Food for the… #4

It’s so weird, but a craving for a peanut butter sandwich just hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn’t even looking at food photos (like I usually am), and all of the sudden I just wanted to bite into the simple crust of the bread and taste the thick but smooth peanut butter on my tongue.

Does that ever happen to anyone else? Out of nowhere you know exactly what you want to eat?

It occurs off and on with. Once, just randomly, the idea of a cold glass of almond milk popped into my head. And another time all I wanted was a strawberry Nutri-Grain bar.

I think most would call that intuitive eating signals? Unfortunately for me I crave food that I can’t eat, so they often go unsatisfied. Why can’t I crave fish and zucchini? That would nice, thanks.

So, what do I do instead? I pin, I read, I create (recipes and blog posts). I take a bite of chicken or squash, hoping to squelch the peanut butter sandwich from my mind. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. But at the end of the day, I have a nice list of wonderful links from throughout the week.

Then come Fridays, I get to share them with all of you!











Now, I must get ready for bed as I am absolutely exhausted! This morning I volunteered to help with registration at a DECA event my college was sponsoring. I had to get up about an hour and a half earlier than usual and I can definitely tell. I just had zero energy throughout the entire day.

I am going to try my best to get a lot of rest this weekend, and you should do the same!

P.S. Don’t forget to join in on the Happy Herbivore giveaway before it ends Sunday night.


Happy Friday. πŸ™‚

What is your weekly Food for the… Mind, Belly, Eyes, and Soul?

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39 Thoughts on “Food for the… #4

  1. runwiki on January 31, 2014 at 3:49 am said:

    SO many great links here. I absolutely love Ari’s Menu, she makes some mouth watering recipes. Thank you so much for the shout out. I am SO glad I found you.

  2. This is an amazing list! Thanks for taking the time to put it together. I’ve missed a lot of these, so I know what I’ll be doing in the morning :-). Thanks for sharing my Tabata workout!

  3. Thanks for linking up my tips!

    I always find I get strange cravings for things out of nowhere too. Like ice cream on freezing cold days and stuff like that. You can’t go wrong with a pb sandwich!

    Have a lovely weekend my dear!

  4. What a great round up! Thanks for the shout out!

  5. thanks lady for the link up, I love this post because i have so much to read now!! thank you thank you have a great friday!

  6. Thanks for the link love, and for participating in the feature! Isn’t that Jimmy Kimmel bit hilarious??

  7. I literally almost crashed my internet explorer by clicking on pretty much everything. You’ve made my lunch break amazing! Hehe thanks.
    I LOVE that She’s All That thing – I loved that film. My friends and I would watch it like every week. Freddie Prince Jr…what a hunk.

    • Hahaha. I do that ALL OF THE TIME! Seriously, my internet browser has some 20 tabs open at once on most days. And then if it does crash I basically want to scream and cross my fingers that when it reloads it offers the option to reload those tabs. Thank goodness.

      Freddie Prince Jr. He’s just great. Have you ever seen him in Boys and Girls? I loved that movie too. And him in Scooby Doo with the blond hair. Haha.

  8. Thank you so much for including me in a roundup of so much awesome:)

  9. I’ll try for extra sleep this weekend, just because you said so πŸ˜‰
    This is a great roundup as always and I’m totally excited to get off work and be able to go through all the links!

    Now if only I had a peanut butter sandwich….

  10. Thanks for sharing my post! And boy, can I ever relate to peanut butter sandwich cravings. πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad I found your post and that article because it was so interesting. I’d thought about it a bit before (because I know one friend kind of accused me of having food allergies just to restrict food 😯 ) but your discussion on it was brilliant.

      Haha. Glad you can relate. If only I could eat one without any side effects!

  11. Ouch girl πŸ™ 1.5 hours early??? That’s never fun. I hope you slept well! Can’t wait to check out these articles whilst the monkeys are snoozing. I hate that feeling you talked about at the beginning of this post too haha…I always get it for stuff I don’t have and am unable to go to the store for at the moment πŸ˜› have a great weekend hun!

  12. Definitely going to check out some of these links!

    Loved your intro about the PB sandwich. I crave nut butter 24/7, and there’s no use denying that so I help myself to a spoonful or two usually. Probably not the best habit… but you only live once. (YOLO? first time I’ve used that πŸ™‚ )

    Have a great weekend!

  13. I know what you mean about craving a peanut butter sandwich! That sounds so good right now. You can never go wrong with peanut butter. πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for featuring me in the post. It’s an honor. πŸ™‚
    You included some great reads this week.

  14. So bookmarking this page because it will serve as the PERFECT FILLER if I ever have some free time! πŸ™‚ So much amazingness right here – I want to see my SNACK FOOD horoscope – will it tell me that I am a closet fatty… Good thing I cannot eat snack foods! LOL!

  15. Thanks for the shout out!

    …You don’t crave zucchini and chicken huh…you actually have me craving a peanut butter sandwich now. I think it needs to happen.

  16. Haha, the same thing happens to me pretty often. πŸ˜› Thanks for sharing these links, now I’ve got tons of new things to read and to take my mind off the chocolate pudding craving I’m having right now.

  17. Thanks for including my post!!

  18. Glad you went to self hosted! You said you were working on a redirect….yeah….let me know if you figure that out! !

  19. LOVE the new site!

  20. I really enjoy reading through these posts πŸ™‚ I love the Jimmy Kimmel video of celebs reading their mean tweets and the Jimmy Fallon ‘Full House’ reunion. How perfect was that?

  21. Thanks for the link love! There is so many great posts to read collected here-I have something to keep me busy while I avoid the Super Bowl πŸ˜‰

  22. Thank you for including me! I love these posts – so many good things to read!

  23. Ohhh I’m finding some great new-to-me blogs from your list!! πŸ™‚

  24. LOVE your new site! Congrats on being self hosted and have a dot com without wordpress!

  25. There are too many good links here, and my ADD brain is going to explode. Therefore, I have to comment before reading them all, although you should know I have a zillion tabs opened as a result of this. I will get them after I say my piece here.

    I can’t wait to read the banana one because well, #Publicbanana. I hope that’s on the list.

    I’ve been doing a bit of reading myself on food allergies and ED, and while I think some with ED use them as a crutch, I don’t think that’s usually the case. I’ve actually read that eating the same thing over and over again can actually make you become somewhat intolerant to it because in a sense you OD on that one thing. I also really, truly believe so many food allergies or sensitivities are popping up because our “food” no longer comes from actual food in so many cases. Our bodies weren’t made to process all the strange chemicals and additives on a regular basis. It’s actual one of the reasons I get a little bit frustrated when people who aren’t lactose intolerant or gluten sensitive (only 1% of the population is actually gluten intolerant) skip cheese and whole grain pasta (and all the nutrients they provide) but load up on chemical sugar stuff. I suppose I wouldn’t be so frustrated about that latter if only they would eat a touch of the former.

    Alright I’m rambling, but I have one more lengthy thing to say (apparently this is what happens when I don’t post for a week). The link about the TV newswoman retaliating for the ‘fat’ comment. I saw that awhile back and I though the commenter was a jerk about it, and I thought the newswomen in a sense was too. Here’s the thing (and I may need to do a post on this because I feel passionately about it…you tell me please), we seem to have lost the middle ground. We are either too skinny (hello Biggest Loser winner) or too overweight (hello Biggest Loser contestants). We either fat shame or skinny shame. We say eat a cheeseburger and embrace those curves. Love your body for who it is, but I don’t necessarily agree with that. I’m not saying hate your body, but I don’t think being ultra thin is good, nor do I think carrying extra weight is good. Both lead to health problems, and we seem to be missing that middle ground I love so much. Diatribe over.

    I hope you’re having a great weekend, and one day I hope you can just bite into that PB sandwich you want so much or guzzle that glass of almond milk. I listened to an entire Jillian Michaels PodCast on probiotics and gut health and thought of you.

    • madison on February 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm said:

      I have a zillion tabs open currently as well. Although that is not anything out of the ordinary for me. Haha.

      Right? I think that food allergies/intolerances have only come up (for the most part at least) because of what we’ve been doing to our food. You see, I react to literally everything I eat, and this tells me that it’s not necessarily the food itself that is the problem. It’s what’s been done to the food (and just our whole medical/health stream in general) that has messed us up. I’ve read that about eating too much of one food or restricting leading to food allergies too. Interesting stuff.

      Oh, and I absolutely agree with you about people getting rid of food unnecessarily. I kind of just want to scream that I would KILL to be able to eat regular food again without feeling bad. So when they just give it up for no reason (I understand testing it out for a month to see how they feel, but just for the heck of it?) it’s a little bothersome to me. I don’t think any food is inherently bad, but we’ve modified some things almost beyond repair.

      I saw the link awhile back too but it resurrected in my Facebook newsfeed last week and I thought it would be good to include. Again, I agree with you. What the commenter said to the newscaster was mean, there is no doubt in my mind about that. And while I think the newscaster was brave for what she said (which is why I posted it) there is something to be said for fat acceptance. I don’t think we should fat shame or skinny shame. We do need to be accepting of our bodies. But if there is a way for us to be healthier (either larger or smaller) by either exercise and/or an unprocessed REAL food diet, then I think that should be done.

      I think that the whole “eat the cheeseburger” idea was originally a good one. No one should feel ashamed or bad about themselves for eating a cheeseburger, and no one else should make them feel bad about it. However, that doesn’t mean that you should eat it all the time to be “mentally healthy.” Being in a healthy relationship with food can mean that you nourish your body and I don’t think it necessarily means that to be deemed “healthy” you have to want to eat other things.

      Middle ground is the best. We are learning about Mediation and Arbitration in school and I think the same idea applies to diet (diet as in what you eat, not as in “going on a diet”). Your health is like a relationship between two parties: your mind and your body. They need to work together and come up with a balanced approach at operating or things are never going to work out. If the mind keeps on trying to pull a fast one over the body then they can’t have a trustworthy relationship. And if the body doesn’t want to work together and cooperate with the mind then they will never get anywhere and come to that final agreement. Balance.

      It seems that I am rambling too and you are about to get a notification that will make your eyes pop out of your socket with how long this comment has gotten.

      Probiotics. Working with those right now. Ah! Jillian Michaels. Have you seen her face during the end of the Biggest Loser?

      You have a good weekend too Meghan!

  26. I love what you said about balance being a mind body connection and the two needing to work together. Seriously you are spot on.

    I did see Jillian’s face. She was not thrilled. I also think to automatically deem TBL the devil for what happened is unnecessary, which is what the media seems to be doing, even though their whole operation is about promoting health and wellness and inspiring others to do the same. I watched an episode last night (I’m a couple weeks behind) and the guy is crying tears of happiness for finally getting to the root of why he overate and showing nothing but gratitude to TBL for helping him get his life back on track. Also because I love Jillian and I’ve listened to hours and hours of her podcasts, I know she wouldn’t be a part of the show if it was unhealthy. Are those contestants basically living in a bubble with their only real priorities being understanding why they gained the weight to begin with and then doing everything they can to shed those pounds? Yes absolutely, but you can see (and again I know from her podcasts) they are constantly giving them advice for real world conditions and also how to handle maintenance mode. One person going too far shouldn’t automatically cast aside all the good the show has done to this point.
    I think instead of getting bent out of shape over extremes (she’s too fat, she’s too skinny), we need to celebrate, encourage and promulgate balance. I’m pretty sure I need to stop ranting on your blog and just post about this already.
    Thanks for letting me vent though Madison. I sure do appreciate it.

    • madison on February 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm said:

      And thank you for venting. I loved hearing your train of thought on all of this. I really do need to listen to one of her podcasts someday soon!

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