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June 22, 2017 in Balance / Recovery

STOP FOOD SHAMING… STOP. 

The other day I was viewing Instagram stories, and I saw someone shame another’s food choices. And to me it came off as they were “better” for eating that clean protein bar, and the other person was not as good for eating that Nature Valley bar.

There is NO good or bad food. Food is just food. And I am so tired of seeing this message being spread on social media platforms. 

My instant reaction to that Instagram story was frustration. This is why our society has such an unhealthy relationship with food. When we are constantly hearing different foods that are good for us and foods that are bad for us, we start to view food as such a black and white thing. And in order to have a balanced relationship with food, you need to be able to see the grey areas.

Yes, an RX bar is more nutritious than a Nature Valley one, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a Nature Valley bar. It is still fuel, it still has some wholesome ingredients, and they are cheaper than RX bars. Nature Valley bars are not bad, and RX bars are not good. These bars are just snack bars to give our bodies fuel. That’s it. You are not a better person if you chose to eat the RX bar over the Nature Valley bar. Our morality is not tied to the foods we eat, and we often lose sight of that. If you want to eat the RX bar because you actually enjoy it and it feels good for your body, then by all means eat it! But do not go vocalizing to others and in your own head how that Nature Valley bar is bad and “unhealthy.” Because it is not.

What happens when we fall into the food shaming mentality? 

Viewing certain foods as good and bad is detrimental to our mental health. When we view a food as bad, we have the tendency to put that food off limits. And when we say that we cannot have something, our natural instinct as humans is to want that more. What does that lead to? Bingeing. When we also put that “bad” food off limits, it can also just lead to us thinking about it over and over again causing our head space to get a bit foggier and our overall state of happiness to decline.

Viewing food as just food. 

I hardly ever see this mentality around food anymore. Food is such a complicated, messy topic that causes so much stress and anxiety in people’s lives. But the thing is, it shouldn’t. I strongly believe food shaming has a lot to do with it, not to mention the diet industry and unrealistic beauty expectations. But what would happen if we viewed food as just food? No good, no bad. Just looking at food as fuel. Obviously there is the more nutritious food and the “fun” food. But maybe if we worked on being in tune with our bodies and allowing ourselves food from both categories, people’s relationship with food would begin to improve. When we aren’t labeling what we eat as good and bad, it’s also easier to be compassionate to ourselves. Whenever I ate a “bad” food, I felt disgusted with myself. I hated myself for consuming such a disgusting thing and all the love for myself went out the window. But when we eat a cookie and aren’t labeling it as bad, we can be more kind with ourselves. “I just ate that cookie and I LOVED it. It was so good and such a yummy snack to have!” There is no talk about the cookie being bad and any guilt surrounding that cookie. It is just talk of enjoyment! And that’s how it should be.

Food is not like people. There is no good or bad. 

When we think of people, we often label them as good and bad. A good person may have remarkable qualities like being kind, respectful, loving, and caring. And a bad person may have less admirable qualities like being rude, dishonest, vengeful, and irresponsible. These qualities come to mind when I think of good and bad people. So why would we label food the same way that we label people? Are sweet potatoes loving and caring but white potatoes aren’t? You see what I mean?? At the end of the day, it sounds so silly to use this food shaming mentality. Because all food is is just food. It is nourishment. That’s it. No bad, no good. It gives us life, it gives us energy, and it keeps us going. 

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Keep growing good thoughts in your brain. About yourself, about this world, about food, about your body.

// only grow thoughts in your brain that you wouldn’t mind putting in a vase //

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My Anxiety + Some Ways that I Cope

June 12, 2017 in Recovery

It’s Mondayyyyyy. This weekend was so much fun because I got to go to a concert on Thursday and Friday with my best friends!! I love concerts and music SO much. (Fun fact about me) Maybe I’ll do a fun fact post soon enough if y’all want to see that.

Last night I was watching Ted Talks on anxiety, and this is a topic that I hold very close to my heart.

  1. I am on anxiety medication. I struggle with anxiety. I have struggled with bad anxiety since I was 15.
  2. So many people do struggle with anxiety. And there is nothing to be ashamed about if you do struggle.

Saturday I was relaxing yet I felt restless. Itching to crawl out of my skin and my mind bombarded with an array of thoughts. This is not unusual for me. This happens to me sometimes, and I am not ashamed to admit it. I get anxious. I struggle. I have to calm myself down.

I wrote this in my journal on Saturday:

//I think the feeling I have in my chest right now is restlessness. I’m here on this deck right now and my mind is in 50 million different places. It’s hard. I know this is anxiety. The feeling of worry, the feeling of dread and like I’m not doing things right.//

Looking back on this after a few days I know I was definitely dreading work that day. Work has left me feeling a bit stressed- that and the fact that I’m taking off for a month because I’m like… omg, time is just going to fly before my eyes. I am a dreamer. I have a lot of things I want to do and I stack my plate pretty dang high, then I freak and am like oh my gosh what I am doing trapped inside the walls of GNC all the time. But trust in his plan, right? I have to pull myself back from this worry and just BREATHE. So I decided to relax on my hammock, I journaled, read my book, and napped. I rejoiced in the time I had to just be and did things to better myself.

I wish I could tell you a cure to just feel at peace all the time and never have anxiety, but I can’t. I have had panic attacks, I have been plagued by social anxiety- I’ve had the whole 9 yards. The quivering hands, tight chest, shaking from a crippling anxiety attack leaving me weak and gasping for air.

Anxiety is not something I have talked a lot on this blog, and I want to put in more of an effort to do so. There are so many individuals struggling with an anxious mind and having anxiety is nothing to be embarrassed about. But please, please understand that anxiety is not just the average worry. Anxiety is when this worry consumes you and takes over the quality of your life.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking medication. It receives a negative stigma for sure, but gosh has my anxiety and depression medication saved my life. (along with therapy of course). Besides medication, I use a few other tools to help me stay calm:

  1. ESSENTIAL OILS frankincense_1024x1024-1

Frankincense is one of my favorite oils. This is commonly used for meditation.

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Lavender smells amazing. I love putting a drop of this on my pillow before I got to bed or rubbing it on my wrists. Lavender has sedative effects which helps for those nights when your mind won’t stop racing.

For my oils, I use an essential oil diffuser. But I also rub them on my wrists and feet or put a drop or two on my pillow?

Want to find these oils? These are my favorite brand. Buy them from my link here!

2. Writing

Writing is another thing that calms me down. Remembering that my journal is a judgment free zone is CRUCIAL. I can write how I feel, I can write whatever pours out of my heart into the pencil and not feel ashamed for doing so.

3. Music

Music holds an important place in my life. There are a lot of artists I love and genuinely speak to my heart. (Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Jack Johnson, SOJA)

Putting on my favorite Spotify playlists and just listening to music helps me take a step back from my crowded mind.

4. Yoga

You guys know how much I love yoga. But gosh does it do so much good for not only my body, but my mind. I am thrilled to be taking on the long but rewarding journey of getting certified to teach yoga so I can share my love for this practice with others.

5. Reading quotes

Tumblr and Pinterest have some of my favorites.

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That’s it for today guys. 

Share some thoughts about this on here. Let’s keep this conversation about mental health rollin’. Any thoughts are so appreciated!! 

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What happened When I put my Appearance on Such a High Pedestal?

June 8, 2017 in Recovery

What happened when I put my appearance on such a high pedestal? 

A lot of things happened. My life was completely different than it is now. Focusing on my body, my weight, how I looked- that was what my world revolved around.

When I put the size of my body as the center of my world, I became unhappy.

Striving to always be thinner, to always watch the number on the scale get lower and lower- I could not be satisfied. I had this insatiable desire to shrink and shrink and shrink. Shrinking my body led to shrinking my happiness too.

When I valued my abs showing more than I valued time spent with family and friends, I became cranky.

Abs are made in the kitchen, right? Eating “clean” to maintain my abs led to frustration at family parties trying to find “clean” food, and a feeling of dread before hanging out with friends.

When I cared more about how I looked than about my relationships, my relationships began to dwindle away.

My “health” was my upmost priority- not the people in my life. I watched these relationships fade before my eyes, yet I saw my body becoming smaller and that was all that mattered in my eyes.

What happened when I put my appearance on such a high pedestal? 

I lost my sense of confidence, self-worth, connection, and energy for the world. The passion I once had in my heart became a passion for solely looking a certain way. I never felt good enough, and I never would. I though that by having my body and the way I look on such a high pedestal, people would have known I was serious about this whole health thing- I wanted to be known as the health nut, the fitness girl: and that’s it. I was skinnier than other girls, and I wanted attention for that. 

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By putting my looks as something of such high importance, I forgot there was anything else to me. I just felt as if I was the skinny girl , forever defined by my looks. I only cared about my abs, I felt like other people only did too.. Would they actually care about my words? What else I offered to this earth? By putting my appearance on such a high pedestal, I lost other aspects of myself. I was my body, the food I ate, the workouts I did. And that was it.

So this is your Thursday reminder to stop putting how you look as the main priority of your life. Your identity does not fall in the food you eat or the workouts you do, you are far more than that.

Yes, you have a body. But you are not just your body. 

Search outside yourself, explore new passions, and let your body be your vehicle for this life: not something you are always trying to make smaller. You are enough- just as you are. Your self-worth does not- and will never- depend on how you look or how you weigh. Treat yourself with kindness and respect because you are beautiful and valuable.

Now tell me: 

Any thoughts on this or comments you have. 🙂

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“You are going to hurt. But you are also going to heal.”

May 29, 2017 in Recovery

“You are going to hurt. But you are also going to heal.” 

I cannot stress this enough to you all. Whoever is reading this, whether you are currently hurting, whether you have been hurt: regardless of the pain you are feeling, you will heal.

The thing with times of struggle is that in the midst of them, you never feel like you are going to come out victorious. You feel stuck in the pain. I get it, because I’ve been there a lot of times in my life. Whether it was with my eating disorder, my depression, or my anxiety, I have most definitely been in that spot. I cannot express to you how many times I thought that I was stuck, that I was hopeless, that my story was different than others- different in the fact that I couldn’t beat my demons.

For me, looking back on old journal entries is the craziest- but a good kind of crazy. There is nothing like reading the thoughts in your brain of a time of despair and seeing how far you’ve grown. The “I did that, I overcame that. I conquered that” type of feeling. Back in November, each journal entry was filled with sadness and despair. Every day being described as if I were walking with the biggest cloud over my head. Going into each new day with dread and sadness. There were some nights during that month that I told myself I was stuck like this forever.

And that is why I love this quote so much. You are going to hurt, that is inevitable. But please believe me in the fact that you WILL heal. 

“Never forget that there’s always more fight in you than you think.”

Each person carries a whole lot more fight embedded within them than they believe is humanly possible. Stop and think for a second how much sh!t in this life you have overcome. Give yourself some credit. Overcoming battles is proof of the fight we truly have within us. I know a great deal of my followers have/ are battling an eating disorder/ depression/ anxiety. And I know the daily struggles that come with each and every one of those illnesses. I know the pain, I know the hurt. But I am also aware of how strong each and every one of my followers are, and the daily battles that they win each and every day.

Give yourself some credit, you’ve come pretty far. 

//I have been torn apart, brutally broken down to a core: by myself, and by others. I have been hurt, I have hurt- myself and others. I have almost left this world, I have almost given up. For the energy it took to push through everyday, to simply get out of bed was too hard to bare. I have hidden from my fears, I have hidden from myself for the image reflecting back at me was one I looked at in disgust. Beaten down to a crisp, left without a feeling of purpose, aching with every fiber in my being, somehow I still held on with slippery hands and remained on this Earth. //

I have come far. I have hurt. I have healed. I will hurt again, and I will heal. We have the power to put ourselves back together. Humans are remarkable in what they can accomplish. Don’t lose sight of that.

The healing doesn’t always go as planned. It’s an up and down process. A bumpy road of highs and lows, good days and bad days, twists and turns. But it is important to remember that despite these twists and turns, the good and bad times, you still WILL heal- you still WILL get to where you want to be. My life has not been what I ever would have imagined. The ways I overcame adversity are not ways I expected to. The ways I overcame triumph were hard but taught me so much about myself. “It doesn’t always happen how you think it’s going to.happen.” 

Let yourself hurt, Let yourself heal. You will be stepped on in this life. But just like flowers, you can still grow. Pain is just a temporary setback, that’s it. Nothing long-term, nothing forever. Trust in that, have faith. And remember the power you hold within your heart.

Leaving you with that this Memorial Day Monday. Hope you have the best day babes. Love your thoughts and feedback so PLEASE feel free to share them in the comments.

All the love,

Lyss 🙂

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Transferring to Intuitive Eating

May 25, 2017 in Recovery

Hi friends!! How are you?! Hope you have been enjoying your week thus far.

I have a new video up on something I get asked a lot: “How do you intuitively eat? How do I get there?”

Talking a whole lot about the mind-body connection here, listening to your cravings, mental aspects of hunger, etc. etc.

I don’t want to do a whole lot of writing about that, so I thought a video would suffice. Hope y’all enjoy. As always, feedback is welcome and conversation is SO appreciated.

Thank you for watching guys! Have a happy happy Thursday <3

All the love,

Lyss 🙂

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Stop Using Food to Cope

May 19, 2017 in Recovery

Friends it’s Friday and the weather has been absolutely glorious. Hot sunny days make my soul SO HAPPY!! I hope you all have been enjoying your weeks thus far. 🙂
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Stop coping with food.

What do I mean by that? Honestly a lot of things.

I used food to cope with a whole lot of issues in my life. It became my backbone for how I got through things. Feeling sad? Don’t eat as much. Feeling big? Skip a snack. Feeling good about yourself? Let yourself have that dessert.

I cannot tell you how many people out there in this world, especially this country, use food to cope with their problems. Because the thing is, we NUMB our problems- whether that’s with food, drug/alcohol addictions, cutting, or doing something as simple as scrolling through your Instagram for 20 minutes before you get out of bed.

For me, my eating disorder cultivated out of other issues. A type A personality, anxiety, gymnastics, a constant feeling of not being good enough. So I did I cope with all of those issues? Food. My eating disorder did  not just start because I wanted to have an eating disorder, or because I wanted to get skinny. It was a culmination of SO many things. So many issues I numbed through years of restriction.

I numbed my feelings with food because I didn’t know how to cope.

How does a 13 year old girl deal with feeling fatter than her friends at a pool party? Or feeling so anxious every time she walked into the classroom? How does she deal with getting yelled at while at gymnastics practice for not sticking every routine?

For me, I numbed these feelings with food. That was my coping skill. 

And I know for a FACT that many people do the same things.

For some it may be binging in order to provide comfort. The world seems scary, life seems overwhelming? Numb your feelings and binge on something. Everything in your life seems to be going wrong? Numb your feelings and skip your breakfast.

Feel. Your. Feelings. 

I cannot emphasize this enough. Feel your feelings. Embrace them. Allow them to grow within you and recognize that you will not be happy and put together all the time. Gosh, I wish we taught this in middle school. I wish we taught kids how to feel their feelings and correctly cope with what they’re going through. Because when what we’re feeling is new and uncomfortable, that is scary- for anyone. And feelings of discomfort typically lead to wanting to avoid something, in this case, the feeling. So we numb them. 

I strongly believe that every person could positively benefit from therapy. Therapy helped me unravel why I developed an eating disorder in the first place, why I felt the need to hurt my body so incredibly much. And it later helped me discover why I was so depressed, why I felt the need to again hurt myself. Sometimes we can’t discover what feelings were numbing without the help of someone else, and that is okay. Other people provide support and comfort which is a true blessing and beautiful things.

When I learned to feel my feelings, I stopped feeling the urge to use food to numb them- because I had nothing to numb. 

If I woke up and felt crappy about myself? I cried. I told my mom. And I embraced it. The wow, I don’t like what I look like today type of feelings. But I still ate because I knew that wouldn’t help me feel any better if I didn’t. If I felt lonely and worthless I let myself feel that way. I couldn’t control it. I accepted the feeling. I didn’t use food to cope with it. I didn’t numb it. I feel my feelings and I move on.

Feel what you are feeling.  Do not numb them, do not hide from them. Stop using food to cope with them. You are a human being for HAVING feelings. But please, stop feeling ashamed for them! 

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Enjoy your weekends lovely people!! Thank you for all the love you give me. Always feeling blessed.

Sending all the love to YOU. <3

Xoxo

Lyss<3

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Use your voice

May 15, 2017 in Recovery

If you follow me on Instagram (@blissful_lyss29), you might notice that you’re seeing a bit more of my face on there. A bit more yoga flows, some quotes… basically less food. I will still post my beautiful oats and smoothies of course, but there’s been a shift in my heart with what I want to use that platform form.

I don’t have tens of thousands of Instagram followers, but I do have enough where I feel like I am able to impact people’s lives in some way, shape, or form. And I do feel that we are all given a voice, so we should use it in the way that makes our heart the most full. For me, that is sharing what I am passionate about. Sharing my experiences, how I’ve grown,  and how I am changing and evolving each and every day. I feel that people can connect with that more sometimes than a beautifully set up picture of peanut butter banana toast.

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There’s an unfollow button for a reason, and you shouldn’t be afraid to use it. So if this post offends some, feel free to hit that button! There’s some things I need to address per usual b/c I always have a lot of thoughts flowing through my mind. Honestly, I strongly believe there are a great deal of people on Instagram who are suffering from orthorexia. Having a passion for health is great and all, but what if you don’t have a passion for anything else? What if your healthiness becomes who you are, what if it consumes you?? There are a great deal of people on Instagram who thrive off of building muscle, counting macros or making “gains.” A large majority of these people who have had an eating disorder in the past. But what if you are using fitness as another obsessive outlet as you did when you were sick with your eating disorder? And what if fitness becomes all consuming and takes over your happiness? Please realize that the majority of “healthy” people you see on Instagram are probably not actually healthy. Because if you’re considering a “dessert” vegan cacao banana nice cream with coco nibs and grain free granola, you might want to revaluate and go get yourself a friggin ice cream cone. And if you become so obsessed with achieving a six pack that you skip out on a fun night out with your friends, that really is not normal!! I’m a deep thinker. I have a lot of thoughts, and I’m thankful to have a platform to share them on. If you don’t like em, bye. Now go take a nap or get yourself some good eats. I’ll be back to blogging once finals are over too!! Love y’all! #beateatingdisorders #recoveryisworthit #bopo #loveyourbody #loveyourselfmore #nourishyoursoul #nourishtoflourish #anorexiarecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #recoveryisworthit

 

^ This kind of caption is what I mean by using your voice. I think having an opinion is a beautiful thing, and I also think being able to respect one another’s opinion is even more beautiful. For a long long time, I was too shy to use my voice. Too afraid of what other’s would think of me, too nervous to speak up in situations. But I think having the confidence TO speak up and use our voice is one thing we should all work at.

What are you passionate about? What do you want to use your voice for? What sets your soul on fire? 

Lately, I’ve been more passionate about nature. More interested about human rights, ending racism and the injustices around the world. More passionate about being in touch with my mind, body, AND soul- and more determined to share that message with others.

“I wish you would stop apologizing for having a heart that feels everything so deeply. It’s a gift, wear it proudly.”

Something I have accepted is that I feel deeply. Instead of shoving my feelings aside, I use my voice to express them. And I encourage you all to do the same.

Speak out about what you are passionate about. Do not sit in silence. Do not be afraid to use your words. Our words have the capacity to move SO many. To start a movement, to ignite change.

Do not become silent about the things that matter to you the most. 

I always remind myself this- whether it’s before posting an Instagram, in a conversation with someone, in a class discussion… do NOT become silent about the things that you hold dear to your heart. YOUR VOICE matters- and it deserves to be heard.

Would love to hear your thought about this and some highlights from your weekend. 🙂

Hope you guys have a great day!

Sending my love as always.

Xoxo

Lyss<3

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Mourning in Growth

April 17, 2017 in Recovery

“No one warns you about the amount of mourning in growth.”

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this 20 years on Earth, it’s that life is tough. I’ve climbed a lot of mountains to get where I am today, and I’ll have to keep on climbing those mountains. Life is all about growth: getting a little better, getting a little stronger. But one thing I realized? There is mourning within growth.

Last summer, I thought I really hit my peak. I was thriving. I found a love for yoga, a deeper connection with God, I felt secure in where I was in life: secure in my job, secure in friends, secure in my relationship with food and exercise. Life was good, and my heart was happy. I was living a comfortable life and I was doing my thing. It was the best I had ever been mentally in my life.

But just a few months later, shit hit the fan. And life got tough. Life got messy. The walls of my comfortable life were closing in, and I felt lost. I felt ashamed that I worked myself up so damn high to just come crashing down to rock bottom. I thought to myself, “What’s the point? I can’t get to where I used to be. I’m stuck.” So I carried that mindset for a while. I moped around and let my struggles engulf me. I let my negative mindset carry me through day in and day out. I wanted to change, but I didn’t want to experience the discomfort that change and growth brings.

A few weeks later I quit the moping and the negative Nancy mindset and thought to myself, “You may not be where you were last year, but you will be somewhere different. Somewhere better. You are not going to be the same person as you were last summer. That person is in the past. You are here now.

“No one warns you about the amount of mourning in growth.”

No one warned me. No one pulled me aside and said that this process was going to hurt really freaking bad. I sat with the pain. I sat with the uneasiness. The uneasiness that stemmed from so many things. The uneasiness of what I had gone through, the unpredictability of what is to come, the doubts of me getting to where I wanted to be in this life. All of these uncertainties caused me stress and anxiety; they caused me pain. Because when I want something- I want it now, and I get impatient.

There was pain. There was mourning. There was doubts. There were times I wanted to retreat back to old ways. But I didn’t. Because I knew that all the mourning and all the pain would allow me to bloom into something more beautiful than I was last summer, and it did.

There is no magic cure. No making it all go away.  No easy way out. It is a process. Growth- it takes time, resiliency, and a positive mindset. All things that are tough to keep but oh so important to hold onto. 

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This life is just stunning. Beautiful in every single way. Hold on. Trust the process. Accept the mourning. Growth awaits you on the other side. You. Are. Resilient. YOU are enough.

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Food is just Food

April 10, 2017 in Balance / Recovery

This is something that’s been on my mind lately. The past month actually. So after writing about gendered healthcare in our country why not spit this out into a blog post.

Food is just food.

That’s it.

Food is just food for me. There is no good, there is no bad. There is no right or wrong. There is no right time to eat something, no wrong time to eat something. There are no rules.

Food is just food.

It is not the most important thing in the world. It is not and should not be the most important thing in your life. It is not and should not be the most important thing in your day. There is just so much more to focus on. There is so much more to talk about, so much more to think about than food.

How sad would it be if you missed amazing opportunities because you were worried about the food? How crazy would it be if you missed out on trips because they wouldn’t have the normal “healthy” food you eat every day?

Food is just food.

Food is what powered me through an interfaith women’s retreat this weekend. Food: not kale salads and vegan protein balls; but biscuits and regular yogurt and normal fries.

Food is what powered me through a mission trip last month. Food: not green smoothies and chickpea pasta; but macaroni and cheese and spaghetti.

Food is what carries me through my weeks at college. Food: not the kind I pack in tupperware containers; but the kind I purchase from the dining hall: the bagels and cream cheese, the pb&jellies and caesar salads.

Food carries me through. 

Sometimes this is all the Siggi’s yogurts and edamame in the world. Sometimes it’s all the bagels and pretzels.

But the thing is, food is really just food. 

It gives me energy for when I am tired and lagging. It keeps me fueled through long hours of studying. It keeps my brain thinking about things that have been exciting me so much lately: things I want to do in the future; dreams I want to work on making happen and goals I want to reach. It keeps me fueled through weekends where I am blessed enough to be able to teach yoga, it keeps me fueled through workouts at the gym and walks with friends.

Food is just food.

That’s it. That’s all there is too it. So why put the main center of your life on something so small?

I challenge you today to step outside yourself. Step outside your bubble. Step outside your comfort zone. Do not put all the focus on this one thing. Change it up, switch up your routine, grab a new lunch. Put the sweetener in your coffee. Don’t be afraid. Because the thing is food really is just food. It will not hurt you, it will not harm you. It will keep you energized. For when we are energized, we have the power to make a positive difference in this world. To make a difference in not only our lives, but in someone else’s.

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Remember what is truly important in life, and hold that close to your hearts this Monday.

Wishing you all a happy start to your week!! As always, comments are so so welcome. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by friends. 

Sending lots of love, 

 

Lyss <3

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I’m Glad I Eat at the Dining Hall…?

March 20, 2017 in Balance / College / Recovery

HAPPY MONDAY LOVE BUGS! I hope you all had the best St. Patty’s day weekend and did something fun! 🙂


Today’s post is directly for my college friends out there, but I feel like a lot of people can relate to the gist of this message regardless of if you’re a college student or not. 🙂

I’m glad I eat at the dining hall. Yep, you heard it. Yeah, I’ll complain about the food there sometimes, but I’m glad I have a meal plan at the end of the day. And I’m glad I have access to my college’s dining hall.

I’m glad I eat at the dining hall because…

  1. I don’t have time for meal prep while I’m at school. I don’t have time to make chicken & rice & broccoli on a Sunday night when I’m scrambling to finish assignments or just want to sit on my bum and drink Kombucha/read blogs. It’s not a priority for me. And for me, Netflix/blog time > meal prepping during my free time.
  2. Everyone at my school has a meal plan. It normalizes me and my eating habits. I’m not just going to sit in my room and eat my perfectly little prepped meal or bring tupperware to the dining hall while everyone else is eating food from there. Yeah, nope. That just doesn’t sound appealing to me at all.
  3. Food dates are fun. Same with coffee dates. And when your a college student, half the time those are at the dining hall. And with a meal plan, I am easily able to do that.
  4. Eating at the dining hall = relinquishing control. You don’t know how the food is prepped. You don’t know how many calories is in it. You aren’t making it yourself. You are just going to get some nourishment and fuel, and the rest doesn’t matter. Going to the dining hall is a good way to challenge a disordered mindset around food. It is a good way to just go with the flow and realize that all food really is fuel.
  5. Eating at the dining hall= giving less power to food. You don’t need your perfectly prepped overnight chia seed oats with matcha powder + coconut oil + some other nutrient straight from the earth every morning. Sometimes a bagel does the trick. Or an egg sandwich. Or a muffin. The chia see matcha coconut oil almond butter flax whatever you want to make oats just don’t happen every morning. And that is fine.
  6. It helps me keep my priorities in line. Because sometimes when I’m running in 500 directions all I can manage is a pb&j and some yogurt for lunch while on the go, and that is fine. Other things come first. Food isn’t the #1 most important thing in the entire universe. Sometimes a pb&j gets gobbled down while running late to class instead of a quinoa salad with 10 pounds of vegetables. And that is 1000% okay in my world.

So yeah. I am glad I eat at the dining hall. No, the food isn’t gourmet. But yes, I am thankful to have the privilege of eating there anyways.

No questions for today. Any thoughts are welcome!! Always appreciate them so incredibly much. 🙂 Happy Monday friends, sending tons of love!

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