After my trial weekend was done, I felt like I was on top of the world. Finally, I did something useful with my culinary degree, something I love to do and on top of it, I was able to make 4 people very happy. I started small, with 2 clients for a trail run to see what I am getting myself into. I loved every minute of it, from the food shopping to prepping to cooking, plate design and packaging. I can't think of a moment in my life that I've felt as fulfilled as when I walked outside to give the food to my customers. After last weeks trial of 2 people, I received feed back from them that made my heart explode with happiness. I hope I can give everybody the same satisfaction that I feel after eating healthy.
It's not easy being so healthy in the summer. Although, the watermelon substitutes for meals and snacks for me (I could live off of watermelon), the expectations I have from my friends to go out and party is difficult. Working out and eating healthy really makes you rethink everything you put into your body. That is why I tell people it's a lifestyle, not a diet. When you spent your whole morning pushing yourself harder, to run longer and work through the pain, how am I suppose to not feel guilty drinking a beer later that night? Some people say it is ok because I worked out, but I feel the opposite, I feel like if I have one then i'll have two, then maybe even three and there goes my whole work out. I tend to stick to gin and soda's when I am out with my friends. Soda, not tonic to be specific. Tonic, although it doesn't taste like it, is filled with sugar just like any other soda. The best option for a bubbly drink is soda (then add a lot of lemon).
Now it is Sunday again and back to the routine of the work week, the packaging of food for the work day and trying to keep my motivation to work out through out the work day. It has been harder for me after work to work out, so this past week I have been waking up at the crack of dawn (6:15 am) and going for a run. (Seriously, who am i?) It is interesting though to me how even a year ago waking up at 6 am was like that time of the night where you would have to wake up for something so annoying and then feel shitty all day. Well now, it is what I look forward too. Being so busy and productive makes you realize how much of the day you waste sleeping. Why sleep until noon on the weekends when you can wake up at 6 and get your day going? (Seriously, who am i?) It is a really new concept for me. I use to be the friend who would tell my friends "don't even call me before 1" on the weekends. Where now, I wake up earlier than anyone. It is nice feeling productive. Eating healthy gives me the energy to get through the day and the working out gives me motivation to keep my day as productive as I started. Working full time, an online degree, opening a company and working out most days sounds like a lot, right? Anything can be easy, fun and enjoyable when it is all beneficial, so make sure you get your nutrients for the day, you can take over the world. (I think I am super woman now)
I have been craving pizza for WEEKS now! My boyfriend had all of his friends over, so I volunteered to make tuna sandwhiches for everybody, in fear that they would order a pizza. (I am the type of person that doesn't give into my cravings until it hurts). I decided to finally take control of this craving and make my own healthy, nutritious pizza! and it was DELICIOUS!
Sweet potato, chickpea, cumin crusted pizza with home made tomato sauce and 5% Bulgarian cheese (YUM1)
1 Sweet Potato
2 Cups Of Organic Chickpeas
3/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
3 Garlic Cloves
2 TBSP Tomato Paste
5% Bulgarian Cheese
2 TBSP Cumin
Soak the chickpeas over night, drain an boil until they are cooked.
Peel and boil the potato.
Mush chickpeas and potato together while they are hot, then set aside.
In the mean time, sautee the onion and garlic until translucent.
Add the chopped tomatoes, then the paste and add oregano.
Once the potato and chickpeas are cooled down, whisk one egg and add to the bowl. Mix with bread crumbs, cumin, a bit of salt and pepper.
Mix together and spray a pan.
Roll into a bowl and flatten out on a pan. Put in the oven for about 10 minutes, then flip over and cook until ready.
Put the tomato sauce on top, then some Bulgarian cheese and sprinkle oregano on top.
Put back into the oven for 3 minutes and