Weight is an uncomfortable topic, no one wants to talk about it and acknowledging the problem is even harder. It did not occur to me that I even had an issue until my grand champion of a doctor kindly sat me down and said “I am concerned Sam, your vitals are perfect however you have gained 15 pounds since our last visit and now you are not at a healthy weight” Had this sentiment come from anyone else they may have had one of my leopard print Manolo Blahnik heels stuck in their forehead however it was coming from Dr. S, the doctor who constantly supported and advocated my global endeavors. When Dr. S speaks, I listen-his concerns are trustworthy ones!
I love chocolate and macaroni and cheese, not that box macaroni and cheese but that homemade creamy “bad day go away” kinda soul food, the kind you want to dip your toes in and make a blanket of safety out of.
Now I love myself, I love being me, I am happy with the way my life is and it didn’t really occur to me that maybe I had been getting a little lax with my fitness and my eating. I love chocolate and macaroni and cheese, not that box macaroni and cheese but that homemade creamy “bad day go away” kinda soul food, the kind you want to dip your toes in and make a blanket of safety out of. Eating has always been a coping mechanism and far too many of us feel that it is easier to drown ourselves in our favorite comfort food then to work it out.
The stresses of society and the condition of the world are just a few of the external circumstances that cause us to consume too much and I have some real world straight up no B.S ideas that can help improve your situation. I overbook myself all too much in the winter and fall and often find myself getting too cozy with the wrong foods. Yes all those delicious processed sweets and pizza sure do taste good for a few hours but then the satisfaction wears off So listen up and relax!
When the Food Fairy comes knocking, here are some helpful tips to tell that queen to step off and out of your space.
- Get real with it, if you’ve had a bad day let your emotions take you, grab newsprint and rip it up or write. I now have a “stress eating box” which has things like fancy shower gel, a small gift card to a favorite store and plenty of pencils, paper and other art supplies so I can freely express myself.
- go for a drive a scream your head off, let it go! you have got to let your awful disaster of a day/week/month/year go so you can move forward and become the best beautiful entity in which you are.
- Find a trail or park to walk around in, breathe and be in nature (or the neighborhood park)
- Roasted cauliflower is almost as good as a cheeseburger (see simple recipe below)
- Recognize that everyone will inevitably binge eat again, the trick is to be kind to yourself and acknowledge your power. You can get stronger, you are beautiful and fast food is not the kind of safety you need, dig deep into your soul and let go of the anger and the negative.
Now my sisters and misters out there, grab yourself some cauliflower and get ready! dice up the cauliflower into little pieces, sprinkle with garlic, basil and any type of spice you like, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Serve with hot sauce or hummus! Make the day yours and find your storm, embrace your chaos and know that getting healthy and cleaning up those little bad habits will make you feel even stronger than ever!