The (Happy) Mind/Body Connection

This past month has been pivotal for me.  I changed jobs from a place where I went in everyday feeling less than myself and being asked to be someone I wasn’t (primarily a happy at work stepford-wife, which wasn’t happening).  Over the last several years, my self-esteem and confidence in the workplace have plummeted.  There has always been a connection for me between my “thin” self and my “heavy” self and happiness.  I think this is probably true for most people who equate eating and emotional behaviors (as I do).

I’ve been at my new job for a month now and one of the things that I thought would be tempting are the vending machines in the lunch room where I eat lunch everyday.  I haven’t been so much as tempted, which I found odd initially.  Usually if I’m nervous or anxious, food comes into play.  After my first week at the new place, I did notice that I felt more relaxed and happy than I had in a long time and I’d walk right past those vending machines.  In a month, I haven’t been tempted at all.

While I have lost weight during this year, it hasn’t been without effort, until recently.  I wake up feeling refreshed again, not exhausted and am able to go into work, do my job and leave with a happy spirit.  I haven’t been inclined to rush home and fill my face with everything in the refrigerator, weird, right?! (more…)

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    7 egg whites;
    1.5 C skim milk
    (for quiche shown)
    Add 1 C chopped vidalia onion (sauteed in oil first)
    1 chopped red pepper (sauteed with onion)
    1 10 oz. box of spinach (also sauteed)

    Heat oven to 450 and bake for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 375 for an additional 30 minutes. During the last 15 mins. add approximately 2 C of sharp cheddar cheese.

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