Weekly Recap

Good morning lovely humans! How was your week? Mine was stressful. So, so stressful. School will be finished in about 3 weeks and I will get a nice little break before summer classes pick up in June.

I thought I would share a little insight into my week since I haven’t done that a lot lately. I am so excited for the summer so that I can take more pictures and share more content with you all!

First things first…I cut off all my hair. Last Friday I decided I wanted a big change so I decided cutting off all my hair seemed reasonable. THANK YOU Madison for doing such a good job. Pam, if you are reading this…you are still the only person I trust with my eyebrows ❤

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Saturday morning we had a beautiful Holy Saturday service and then Saturday my mom and I ran around making carrot cake, bacon buns, doing errands, and decorating the Church’s fellowship hall for Pascha. Our Pascha service began around 10 that night and ended around 1 am with a HUGE Pascha feast. We got home around 2:30 that morning and all immediately fell asleep. My mom and I woke up around 8 that morning and started putting together a brunch for everyone. We made a vegetable egg bake with sausage, a potato and ham egg bake, nut rolls, fruit salad, and mimoas. It was such a great morning!

Monday and Tuesday I had to work in the evening, so I spent all my free time during the day studying as much as I could. Studying wouldn’t be the same without some snacks. I picked up some tea and crackers on my way to the library and I woke up early one morning to enjoy a quiet breakfast while I studied.

 

So I have been eating the egg casserole we made on Easter everyday this week it is THAT GOOD and it is SO EASY. I think I will make it again and eat it this week so I can share the recipe with you all.

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My sweet momma surprised me with some sourdough rolls (my favorite!) and my absolute favorite granola bar made by a local place in town. JD bakery used to be a local cafe in town but they closed down. You can still get their homemade goods at Rian’s Fatted calf! I haven’t had a chance to go to Crossfit this week so I have been squeezing in quick HITT workouts at home. I enjoyed that granola bar after a treadmill circuit.

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I have been enjoying this salad for lunch on repeat lately. It is just spring mix, organic rotisserie chicken, cucumber, and a basic vinaigrette.  It is so good, easy, and delicious!

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I spent Wednesday – Saturday morning with some quiet time ❤

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On Friday I found out I didn’t too so great on my test (I cried) but anyways…I did some retail therapy at Target and all was well. Barrett even took me to dinner so I could wear my new top!

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And Saturday began with protein waffles smothered in Gone Nuts almond butter and maple syrup!

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I hope you all had a great week! I cannot wait until the summer!!

black bean burger salad

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This salad is super easy and can be thrown together in under 5 minutes! (10 minutes if you do not cook the burger beforehand)

I used a Hilary’s Black Bean burger (found in the health section at Kroger). I love this brand of veggie burgers because it is made with minimal and REAL ingredients. No artificial, weird stuff here.

I also dressed the salad in Bragg’s salad dressing which is also easily found in the health section at Kroger or the salad dressing aisle at Meijer. Bragg’s also makes their dressing with very simple ingredients.

This salad is also packed with protein from the black bean burger (4g) and the hemp seeds (around 4g per tablespoon).

(I found my hemp seeds at Aldi!)

Enjoy!

black bean burger salad [serves 1]

Cook black bean burger according to directions. Throw the rest of the ingredients (except the mustard) in a bowl. Mix. and top with black bean burger and spicy mustard.

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Wonderful Week

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It’s Saturday!! I hope you all had an amazing week and if not, well, it’s the weekend now and you can always start fresh tomorrow morning!

This week was full of yummy food and hanging out with my family. I had a terrible week last week with test after test. (Except I did get to meet Hannah Kerr from Kerrageously Made!! That was exciting! She is the sweetest!!)

Since last week was so jam-packed, I decided that this past week needed to be nice and slow and all about some much-needed self-care.

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Spinach, egg, sweet potato, broccoli, and mushroom bowl with kraut.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t do much school work. I just didn’t feel like it! I’ll be spending some time on homework this weekend and will pick back up with more studying next week. But this past week, I just didn’t want to think about school. I wanted to just, be. And that’s OK! I think we put too much pressure on ourselves when it comes to school.

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Same as above, I just had some yummy jelly and ghee sprouted toast on the side. 

I have been feeling pretty good lately! I woke up feeling a little funky Thursday but I just spent most of the day catching up on sleep and I was good to go by Friday.

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PB and B oats with some honey and dark chocolate

I didn’t have to work this week so I got to spend a little more time at church, more time with my family, and more time with Barrett! Last Sunday I made a bunch of vegetables and some salmon for my family to eat for dinner.

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I also made a bunch of sweet potatoes to eat throughout the week. On Monday after my run, I topped a sweet potato with turkey, mushrooms, and an egg.

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On Tuesday we had tacos at my house for dinner. TACOsaladTUESDAY as I like to call it. We made a really good vegetarian mixture of beans, corn, and riced cauliflower to add to the tacos.

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I also have been chugging kombucha like it’s my job. I also went to Zest Juice on Friday to pick up a couple of juices. The one in the picture is “Midnight Elixir” with apples, lemon, ginger, and activated charcoal. I have been trying to drink/eat everything I can in order not to get sick again.

Barrett and I have gotten to go on several, fun, “mini” dates. Tuesday we went to Spencer’s for lattes and granola bars. And Wednesday I made us an almond flour pizza while we cleaned his apartment. Cleaning his apartment may sound like no fun, but cleaning is literally one of my absolute favorite activities. (…I recognize I am a weird human being)

We also spent Thursday evening watching Suits with a bowl of popcorn I popped in coconut oil and pink Himalayan salt.

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I also ate some PB&J toast for breakfast the other morning. I have been loving this jelly lately! And this peanut butter will always be my favorite. It only has one ingredient…PEANUTS.

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I also downed this smoothie after my run the other day. It had spinach, frozen riced cauliflower, Advocare green snack shake in chocolate, cacao powder, Amazing Grass superfood blend (I got it at Target for $12!!), ice, unsweetened almond milk, and Siggi’s probiotic yogurt. 

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I hope you all have an amazing weekend! I have got Church this morning since it is Lazarus Saturday in the Orthodox Church. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and next week is holy week and then just like that…Pascha! You can read more about Lazarus Saturday HERE.

xx ❤

Vegetables Do Not Equal “Healthy”

Happy Monday lovely humans!! Today’s blog post was inspired by one of my sweetest friends at Church that I was talking to on Sunday. We were talking about “healthy” eating and I told her about what I ate on Saturday and she was like, “You need to put this on your blog so people know it is OK not to eat 100% clean all the time!”

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I totally agreed with her.

On Saturday, I think I ate 1/2 a serving of vegetables. And guess what? I am still here. My skin still glows and I didn’t gain 10+ lbs.

I think a lot of the time people assume eating healthy means eating 100% clean food all the freakin time. No white bread, no ice cream, no pizza, no chips, no anything that does not resemble fruit or vegetables.

Well I am here to tell you that this is not the case. My eating has changed so much over the course of 5 years. I went from eating fried foods all the time, to eating nothing but salads and egg whites, to how I eat now…which is everything! There is not one food I can think of where I am like, “Nope. Not eating that! It’s unhealthy.” Sure, there are foods I choose not to eat, like a McDonald’s hamburger or pasta at Olive Garden. But I only don’t eat those food because I genuinely do NOT like them. If I liked pasta, I would eat pasta! But I don’t so I choose to eat foods I DO LIKE.

These past few years have helped me realize how much of an emphasis is placed on food. Don’t get me wrong, I love food! I love thinking about food, concocting new recipes in my head, or thinking about what I am going to eat at a restaurant. There is nothing wrong with thoughts like that. When things start to get unhealthy is when I start stressing out about what to eat at a resturaunt because they don’t have any “safe” foods or I don’t eat dinner with my family because I “can’t have white bread.”

These types of thoughts are UNHEALTHY.

So on Saturday, let me just tell you what I ate. I ate a protein bar for breakfast. Veggie Pizza and chips for lunch. A couple of cookie dough protein bites for a snack. Some granola for a snack. A glass of wine in the middle of the afternoon. A pork BLT and fries for dinner. And a bunch of chocolate and cookies for dessert with Barrett.

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In the past, I would have felt so guilty for my day of eats. Like, I would have gotten extreme anxiety. I realized on Saturday that I finally and truly listened to what my body CRAVED.

There are some days where all I want is a green smoothie for breakfast and vegetables for lunch and dinner but Saturday my body was like “GIVE ME ALL THE CARBS”.

And I am OK with that. And you should be too.

We are only human. We are not meant to be perfect.

So eat fries. Eat kale. Eat chocolate and stop placing such an emphasis on food.

Food is fun!

Happy Birthday Lettuce Attend!

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Today Lettuce Attend turns one!! Never, ever did I think this blog would provide me with so many opportunities and so much support. I could easily be talking to myself most of the time but it makes me so happy when people tell me they have read my blog or have tried a recipe.

I am forever grateful for what this blog has given me and I am excited to see where it takes me.

Thank YOU for being here. ❤

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While I am here, I thought I would do a little update for you. I am recovered from being sick again. First mono and then some weird virus that resembled the flu. I didn’t post on here or Instagram mostly because the thought of any food made me want to puke. Now I am recovered and day dreaming of all thing peanut butter again so I will be posting some new things soon! I have a granola recipe I think you will really like!

This week is crazy stressful with a lot of tests, quizzes, and working on some other things. But I am taking one day at a time! I worked on a photojournalism project the other day with Barrett and I have to show you this picture:

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How cute are they? I love it.

Enjoy today friends!

Chocolate Protein Pancakes 

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Good morning lovely humans!! Yesterday I made these beautiful pancakes for breakfast and I still can’t believe how good they are. They are made with just a few simple ingredients too. Win win!

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I based this recipe off of a post from Rachael’s Good Eat’s Instagram. I will link back to that picture so you can also make her pancakes. She’s a genius!

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Anyways, these pancakes are packed with eggs, coconut flour, and protein powder. AKA, these pancakes are SOOO FLUFFY. Like insanely fluffy. And filling. I couldn’t even finish the whole plate, which is huge for me. Hah!

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These pancakes could feed one hungry person or 2 moderately hungry people. It’s up to you! Or they would make fabulous leftovers…

Chocolate Protein Pancakes {Serves 1 or 2}

  • 1 egg (or flax egg w/ 1 T ground flax and 2 T water)
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I used Olly Nutrition)
  • 3 T coconut flour (You could use regular flour, but I haven’t tried it!)
  • 2 T vanilla almond milk 
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t pink salt

Mix all the ingredients together and add to a sprayed skillet. I topped mine with almond butter, organic berries, and maple syrup.

Based off of: Rachael’s Good Eats

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A long update for you!

Good morning friends! How are you? I have been pretty good. I have been enjoying my spring break with lots of good food, great books, intriguing podcasts, and some quality time with my family and Barrett.

I thought I would do a little update post with some of my favorite eats lately and what I have been up to.

My mornings have started out nice and slow with bulletproof coffee (1 tsp each of brain octane, xct oil, vanilla bean ghee, and 1 scoop of collagen peptides with 12 oz of coffee)  and with toast, berries, and eggs.

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One morning I even had a sprouted english muffin with peanut butter, a pear, and some granola.

After my breakfast has digested I have been going for an easy run or before breakfast I go to Crossfit.

After my workout one day I made a super smoothie with spinach, frozen zucchini, frozen banana, frozen cauliflower protein powder, spirulina, cinnamon, and almond milk.

If I don’t have a smoothie for lunch, I have been having a plate of roasted vegetables over spinach.

I usually have some almond flour crackers or rice cakes dipped into hummus as well.

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Barrett texted me on Monday that he had a surprise for me later that night. He took me to the new Indian restaurant in town, India Oven! Indian food is my favorite type of food so I was more than excited.

The food was insanely good and the waiters were very friendly. Plus, the restaurant was super clean which is always a win in my book. We will be back!

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Also, Barrett drew this car to put up in his office at work. Why is he so talented?!?!

IMG_3017There has also been a lot of snuggling with this one. She’s needy. But she’s cute!

I hope you all have a wonderful day! I will try to post more frequently. 🙂

 

I Yam What I Yam

Lettuce talk about something serious.

Like, serious serious.

*If you currently struggle with an eating disorder, please note there is content that may be triggering in this post*

I am a perfectionist. I hate messes, I hate clutter, I hate clothes that don’t fit, I hate drama, I hate confrontation, and I hate hurting anyone’s feelings. That’s a lot of things to hate? And, who am I to claim to be a “perfectionist”?

I have always been a bit OCD, wanting to control this or control that and it was never that “big” of a problem. Sure, it was annoying, but my family was used to it. Things became a problem when I felt like the thing I could control the most, was my body.

Lettuce back up for a second though. I can remember being on the bus in third grade with a band-aid over the mole on my knee (so no one would make fun of it). I would slouch in my chair so my knees were propped up on the seat in front of me, that way my thighs didn’t bulge like they would have if I sat up straight with my legs on my seat. (I was worried about “bigger” thighs in the third grade people. THIRD GRADE.*Sigh*)

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I remember being in 7th grade wearing khaki Bermuda shorts that my mom got me from American Eagle. I was so pumped to wear those things! Then, some girl (who I thought was my friend) looked me up and down and said my “a** had never looked so huge”. Then she laughed and walked off. I threw away those shorts when I got home. (Middle school sucks, am I right?)

I remember being a freshman in high school. I hadn’t worn shorts to school since my previous shorts experience, so I wore shorts on the last day of school. I remember feeling uncomfortable and awkward. Some guy mocked me because I was pale. (Like, what the hell?)

I remember being a sophomore in high school. I had just started cross-country and I was starting to gain some confidence. I had gotten a boyfriend, had dropped a few pounds, and was feeling more like myself. Then this boyfriend wanted to eat out all the time. McDonald’s, Sonic, cookies, ice cream, fried foods, the works. So I ate it too, I mean goodness forbid I tell him “no” because he “might break up with me”. We dated for a while and then ended things the summer before my Junior year.

 

I remember feeling “heavy” and my clothes being too tight. I became obsessed with health blogs, healthy eating, and sugar-free, fat-free sh*t. I told my mom I wanted to start eating salads for lunch and rice cakes for snacks. I remember her being excited that I wanted to clean up my diet. By October of my Junior year, I had lost 20 pounds and was looking fan-freakin-tastic (so I thought). My running had improved, my skin was healthier, and people noticed me more. But something was off. I felt sad? I would go straight home from school, eat my allotted one piece of fruit, and hide in my room looking at “health” blogs and trying to avoid dinner. When it came time for dinner, I would stress and stress about what to make. It needed to be incredibly healthy and under 300 calories. (By this point, I hadn’t eaten the same meal as my family in 2 months)

 

I remember it being the end of October / beginning of November when I broke down crying on a run with my mom. I needed to talk to someone. I needed a therapist or someone to help me quit thinking about food and the way I looked. That’s when I met Jamie.

By December, I was down another 20 pounds. I was tried. Soooo tired all the time. I was running in the mornings with my mom, then I would come home from school and run again. (I don’t think she ever knew this, sorry mom) I would cry ALL THE TIME. If I missed that run after school, I would cry and cry and then eat less dinner. I was so skinny and so afraid, yet I felt huge and ashamed. Who was I?

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(I remember having to duct tape that dress to my body)

In January, I had dropped 10 more pounds and I was at my lowest. I remember my mom BEGGING me to eat a granola bar after dinner each night. I remember my dad pulling me off the treadmill and breaking down and crying because he was so scared for me. I remember being in class when I took off my sweater and people commenting on my bones showing. I remember my parents yelling at me over a card game because I wouldn’t eat ONE M&M.

I remember wanting to die. Not to kill myself, but to just…not exist anymore.

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By March, I had started gaining a couple of pounds. I remember feeling overwhelmingly afraid. I was doped up on antidepressants and feeling out-of-place.

By the summer, I was at a “healthier weight”. I was eating things like ice cream, enjoying family dinners, and smiling more. My Senior year was exciting and scary and fun and emotional. The weight kept creeping on and I had to buy two sizes up that year. I went through jeans like I go through peanut butter now, QUICK. It was tough adjusting to my new size. My right size. I began dating a boy the end of my senior year. For some reason, he thought it was amusing to call me “cheeks” in regards to my abnormally large baby cheeks. Hilarious. I was so self-conscious already, this was just belittling. We broke up the day before I started college. He had his own issues and I couldn’t let him bring me down anymore.

I met the love of my life in that first month of college. I had admired him since 8th grade, but here he was at the same school as I was.

I remember it being October when I surprised him with a birthday gift. I remember him surprising me with dinner while I was at work, in November. I remember our first date and first kiss in December. I remember him telling me he loved me in January. I remember him holding me while I cried in February, because I just didn’t feel “beautiful”. I remember him telling me how gorgeous my baby cheeks are and how he loved the way my body looked. I remember him looking at me and saying “I am going to marry you one day”.

There is so much more I could say about my eating disorder. There were food rules, screaming at my siblings, months without a period, my hair falling out, going to the doctor all the time to make sure my heart rate was OK, and wearing my snow coat in the house because I couldn’t get my body warm enough. There were times that were so low I don’t know how I survived and there were times that were such a blessing that I can’t help but thank my family.

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Mom and Dad: thank you for loving me with everything you have. For holding my hand, for getting me counseling, for continuing to tell me I am enough.

Jamie (my therapist): thank you for listening to me, for helping me not be so hard on myself, for helping me realize that salads suck and I don’t have to eat them all the time, and for dealing with my craziness.

My love: Barrett, where would I be without you? You are my everything. I thank God every day for your sweet and inspiring soul.

God: I am sorry I tried so long to be a perfectionist. I know now that you are the ultimate perfecter. Thank you for helping me see that my body is just a body. Thank for for helping me appreciate every body size, regardless if it is big or small. Thank you allowing me to do the things I can do in this body that I am in.

❤ If you struggle with any disordered eating, you can always contact me. I am not a therapist and I am not a dietician (yet 🙂 ) BUT, I do know what it’s like and I am always open to listening to you or referring you to some of the people that have helped me. ❤

mono made me do it.

Hi friends! I feel like it’s been a while since I have caught you up on my life. So… lettuce talk! Oh, and I will throw in some pictures of what I have been eating lately too!

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First of all, you probably already know I have mono since I mentioned it in my last post but I want to talk about my life before I realized I had mono and what mono has taught me.

About a month ago, I was stressed to the max. Working multiple part-time jobs, not exercising like I wanted to, homework continuously piling up, and trying to maintain a healthy relationship with not only my family and Barrett, but with myself had me feeling slightly insane. Like, my eye was always twitching I was so stressed. My dad kept saying, “You need to slow down. Take a breath. You’re working too much.” And I kept saying, “I’m fine.” But it was more like, “I’m fine?” Like it was a question instead of a statement.

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overnight oatmeal. recipe on my instagram

I started having multiple symptoms of what I thought to be panic attacks. Night sweats, being extremely tired, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, a rash on my face, a tightness in my chest, and trouble breathing. There was one day a couple of weeks ago that I could literally not get off the couch. I felt so tired and so overwhelmed. I knew God was saying, “Slow down Anastasia.” But just like I had ignored my dad, I ignored God too.

I kept going full force with work, school, and life and noticed that a knot on my neck had grown a little over the last few weeks. A couple of days later (and several worried tears shed) two more knots appeared on my neck. I finally went to get some blood work done to make sure everything was okay. But I spent a couple of days in such a worried, stressed-out state that while I was making cookies, I cut my thumb open with an immersion blender and ended up with a trip to the ER and 5 stitches. All the while God (and my dad) kept saying “Calm down, take a breath, stop running around.” That was two Saturdays ago.

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AB toast and avocado toast w/ an egg

Last Monday I got a call from my doctor saying my tests said I had mono. They told me not to go to work, school, or exercise for at least a week. So I spent all of last week hunkered down watching Pretty Little Liars (don’t judge…haha) with lots of kombucha and snacks. I didn’t think about all the homework I was missing. I didn’t think about work. I didn’t even think about exercise. I was just simply, in that moment.

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PB toast and avocado toast w/ an egg

Isn’t it funny how I was so willing to listen to my doctor over God or my dad? I am thinking about it now and laughing because I literally was like “I can’t be still right now God, I have like 2149 things to do.” But to my doctor I said, “So can my mom pick up my school and work excuse later today?”

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lots of roasted vegetables w/ chicken

So my point is, don’t wait around until you get sick and your doctor tells you to take a chill pill. Listen to your family. Listen to GOD. I mean, He knows you better than you know yourself so why not listen to Him when He says it’s time to slow down.

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vegetables, kraut, and an egg

This past week made me appreciate mono. It helped me calm down and rely less on myself and more on God.

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Have a good week!

Pumpkin Turmeric Oatmeal

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Hello and Happy Sunday!

Sorry for being a little absent lately, I have been battling mono and a deep cut in my  thumb that resulted in 5 stitches and a trip to the ER.

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However, yesterday morning I finally felt like making some oatmeal and snapping a few pictures to share with you guys. The pumpkin and turmeric oats are so so so wonderful! They are creamy, slightly sweet, and remind me of Fall.

Pumpkin is packed with fiber to help keep you full! It also has a lot of Vitamin A to improve your vision. Pumpkin also lowers your blood pressure and helps you sleep at night (Daily Burn).  Turmeric, which I feel like is 2017’s superfood, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It also acts as a natural anti-depressant, pain-killer, and arthritis medication (Dr. Axe).

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Both pumpkin and turmeric give this oatmeal a fun and festive orange color! So without further ado…

Pumpkin Turmeric Oatmeal {Serves 1}

  • 1/2 cup plain, whole oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 t turmeric
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1 t maple syrup
  • pinch of pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (make sure the only ingredient is pumpkin!)

Add oats, milk, and chia seeds to a pan. Bring to a boil. Whisk in turmeric, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, syrup, and salt. Keep whisking until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Whisk in pumpkin.

Optional: I added about 1 T peanut butter, 1 small cinnamon spiced organic apple (one apple sautéed in cinnamon on the stove), 1 T coconut cream, a handful of granola and cacao nibs.

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Sources:

http://dailyburn.com/life/health/pumpkin-health-benefits/

https://draxe.com/turmeric-benefits/