans of coconut milk
black rice pasta/pasta of choice
pitted deglet noor dates
Check specific recipes for other ingredients