I know you’re all thinking, “Where does she find the energy to sit in a cubicle at a low/mid-level job, run 13 minute miles, fix dinner for one and lead such an active hulu account?” Well, this week I’ve been experimenting with some energy friendly foods.
One thing I found that was really easy, delicious and gave me a bit of a boost, was these no bake “energy bites” from Smashed Peas and Carrots:
All you do is mix 1 cup oatmeal (I used Bob’s Gluten Free Oatmeal), 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup honey (I used agave), 1 cup coconut flakes (which I don’t really care for but Logan likes), 1/2 cup ground flaxseed (apparently you find this near the spices), 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I threw in a little more) and tsp vanilla.
Then you chill the mixture for a half hour, roll into balls, and snack before work outs, as a morning pick me up, when you have a craving for chocolate, or because it’s there.
Peer review? I gave a couple of these to Joe and Logan as they were playing baseball on the X-Box. They both said they were good and tasted like “candy bars with a lot of fiber.” Within an hour of eating them, they were in the car, driving to the club to party until dawn. These bites are that good, or it was just a typical Friday.
“There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.” — Maya Angelou
It’s a little ironic that the day I get back from visiting my most sarcastic friend in the most stereotypically depressing city in the world, I start a project on staying optimistic. Yesterday I woke up at 4am (their time) and got into Orlando (having only had sprite and a few handfuls of peanuts) at 4pm. Logan was running late, so by the time I got home it was 6:30. It was probably the worst possible day for trying to be positive, because I was so tired I was in hysterics, even getting frustrated with Logan for not dropping his chili immediately to say goodnight to me. He laughed, I got more neurotic. Then today I caught myself telling Graham that I suck at being positive. Good start.
Here’s the plan:
- Stay upbeat and see the bright side of things. Studies show that even when you act like you’re in a good mood, not only does it lift the people around you up, but you actually start feeling happier yourself.
- Have a well-rounded diet with an emphasis on good mood foods like complex carbs (e.g. brown rice, quinoa), B vitamins (e.g. milk, citrus fruits), “happy fats” (e.g. Fish oil, olive oil) and of course anadamine (chocolate!). This also means limiting my intake of depressant like alcohol and not over-eating.
- Exercise. Preferably outside and at least 20 minutes a day. I’m going to do an exercise project later, but the release of endorphins when you exercise has too much of an impact on positivity to not include.
- Keep myself surrounded by positive activities like listening to comedy and positive music, reading Bossy Pants by Tina Fey and only watching comedy movies/shows.
- Keep myself surrounded by positive people. Also, just making sure I don’t isolate myself. Studies show that both extroverts AND introverts get a mood boost from connecting with other people.
- Smile and laugh more.
- What is it that they say at AA? “Accept the things I can not change”? This goes for events, people and all the lists I keep.
- Write in a gratitude journal everyday.
Carried over from other projects:
- Gluten-free diet.
- More fresh veggies and fruits.
- More hobbies and activities, less TV.
- Avoid things that conflict with who I am.