Well, hello there, loves!
How has everyone been? For me, it's been a busy few months! Lots of work, lots of family, lots of writing (not for the blog, unfortunately), but I'm back once again! The holidays were great- it was a nice pause from the hectic NYC living. You don't realize that you're going going going all the time until you stop, and that's just what happened. It was good to recharge and refocus for the New Year, and I'm happy to be back!
To start off the New Year, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Montreal, Canada! It was absolutely incredible. If you want to go to Europe, but can only go away for the weekend, this is the place to be. I felt like I was walking around an old French town with cobble stone streets and colorful floral window boxes that popped against grey stone. We explored the art museums and Old Montreal, as well as Miles End (think New York's Brooklyn!). The part I loved most (aside from the Fine Arts Museum) was the eating! This city was filled with amazing restaurants that were local, fresh, and many times gluten-free! A full review of our time attempting to be esteemed restaurant critics to come ;)
Now for the most recent news! So for the past two weeks (yesterday was the official two-week marker!), I have been diligently following Dr. Kelly Brogan's 30-Day Mind Body Reset. As you probably already know, I have struggled with OCD, depression, and an eating disorder in the past. Lately, though, my depression and OCD symptoms have been creeping back in. After years of therapy and medications, I wanted to look at the problem in a new light and solve it for good this time. That's when I discovered Dr. Brogan.
What Dr. Brogan's plan calls for is complete elimination of dairy, caffeine, gluten (including all grains, but gluten-free grains are allowed after the 30 days!), soy, sugar (except fruit!), and alcohol. It's basically the Whole30 diet, and then some (which sounds super scary, but really isn't! I promise!). What you're probably thinking is, "Well, what can I eat?" and the answer is A LOT! All of the most beautiful organic fruits and veggies you can think of, healthy fats (LOAD UP!) like avocado and coconut oil, grass-fed meats (yes, read meat), and sustainable fish. You'd be surprised at how creative I can get with this array of ingredients.
Cutting out the gluten wasn't an issue, since I'm already gluten-free, and though I love my nightly Halo top ice cream cap, I'm surprisingly not missing it as much as I thought I would. Giving up my five cups of black coffee and the occasional glass (or two) of red wine was the hard part. The headaches that ensued from not having my caffeine fix were dreadful, but after a few days, I felt like my energy levels shot up! Once I have fully completed the 30 days, I'll be back with a more detailed update on how I did. For now, I just want to share with you this amazing "oatmeal" recipe I found on Bravo for Paleo.
Like the title suggests, it's an oatless banana oatmeal!! Made with an extra ripe banana and an organic, free-range egg, this yummy bowl is super filling, satisfyingly sweet, and satiating for hours. To be honest, it tastes like banana bread fresh out of the oven! I like to top mine with frozen organic berries, nut butter, sprouted nuts, and coconut butter :)
This oatmeal is also completely paleo-friendly, Whole30-friendly, gluten-free, processed sugar-free, and all natural. Plus, it only takes 10 minutes! Check it out, and let me know what you like to top yours with!
Hope you have a great start to the week!
Hey there and welcome! I'm a 20-something-year-old running, painting, and eating my way through NYC. Hope to see you along the way!