Sweet Soul: A Balanced Life Series

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It comes as no surprise to those who read my blog on the regular that I am now starting a Balanced Life Series. I’ve talked about it here, and then collaborated with the lovely girls of ThePartyof2 on a balanced recipe here.

Although I am a food blogger and instagrammer who likes to eat at the hot spots in Boston and beyond, I’m taking my blog further and starting to focus on balance and happiness; as well as positive body image and inspiration. Too often we are bombarded by images in the media that tell us we need to look a certain way or have a certain “thing” (whether it’s physical or costs $25,000.00) in order to be happy, and sadly it becomes “bible” to some young women, men and older people as well. Trust me, I’ve fallen victim to the brain-washing of it all and developed an eating disorder for many, many years. (read here)

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Sweet Soul:F**k A Diet! | All about Balance

Pretty strong title, right? I know. A strong title is needed in order to typify my very strong feelings towards the word “diet” and all of its negative connotations. As all of my Day 1 readers know, I suffered from an eating disorder starting when I was 19 for 4 years. It was a horrible time in my life and I am so happy that I have come up on the other side (hello!).

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The one thing they definitely do not teach you in a treatment facility is how to adopt a certain fad”diet”. The average person describes a diet as a label/ program where you eliminate certain things/ restrict yourself from having certain “bad foods” as a means to lose a certain amount of weight. In treatment, we are taught that there is no such thing as “bad food”, but there are foods that are much better for us than others and all food is great in moderation. (unless you have a food allergy of course)

After conquering treatment and beating my disorder (FYI: you’re never fully cured from an eating disorder….it’s a daily struggle) I never “dieted”. I was too afraid I would spiral out of control and go back into that dark hole of binging and purging and restricting.

I say all this to say that as I sit here in front of my computer screen, I’m realizing that I have never lost weight in a healthy way in my life. The moment I became conscious of my body and decided to lose weight, it was a restriction thing which then turned into a full blown bulimia fueled chaotic lifestyle. My problem is that I want to see results pronto and when I don’t see a drastic change in a month, I get discouraged. I’m used to dropping weight quickly, even though it was due to unhealthy and possibly deadly practices.

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So here we are ladies and (possibly a few) gentlemen, we’re at this point in my life where I have retrained my brain to love food and now need to train my body to fully commit to balance. Throughout my years after treatment and reading up on inspirational people such as Hannah Bronfman and Gwyneth Paltrow and their daily lives of balance, I have learned that in order to have a healthy, happy and feel-good-life/body and mind you need live a life of balance. Balance means leading a lifestyle of mostly nutrient dense, organic, super-foody foods as well as working out multiple times a week; but still allowing yourself to have indulgent foods once in a while. It’s knowing that what you eat most certainly effects how you feel/ your mood, as well as your skin, nails and hair. As someone who not only suffered from an eating disorder, but also suffers from high anxiety, it is extremely important that I focus on the foods I’m putting into my body (but not in an obsessive way, of course).

I notice that when I work out 5 or 6 days a week and eat fruits, veggies and fish, I feel amazing! I have so much more energy and drink a lot more water as opposed to eating fried foods multiple times a week with wine or beer and not working out. It’s all about listening to my body, after all, it is my temple.

This is just a random rant filled/ diary type post and also a way to hold myself accountable. Thanks for listening.

xoxo

What does balance mean to you? Leave a comment below! I’d love to gain some inspiration from some of you guys

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Sweet Life: Weekend Recap

It has been a very relaxing Easter/ Resurrection weekend. I’m trying to put more effort into my blog life, so I decided to stay in and cook, taste, adjust and perfect different recipes and go out to eat to provide content for my readers. As I start to take myself a little bit more seriously, I can see the positive results (more on that later!).

So every two weeks or so I’d like to give a quick weekend recap so you can follow along on my eating journeys and any other interesting things that might have happened. Also, if you’re not following me via instagram, click this link, and follow along!

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As you know, or maybe you don’t, St. Pattys day is pretty big here in Boston, so the fact that we live in the heart of the parade (Southie), it was pretty exciting. Sadly, I missed the whole parade as I was too tired to even move, but was forced out afterwards by some friends. I did get to try another new (to me) restaurant in our new neighborhood. Shenanigans!

The place was packed which was a good sign for me because that means the food must be good….also, March madness might have had something to do with it.

I had the fish tacos appetizer. That was HUGE! I was full after having one and a half tacos, so my boyfriend had to finish the rest. It was definitely weird to go to a place called Shenanigans (Irish) and get something Mexican, but it was very delicious. My boyfriend had the chili and quesadillas which also looked yummy.

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Aside from the times when my boyfriend and I are exploring restaurants (mostly via groupon deals) and eating what most would consider “not so healthy”, I eat pretty well. I have a smoothie with a side of fruit for breakfast every morning, so the past 2 weeks I have been trying to perfect my go-to smoothie recipe (coming soon!).

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Have you ever gone to Panera with the intention of getting their bomb green tea and instead leave with a new bestie? Well, that’s what happened to me a year and some months ago. My friend Annie (you may know her as @shopthestreet) and I went out to Lolita this past weekend for a #JAnnie night out (…yes, I made up that hashtag) and it was soooooo good.

If you’ve ever been to Lolita in Back Bay, then you know 1. it is ALWAYS packed and 2. it feels like you’re entering a 1600’s British torture chamber where instead of whips and chains there are beautiful waitresses, cotton candy and amazing tacos (and can’t forget the amazing margaritas!)

The vibe is always high and  the food is always good, so the long wait for a table is never disappointing.

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Our new location is amazing because not only are we close to all of the Southie hotspots, but we’re also a 10 minute walk to all of the Seaport hotspots. Legal’s Test Kitchen aka LTK is a crowd favorite in our household. It’s basically the cooler little brother of Legal’s Seafood where they roll out a new and different menu every six weeks showcasing seasonal and healthful dishes. The ambiance is a lot more hip (think low lights and top 40s music playing in the background) with flat screens playing what ever sporting event is hot at the moment, and the friendliest staff (especially the bartenders!).

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This past Friday, date night took us to another Southie location, Moonshine 152. As I stated above, my boyfriend and I find most of our date night specials via groupon (we’re balling on a tight, tight budget here folks!), so he purchased a good deal for Moonshine. Going off of the name, I didn’t know what to expect (a weird basement of a bootlegger from the 1920s perhaps?), but looking at the menu and then stepping into the establishment, I was amazed.

I had been whining about craving a nicely cooked whole fish for months, so when I saw they had a whole sea bass dish on the menu, that was my obvious choice. Let. Me. Tell. You.

That fish was AMAZING! I can’t even put into words how the flavors complimented each other so well and the how great the fish was cooked to perfection. My family is Jamaican, so we appreciate a good whole fish (you will find fried whole snapper everywhere in Jamaica), but this fish by Chef Asia Mei was out of this world. I’m telling you, if you’re ever in the area, and if they have the sea bass on the menu, GET IT! (…and that’s an order!).

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To round out the weekend, I was invited by the lovely folks at Margaritas to try out their new food and drink menu, but that review will be coming soon!

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 How was your weekend? Eat anything yummy? Do anything fun?

Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to follow me on insta to follow along with my food and lifestyle adventures. I have some exciting things coming up! =)

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Sweet Life: Weekend Recap

I felt like I hadn’t done a “Sweet Life” post in so long, so here we are, recapping my eventful past couple of weekends. Get ready for less words and more pictures of mouth watering food (all of which I recommend)!

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Each week my boyfriend and I have date night at least one night. We set aside time for just each other, no phones, no basketball and no scrolling through the ‘gram. (I do get to take pictures of our food though!).

We usually browse groupon for nights out, and this past weekend we went to the newly opened, Wabora on Newbury St. I would say my boyfriend and I are sushi “snobs”, so we know good sushi when we taste it. This sushi was quickly added my top 10 list. The tuna and salmon were very fresh. I would definitely recommend it.

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About 3 weeks ago my boyfriend and I moved into the city and I LOVE our new neighborhood. Just a hop, skip and a jump away is the world famous (if it’s not, it should be!) LOCO!

Now I have to warn you, you WILL become obsessed with this place. The tacos are amazing, the drinks are to die for and the ambiance and atmosphere is exactly what a 20 to 30-something is looking for after work or on the weekend. They also have a brunch menu which I need to try ASAP, so I can’t wait for that!

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I also explored my neighborhood a bit, finally got my hands on some HealthAde Kombucha (thank you Kylie Jenner). This stuff is organic, gut friendly, raw and amazing and I need all the flavors!

I also cooked a bit, made some Cauliflower Mash and some rosemary baked chicken.

YUM.

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It was recently Restaurant Week, or “Dine Out Boston”, around these parts, so my boyfriend and I took the opportunity to try out a restaurant that would otherwise be too depressing on our wallets. We ended up at the Oceanaire Seafood Room and let-me-tell-you!…..The decor was definitely what I expected it to be. It reminded me of a cruise ship (I’m not sure if that’s what they were going for, but that’s the first thing that came to my mind) in a good way! I felt like I was away, cruising far away with my boyfriend and the other passengers on the ship surrounded by elegance and seafood!

The food was amazing, scrumptious, decadent and any other adjective you can use to describe food that just blows your mind and tastebuds away. Lastly, the service; this is the type of place where after you take a few sips of water, the waiter fills it right back up. You don’t need to ask for anything because they are already 5 steps ahead of you.

Definitely my kind of place. Check it out!

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I then got to explore my neighborhood some more and have a light and delicious brunch with my new blogger friend, Georgina of “A Noted Life”.

We ended up at Worden Hall. The weather was gorgeous, the sun was shining and the happy endorphins were floating through the air. I sat down, ordered a mimosa and Georgina and I chatted up a storm for about 30 minutes before finally ordering our meals.

The food item that stood out to me the most were the eggs. They were so light, fluffy and buttery. Sooooooooo GOOD! Just give me a full plate of those and I’m a happy girl (with a few mimosas too!)

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I ended the weekend with an Instameet with some of Boston’s best food bloggers and instagrammers. We attended The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts for an awesome cooking class hosted by Salt for Life and Georgina (whom I mentioned above).

The fact that Salt for Life has 75% less sodium than regular salt and has tons of potassium (which most of us lack) is great. Head to their website to learn more and see where you can purchase some near you!

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How has your weekend or month of March been? Leave a comment below.

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xoxo

 

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