The past few days I have been making a very conscious effort to eat foods that fuel me, not my emotions. Let’s rewind a little bit so I can tell you the reasons for these emotions.
I have finally come to terms with the fact that I am just not good at science. I guess I just assumed that, as a Dietetics major, I need to be good at science. Okay, let me tell you, this isn’t the case. Sure, science is the base for nutrition, but the two are completely different beasts. I love nutrition and I am really good at it, but some aspects of Chemistry and just about all of Biology fly directly over my head.
This Quarter at school, I have been taking Chemistry, Biology, Nutrition, Communications, and Medical Terminology in preparation for my double major in Dietetics and Nutrition for Fitness. I am just going to be blunt and say that I have been struggling in Biology. Despite my studying and hard work it wasn’t looking good for my grade. On Monday I made the tough decision to swallow my pride and drop Biology. I still need to take it, but hopefully the next time I will not only have a foundation in the subject, but I will know what I am getting myself in to and study accordingly. To be honest, I felt a little bit like a failure. It took a lot of positive words from friends and family to remind me that I am just doing what is best.
On another academic note, I am rethinking my double major. It adds a lot of classes and stress to my life and really, I just want it to say that I have two degrees. It is a trophy, that is it. I would still be a Dietetics major, I would just drop my second. It would relieve so much stress! Maybe if I lower my stress level I can stop being such a major beotch to Steve. I’m not in top girlfriend form right now.
So getting back to food, I have been stress eating a lot and surprise(!) it isn’t fixing anything. On Monday I took the time to prepackage a bunch of fresh food for myself and my diet yesterday consisted of:
- Black Beans
- Homemade Pumpkin Butter
- Homemade Hummus
- Seasoned Potatoes
- Butternut Squash
It felt so nice to eat real food and I would consider myself on a “detox” of sorts. I never ever believe in deprivation, I just believe in fueling your body with what keeps it running best. And an ice-cream sandwich for dessert kept me running and left my eternal chocolate craving feeling fulfilled.
Today I have packed some of my tastiest foods from yesterday to take to school for lunch. It is a beautiful, fresh lunch and I can’t wait!
If you are looking for a wholesome recipe using real food, look no further than this post. I have a confessed Clif Bar addiction, and these babies are better than Clif bars. True story!
Simple Granola Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup raisins
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/3 Cup egg whites
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg whites, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.
Do you ever believe in a junk food “detox”, of sorts?
Are you ever a stress eating?