If you’re reading this post for inspiration on how to eat more vegetables, I’ll tell you now that you’ll probably be disappointed. But if you need encouragement to eat intuitively and take a day of rest, then read on!
I’ve mentioned in a few previous posts that Brett was gone for most of the month of April on two different trips. I thought that while he was gone I’d have lots of down time, but my extra free time quickly filled up with all kinds of social engagements, many of which involved me hosting people in my house. I loved it!
Originally I thought that Brett would get home from his second trip on a Saturday, but I found out on Tuesday that he’d be home the next day…Wednesday. That’s 3 days earlier than I expected. Now, Brett in no means makes me feel any pressure to have the house looking a certain way when he get’s home from being away, but I love to clean the house and stock the fridge for him whenever he get’s back from traveling. So all of Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning I was rushing around cleaning, doing laundry and cooking. I then found out that, if me and my other friend were up for it, we would be hosting Brett and his 4 other friends for dinner. Let the cooking begin!
Wednesday night with all of Brett’s friends ended up being so much fun and my friend and I made an epic Indian feast with three kinds of curries, naan, salad, chai tea and dessert. Then the next day I hosted my Chinese friend for lunch and another group of Chinese friends in the afternoon. By Thursday night I was feeling extra tired and crashed in bed.
I woke up Friday morning feeling fairly normal, but after my morning reading and review time, as I was preparing to workout I realized that I was exhausted…and felt semi-depressed.
And I didn’t know why.
I showered in hopes that it would make me feel up for going to class that morning, but even after my shower I just felt like I wanted to either sleep or cry.
Long story short, I ended up skipping class and staying home for the day, reading, resting and eating.
Gosh, I’m so glad I did! I realized later that I really was just super exhausted from all the hosting and Chinese speaking I had been doing recently and that I hadn’t really rested in a long time. Because hosting is fun for me and usually comes easy, I didn’t let myself consider the fact that maybe I was burnt out from all the socializing and hosting I had been doing.
Taking a day of rest from people, hosting, studying and exercising was just what I needed. I had time to process my feelings and refuel my body. All day I just ate what sounded good and didn’t worry about nutrition. I sat most of the day and read in my window seat. My friend came over for a couple hours and we chatted and made boba tea.
You guys, I have the hardest time resting. I’ve always been bad at it, making myself feel guilty if I’m not doing something productive at all hours of the day. I’ve gotten better at it over the years, but I still have a long way to go. I know it stems from me finding my worth in what I do and what I think I can control, instead of trusting God.
I’m definitely a work in progress!
Today I’m sharing with you the food I ate on my rest day. Everything I ate was delicious and on the carby/sweet/breakfasty side of things…just how I like it.
I started the day with my usual breakfast of chocolate oatmeal with nut butter. I recently opened a new jar of nut butter that Brett’s family brought me over Christmas. It’s the Trader Joe’s Flax and Chia Peanut Butter and I’m loving it!
While reading in bed, I had a matcha latte and a bowl of chopped fruit with cinnamon for a snack.
For lunch I had homemade whole wheat toast. I topped one slice with cookie butter and granola and the other slice with peanut powder, banana, raisins and cinnamon. On the side I had some roasted pumpkin coated in the leftover peanut sauce from my toast.
I had a few crackers and a bite of my Healthy Nutella Energy Bites throughout the afternoon. Then later my friend came over and made me homemade boba tea. I’ve had the tapioca pearls in my cupboard forever, so it was fun to finally make them!
Dinner was a hodgepodge of cereal which I ate without milk and instead topped with peanut powder sauce, homemade fudge sauce, banana, pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs. I can never just eat one bowl of cereal, so I ate more than in the picture below. It was delicious!
I crashed in bed early and woke up on Saturday feeling like a new person, ready to be active, social and productive!
Rest is a good thing.