In the past, whenever I would get stressed or sad or overcome with essentially any sort of emotion, my inclination was to eat. So it was a totally foreign feeling for me when I completely lost my appetite after the loss of our child.
The problem was that I had already lost quite a bit of weight prior to getting pregnant once we got my thyroid medication dialed in, and then I lost about 10 pounds while I was pregnant and a few more when I miscarried, so I couldn’t afford to lose more weight. Plus I knew I needed to make sure I was getting in a lot of nutrient-dense calories to help my body heal. But that’s not easy to do when you have zero desire to eat.
That’s why I am so thankful for Dr. Sarah Ballantyne’s Collagen Veggie Blend from Vital Proteins. This protein powder, if you can even call it that (it’s SO much more), packs in three servings of nutrient-dense veggies and one serving of fruit, along with 20 grams of protein from collagen peptides per serving.
When I lacked an appetite and couldn’t fathom eating an actual meal, I would make this smoothie using the Collagen Veggie Blend and feel confident that I was still nourishing my body. Nourishing my soul through the grief process unfortunately hasn’t been as easy. So I’m still working on that part, but don’t worry…. I do at least have my appetite back now!
I was never much of a cereal eater growing up. I’d have the occasional box of Fruit Loops (or “shoe poops” as I called them) when camping, but generally my mom wouldn’t let us eat cereal because it was too “sugary.” Man, my mom was a smart lady. I should say is a smart lady because she’s still pretty smart.So it wasn’t really until college that I started eating cereal. I don’t know what it is about cereal and college but they seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly, or bacon and eggs, or cheese and anything else. I’m guessing it’s that it’s so cheap and that you don’t have to do anything to prepare it that appeals to the poor lazy college kid. At least I think that’s why it appealed to me. That and that it was easy to munch on during late night study sessions or on the bus on the way to class in the morning. Continue reading →
I’m super excited to have my good friend Natalie of A Nourished Appetite share a recipe with you guys today. She makes THE BEST food. Seriously! If you guys like my recipes, just wait til you try hers. Since moving back to southern California, I’ve actually gotten to hang out with Natalie in person a few times which of course means eating lots of yummy food together. And I’ve had the amazing pleasure of trying this delicious Chocolate Cherry Grain-Free Granola. She gave me a jar of it a while back and I ate it all way quicker than I’d like to admit. But once you try this I’m sure you won’t blame me. I’ll turn it over to Natalie now…
Back when I had a full time job in an actual office, I used to do a bunch of meal prepping on Sunday to prepare my breakfasts and lunches for the week so I wouldn’t have to worry about it before work in the morning. But when I started working from home, I stopped meal prepping because I figured, since I was home, I could just cook my meals in the moment when I was hungry. Continue reading →