Welcome to the new Living Healthy in the Real World site! I have graduated from WordPress.com to buying my own domain name. Exciting indeed.
I also have a one-stop shop for Living in the Real World. It is an entry page from which you can access Living Healthy in the Real World, Living Rhetorically in the Real World, my Twitter page, and my Living Well column. Look around, check it all out, and let me know what you think!
And the three winners of the POM Juice Giveaway are…
Mary: “OK, these are both gonna be sorta weird, but the first is a stir fry sauce. Pom juice, fresh grated ginger, garlic, soy or teriyaki, cayenne(cause I’m from the south) and a little cornstarch to thicken. Pour over fresh, stir fried veggies (I’m a vegetarian) delicious!!! Could also add tofu, chicken, shrimp or beef. Next, saute onions, garlic, chopped tomatoes. Add pom juice, cayenne, and arils at the end. Serve over wheat pasta – I could eat the entire pot (and am ashamed to say I have).”
Dia: “Am so enjoying that it’s pom season again! & like some of the others, I usually just score & eat a section or two straight from the fruit! I have thought of doing a spinach/arugula/lettuce salad for Thanksgiving with pomegranate seeds sprinkled over & a coconut/olive oil & raspberry vinegar (Plus Italian herbs & garlic) dressing . . .”
Westwood: “I like my pomegranates naked. Or as juice in vodka. Either way, I don’t like ‘em G-rated.”
E-mail me your mailing addresses and I’ll make sure your POM juice gets sent to you! I also expect to hear all about the glorious recipes you concoct from your winnings 😀
Non-Christmas Christmas and American Thanksgiving
Tomorrow is the American Thanksgiving, and all across the blogosphere it has been beautiful to see everyone write about what they are thankful for. I rather like that Canadian and American Thanksgiving’s are a month and a half apart; it’s a good reminder to continually be grateful on an ongoing basis, rather than just for a single day.
This year, my thoughts between the Canadian and American Thanksgiving’s have been gravitating towards how thankful I am for the positive influences in my life.
When I was younger I lived in Holland for a few years with my parents and my sister. This meant that we spent Christmas without any of our extended family. Because of this, when we came back to Canada, one of my aunts arranged to have a “non-Christmas Christmas” in the middle of the summer to make up for having not been together for Christmas while we were on separate continents. We all enjoyed the novelty of it so much that we began to do it every year.
We wound up celebrating non-Christmas Christmas this past Sunday rather than during the summer, this year. My sister is still traveling in Cambodia but the father dear is home visiting just for a couple weeks (hurray!), so he was able to attend.
Something that I have learned, particularly through talking with my nutritionist, is that I over-eat or restrict myself from eating when I am with negative people. If I feel as though I’m being treated in an unfairly poor manner, I turn to food to fill the void, either by not eating or by overeating. There is, as my nutritionist said, a very strong connection in my life between emotional love and food. I think that this is the same for many people, whether we’re consciously aware of it or not.
I have been working hard at eliminating negativities from my life and adding in positive people and ideas, and it is making a huge difference. I don’t need food to fill the void; I have people who do that. On our non-Christmas Christmas, I ate just the right amount, because I didn’t feel as though I had to compensate for emotional instability by eating copious amounts of food.
Although it can appear shallow, to be concerned during the holidays about how much food we are or are not eating- because holidays are about remembering and being thankful rather than “watching our diets”- we cannot deny that food plays a very big role in human society. Not just as sustenance, but as a replacement for emotional wellbeing. When we have a healthy relationship with ourselves and with others, we are far more likely to have a healthy relationship with the food we eat. If we’re struggling with eating too much or too little food, it is very likely because there is something missing from our lives. I am so very grateful that my life is whole.
What does your relationship with food say about your emotional health and your relationships with others?