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Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!
Tonight, the Student Advocate Association is throwing a Fall Festival at the medical school – complete with pumpkin carving and chili samplings and a bonfire. Aside from that, we’ve got nothing in the books for the weekend and I am thrilled. Ankur will be busy studying, but I may make a trip to Knoxville. It’s supposed to be b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l out so I want to spend most of it outdoors!
Anyway, before I sign off for the weekend, I want to share what’s been going on as of late around here! I share a bit through my Facebook Page and my Instagram stories, but I like to pop in here and do these “lately” posts each month. More for myself than anything else! So that some day, I can look back and see all the things that kept me busy while out here in rural Tennessee. Hope you all have a beautiful weekend! <3
Lately, I’ve been….
This book. You may have caught on from my last post, but I’ve changed my diet pretty significantly. I’m sticking to less than 50g of net carbs and eating about 120g of fat each day. This required an entire shift in the way I grocery shop and prepare my meals. I swapped out my PAM spray for olive oil. Swapped out my all-purpose flour for coconut flour and almond flour. Stopped drinking a breakfast shake in favor of three eggs and veggies. When I make pizza, I use a cauliflower crust instead of the lavash bread I was using before.
I cook with cream and oils and snack on nuts and cheese. And I feel satiated and happy. I’ve picked up on new tricks! I can make breads and desserts and eat delicious things. It just requires a few tweaks in ingredients. I will write up a more detailed post at some point explaining the coaching I got. But, my coach, Robin, has helped me so much along the way and recommended this book for some easy recipes. I love the way the author broke down the diet in a way that makes sense for me. Through reading this, I realized how often I had been spiking my blood sugar with all the hidden carbs I was eating.
Pizza night has always been a big deal in the Mathur household. But, it’s become more frequent since we discovered these cauliflower crusts. The only ingredients in the crust are: cauliflower, mozzarella cheese, eggs, basil, and garlic. At only 180 calories for the whole darn thing (and 3 net carbs), it’s safe to say that I feel pretty content eating this. Often.
Using Simple Habit. The meditations range from 5-20 minutes. They have individual meditations and also different meditation series (that may have between 5-7 days of audios). Focusing on your breath, mindful eating, starting your day with an intention, right before bedtime meditation, etc. They even have a 5-minute “coffee meditation” that I tried out the other day. I have never savored my coffee the way I did when I was forced to sit down, mug between hands, and just slowly inhale, take a sip, and feel the coffee flowing through my system. I have always wanted to get into a consistent meditation practice, but have never been successful for longer than a few weeks. This has really helped. I highly recommend it!
The leaves changing! Being from California, I never understood what all the hype was about fall. But, after seeing all the beautiful colors last year in Tennessee, I totally get it. I’ve started to see a few yellows and oranges pop up and it’s making me feel oh-so-excited to pull out the vests and long-sleeved shirts and fuzzy socks.
A crap ton of Rao’s Arrabiata sauce. Apparently they were on sale for $4.99 at Whole Foods, but I didn’t know that. So, I did the next best thing and ordered them through Thrive Market. I’m not joking when I say we go through an average of 3 jars a week. It’s keto-friendly. Minimal ingredients. And probably the best tasting pasta sauce I’ve ever had. (I’m not getting paid to say this. I could probably sit down with a whole jar and a spoon and go to town).
Diwali! At work! In Harrogate, Tennessee! Most of the people I work with have never tried Indian food before so I put together a few snacks and ordered some Indian food from Knoxville and we had a fun Diwali party in the staff lounge. I felt so happy that I got to share a bit of my own culture with people and that they were so genuinely interested in the food and the traditions and the customs.
Questions of the Day:
- What have you been eating lately? Celebrating lately? Cooking lately?