staying balanced

Since this is the first post in Always Hungry, I think it’s fitting to share the inspiration behind why I chose to dedicate a whole section of my blog to it.

True to the tagline this blog: “Simply goals & sustainability, obtained” this is a major arena where l demonstrate how I live this consistently.

FOOD is part of a balanced diet. ⚑

Years before this blog was even created, I discovered that I loved showing my creativity through food. Cooking still brings me great joy till this day because I see it as an act of self-care. It is my undying belief that busy β‰  food has to take a backseat. ⚑

Which brings me to the value prop of this section:

I will show you guys how to prepare recipes that are easy, pretty to look at, and most important of all, fricken’ delicious. 🀩

(Like seriously, where do I sign, right?) ✌😎

I grew up with food.

My mother is a champion cook and does a lots of amazing things like homemade egg rolls, pho, and nian gao, just to name a few. She doesn’t believe in measuring and goes by feel. Most of her recipes aren’t macrofriendly by any stretch of the imagination but I believe those have a place in my life and am determined to learn her ways so my babies can learn how Grandma did it.Β 

I’ve also dabbled with Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese cuisine over the years, deconstructing them and making them fit my macros depending on where I’m at on the road to bikini.

Here’s a glance at some of the things I’ve made fit my macros over the years. :):)

I numbered these items as follows:

  1. Protein egg bites
  2. Shrimp salad ala Tasty video
  3. Kimchi fried rice
  4. Personal pan pizza
  5. Stuffed bell peppers
  6. AIP-friendly deconstructed egg roll
  7. Muffin pizza
  8. Pizza topped jalapenos (Can you guys tell? Pizza always has a πŸ•my πŸ’–)
  9. Kimchi pancakes
  10. Korean ma-po tofu
  11. Taco salad
  12. Taco pizza
  13. Lettuce wraps

I think the hardest part of all this is doing the macro math to make it fit. Otherwise, all of this is pretty easy. :):)

My Food Philosophy

Plain and simple: Unless it’ll kill me, I’ll eat it. 

I’ve ran my gauntlet of “diets” over the past decades before arriving at this. First it was starvation diets, then Whole 30, which turned into a Whole 3 years/alienated everyone, hardcore paleo, 21-Day Sugar Detox, and low-carb paleo. 

It’s crazy. 

I do believe I had to run all of these to be where I’m at now. There’s a reason why I’m not a proponent of cutting out an entire macronutrient for extended periods of time. At the height of my paleo crazy in 2015, I somehow got it into my head that carbs were bad. At the time, I was wodding 4-5X/week *and* running between 10-15 miles afterwards on top of running around on the sales floor for 6-8 hours everyday. Because I wasn’t fueling my body properly, I came down with a really nasty respiratory tract infection that sidelined me for 6 weeks. That was my wake up call that this WAS NOT the way to go. I swore to myself: Never again. 

While I don’t claim to be an expert, I do have a solid understanding of what generally works for me. 

Constantly Evolving Approach

Without sounding overly hokey, I do believe that everything is vibrational, including food. 

It’s interesting.

Tuning into the teachings of Abraham Hicks has taught me that nothing matters more than how I feel. Here’s what I’ve walked away with so far:

Before you do anything: Line up with it. There’s nothing worse than split energy: I want this but I can’t eat it because of X, Y, Z. 😬

Can you feel how uncomfortable that sounds? 

If I’m gonna eat something, I will make sure I’m 100% lined up with it. (READ: Zero guilt and firm in my belief that the trillions of cells in my body know exactly what to do with it). 

I’ve been reaching for less processed foods these days. (i.e. strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and avocado for a good fat source.) In all cases, I reach for things that make me feel good. It seems to be working well for me so far. I’m sure this approach will evolve as I *feel* my way through the #roadtobikini because after all, it is an emotional journey. πŸŒˆπŸ‘™πŸŒž

It’s almost impossible for me to detail exactly how I got here and all of our journeys are different because of the kind of lives we’ve lived. Onlookers think I’m intense but I just feel super aligned and inspired. All is well. ✨

There’s plenty more where that came from. Until next time. πŸ’–

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