Uplifting Quotes for the Optimist

Typically, people are either optimists or pessimists and not much of an in between. I also feel like you’re not quite so much born one way, but your environment definitely affects your perception of the world.

Also, with true grit one can definitely help themself become one or the other.

ANYWHOOOOO –

Here are some quotes that really struck me; either they hit home with me personally, made me think of a loved one, or just gave me the warm fuzzies and made me feel hopeful for the future.

No, I didn’t write all these quotes. But, I did take my own interpretations, as you should as well. That’s the beauty of art: the meaning is up to the audience.

Hope these quotes give you a bit of a boost this morning and lead you through a week of light ahead.

xoxo,

HB

Learning to Live in the Between

You’ve heard the phrase 0 to 100, right? I like to apply that to how I live my life…I’m a very black and white, 0 to 100 kinda girl. You won’t find me living much of my life in the gray area.

However, a lot of “life” happens in that gray area. You don’t go to bed 16 and wake up 26, even if you look at your 16 year-old-self as the “before” and your 26 year-old-self the “after”, you’ve still got 10 years of living in that in between. See where I’m going with this?

I came across this quote the other day and it resonated with me in a profound way. After my therapy session this morning, I realized why.

Most of my life has been lived in the extremes. Especially when it comes to my health. I’ve had some really high highs and some reallllly low lows, and living in that nicely balanced gray area is where consistency happens, which is something I’m desperately working toward.

The truth is: I’ve never truly been mentally AND physically healthy at the same time. Ever. Like, I can’t recall an extended period of time where I was both mentally and physically sound, and that is a hard pill to swallow.

So, where do I go from here? Being self aware is just the half of it. Once you accomplish that, you have to actually implement what you’ve learned to better everyday living. Patience is not a quality I possess, but I’m working on it. We as a society love to look for quick fixes, whether it’s a diet pill for rapid weight loss or a stupidly high-interest loan just because you can’t wait any longer for that latest purchase. We want fast. We want easy. But we can’t solve the world’s problems with quick fixes.

I’ve been overweight, I’ve been super fit, I’ve been completely mentally unstable and I’ve been mentally sound. But I’ve never been emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally healthy all at once. And that my friends, is the golden ticket to happy living.

Validation is something I look for in all areas of life. I love to get it and I love to give it out. However, I find myself especially lingering on words people say about my appearance. Whether it’s positive or negative, I linger.

But I can’t forget why I started: To feel better, live a fuller life and share my light with the world. I’m doing this for ME and MY health, not any one else. So why give other people’s words so much power?

I do believe part of my beauty is my lack of in betweens. When I’m sad, I’m sad. When I’m happy, I’m absolutely elated! Passionate would be a good way to describe me. HOWEVER, I need to remember that the majority of life is lived in the middle. Consistency is what you do every day over time. The little things. The everyday habits.

They add up, and suddenly your “gray area” becomes your “after”.

I’m working toward my after, but I sure as hell won’t forget why it’s important to be consistent and patient. I’m learning to enjoy living life in the between.

xoxo,

HB

4 AIP-friendly meals made to satisfy

Following a strict diet/meal plan can be challenging.

Maybe you feel like you eat the same thing every. single. meal. Or, maybe you feel SO restricted you’re scared to try anything other than a chicken breast and broccoli.

Ever since my HS diagnosis, I’ve been hyper-focused on what I’m putting in my body. But don’t be fooled – I’m OBSESSED with food, y’all. Like, I come from a family who loves food. I plan vacations solely on the food we get to eat. You get the drill.

So, when I went no-gluten/no-dairy and low-carb, I wasn’t ready to give up the yummy flavorful foods I’ve loved. BUT guess what – I didn’t have to! As soon as you start educating yourself on the alternatives for ingredients you’re used to, a whole new world opens up.

Below are 4 fairly easy meals that are packed with flavor, minimal on prep and fall into AIP pretty well.

This is the perfect packable lunch! Meal prep can get boring, and some days you don’t want a hot meal and you’d rather have some snack-type foods. Go with the lunchable, never fails.
While this isn’t the prettiest dish, it’s certainly full of flavor and nutrients!
*note: I know cornstarch isn’t paleo, but I didn’t have arrowroot powder. If you’re strict paleo, swap the cornstarch for arrowroot.*
This is honestly so simple but so delish, it’s a staple in my house. I used pre-cooked sausage patties to save time, but you can also use your own and brown before putting in the casserole.

While you’ve probably seen a dozen versions of each of these dishes, this was my take on yummy classics while following MY version of AIP. Yes, I know tomatoes aren’t typical AIP (nightshade), but I haven’t found them to be one of my triggers.

A few things to keep in mind: I always try to buy organic/grass-fed meats when I can. Definitely get the cleanest ingredients possible when it comes to your meats. Also, Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning is life-changing. Like y’all, you gotta go get yourself some NOW. For those of you who aren’t fortunate enough to have a local TJ’s, they sell it on Amazon.

Another staple in my fridge/pantry is Nutpods original flavor. I love to use their fun flavors for my morning coffee, but the original is so thick and creamy it’s the best alternative I can find for heavy whipping cream or half and half! Must try. You can order on Amazon at the link above, or they sell them at select health food stores AND NOW Target.

Hope you enjoy these dishes! Drop recipes ideas below. Let’s share the wealth of knowledge.

xoxo,

HB