Giveaway Update: Artisana has joined on as a sponsor of the giveaway! This means instead of THREE winners I will be picking FOUR winners on Tuesday! SO now you have an even better chance of winning! Also, if you mention this update on your blog or twitter and leave another comment telling me you did so, you can get another entry for the giveaway!
I also wanted to thank all you for all the great suggestions for what you want to see more of on the blog. I am already working on some of your ideas, but you can be sure to see more of:
~musings about my daily life
~ VLOGS! (one is in the works for Monday!)
~b-fast recipes (my favorite meal of the day!)
~ and tons more new, exciting stuff!
Well I made it folks! I am officially on……….
It’s been seven weeks since my last day off (including even half days!) so this break is greatly appreciated! I’m not going away or anything…..with all the school work I was assigned, I don’t think I would have even been able to enjoy a trip………..but I am excited to just have sometime to relax and recuperate. When school starts back up in a week, it’s gonna be exam time and I will be go-go-going until the end of the year…..so I have to enjoy this time off while I can.
The title of this post comes from the fact that I am constantly making notes to myself all day long to remember the million and one thoughts I have throughout the hustle and bustle.
Most of these thoughts are about ideas for the blog, new posts, and recipe inspiration…..but there is absolutely now way to remember this stuff unless I write it down. Do any of you do this?
Well I’ve been looking through some of my post-its from the last few days and one that I really wanted to discuss was the issue of labels. I’m talking about labels on people. Especially those having to do with diet. Think: vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, pescetarian, gluten-free, low-carb, low-fat, high protein, carnivore, raw, ovo-vegetarian, and on and on and on.
But really what are these labels for?! When I label myself in any way I feel a bit restricted. People often ask me if I am vegetarian, vegan, if I eat red meat, if I don’ t eat red meat, etc. and in some cases I just throw out a label just to save myself from having to explain my whole eating philosophy to someone who probably isn’t even interested.
But something as important as your diet, something that is so individual and unique to every person, cannot be defined in my eyes. Over the past few months I have definitely been figuring out the type of diet that works best for me and what foods I enjoy eating the most. I’m hesitant to call myself a vegetarian though, because I LOVE seafood (can’t see myself ever giving this up!) and I do occasionally enjoy chicken/turkey. I like just listening to what my body is craving and relying more on intuitive eating to decide my diet. If I am feeling a bit sluggish or like I am getting more fatigued during workouts, I know I need to add a bit more protein or healthy fats. If I need an afternoon pick me up I know to grab a whole grain carb and some power packed dairy! I think learning your bodies signs and signals for the nutrients it needs is so important!
My body will always be adapting and evolving, so I know my diet will always be doing that too. That’s why I choose not to define my diet. I feel like if I were to call myself one specific thing then if I went “slipped up” and went against those principle, I would be cheating myself in someway. And I for sure never want to feel guilty about food…..so why even put myself in a position with rules and standards. I’d much rather role with spur of the moment spontaneity.
So how about you? What are your thoughts on labels?
Don’t get me wrong, choosing a specific diet definitely works for some people! It’s all about figuring out what’s best for you. I have such great respect for people that are able to choose a certain diet and stick to it for moral, ethical, health, or other reasons! That takes amazing dedication and drive 🙂 I just wanted to share my ideas about what works for me.
Well it’s the weekend y’all! So let’s get excited!
I made some goodies to get my weekend off to a good start: