Hey there! I'd like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and I hope you all got to spend fun downtime with family! Speaking of family....
So my birthmother apparently told my birthfather about me after he married her sister.
On my birth records, it says I was born "at home with no eyedrops." It also says "After hearing of this child, he took his own life."
17 days after I was born, my birthfather suffocated himself in Jack Daniels and carbon monoxide.
Obviously this was not MY fault, but geeze, it takes a lot of introspection and support and time for me to actually understand this fact. Thinking back on it now, I still get a pit in my stomach, and the hardest part about it was that there is no road left to travel. My search had ended before it even began. There's wayyyy more to this story, but again, I feel like I'll let you absorb that part.
*Disclaimer: I want you, as the reader, to not walk away from this blog unhappy, ever. Thank you for witnessing the unveiling of my story to the world, and know that every single piece of it has brought me to a place where I can better help someone else. It's why I'm here :)
(As a sidenote, please keep in touch with those you know suffer from depression. 1800-273-TALK That's the number to call if you or someone you love is contemplating suicide. If it's you, lemme tell you PLEASE don't do it. It leaves a WAVE of hurt behind that people never really heal from.)
FOOD IS MEDICINE
Last blog I showed you via Doug Lisle exactly WHY you love food that's bad for you. (If you didn't see it, please go back and watch that video...it's 17 minutes well spent!) This time I'd like to talk about how to wean yourself off of those foods that are calorie dense and offer little to no nutritive value. The way I like to start is by a method called "crowding."
No, I'm not going to ask you to go stand in a crowd and see if your cravings go away, and I'd never do anything to make you feel claustrophobic!
Crowding is the art of pushing something into a space, and as a result, pushing something else OUT of that space. In this case, we're talking about your stomach! Your stomach has a limited amount of space, typically 1-4 liters. WHHHAAATTT? FOUR liters?? Elizabeth! That's a GALLON!! Yeah, I know, most of us don't eat a gallon of food at a time (At least, I hope not lol) The typical person eats a meal that is 1-2 liters large. (Phew!)
So, if your appetite is for 1-2 liters and you fill up with a triple layer burger, a large fry, some onion rings, a large chocolate shake and an apple pie.....you're obviously not giving your body very many nutrients! (and you ARE giving it a TON of calories!)
Let's take the same meal and change it up a bit. Let's add a cup of broccoli and a cup of carrots. Eat those first. THEN see what you can eat of the other stuff. I bet you can't eat the entire meal! (PLEASE don't go out there and try to prove me wrong!!! This is NOT a contest!!) So that's it. You crowd your belly with food that IS good for you in order to leave less room for the food that isn't.
This is a great time for me to mention that I'm running a veggie challenge on Facebook :) For the month of January, I'm challenging you to eat 4 1cup servings of fruits and veggies. It's crowding practice! Come crowd with us!
This week's recipe comes from a dear friend, Michael Klunker, who has a knack for creating incredible food!! His website, www.klunkerskitchen.com, is a goldmine for finding tasty, healthy, easy recipes that really pop with flavor! If you haven't checked it out you definitely should!
This is a great recipe for cold weather!!! Enjoy!!
Simple udon miso soup by Michael Klunker of Klunker's Kitchen
Ingredients: (makes 2 servings)
4 cups water 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce 1/2 large onion, peeled and sliced into thin pieces 1 clove garlic, minced fine 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced thin 3 cups tightly packed baby spinach 2 servings of fresh udon noodles. (if you cannot find fresh, you can use dry, just boil and rinse with cold water before making this soup) 2 tablespoons yellow or white miso. (mix the miso with 1/3 cup water until it is fully dissolved) Set aside
In a medium saucepan, combine the water and soy sauce. Place on the stove, over medium high heat. Add the onions, garlic, and mushrooms, stir and cover. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the baby spinach and stir in well. Allow to cook for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, add the noodles and stir carefully. Allow to heat up for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and add the miso. Stir in well. You don't want to add the miso to boiling liquid, as this kills the good probiotics. Serve right away with a side of rice. I have this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is good soup and I love it a lot. I hope you give it a try and enjoy it too. Happy eating and happy heart!