Considering my last Instagram post, it’s no secret that I’m obsessed with avocados. Like, really obsessed. So imagine the thrill of opening National Day Calendar to find that today is National Avocado Day…basically Christmas morning. It’s a nutritionist’s dream. Prep yourself for all the avocado content you’ll find in the online nutrition world today. Call off work, kids.
Business first. Why do I recommend that almost all my clients eat avocados regularly? Let me count the ways…
Now why do I personally looooove avocados? Well I don’t discriminate when it comes to cravings. Both sweet AND salty cravings are my constant companions, and avocados push my buttons in all the right ways. When I left my parents’ home at age 14 to go off to boarding school, I was surprised to learn that most Americans eat avocados in a “salty” way…in salads, as guacamole, on sandwiches. I was thrilled because this expanded my avocado horizon. I come from a Filipino home where we ate avocados in “sweet” ways.
My favorite and easiest dish is one I often have for breakfast even though it’s called a dessert. I asked my mom what the tagalog word is for this dish, and she said, “It’s basically an avocado shake, but it’s not.” On the island my mom is from, few families could afford blenders or had access to fresh milk, so they simply scooped the avocado meat into a bowl, poured in canned evaporated milk, and sprinkled white sugar over the whole lot. I’ve had this traditional version, and, holy guacamole, it’s delish. But to work this into my own kitchen, I make some healthy swaps for the refined white sugar and dairy.
I know “sweet” avocado sounds strange to most Americans, but give it a shot. Being able to use avocados with a whole new flavor palate is a GAME CHANGER.
I’ve been anticipating this post for months now and am finally blessed with the circumstances to follow my dreams. Let’s start on October 9th when I resigned from the job I’ve had since 2008; it’s been my only “real job” since college. I won’t go into too much detail about what I did, but I will say that it was a major negative contributing factor to my stress level, anxiety, social and family life, happiness, and health. I began to hate my life and came to the awful realization that none of my daily actions were leading me towards what I have in mind for myself. Two weeks after my resignation, I said goodbye to my career and hello to the unknown.
So, what now? I’m enrolled as a full-time student working towards a Masters in Nutrition and Integrative Health, and I’m so psyched about it. If there’s any interest, I’d be happy to share more about my coursework because it is and will continue to be part of my journey over the next two years. You see, my two-year career goal is to earn my Masters degree, pass my Board certification to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and open my very own integrative health practice.
Now let’s back up to the present and start talking about how bemindfulandhappy.com comes into play by talking about my short term goals. This gets into the uncomfortable nitty gritty of my current self and my ideal self. I’m just going to lay it out.
This is me NOW:
I’ve lost touch with nature and movement.
I suffer from moderate depression and anxiety.
I’m a psychosomatic insomniac.
I’ve lost the ability to be present in everything that I do.
This is my IDEAL self:
I eat not only for enjoyment and convenience; I eat to thrive. I’ve been on a paleo kick for the past two years, and while I’m still very much in that camp, I’d like to shift my focus to whole foods. How can I maintain the integrity of the whole food while still enjoying the rich flavors I love so much? How can I use food to heal my body and mind?
My lungs are filled with fresh air. My skin is kissed by the sun and tickled by the breeze. I slide into bed at night with not only a tired mind but a well-used body.
I’m happy and at peace. I wake up in the morning with anticipation. I’m prepared to face the stressors, disappointments, relationships, and beauty of the day.
Bedtime is the sweet ending to my day. The bedroom is dark and quiet. My mind slows down without any unnatural encouragement. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll slip into my dreams before my boyfriend does (so unlikely).
I am present in every moment. I allow myself to feel pain when it comes. I embrace and savor happiness. I put down my cell phone. I enjoy even the mundane life of a “housegirlfriend” and student.
I’d like to use bemindfulandhappy.com in two ways: as a memoir of my journey to wherever it is I’m going and as the start of my career as a healer. The first use is self-explanatory, so let me explain the second.
I’m seeking certification as a Certified Nutrition Specialist to establish legitimacy in the healthcare industry. I also hope to make my services accessible to those who can’t pay for out-of-pocket appointments by accepting insurance reimbursement. I will be eligible to sit for my boards in 2017, but until then, I’d like to start a dialog with my peers and interested internet friends about health, happiness, and science.
Things to look forward to at bemindfulandhappy.com:
Musings on my developing models of health, wellness, disease, and illness
Suggested reads, watches, tastes, and listenings
Recipe reviews, suggestions, and modifications
Pleas for help with things I’m really bad at: gardening, baking, tons of stuff really
I’ve been looking forward to joining the health blogging movement for years now. I already feel like part of the family as a reader and am ready to start sharing my own voice. Pleasure to meet you!
Find me on Instagram @elosogigi and on Twitter @bemindfulhappy