Sometimes we need a lot of things to come undone at once, in order to hear the message….”hey, SLOW DOWN.” I feel like I’m in the thick of that right now. I tend to overvalue efficiency. I do think using our time intentionally and making the most of it is important. But I can also become easily frustrated if something unexpected comes up, which then puts a wrench in plans and I think to myself, “I’m wasting so much time!” But this is life. As the saying goes, too much of a good thing is usually not a good thing – efficiency can be a good thing until you idolize it. That is the trap I easily fall into. If you find yourself nodding your head, you’re not alone. But maybe I am alone if you’re like…yeah, I don’t struggle with that Robyn 🙂
So after a slew of events over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been forced to slow down even when my brain says, “You have so much to do before your capacity to work slows when you have a baby in December!” That’s a self imposed expectation – that I need to do ALL THE THINGS. And accepting that need to rest instead of resisting it has been really refreshing in many ways. Rest over the past couple weeks has meant working shorter hours, asking for help, minimally moving my body except to do necessary things like shower and do life and canceling a beach trip with a good friend that I was really looking forward to. But, sometimes the decisions we don’t want to make are the best ones for us. So here I am, being human, and trying to care for myself when I really don’t want to.
One of those events that screamed, “SLOW DOWN lady” was developing costochondritis in my left ribs aka the cartilage that connects my ribs to my sternum was hella inflamed. It’s incredibly painful. I was willing to do anything to help it heal which meant my first visit to a chiropractor, lots of stretching, endless icing and heating and resting resting resting. I’ve continued with the chiropractor and stretching, icing etc and am so grateful to be feeling better! In addition, I tried to add in as many nourishing foods as possible. It’s fragile ground I think sometimes to bring together nutrition science with intuitive eating, but if I’ve learned anything over the years it’s that doing so is certainly possible and I think really, really important when it comes to our whole health. I really wanted to feel better, so incorporating more nourishing foods into my meals/snacks over the past couple weeks felt empowering vs obligatory.
Was I eliminating gluten, dairy, sugar and all that jazz like the internet tells you to? NO. Because doing that would be stressful and stress isn’t good for your health either. But I have been eating as many fruits and veggies, fibrous grains and healthy fats as possible. When I was home, momma Coale cooked pasta with homemade tomato sauce and veggies, made so many delicious salads and added healthy fats, like avocado, to everything. There was also lots of olive oil involved. Being at home was a total luxury and I was so grateful I could stay at home an extra week.
Meals I ate while I was home that included a lot of healthy fats were the above breakfast on repeat. Sometimes I sautéed up some spinach or kale to scramble in with the eggs if I was feeling it. Usually, the go to was a whole wheat bagel from TJs, half with mashed avocado and the other half with whipped cream cheese, lots of everything seasoning and a couple fried eggs.
My mom and I went out to Cafe Patachou for lunch and their chopped cobb salad is my favorite. Everything about it. Shredded Indiana chicken, greens, tomatoes, salty bacon, hard boiled eggs, goat cheese and creamy avocado. I dream about this salad. It’s so satisfying and filling. I ate a piece of toast for some carbs too because the salad doesn’t have a carb source and without carbs, a meal wouldn’t be complete.
Since being back in Boston, I’ve cooked some simple, yet delicious dinners and lunches instead of relying on eating out or eating frozen meals because that is what makes me feel best. Nothing fancy, just the basics. Eating out and frozen meals are certainly a good thing, but I do feel best when I have satisfying food on hand from my own kitchen.
As I’ve settled back into Boston this past week and a half, I’ve continued the slower pace. Checking in with myself on what things are necessary to get done and what things don’t actually need to get done. Our tiny apartment hasn’t been cleaned in 3 weeks (I’m crazy and like to clean once a week which in this season of life is just unreasonable) but the dust can sit on the shelves. I’ve slept in a little later and spent time with good friends – something I really needed. And this past weekend I did a lot of reflecting on what this next season of life looks like and what is going to be healthiest for me physically, mentally and emotionally. Sometimes, we need a lot of things to unravel at once in order to hear the message….”you’re doing too much.”
In what ways are you starting fresh as summer turns into fall? Sharing in the comments!
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