Category: Personal

Chocolate, chips and cheese: how I deal with food cravings.

This post contains recipes.

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. This advice is given purely on my own experience. If you suffer from body dysmorphia or any other self-harming mental disease related to food then please seek professional help. This is a guide for the occasional craving.

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Whether it’s triggered by boredom, stress, sugar-addiction, ‘that time of the month’, or just being in a certain place in the world, food cravings are a huge part of what it means to be human. For me, food bingeing has always been a coping mechanism for anything bad that I was happening in my life. Dealing with the emotional issues that drove me to overeat was like falling down a rabbit hole, and until mid-2017, it was a journey I didn’t feel strong enough to take.

EVERYTHING IS FINE

ME AVOIDING MY PROBLEMS

I did eventually deal with the emotional root cause of my negative behaviour, but I will be writing a more in-depth post about that side of my life later. For now, let’s get into the topic at hand. CRAVINGS of the food kind.

One of the key focuses of prolonged travel should always be your diet. It can affect many facets of your trip like your self-confidence, energy levels and, most importantly, your health. Even after improving my relationship with my own body, I still suffer from food cravings, particularly at that time of the month. The other issue I have is that I’m intolerant to A LOT of different foods including dairy, peanuts, yeast, wheat and coffee just to name a few.

So how do I deal? Well, I write down all the nutritious things I love eating, I pick one, and then I eat as much as I like. My list usually looks something like this:

The most important part is this. I don’t feel guilty about it. I can’t stress how important this part is. If you feel guilty while you are eating something, you will probably just want more of it, plus all the things that you were trying to stop yourself eating in the first place.

Yes a lot of these items are high fat, or sound sweet, but if you’re just trying to satisfy an occasional craving for sugar or empty carbs, then these options are much, much, much better for your body than a chocolate bar, bag of chips, or wheel of brie. They are filled with healthy fats, nutrients and vitamins, and many contain high levels of anti-oxidants.

Enjoy. Every. Bite.

Your list may look very different, but maybe you’re reading my list and thinking YUM. If so, you’re in luck! Here are the recipes for 3 of my favourite craving-busters! Enjoy :).

The ‘Unattractive but Hunger-Crunching Smoothie’ (vegan)

The ‘Most Delicious Rice Pudding You’ve Ever Eaten’ (vegan)

The ‘I Don’t Need No Toast’ Smashed Avo with Bacon Chips (leave out bacon if vegan)

My first truth about writing and travelling.

You might be wondering why my writing and topics are so all over the place, so I’m going to get into the heavy. Why? Because the heavy is what drove me to start this journey. Also I’m inherently lazy and only want to have to write all of this once.

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The hardest part about writing anything is trying to figure out why you started writing in the first place. Mine usually comes from a very dark place. Was I unsatisfied with my life? Yes. Did I start planning this journey for selfish reasons? Absolutely. Did I arrive at a mental state that I never imagined I’d get to? You got it.

So what is this current mental state? To avoid writing an essay, I’ve condensed it as much as I can.

Between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago, the human race lived in collectivist units. Acts of intelligence, bravery, strength or kindness were rewarded if they were perceived as doing greater good to the community, and acts that generated individual gain were frowned upon. This is how we survived and thrived.

Since the dawn of the agricultural revolution, the paradigm shifted in favour of the individual, and today, the majority of the western world functions in an individualist society where we compete with, rather than support, each other.  Some may contest this, but many others believe that this has resulted in the degradation of our environment, and created a complete disconnect from what it means to be human. I agree with this sentiment.

So, you may ask yourself, what can one apparently powerless individual do about this? Well, I’m so glad you asked.

I genuinely believe that I can have an impact. But there is so much I don’t know or understand. The world is a living, breathing organism in its own right, and I believe that if I don’t understand how it works, I can’t help to make it better. It’s that simple. I believe that we can all make a difference. Not through giant selfless acts, but through small ones, individual to individual.

So why the blog? Well, if through my experience I can enrich just one other person’s knowledge of the world, then that’s my first real contribution to planet Earth. I’ll put all kinds of information here – some of it shallow and materialistic, some of it a bit deeper.

No one is unidimensional, everyone is flawed, and I’m no exception. So if you like randomness, realness, and a little bit of crazy, then welcome to She Travels.

The day that I resigned.

Yes, yes. This feels like a good place to start a travel blog. With the moment that one resigns to start said travel. Here is how it went down.

OK so, I had been planning this moment for MONTHS. I can’t even tell you how difficult it was to keep it a secret. I wanted to stand at the top of the highest point in Melbourne (Eureka Tower, or maybe the Dandenongs) and scream it to the world. I’M LEAVING THIS SOUL SUCKING PLACE TO SEE THE WORLD!

But that would have been wildly inappropriate and would probably have resulted in the loss of said job on the spot, from which I needed the money, to save for the travel…which I resigned from later. Is this confusing? I feel like it might be confusing.

OK, I’ll break it down for you. Made decision to leave nine months ago. Had to keep working to save enough money. Resigned four weeks from my departure date.

So the moment actually came when I was on holidays visiting family in Denmark. It was bittersweet. A weight was lifted, but the GUILT TRIP WAS REAL. I had to call my boss and tell him from half way across the world.

My manager was like BUT WHY, and I was like, BECAUSE I HATE MY LIFE. And then I had the same conversation with like four other people. Well not in so many words. The more accurate description of events is that I was offered a large raise to stay but I couldn’t imagine myself in that job, in that career, in that industry for another minute longer than I had to be. So I said “no thank you”, but really thought:

And I had plans – the well laid kind. I got through the 4 weeks and I couldn’t have run out of there faster. For updates on my travels and advice about random things in life, subscribe to my blog. I get my ideas sporadically so don’t expect any consistency whatsoever. Happy Reading!

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