Friday, April 04, 2014

A Crazy Post on the 'Whole Food' Phenomenon.

So I'm having a peruse around the blog-o-sphere and I happened to  read a post about challenging one's self to eat more whole foods at least once or twice a week.
I immediately thought, YES eat more whole foods! I should challenge myself to do that!

Then I started thinking about the meals I've had in the last week. They are as follows:
  • Fig & Prosciutto Salad with a balsamic glaze
  • Homemade Chicken Tenders with Rocket Salad
    (This is so easy. Just cut up some chicken breast and bread them and bake them!)
  • Pork Chops with Tomato and Avocado salad
  • Left over porkchops that Miguel turned into 'machaca' which is basically cut up pork with egg stirred through them and served with tortillas and homemade pico (salsa)

Now that I've actually listed out my meals, they look pretty 'whole' to me.
Does eating 'whole' mean not eating processed foods? Really, I’m curious. Educate me.

Anyway  here's my thought -- the above seems to me to be pretty normal run of the mill dinners. The only thing that might be a little weird is the fig salad, but I promise it's not even hard to make! Which makes me wonder, are you guys not eating this way too?

...and by this way I mean going to the grocery and buying some meat and some veg and throwing it together somehow. Isn’t this normal? If the answer is no, then absolutely everyone needs to eat more 'whole' and jump on the healthy bandwagon. Because you guys, eating processed foods all the time is so so bad for you! But surely you already know that!

I’m hoping that I don’t sound like a crazy woman, and you also think this ‘whole food’ phenomenon is a little bit crazy. Whole food shouldn’t be a ‘thing.’ Eating food close to their natural state should be normal…for you, for me, and for every person who has access to a grocery store. Obviously, I’m writing this from a privileged standpoint since I have a steady income and access to pretty decent food. I understand that there are plenty people who are living on small wages and can’t easily access good meats and vegetables, so thus need to rely on cheap, accessible meals. But that’s part of the problem too – McDonalds tends to be a cheaper alternative to feeding a family than going to the grocery store is. So scary.

I hope it’s clear that this post/rant is targeted at folks who are able to actually participate in crazy things like ‘whole food challenges.’

I guess what my point really is, is that challenges shouldn’t exist to encourage people to eat healthily for a short period of time.  People should be striving to eat healthily, regularly instead. When you challenge yourself to eat only whole foods for say a month straight, you are essentially trying to break a habit of eating bad foods, which is obviously great. However, once the challenge ends, it is so easy to slip right back into those original bad habits. I think what needs to happen is, people need to go to the grocery more often, fast food joints less and find a happy medium where good veggies exist in your life but you don’t feel guilty for having a bag of potato chips on a Friday night.

Moderation people. Healthy food people.

You can do it. I believe in you! 

Friday, March 28, 2014

On NAKED FACES!

Yesterday I had one of those mornings. You know them. The kind where you wake up and from start to finish you are rushing around the house like a mad woman looking for your missing shoe because wasn't it under the table just yesterday?!?!

The shoe wasn't under the table and the bathroom was preoccupied, as it tends to be in a share house. So instead of missing my bus and arriving late to work, I decided to cut a step out of my morning routine. I was going to --dramatic pause-- leave the house makeup-less.

Three years ago, I wouldn't have minded. In fact I used to consistently leave the house without makeup on because I thought I didn't need it. Most weekends in fact, I don't wear it, but for some reason in the last few years, I've decided that it is compulsory to slap on 'my face' for work every morning. I don't know how I feel about that. On one hand, I feel like it's a very 'adult' thing to do. I mean what self respecting business woman do you know doesn't wear a stitch of makeup to work? On the other hand, I feel like that last sentence grosses me out. So anti-feminst.  Yuck.

What's worse, is that I spent the entire morning hiding behind my glasses hoping no one would realize that my face was naked! Thankfully once lunch arrived, I was so preoccupied with food, that I didn't care whether or not I had anything on my face except for maybe another spoonful of soup!

The point is -- this is ridiculous.  Women are beautiful regardless of whether or not they decide to wear makeup at all.  Makeup shouldn't be compoulsory, rather it should be something that one puts on just cause they feel like it, or because they enjoy the art of it or because it's fun. Not because they feel ugly and naked and a loser without in on.

The Marriam Webster definition of makeup is this:

make·up

noun \ˈmā-ˌkəp\
: the way in which something is put together or arranged
: the physical, mental, and moral character of a person
: substances (such as lipstick or powder) used to make someone's face look more attractive
 
...and I think there is something fundamentally wrong with that.
 
Here's to more nakedfaced days!
 
xo,
Praxis

Monday, March 24, 2014

On sickness & baseball.



Well howdy! Welcome to day 2 of the sickness extravaganza! You missed day one because well, I was a hot mess. I still am.

Its Monday afternoon, and I'm sitting on the sofa trying to see if I can use any amount of brain power that is left to post out a little bloggy. I've basically been brain dead for the last two days as I've tried to get over this head cold that came out of nowhere. I'm phlegm-y and sinus-y and headache-y and it is not cute. 

But you know me, always trying to think of the positives so here they are: 

One -- SO MUCH NETFLIX AND YOUTUBE. Ohmyglory no wonder I'm brain dead. I've been watching reality TV and sports for the last two days. Hollah at the MLB season opener in Sydney though! Miguel and I went to game one and had an absolute blast, and then I spent all day yesterday in front of the TV watching game 2. It is so refreshing to have baseball on regular TV!

The Dodgers aren't my team, but I obviously supported them while they were here. They played hard for both games which resulted in two wins. duh. It was really awesome to feel the Americana spirit down under, and it was even more awesome to be part of baseball history.  

twins! 


Little known fact, Sydney Cricket Ground is the oldest venue in the world to host a baseball game. 
It was a pretty historic night, and I was so happy to have experienced it. 


Here's a rousing rendition of "Advance Australia Fair" at the game. If Aussies have one thing, it's spirit. 


AND the second positive thing about being sick?! Getting to actually stay in under the covers while it rains! I mean, don't we all just want to stay home and cuddle when it's raining so hard outside? I got to do that today! 

... it's the little things people. 

and that's it. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery, and more coherent thoughts. 

xo,
Praxis 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Edamame, Beer & Selfishness



I came home from an overtime shift at work today to an empty house -- a luxury I haven't experienced for a loooooong while. Living in a share house with my sister, her man and my man means someone is pretty much always home.

BUT TONIGHT... oh tonight I came home to an empty house, and it was magical. On came the boiling pot of water for the edamame and off came the pants.

Probably the most notable thing about tonight though, is the fact that I prepared dinner for just myself. I didn't realize how much I am constantly thinking about other people when I cook. I mean it's no fun to continuously cook for a party of one, so I enjoy cooking for others -- but -- it's good to be selfish sometimes. And all I wanted was some edamame and a beer, so that's what I got.

Also American Idol because I haven't indulged in that in forevvaaaa.

That's my number one takeaway for the night... it's good to think of yourself sometimes. It's good to be completely selfish and revel in it.

Don't forget to take a day and do you, just the way you want to.

xo,
Praxis