I love that feeling when something new and exciting happens in your life. I absolutely LIVE for that feeling. So in the past few months I have gotten to experience some new and exciting changes in my life – and it all has to do with food.
I think it is really important to take a moment sometimes to stop what you are doing, just step back and assess your life at that moment. It is good to ask questions like – do you feel good about yourself every day? are you being fulfilled? are you holding yourself back in anyway? are you depriving your body and mind with the proper nutrition and tools for long-lasting health and happiness?
As much as I had been improving my way of life little by little this past year, I was still disappointed when I realized that the answers to these questions were not the right answers at all. I knew that I had to do something, something even drastic in my life to ensure that the next time I try to answer these questions the right answers will come up!
So a big thing that I did was finally cut out sugar. I had been cutting out wheat/gluten and dairy for the past year now and I have definitely noticed the positive effects that has had on my body! No more stomach aches from drinking too much milk or eating all that yogurt. And, to my biggest surprise, no more unfortunate bowel movements now that the bread/pasta/gluten is gone! Sorry yes this just got personal but it’s important that we all talk about this stuff. I feel like by not talking about how my digestive system wasn’t working properly this whole time because I was too embarrassed to mention it, put me in a lot of misery these past few years (my whole life really) and I wish I would have remedied it sooner. But better now than later I guess!
Cutting out sugar really helped me with my mood and even more importantly my headaches! I realize that before it was almost NORMAL for me to carry around Advil in my purse and have it next to my bed at all times. I would pop one of them a few times a week because I would get headaches. Well folks it was because of all that SUGAR!
But a lot more of my transformation in my diet as well as the effect it has on my NEW LIFE, will be talked about a lot from now on. Because basically the format and the content of this blog will start changing to fit my new lifestyle (ahem, maybe it is time to stop making chocolate banana bread only for MYSELF all the time).
BUT on to this salad! After not eating ANY sugar for a few weeks, this celebration of kale in a bowl really helped me with my sugar fix (and vicious cravings! Luckily those are all gone, but in the beginning it was tough to fit those sugar cravings off!). This salad was really a way for me to finally love dates! Dates were still something I was not adjusted to because it was not a part of my diet ever and it was a whole different type of sweetness I was not used too.
Granted there is still PLENTY of sugar in a date, but eating dates really helped me transition from the stale and sour taste of white processed sugar to the more varied and aromatic sweetness of food with natural sugar which have SO much more flavor – like dates!
Now to sidetrack to something different – I have been MIA from this lovely little space of html for the past 2-3 months. Like I talked about before, I had to revisit my diet and lifestyle because I found that it was still not working. I couldn’t continue blogging knowing that I had no idea what I was supposed to eat or what recipes I was supposed to make. Things will definitely look a little different around here and I continue on this wonderful journey to a more healthier me! Sometimes you just hit roadblocks and you have to take a break. But I am so glad to start ‘journaling online’ again!
ANYWAYS – Have you guys cut sugar? I would love to hear everybody’s stance/love/obsession on sugar because everybody’s romance is different!
- 3 medium red beets, scrubbed and cut into cubes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large bunch curly kale washed, stem removed and julienned
- 6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 blood orange, juiced
- 1 half lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Place the beets on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle the oil over top. Use your hands to toss them in the oil. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until brown and tender.
- In a large bowl, add the blood orange juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and whisk until well combined. Add the kale, almonds and dates and with your hands toss around until mixed with the dressing.
- Once out of the oven let the beets cool for few minutes and then add to salad. Sprinkle over the nutritional yeast, sea salt to taste and serve.