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Weekly Obsessions-May 6

Fruit Salad

I’ve been reading and hearing so many things lately about going off grains and other inflammatory foods to help arthritis that I feel I need to give it a serious try. HOWEVER. That is super hard. So I’ve decided to eliminate grains slowly–one meal at a time. I started with breakfast. Normally I eat cereal or oatmeal for breakfast, however it has been relatively easy to swap that for fresh fruit. Once a week, I make a large fruit salad of sorts and then eat it over the course of the week. This week it includes

2 organic gala apples
2 kiwis
2 bananas
1 carton organic strawberries
a couple splashes of pure coconut water and organic OJProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

I follow the rule of the peel when it comes to organic vs. not. As we all know, organic can be pricey, however, to me, it seems so worth it not to ingest harmful chemicals. So, the rule of peel is buy organic fruit and veggies when you will eat the peel (apples, strawberries) and don’t splurge for organic when you remove it (kiwi, banana). The switch to this delicious fruit breakfast has actually been very easy. I feel refreshed and light, yet satisfied every morning. If you need a little more protein in your morning, like on an especially busy day or after a particularly light dinner the night before, you could always add a hard-boiled egg (on its own. not in the salad. hopefully that is obvious).

In fact, hard-boiled eggs are  another obsession this week. I’ve been hard-boiling a bunch at once and then keeping them in their carton in the fridge. I just pull one out when I need a snack or add them to a lunch salad for some protein. They are fantastic, easy and delicious.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

And my final obsession this week (surprise, surprise more food) is Honey Pie from Bang Bang. It is sweet and creamy with touches of lavender and salt. And their crust is always amazing. I’m savoring really really small pieces as it is also VERY sweet.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset


Oil Pulling Follow Up

I had a few people text/email me about oil pulling after I posted about it, so I thought I would find a good article with tips and pointers about it to share. I was reading this article from Wellness Mama, when some celebrity/fashion news show on E (it was on in the background, ya’ll) started talking about how quickly this trend is “sweeping Hollywood.” So I guess it may be too late to be “the first” to try it. But who cares? So many benefits, I say go for it.

Anyway, check out the link to her great article about the essentials of oil pulling like don’t spit it out in your sink; really give it 20 minutes; and and don’t gargle! Let me know how it goes.

Weekly Obsessions March 30

Like many people, I tend to get really excited about a things for a while, only to have many of them fall by the wayside after a few weeks or even days. Some obsessions definitely stick and become, well, normal interests, and that is great. However, I used to feel bad about being really into something for a short period of time. As if the time I devoted to that food, website, item of clothing, was not valuable because it was short? Not true, I say! Year of Fun celebrates anything that brings even short-lived happiness. So, here’s what I’m obsessed with (this week):

Coconut. For real ya’ll. Those of you who know of my extreme distaste for eating shredded coconut on any dessert or fried shrimp will laugh, but I am currently obsessed with coconut in other forms. It all started when my friend Emily (of the rockstar Emily Alt Photography-for real, go check out her rolling elopements) introduced me to oil pulling. Take quality oil–like organic, virgin coconut oil (I get mine from Trader Joe’s. For about $5, you can get a jar that will last for months)–and slowly swish (pull) about a tablespoon around in your mouth for 5-20 minutes in the morning before doing anything else. I know it sounds gross and, I’m not going to lie, it kind of tastes/feels gross at first. But, after two days my teeth were whiter than they’ve ever been and NO plaque. Oil pulling has other potential positive effects–fighting sickness, improving cardiovascular health, improving skin, hair and nails, and, even, helping ease the symptoms of many autoimmune diseases. If any of that happens, I will be very happy, however, the main reason I’m doing it is for my teeth. So white and so clean clean. Make sure you rinse and brush right after pulling!

That is not all I’m doing with coconut these days. I’m also putting the oil on my lips as a natural chapstick–since Chicago is under an ever-lasting frozen vortex of winter. And, almost every morning, I mix coconut water and orange juice for a delicious and healthy immune booster, hydrator, and all around pick-me-up.20140330-105436.jpg

Old Photos. I was recently going through all the stuff I have stored in my parents’ basement (yes, I am a fully grown adult and have boxes upon boxes of stuff in my parents’ basement) and found about 50 of those Walgreens envelopes full of photos. Now, these were not that old. They were high school and college, a time when Facebook was just being invented. I was feeling like I didn’t have many photos from that era, particularly college, and was so excited and relieved to find these. However, my mom also shared with me some photos that are actually old, of my grandmother, her mother, as a little girl. Not too long ago, she also shared with me old photos from my dad’s side of family that my sister and I used to create a photo book for our grandmother, his mother, last Christmas. Old family photos–especially black and white or faded color–make some of the best art for your home. They are meaningful and beautiful prints that add character and charm.  They are also relatively inexpensive to print, even in large sizes, and can be edited to fit standard frame sizes, so you don’t have to pay for custom framing. I have big plans for these in the new place.

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Organic Pop Tarts. Speaking of a blast from the past, these Trader Joe’s organic pop tarts are the cat’s pajamas. And they don’t have all the nonsense ingredients of other toaster pastries. Cherry pomegranate? Yes please.

20140330-110049.jpgSo those are my obsessions this week. We’ll see what next week brings…what are you obsessed with right now?


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