A Sick Day Lesson

by Holly on December 14, 2011

in gluten-free,life,recipes,seriousness,snacks,vegetarian

Usually, I am rather unapologetic when I don’t have the time to blog regularly.

This blog is not my full-time job. I mean it when I say life is meant to be lived out in the real world, not in front of a computer. Eating delicious food > blogging about delicious food. Parks and Recreation is one seriously addicting TV show. I am a perfectionist, and so now when I do blog, I like to make sure that when I write a post, it’s a really good/delicious one.

Over the past weeks, the reason I haven’t blogged has nothing to do with any of that. It has to do with one thing and one thing only: I am seemingly incapable of saying no to anyone or anything.

That and I am seemingly incapable of resisting going out to eat.

But that’s another blog post (and a plate of Hell’s Kitchen cornmeal pancakes) for another day.

Remember how I made a New Year’s goal wayyyy back in January to say no more? And remember how I made a Roasted Vegetable Tart I deemed The Tart of No to help me remember that saying no is a good thing? That, in fact, by saying no, we are actually saying yes to ourselves?


I’m smart…just not smart enough to take my own advice.

Because here I type before you today, struggling with the same problem I set out to remedy nearly 12 months ago. Lately, I haven’t been taking care of myself – physically or emotionally – and the effects of my self-neglect are beginning to show. I’ve been suffering from more migraines…I’m perpetually tired…my moods are bit all over the place (I swear, I’m not even PMSing!)…I’ve been breaking out like a pre-pubescent 14-year-old boy…and for some reason, my Christmas-loving self just cannot seem to get my groove on with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick.

And today, I took a sick day.

I think that has only happened one other time in the past two years.

But that IS what is going to happen when you’ve pushed yourself to the very end of your long, long, long rope and you wake up feeling like you got beat up by a ninja on steroids, suffering from a killer migraine headache and with the start of what I am sure is bronchitis.

And tis’ is NOT the season to get sick.

Soooo…in an inaugural act of finally taking my own advice, I called in sick, slept for 11 hours, watched four episodes of Parks and Recreation (Treat Yo’Self!), put on my Glee Christmas album and got out of bed long enough to spend a simple 30 minutes in the kitchen concocting something I’ve wanted to make for over a month now.

The 30 minutes wasn’t much…but I like to think it’s a start.

Spicy Buffalo Hummus
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

1 (15-oz) can garbanzo beans*
1 T tahini
2 T olive oil
2 – 3 T buffalo wing sauce or hot sauce
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 t garlic powder
salt + pepper, to taste
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
pita chips, red bell pepper + celery, for dipping

*deshelled. Simply pinch the garbanzo bean with your fingers, and the skin should peel right off. Peeling the skin ensures for an extra smooth, creamy hummus

In a blender or food processor, blend beans, tahini, olive oil, buffalo sauce, lemon, bell pepper and garlic until smooth. Season to taste. Serve in a bowl, top with blue cheese crumbles and eat with dippers of your choice.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups of hummus

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Sana December 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I am lucky if I can shower and walk out the door on time every morning. Or remember to drink water! Gah!

Amber December 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Saying no is hard! But I must say your hummus looks amazing. I might have to try that out sometime. Well the gluten-free version that is. :)

Allison's Delicious Life December 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I am completely the same way, and I’m so proud of you for taking a mental health day! It is so, so necessary. And look how productive you were…that dip looks amazing! haha :)

Kim @ Wonderings December 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Definitely hear you on the needing a day off every once in a while. This recipe looks great! Love the pictures.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Just say no!!! I’m glad you took a sick day instead of working yourself to the ground. I’ve felt kind of “blah” all week, but not sick enough to actually feel it’s necessary to go to the trouble of making sub plans. It’s just easier to go to work.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm

good for you for cashing in on a sick day and for being aware of the whole Saying No phenomenon.

Great eats, and great post.

Merry Xmas. And Xmas comes early with that spicy hummus dip. Yum!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 14, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I’m glad you took some “me” time… mostly because I’m selfish and without you having some free time I wouldn’t have had this recipe for inspiration (I have 5 cans of chickpeas begging to be used). :)

Hillary December 15, 2011 at 7:32 am

1. I am in the same boat right now. My doctor told me last week that stress is the cause of my mood swings/fatigue/sudden scary hair loss, not my thyroid or iron levels as I expected her to tell me. Note to self: maybe working full time and taking two graduate classes a semester isn’t really working out for my health and well-being. Got it. (Oh, and I’m taking a personal day tomorrow. More like a mental health day, but whatevs).

2. I’ve still been putting buffalo sauce on everything in sight. This trend has lasted over a month now. I have no idea what my deal is, but I am so, so happy you made this. I’m salivating just thinking about it, and it’s 8:30 am. Classy.

3. I’m sending you lots of “get better” wishes! Here’s hoping your sick day made things at least a little better for you.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 15, 2011 at 7:57 am

Geez…I’m making this for Travis. He loves Buffalo Wings.
Hope you’re feeling better, my darling.

Sarah December 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

Yum! I am planning to restock my homemade hummus supply this weekend in preparation of my siblings’ arrival. I think they will like your recipe even MORE than my usual stuff.

Amy B @ Second City Randomness December 15, 2011 at 8:16 am

We seem to like to push ourselve in order to experience and get as much as possible out of our day. It’s good that you took a minute to realize maybe a day needs to be taken to “reset” yourself.

Parks and Rec keeps getting better and better. Which reminds me I need to catch up with my DVR…

Abby December 15, 2011 at 9:35 am

What the world needs now is more Ron Swanson and more hummus. See what I did there? I think I just solved all the problems in the world.

Wait…I’m still at work and without a) Parks & Rec b) hummus or c) a few new brilliant blog posts I can simply throw up whenever I feel like it. Damn. Well, at least I can watch Parks & Rec when I get home, right?

Glad you’re recharging your batteries. We all need that time. TAKE IT. It’s not selfish, it’s self-care.

emily (a nutritionist eats) December 15, 2011 at 10:03 am

I love this. And I love that you took a MUCH NEEDED sick day. Seriously! It is so important to take care of ourselves and your body was clearly telling you to SLOW DOWN! :)

Elizabeth December 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

Nothing like the end of a new year to make you realize you forgot to take care of yourself this year and now it’s kind of blowing up in your face. Yep, I can 110% relate!!! Perfectionism does not = healthy balance.

julie @ the semi-reformed nerd December 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

I used to gaff at people who told me to take time for myself and call in sick… but now… yeah, I do it too on occasion. And in other news, that recipe looks FREAKIN’ YUMMY. I approve. :)

Jen@FoodFamilyFitness December 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

You better take care of yourself little lady!!! Sound “mom” enough for you?! Sometimes we have to say no!!

Megan (Braise the Roof) December 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Ohhhh, buffalo sauce. It completes me. I hope the rest does you good- it’s no fun being sick at Christmas!

Emily December 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Hell’s Kitchen is gooooood!! Will you be in Minneapolis for Christmas?? I will and I am SO EXCITED!!!! I think it’s great that you said damn, I need a break. We all do!

Frances December 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm

i totally hear you, re: not being able to say no. Rather, tack a ‘w’ onto ‘no,’ and you have my immediate reply to anyone’s request. i’ve gotten better about not hyper-scheduling myself, but perhaps only by merit of me not spending a ton of time around people lately! i guess the best way i’ve found to turn people down is simply to explain that when i’m overstressed, i’m unable to do very much of anything with moxie.

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby December 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

amen sister frand! sick days are the best of friends sometimes :)

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