coffee wasn’t made for the weak

So…mini rant.

*disclaimer: if you’re used to my ramblings and mini soul-searching blog posts, worry not! I have been working on one for a few days but…haven’t come full circle with it yet. BUT…it will be done before the weeks end, I can promise you that!

 

I used to think I like coffee. You know…when you were in high school and wanted to seem cool, so you drank coffee with creamer and sugar and by that I mean….Creamer, sugar, with a splash of that black monstrosity they call coffee.

I didn’t start drinking coffee just black until a year and a half ago, as the first step towards a full lifestyle change. This marked a massive transitional time in my life, as I started to care about what went into my body, and working out became a daily-no-quitting-do-it-even-if-you’re-tired thing for me. Since then…I’ve been drinking my coffee black with no sugar/stevia/honey/sweetener. So…imagine my surprise when I walk into Starbucks this afternoon, order a iced coconut milk latte, and take my first sip…

 

HOLY SMOKES there’s SO much sugar/sweetener/”simple syrup” in this bad boy, a true latte should be offended that this carries the same name. coffee, no matter how hard Starbucks may try, is not supposed to be a dessert. It shouldn’t carry 45656354 grams of sugar. IT’S COFFEE. the kick in the butt you ask for every morning to get your brain flowing. The stuff you have mid-afternoon to get you through to therapy (oh, just me? that’s fine!)

 

I didn’t think I’d have to ask for a latte to be unsweetened. Maybe I’ve been getting spoiled by all the *true* coffeeshops around Austin that I’ve been frequenting that…you know…believe in the pure goodness of a simple coffee+milk combination of a latte. Now…I hate confrontation-something I’m working out through therapy-but I couldn’t bring it to myself to ask them to make it unsweetened…so…my whole30, week 2, by specific rule, is over and it’s technically time to start from day 1 again. but…I’ve already done a whole 30, and I understand the fundamentals of the whole 30. The reason I started a second Whole 30 wasn’t to find out what my body doesn’t accept and what it does in terms of inflammation and allergies-figured that stuff out the first time. It’s to re-commit to a pure lifestyle. I’ve been lenient with my diet, and it’s showed. I just wanted to get back in the right mindset, and on the right path, and I feel like I have been. Just recognizing the fact that there’s so much sweetness to this drink is HUGE thing. Obviously, next time I hit up a Starbucks, I’ll have to be more specific when ordering, or just stick with a hot tea or iced coffee, where I can manage what goes into the coffee/tea itself.

 

Well… I hope everyone’s been having a great week and an even better day. The weekend is almost here, people! One more day…you got this!

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Nut Butter lovers, unite!

alright my lovelies, I hope everyone’s been having a great past few weeks! Things have gotten stressful, then fun, then exhausting for me but…such is life! What fun is it if you sit at home and waste the days you are given away? NONE!

Anyways…I’m constantly on the lookout for great and nutritious (nut) butters that don’t add oil and sugar (why that’s even a thing still baffles me) and keep seeing all these cool brands on instagram, and have decided to try out Nikki’s coconut butter. I’ve heard a lot about them, but have yet to take the plunge and buy any…until now. Has anyone else tried these, or any other brands? Tell me everything you know!

Here’s a cool little article about Nikki’s butters, if you’re interested in trying them out!

Where Are You, Weekend?

This week has gone by quite fast compared to the last few weeks, which I was worried about because… I’m going back to my home state of Texas (stupid early in the AM) on Saturday. Woooooo! I had no idea how much I’ve missed my Austin, my friends and family there. Trying to find my place in this world the year after college is…confusing, lonely, amazing, and terrifying all at the same time. I’m in unfamiliar territory every single day, and it’ll be nice to get back to my roots, have some amazing conversation over delicious food, listening to live music at SXSW, and just…letting go.

We all get caught up in our routines, or let our minds take over our reality, to the point that we never really stop to look around and appreciate all that we have in this world. Yes, I take great satisfaction in the work out/eating routine I’ve developed for myself but I’ve just been feeling so, so, so overwhelmed lately, overthinking everything, that I cannot wait to break the routine.

Is it just me, or do you struggle with actually letting go of the overly health-conscious part of your mind? I struggle with not overthinking and actually being present when I’m out with friends or family members at a restaurant-type place. I’m always overanalyzing, wondering about my caloric intake, then stressing over it. When I’d much rather be able to just shut that part of my mind up and be there, and enjoy every single moment, every single bite-or sip- of whatever I’m having.

BEING PRESENT: that’s my current non-fitness goal for myself.

In other news, the snow is GONE AND DONE FOR! Hallelujah. I thought this day may never come. I was getting stir crazy, and came down with the boredom-hunger. This week’s been pretty great so far, work’s been smooth, and I had the most delicious breakfast this morning. If you haven’t tried to make plantain waffles/pancakes, you’re seriously missing out. Plantains are often overlooked in the produce section of many stores, but they’re SOOOO good for you! Plus, they make a delicious and simple waffle. Who doesn’t love yummy, healthy AND easy food?!

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If you want to know how to make these super easy plantain waffles, let me know! I promise, it’s not even fair how easy it is, but I’m OK with that. I topped these bad boys with some strawberries, a dollop of cashew butter (which is my current favorite amongst nut butters), and walden farms pancake syrup. YUM YUM YUM.

Alright…that’s it for me today. If you love what you see/have read, please let me know! I love hearing from and talking to people! Enjoy the rest of your day and if it’s going less than perfect, remember that tomorrow is FRIDAY! ❤

IMPORTANT PIZZA UPDATE

OK OK OK OK!

In my last post I had shared with you lovely people that I was going to attempt to make a whole wheat pizza crust tonight.

Was I nervous? Absolutely yes. BUT I found the easiest and quickest recipe ever that calls for literally 4 ingredients and takes about 10 minutes…what?! That’s what I call fool proof! And…guess what? It turned out GREAT! I ended up making a clean margherita pizza and y’all…it’s blowing my mind.

Photo on 3-6-15 at 9.11 PM

Once again, SO sorry for the poor quality of my food pictures. This was taken on photobooth on my computer. But I mean, it’s a homemade pizza…you get the gist. 😉