With summer comes much more free time, and with more free time comes more food cravings, more TV watching, and late nights and daytime sleepiness. I’ve had some minor setbacks in my health journey, nothing big, but my summer life is helping me to relearn some things about how my body functions. The most important thing I’m trying to teach myself is to better listen to my body. Eat when you are hungry. Sleep when you are tired. Relax when you are overwhelmed. Life is not about perfection, but joy and growth. I lost focus of a lot of things as summer hit, so right now I am trying to get back on track and just do things in a healthier, more mindful way.
I’m the kind of person that is so lazy that I plan ahead to make time before a busy day to be lazy. No kidding. I will wake up at 5:30 in the morning just so I can have a couple of hours to watch some Netflix, scroll through social media, and eat a nice big breakfast before heading out to my nine a.m. class. I will wake up at 2 in the morning, and all I can think about is “I cannot wait to wake up and have some nice almond butter and jelly toast.” First, I hate being rushed in the morning. Second, I freaking love breakfast food (at least once or twice a week I make breakfast for dinner). While some might think this is odd, this is my trick to having a great day. When I am rushed in the morning, I am in the worst mood and the day is just not pleasant. But when I have the time to wake up my mind and fuel my body before the rest of the world gets moving, my day is much more productive and enjoyable. Here are my favorite healthy, filling, and enjoyable breakfast foods.
Okay, I’m just going to clear the air now… I don’t really care for chocolate. Please don’t hate me or judge me. I will eat it every couple months when I get an odd craving, but for the most part I just don’t like it. I find it bitter and it makes me feel almost nauseated when I eat it. That being said, I have a crazy sweet tooth. If you put a cheesecake (or any cake, TBH) in front of me, I will not stop eating it until I make myself sick. While I am not a fan of chocolate or many candies, give me any sort of baked good or pastry item and I am all over it. As someone who is gluten intolerant, having a sweet tooth has become my greatest weakness, because there aren’t many gluten free options AND most gluten free desserts really aren’t that great. On top of all of that, over the past month I have been trying to cut back on my sugar intake which makes having a sweet tooth even harder. I was watching a fitness vlogger the other day (Sarah’s Day, check her out!) and she mentioned raw vegan desserts. Knowing I had similar diet preferences to her’s, I immediately went to Pinterest to check it out.