Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NEDAwareness Week

Most of us go through life not knowing that people we know and love are struggling with a secret.  So many people battle eating disorders, hiding their pain and guilt from everyone in their lives.  It is a secret many of us have lived with, one that sometimes we think we will have forever.

It's National Eating Disorders week, and although I don't talk about ED a whole lot on the blog, it is something that shouldn't be hidden.  Too much of what grips us during our illness is hidden in secret, so as a recovering bulimic, I am here to say that we should talk about it.  Recovery is definitely possible, although sometimes it seems like it's not, and your friends and family will still love you no matter what.

I look back on my decade long ups and downs with my relationship with food, and I feel very lucky that my head is safely now above the water.  I felt thankful today, when I went to get a physical, that my body feels strong and healthy.  I feel thankful that I'm listening to it, fueling it with nutritious food, and loving it just the way it is.  It was a long road, and to some extent, that negative space will always be there in the back of my head, urging me to purge or skip a meal.  Recovering doesn't mean that that voice is gone forever, it means that you know you don't have to listen to it.

One of my favorite blogs, Choosing Raw, had a great post recently on the 5 Reasons to Embrace Recovery.  Gena sums up this topic way better than I can, so if you're interested, give that article a read.

So, speaking of nutritious food, let's get to the smoothies!

I had to fast for a blood test this morning, but when I got done with that, I had a delicious smoothie in the car ready for me.

Breakfast Smoothie:  2 scoops choc protein, 1 tbs chia seeds, 1/3 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, ice.

Lunch Smoothie:  GREEN MANGO TANGO!  (everyone... I think I have a new smoothie!)
2 scoops vanilla protein powder, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1 tbs hemp seeds, 2 carrots, 2 cups mixed greens, 1/3 cup frozen mango, 1 tbs spirulina, 1 cup coconut milk, ice and water to mix

It's just so green!  This is definitely my new favorite mix.  I love smoothies, because you can throw all of that into a blender and you have lunch!

You may have noticed, I eat at my desk a lot.  Now that the weather is getting nicer, I definitely need to get out and breath some fresh air during my lunch break.  It's something I need to work on, not necessarily for anything else but my mind.  Sitting all day was definitely the hardest thing to adjust to once I got a "big girl job."

Josh and I were hungry and exhausted when we got home from work.  I munched on a handful of cashews while I decided what to cook.  I've been mulling over a black bean quinoa ball and brussels sprout hash in my head for awhile.  Honestly, I don't have the recipe quite down yet, but I'll share tomorrow what I did and what I think I can do better.  You don't learn unless you try, right?

If you, or someone you know needs help, please check out National Eating Disorders' website for more information.


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