As it gets warmer in Seattle, I would expect myself to shift from comfort foods to salads and smoothies. Yeah, I would. However, this March was rainy and foggy so I decided to delay the shift until mid-April. I believe that my body knows better what it needs to stay comfortable and reserve energy for the upcoming summer. In truth, I expect this summer to be busy and energy-draining, but I’ll say more about this later.
My Sunday a few weeks ago was sweet in a very literal sense of the word. I attended the second day of a two-day chocolate festival in the Northwest. It was so much fun, guys!
Let’s continue our list with two more major points.
As summer ended, I found it difficult to stay motivated and stick to my exercise routine and diet. Lacking energy, craving sweets, and as a result, not getting all needed nutrition made me feel even more powerless and guilty. The way to fuel my body and keep my cravings under control was out there somewhere—I just was not able to see it. Then, completely by mistake, I soaked dates instead of dried figs to make my favorite stuffed figs candies. Obviously, I had an urgent need to use them somehow—and this recipe came alive.
The very first thing sports trainers and dietitians teach their clients who want to lose weight is to cut off sweets, which makes total sense. Nevertheless, not every one of them suggests the alternatives that can actually satisfy the cravings and have some healthy impacts on a person’s look, physical and mental wellbeing.
I love when my friends from out of the state come to visit. First of all, it is ‘long time no see’ kind of excitement, a lot of giggling, sharing, food tasting, and walking. Second, and just as much enjoyable, I have a perfect excuse to do things that the locals barely do: visit the city’s most known places! Those who live near the ocean will understand me because, against the common belief, they enjoy ‘beach days’ pretty rarely, just as those who live near forests and national parks barely hike the same trails over and over again. I think it is due to the lack of time, the desire to find new attention-grabbing spots, and the need to avoid crowds. I definitely can add one more reason: getting used to seeing the same thing (even a truly fascinating one) makes its charm faint. So every time I go up the Space Needle is really special because I do it so infrequently.
I am asked these questions very often: “Where do you find time for cooking? Do you really enjoy it? Wouldn’t you rather be spending time doing something fun than chopping and baking?” I wish I had a dollar every time I tried to explain that making dishes can be fun and relaxing and that it plays such an important role in my family’s physical and mental health. Check it out yourself!
Today I am so happy, guys! My day was amazing! I spent hours writing, editing, reading, had a long walk through the downtown, a cup of steamed coconut milk latte and, last but not least, I cooked the dinner that surprised even me. Being honest, it does not happen very often, I am too exacting a cook. Nevertheless, today’s success made my day.
I do not know maybe it is a recent weather or just me being moody but this week I have decided to share a very unusual piece of writing with you guys.