I have had a very focused mind on the health of my food lately, and I think that it has been affecting almost every aspect of my life. I have realized that there is no reason for me to fill my body with foods that I can easily become addicted to that aren’t good for me. It just ends up making me feel awful later. So I have been almost exclusively eating fruits, vegetables, and grains/rice for my meals, and I have been consciously stopping myself from over eating/eating until I’m bursting at the seams, and I have noticed a few important differences in myself since these changes:
♥ I have more energy after my meals, rather than feeling lethargic or sleepy afterwards. I feel like going for a walk or just doing anything where I am moving and working.
♥ I feel more focused after my meals. I think that with the foods I was primarily eating before, I was not gaining a lot of usable energy; I just felt tired after I ate. Now after I finish a big banana strawberry smoothie, I feel energized and ready to focus my mind.
♥ I experience less depression. I have felt more positive and present with these little adjustments to my diet than I ever have before. This also may be because of the physical activity I do as a result of my eating habits. I feel happier and more bright than ever before. I do not feel bogged down by my food for once.
♥ I do not crave or desire to overeat. There must be more in prepackaged food than just naturally eaten ingredients. With chemicals and high sugar contents, I used to constantly crave more of those foods, and even when my stomach was so so full that I knew I would feel sick if I ate any more, I still craved more. Now I can feel when I am full and set the meal aside, and before a meal I can feel true hunger before I eat, without eating because I crave the taste of a food.
This recipe here is one that I created to be a both satisfying and healthful dinner, so I thought I’d share it with you here!
- ♥ 3 cups white rice, steamed
- ♥ 1 cup cooked quinoa
- ♥ 3 cups spinach, cooked down
- ♥ 1 cup shredded carrots
- ♥ 1 cup shredded beets
- ♥ 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- ♥ 1/2 teaspoon red chile pepper
- ♥ 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- ♥ 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- ♥ 1/4 red chili flakes
- Bring 1/2 cup quinoa and 1 cup water to a boil on medium-high heat.
- Cover and turn down to low.
- Let sit for 20 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
- Bring 2 cups water to a boil.
- Add 2 cups rice and cover for 18-20 minutes.
- Add 3 cups raw spinach to a pan and cook down until dark and warm.
- Add the rice, quinoa, spinach, carrots, beets, nutritional yeast, chile pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili flakes to a bowl.
- Chomp down!
- ♥ I used brown rice instead of white rice. If you do the same, use 2.5 cups water instead of 2, and cook for 28-30 minutes instead of 20.