I hope you guys are having an awesome week and are ready for the weekend!
Today we’re talking about stress eating and why dieting doesn’t work.
I knew going into 2016 that this spring was going to be crazy town. Now that I’m two out of three months into it though, it certainly feels like a whirlwind. But it was all for good and exciting things. I took a trip to Napa and Sonoma with my momma in February, a girl’s trip to Italy in March, wedding season began in April with a trip to Charlottesville and I flew in on a red-eye Monday morning after five days in Laguna Beach for a wedding.
Today, I’m on a train back to Charlottesville for one of my best friend’s weddings and then Nick and I travel back to Indiana and Illinois next week and then we are in Atlanta in May for wedding. I’ve mastered the idea of “working on the road” I’d say.
I think we all probably hit a busy season of travel here and there where you’re just taking days as they go knowing it will all settle out again eventually. Where the only rhythm to life is packing and unpacking. And it’s messy, really messy.
But even among the mess, I’ve tried to take care of myself the best I can. I think it’s easy to say “oh, when this is all over then…” But if we think like that we’ll always be looking ahead to the future for something to happen. So how the heck do you maintain some normalcy and balance when life feels anything but normal and balanced?
First, I’ve learned to stop fighting the chaos and instead just sit in it. Second, I’ve learned to soak up all the grace I can – because I will never survive chaos and busyness without grace. Because I am nowhere near to having it all together.
There are nights where I’ve gotten less than 6 hours of sleep and therefore drank 4 cups of coffee before 9am.
There have been days crammed with finishing up a school assignment before the deadline.
There have been too many weeks where I’ve had to rearrange and rearrange things because something came up or I’ve had to make up clinical hours or I got called into work last minute.
There have been too many meals eaten out because I can’t make it to the grocery.
Workouts have been spontaneous and try as I might, I never stick to the plan. Something always comes up.
Eating has been anything but routine, but I’m doing the best I can. And here and there I’ve probably had one too many glasses of wine.
But that’s okay. It’s totally, absolutely okay.
Because this season isn’t forever, and life’s too short to fight the messiness.
So a few things I have learned along the way to keep me sane and my body feeling good most of the time…
“Working out” can be done anywhere and in the most unplanned ways. This past week in California, exercise was a group hike one day, I ran a few barefoot miles on the beach spontaneously another day and Nick and I strolled several miles around Laguna and Newport beach on Sunday. Doing a quick 5 to 10 minute circuit before showering in the evening is totally enough too. Any sort of movement keeps me feeling good and it doesn’t have to be planned out or stressed over.
Focusing on how I feel when I’m eating rather than judging how “well” I’m eating based on what my plate looks like. Even while in Italy where we ate white carbs and cheese galore, I never felt bad or sick or anything like that. When you’re traveling and eating out often, it’s easy to think you’re not eating well based on what’s on your plate. But what really matters is how you feel. If I’m checking in after I eat and I’m not too full and I feel good physically – that’s a good thing. No matter if there was a burger and fries or salad and a sweet potato on my plate. It’s not always perfect, but that’s what I’m focused on.
Water in between wine or drinks. Still working on this one, but I know for sure when I alternate a drink with some H2O I feel a jillion times better.
Naps. Naaaappppps. With early flight times, late night flights, time changes and everything in between I would make myself crazy trying to get 8 solid hours of sleep every night. It ain’t happening. So I’ve learned that a quick 20-30 minute cat nap wherever I am (train, plane, car, beach, whatever) energizes me and keeps me feeling good despite less than stellar sleep.
Compartmentalizing being totally turned on and totally turned off from work and school. When I’m flying or on a train for 6 to 8 hours I will fork over the money for wi-fi and get in the zone the entire travel time. On my way back from Italy I cranked out a huge assignment for almost 8 hours. On our flight into LAX I answered email and did Nutshell things for almost 5 hours straight. In the mornings I’ll usually do client sessions or plug away on business or school things for a couple hours. But then, when I’m at the wedding or out to dinner or with friends I’m totally shut off – no email, no thinking about school, nothing. It’s helped me to be more productive and also be able to enjoy the time relaxing and enjoying being on vacation rather than bleeding work into play and then everything feels messy and stressful.
It’s certainly not perfect and absolutely chaotic and crazy sometimes. But I just remind myself that I’m only in my twenties once, this season won’t last forever, and how super fortunate I am to be able to travel and see people I love. This life is way to short to have it all together.
Hello! It’s been way too long since I’ve been here and I hate that. I hope you guys had a restful and fun weekend and are ready for the week!
It’s been a busy spring of travel and it feels like it’s just beginning. Wedding season is about to be in full swing, somehow everyone decided 2016 was the year to get hitched. But that just means lots of people to see and places to go! Nick and I have four weddings over the next five weeks and none are in NYC or even in the Northeast so we’ll be traveling lots and I’ll be working and studying on the go. Thankfully after that school ends before summer weddings begin. All that to say, we’re headed to LAX on Wednesday for our friend’s wedding in Laguna and I’m not mad about that travel. Steph and Andrew are close friends of ours who live here in NYC, but are from the west coast. Bring on the sunshine, bathing suits and the beach!
Before Wednesday though, Nick’s sister and her fiancé are in the city tonight [yay!] and I have a huge exam in my Diagnostics and Management class to get through so it’s a one day at a time kind of week. I’ll leave you guys with a video on updates with Nutshell and answering questions about RD and NP schooling – what road to I take to get there and what are other options? I hope it’s helpful after getting lots of emails about it.
Have a great week!
“Ugh, I shouldn’t have eaten that.”
Sound familiar? We’ve all heard it at one point or another.
And then you start questioning yourself, “Wait, should I have eaten that either?”
You’re out to dinner with a group of girlfriends and notice that your friend hardly touches her plate, while you were starving and enjoyed every bite. You didn’t give your clean plate a second thought until you saw her barely eaten plate.
And then you feel guilty and begin telling yourself why you shouldn’t have eaten it all, even though you’re happily satisfied. And now you feel bad. “Well, I totally didn’t need to eat all that.”
Or you eat that cookie without hesitation, until your friend starts talking about how she is going to workout extra hard the next day to burn off those cookie calories. And now you think, “Maybe I should too.”
Should you drink that second glass of wine? Why is she ordering a salad? If I finish this entire plate does that make me gluttonous…or just hungry?
Food comparison and food shaming. It sucks the life out of experiences and our relationships with others. Sometimes it’s consciously, and sometimes it’s subconscious – we don’t even know we’re doing it until we step back to realize it or somebody calls us out on it. So how do we overcome it and start to associate food with nourishment, joy, and something to share with those we love instead of something used to condemn ourselves and others?
We stop looking at food as something to control and manipulate and instead view food as a gift from God..graciously given to us so we can nourish our bodies well. Given to us so we can thrive. Given to us to fully enjoy because it tastes awesome. Given to us so we can have the energy and passion and ambition to be who we were fully created to be.
My Nutshell clients can initially find it challenging to eat more and not compare what they are eating with what others are eating. We live in a culture where there is a sense of pride and accomplishment associated with eating less and not giving in to your hunger. That you somehow have more willpower and self-control because you can resist the urge to give you body what it simply needs. That somehow eating less makes you more feminine or something.
Over the past several years, I’ve had women tell me that they feel a sense of guilt or shame when they are eating more than those around them and wonder how to overcome those feelings. It’s much easier said than actually done – but simply put, you stop associating how much or what you eat with your worth or character.
Because food is just food.
It’s meant for nourishment and to be enjoyed and it has nothing to do with how self-disciplined you are, or how much willpower you have, and it certainly has nothing to do with your identity and worth.
Sometimes we might just be hungrier than the person we are eating with, and that’s okay. We make it way more complicate than that. In a culture where it’s normal to eat less and restrict more, eating three balanced meals a day with plenty of snacks is no longer necessarily mainstream. And that’s a shame.
Somehow we’ve misconstrued what a “normal” amount of food is, analyzed what we should be eating, and then convinced ourselves we should only eat such and such calories. And consequently, we’ve lost sight of the real purpose and beauty of food. It’s meant to give us energy and strength and vitality, and to an extent…bring us happiness. It’s how we celebrate with those we love and it’s a way to bring people together.
So when you shame yourself for eating something or when you compare how much you’re eating to how much the person next to you is eating, it’s damaging to everyone involved. In reality, nobody really cares how much you eat or how thin you are or how much you can resist your hunger. People don’t care about your pant size. They care about your heart.
When we get so wrapped in up in our bodies it’s actually ourselves getting wrapped up in our own egos. And when we begin to think not less of ourselves, but of ourselves less we can become the person we were fully created to be. There is freedom in that. We can start focusing on serving others, loving people well, realizing and living out our passions and finding joy. Because comparison is a nasty thief of joy.
So whether it’s a cookie your co-worker baked, a burger + fries out with friends or a ice cream cone on a hot summer night, there is no shame or guilt in that. It’s simply food. Meant to nourish us and allow us to thrive and be well. Not to build our pride and egos and make others feel bad.
Good morning!! I’m ecstatic to be guest posting on Robyn’s blog today (!!), as she is one of my favorite bloggers in the big old blog-o-sphere. She’s just so darn wonderful isn’t she? I really connected with Robyn’s voice and approach to nutrition and health when deciding to pursue a career in nutrition. Robyn’s take on “eating more” and fueling your body really resonates with me – and it couldn’t be more true these days!
A little bit about me – I’m a Registered Dietitian with my Master’s in Public Health. I blog over at BucketListTummy. You can read more about me, and my passions for health, nutrition and running there!
Today we’re going to chat a little bit about the importance of fueling our bodies for activity and exercise, and making sure we get enough to be able to sustain an active lifestyle. Because we don’t just want to exercise once or twice, right? We want it to be part of our healthy lifestyle, consistently. We all know that exercise is good for so many reasons – it makes us feel good, it provides an outlet for stress, it enables us to form friendships and socialize with others, we can set and achieve goals, get stronger, lose weight, reduce cardiovascular disease risk – etc. etc.
BUT, we need to be aware that exercise, or an increase in exercise, usually means we need to consume more nutrients and more food to support this exercise. Over-exercising and undereating are problematic in and of themselves, but together, it’s a problem waiting to happen! Let’s keep it simple – exercise is stressful. Depriving our bodies of food and nutrients is stressful. It’s a double whammy when we do BOTH.
Despite its positive effects, exercise does cause inflammation in our bodies. The more we exercise, the more stress we put on our bodies (source). Exercise also depletes our nutrient stores (think vitamins, minerals, electrolytes), and the only way to replenish them is to include more of them in our diet, which either means eating more often or eating more at meals and snacks.
Example 1: If you’re still hungry after dinner and dessert #1, maybe you didn’t eat enough at dinner or throughout the day. Eat another snack with some protein and fat. Example 2: It’s 9 am, and you ate breakfast an hour ago, but you can’t make it until your morning snack – eat an extra snack. These don’t just apply to days you exercise – rest days are often the most important times to fuel our muscles so they recover properly. Don’t ignore your hunger signs – remember, our bodies are burning through tons of calories just living and breathing, and when you add exercise into the equation, we’re going above and beyond that. Food fuels exercise. We need enough food (think nutrients) and water to give our bodies the energy to exercise, and to prevent injuries, burnout, hormonal imbalances and just overall exhaustion.
Eating more might sometimes mean less veggies and more chocolate chip cookies or an extra slice of birthday cake with friends. That just might be what your body needs!
But if you eat too many of those foods too often, your body won’t feel good and it’ll probably show in your exercise. And then your body will tell you it needs more nutrient-dense foods that can replenish those vitamins and electrolytes that have been depleted.
Let’s say you usually eat three meals and two-three snacks a day, and you’re exercising about 30-45 minutes 3-4 days a week. You need to be eating more than the girl next to you who’s not exercising at all. Try adding an extra starch to your meals, or add another snack or two in throughout the day (something with carbs and fat/protein – I like a piece of fruit with nut butter, nuts/seeds, or greek yogurt with toppings). Add in a pre and/or post workout snack. It doesn’t have to be super big, but give your body those nutrients to use and manufacture into energy to allow you to exercise and recover.
After working out, we should be aiming for a 3:1-4:1 ratio of carbs to protein (focus on quality over quantity). There’s a 30 minute opportunity where our muscles are primed to take up the glucose they need and protein to help them rebuild and repair. They worked hard – they’re starving, so feed them! Simpler sugars will give more instant energy, but for more sustained, steadier energy, aim for complex carbs, like sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, oats, squash, buckwheat, spelt, whole grains are all good choices. Choose high quality proteins like eggs, lentils, beans, soy, lean meats, fish, dairy, nuts/seeds. Make sure your meals and snacks are all balanced with healthy fats too – like coconut oil, nuts, seeds, eggs, flax, avocado, olives.
Bottom line: If you’re hungry, listen to those cues and feed your body.
If you can’t seem to shake your appetite, make sure you’re eating enough fat and protein alongside your carbs. Drink lots of water. Don’t let yourself get too hungry or go too long without eating. Focus on quality. Do all of these things and your active body will thank you.
Wow, I am so excited to be here introducing myself! I love everything about this blog, the Nutshell/Real-Life RD community, and Robyn’s mission as a whole. So of course, I’m thrilled to be joining this amazing community.
If you watched Robyn’s recent video post on how Nutshell is changing, you’ve heard about me. Yes, I’m the RD who randomly reached out to Robyn and said I’d be happy to help her if she ever decided to expand her team. I had just turned down a job opportunity in the Emory Hospital system here in Atlanta when I reached out to her. Despite it being a great opportunity, I just knew the hospital wasn’t the right fit for me. I was searching for opportunities that allowed my passions to be fed. I had been doing nutrition counseling and felt it was the type of environment I could thrive in. I love relationships and taking the time to get to know people. I was confident Robyn and I had a lot in common and simply thought I’d be letting myself down if I did not reach out to her. So I did! And because she’s amazing, she responded. We became fast friends and a few months later, I have the joy of working with her and her clients. God works in unexpected ways.
breakfast//is usually a Vega smoothie (1 scoop Vega One + frozen banana + a few frozen cherries + almond milk + nutbutter + frozen spinach)
On Saturday it was banana flaxseed oat pancakes topped with cashew butter and frozen raspberries that I melted in the microwave
Looking back, I had written to Robyn, “I simply want to encourage others to live healthy, passionate lives.” In a nutshell (ha), that’s my philosophy. Like Robyn, I believe in food freedom, balance, and authenticity. Like many of you, before I met Robyn, I felt like she was my friend and that I could easily reach out to her. Therefore as a Nutshell Nutrition RD, I want all of my current and future clients to know I’m here, walking right alongside them. I am the world’s least intimidating person, or at least that’s what my friends say 🙂
Like I said, I love relationships. I find that if we do a little digging, we can all relate to each other in some form or fashion. I love doing just that! I believe in the power of relationships and vulnerability and I really love getting to know people through hearing their stories. Personally, I love being known and understood — it’s the ultimate comfort! I feel so at peace when my husband or my best friend make me think to myself, “they totally get me.” At the heart of the matter, I believe we all have a degree of that desire for connection within us. We all just want to be known in this big, unknown world. I love getting to know people, no matter what their situation, and simply meeting them right where they’re are in that moment. There’s a place that settles within us when we’re connected, supported and understood.
(disclaimer: this is ½ of my salad) lunch// kale salad with tempeh, cucumbers, craisins, and carrots with TJ’s goddess dressing + not pictured hummus for the carrots [This picture was taken halfway through lunch]
spoonful (or 2) of ice cream after lunch
I also love food. Cooking and gathering around a table was very much a part of my childhood. Community is so rich around a table and I truly felt that as a child. My love of food fostered my love for nutrition and also my love of human sciences. Although I am not Type-A, I am a detail-oriented person. My mind is curious and discovering the intricate details that make up our bodies and ultimately make up who we are and how we function fire me up.
I believe our bodies are created by God, therefore they are good and are meant for good. How can they be good if we don’t take care of them? In our diet-obsessed, technologically driven culture, it is all too easy to become trapped, to be rude to our bodies and to ultimately learn to hate ourselves. I love helping others find freedom, but especially food freedom. I love food and I believe it is meant to be a delight, to be celebrated and to be shared with others. I also believe food is just food. It is not to be idolized the way the world we live in so often teaches us to do. There is goodness waiting to be poured out from you onto those around you and that can’t happen when we can’t walk free.
snacks// sweet potato tortilla chips with guacamole
TJ’s inner peas with hummus
vegan pumpkin banana blueberry white chocolate muffin
The same goes for exercise. I absolutely love to get a good sweat in and there is nothing like the peace, joy, and stress-relief I feel when going on a long run or attending an awesome Barre3 class. But, the last thing I want is for exercise to get in the way of my friendships or for it to become my ultimate lifeline. In other words, I never want to feel imprisoned by my exercise regimen or it to be where I find safety and security. We should move because it feels good, not because we think we have to.
dinner// TJ’s black bean pasta + roasted butternut squash and broccoli+ sautéed mushrooms, onions, grape tomatoes, and spinach + ½ avocado)
anddd more ice cream of course with a chocolate covered frozen banana bite
As for my educational background, I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee where I later attended the University of Tennessee, earning my Bachelors Degree in Nutrition. After getting married in June of 2014, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia where I completed my Dietetic Internship at Emory Hospitals. Today, my husband and I still live in Atlanta and have learned to love this crazy city.
All in all, thank you for this opportunity and I so look forward to what’s ahead. Wishing you guys the best this week!
Today is a GREAT day. I’ll be in Rome in less than 24 hours. Meaning I’ll be face first in ALLLL the gelato and wine and espresso and perfectly chewy pizza crust. I can’t wait!
One of my best friends slash soul sisters, Whitney, flew in last night from Nashville and this evening we fly out of NYC to our first stop, Rome! Then to Venice and Florence and Milan. I’ve never been to Europe so I figured Italy was a good starting point. We’ve been wanting to take a trip to Europe for a couple years now so in December we pulled the trigger and started planning.
I met Whit back in Charlottesville and across moves and hundreds of miles away she remains such a dear friend and holds a very special place in my heart. And she’s probably one of the best travel partners – organized and a planner (which I am so not) – so I’ll bring some spontaneity and ease, while she brings direction and foreword thinking. Plus our favorite things are being active outside, finding all the best food to eat, and chatting it up with new people. You can follow along on instagram where I’ll be posting frequently.
And with that, I’ll leave you guys with a video where we’re talking about sleep and it’s effect on hormones and weight. Enjoy!!
We’ve gone from villianizing fat and loving carbs in the 90s to bashing carbs and praising fats today – and nutrition recommendations will only continue to constantly change and evolve. Especially as more and more people think of themselves as nutrition “experts.” One thing I know for sure from these two dichotomous trends is that extremes are not only unsustainable, but they don’t make sense. We don’t need to ban fats, and carbs are not the worst thing ever.
The more important thing to talk about though is how restricting carbohydrates is actually stressful on the body – cortisol levels rise when the body isn’t fed enough carbohydrates. Especially if you’re an athlete, a runner or someone who is fairly active and enjoys working out – your body needs carbohydrates. Combine a low carb diet with inadequate sleep, a stressful job and maybe too much exercise and you’ll find yourself at a hormonal frat party. Furthermore, low carbohydrate intake can cause the beginnings of hypothyroidism. Insulin is needed for the conversion of inactive T4 into active T3 (your thyroid hormones) and often insulin is quite low when you don’t eat enough carbs.
Now are all carbs created the same? Of course not! Eating cake or pasta and eating a sweet potato or brown rice are not the same thing. Do we need all those foods to create a healthy balance both physically and mentally? Yes. Try not eating dessert or some white pasta or flour for months on end and you’ll probably find yourself knee deep in frosting and feeling fuller than you ever intended. Cue the guilt, self shaming, restrictive eating cycle. We need all these foods. The sweet potatoes and brown rice far more often than cake and cookies and white flour, but allowing yourself to eat anything while knowing some foods are more beneficial brings food freedom.
Hey hey heyyyy!
So today’s WIAW is a little different – I’ve included some pictures of eats from the past week, but mainly it’s been smoothies and ice cream and sweet potatoes and bananas for the past 48 hours since I had to get my back molar pulled on Monday. Ahhhh, good times. I was supposed to get a root canal a couple weeks ago, but after being numbed and drilled into found out that pesky tooth was no good – so instead, out it went. But I’m on the mend, so that’s great!
Rather than words, today I’m cozying up with you guys and chatting about what’s to come with Nutshell Nutrition, the blog, and where I’m at right now with everything. Things are shifting and changing and it’s good – so I’m excited about this new season with work and life, and thought talking with you guys instead of writing was just more personal – so here we are!
I love you all SO much, thank you for supporting and reading over at this tiny space on the world wide web. I’m more grateful than you’ll ever know. xo
dinner with Nick at Grey Dog // maple dijon brussels, pesto noodles and chicken pesto panini all shared
snacking on these Rx bars which are one of my fav snack bars
breakfasting on my favorite pancake recipe // topped with banana, cashew butter and chocolate chips
chocolate banana smoothies eaten with a spoon out of a PB jar post tooth pulling // 2 frozen bananas + 1/2 scoop chocolate Vega + 1 cup almond milk + 1 tbsp chia seeds
lunching on this salad obsession // arugula + roasted cauliflower and broccoli and butternut with hempseed ranch
I landed in NYC last night and woke up this morning to 37 degrees and rain – so I’m just in a constant state of denial and pretending I’m still in the 70 degree California sunshine.
The past five days were everything my soul needed and more. For Christmas, I gave Momma Coale a trip to California because she never gets to travel and being a single momma of five she would never do this for herself. So I told her I was taking her to wine country and woudn’t have no for an answer!
We flew in from Indy and NYC and met in San Fransico on Friday – we both got in around 10:30am California time, picked up our rental car and headed straight to an early lunch down on Pier 3. Friday was the only day that wasn’t beautifully sunny wtih clear skies – it was a little drizzly but still in the 50s.
We lunched at Plant Cafe, wandered around down by the Ferry Building before calling it quits because of rain and instead going to rest up at the hotel before dinner. Friday evening we explored the Mission area of SF and ate at Gracias Madres. AMAZING vegan Mexican food. We stayed at the Marker in downtown SF which I highly recommend – very friendly people, good location and complimentary wine every evening, hayyyyy!
Saturday morning we woke up super early since our bodies were still on east coast time, caught the sunrise down by the water, walked over to Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, I ran a slow 4 miles along the water and then we explored the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building. So much gorgeous produce including so many varieties of dates!! We ate breakfast sandwiches and then packed up for Sonoma and Napa.
We drove out to Sonoma on Saturday morning and stayed at the Olea Hotel for our whole trip – highly recommend! Such a sweet little place that’s family owned with gorgeous rooms (hello heated bathroom floors and the most comfy mattresses!) a gourmet breakfast of local + organic foods, a wine tasting every evening and a jaccuzi + cozy firepit out on the patio. Plus stunning views of the moutains.
Saturday we went to Kunde Family Vineyards (our favorite out of everywhere we went to!) and then Landmark Vineyards. Both had amazing reds and Kunde had one of the best Chardonnay’s I’ve ever had. So crisp and not too oaky at all.
Sunday morning I ran along a country road at sunrise, we filled up on breakfast and then spent the afternoon in Healdsburg, the cutest little town ever! We strolled the sweet shops, drank lattes at Flying Goat Coffee, lunched at Oakville Grocery and ate cupcakes at Healdsburg Crafted Cupcakes before driving to Gundlach Bundschu and then Nicholson Ranch in Sonoma to taste. Both had gorgeous views and delicious wine – although not my favorite. Then we headed to the plaza in Sonoma, grabbed a glass of wine at the Roche tasting room and then went to dinner at The Girl and the Fig.
Guys, I have NO WORDS. Best meal I’ve had, really ever. We got the goat cheese plate, brussel sprouts, beet salad and french fries. I can’t even describe the awesomeness of this. Plus a flight of red for me and white for my mom. I will be back!
Monday I ran around downtown Sonoma in the morning which was so beautiful and got coffee from this adorable stand on my drive into town. How cute is this?
Then we strolled around Sonoma and ate lunch at the Sunflower Cafe – split the roasted grape, goat cheese and arugula salad + vegan cauliflower wrap + goat cheese and mushroom toast. All amazing.
After lunch we spent the day in Napa tasting at Artesa (most gorgeous views of the whole trip but the inside wasn’t my vibe – too commercialized and flashy.) Then we went to Cakebread Vineyards which had very good, fruity Savignon Blanc and then wrapped up the afternoon at Rochford Winery where our guy Dean did a personalized outside tasting with us since we were the only ones there. So naturally, we became wine club members. He was too good!
For dinner Monday, we headed to downtown Napa and ate at a Mediterranean restaurant, Tarla. Very good, but not the best Mediterranean food ever. We strolled around Oxbow Public Market which is my happy place. So many local vendors and restaurants in one hub!
We crashed into bed on Monday and woke up Tuesday to drive back into San Francisco before flying out. We crammed so much into two hours – Lombard Street, Telegraph Hill, toast + coffee at The Mill (amazing!!) and then picked up lunch at Nourish Cafe to take on the plane. This salad I have to recreate – so much goodness in one bowl!
I’ve never had fresher, more delicious food in my life – NYC has good food, but California is SO FRESH. I never felt weighed down and everything was SO GOOD.
The sunshine, the fresh air, the open space and the slower pace of life was so needed.
I’m now convinced I want to move to Northern California. Now all I have to do is get Nick on board and all my friends to go with me too.
And I might never be able to drink TJs $5 bottles of wine again. Good thing we became wine club members at a Sonoma and Napa Vineyard so we might never have to.
It was a very much needed trip with my momma who deserves the world!
And now…back to real life. But I’ve got a full and rested heart that’s also happy to be back with my people in this city that I love so much, yet hate so much all at the same time. Until next time, CA!