Let It Out

by Holly on May 7, 2010

in breakfast,lunch,make it happen,rambling

I feel like its been forever since I posted but in reality, it’s only been a day and a half. That’s because when you very least expect it, life has a tendency to cram a whole lot of stuff into a mere 36 hours. In other words, grab some Greek yogurt, nut butter and Ezekiel bread kids and settle in for a monstrous post, because it is time to let it all out…

::deep breath and exhale::

And here we go…first off, AMAZING responses on your top 5 pantry staples! I didn’t have the time to tally up all the answers like I had planned, but it looks like these five foodie items take the top spots:

  1. Oats
  2. Nut butter
  3. Greek yogurt
  4. Beans/hummus
  5. Some type of milk (cow’s, almond, soy…)

Fruits and veggies are obvs popular, but I am going to go with Abby on this one – produce doesn’t count! Mostly because that’s a given, right?

Anyways, May IS our month, and I am not letting myself forget that. In fact, it has become my new morning mantra.  These past two mornings, imagine me enjoying a delicious bowl of overnight oats and coffee while sitting at my cafe table chanting, “May IS my month…May IS my month…May IS my month…”

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup organic skim milk
1/2 cup TJ’s vanilla Greek yog
1/2 smashed banana

~ soaked overnight ~

1/2 cup frozen cherries
sprinkle of ground flax
1 T almond butter

I fully believe in the power of positive affirmations.

I also fully believe in the glory that is overnight oats…

Luscious. I swear, if you use my overnight oats proportions, you will NOT be disappointed.

With Mama Everythingtarian’s help, I’ve gotten an attitude adjustment as well as a much-needed soul adjustment and in turn, these past couple days have been much more lovely.  Health isn’t just diet and exercise people – it’s a mentality.

In between snacking on dried apricots and eating more yog messes, I’ve been gettin’ work done at work (pardon my word redundancy), researching freelance writing opportunities and finding Mama E. the best gosh dang Mother’s Day card ever.

And yes, I’ve successfully made each one of those things happen.

Apparently, I have also been obsessed with taking pictures of individual spoonfuls of my food…

I’ve also received several exciting e-mails about fun projects in the works as well as an e-mail confirming I have indeed been chosen as a Contributing Editor for Foodbuzz’s new Healthbuzz section!!!

This means I will be contributing posts of mine to be featured on Healthbuzz – a new page on Foodbuzz which is an easy, go-to guide to help everyone lead a healthier life! I am so honored and excited to be chosen and am determined to step my writing + blogging game up for this fun opportunity.

In celebration of this new venture, I loaded up on a junk salad for lunch yesterday…

2 handfuls baby spinach
1 cup sauteed asparagus
cherry tomatoes
sprinkle of goat cheese
1/4 cup guacamole

FYI: goat cheese + guac do NOT make the tastiest combo.

After work, I celebrated my co-worker Lisa, who just got engaged with perhaps the most GORGEOUS sapphire ring I have ever seen in my life.  I’m not even a jewelry person, but I secretly wanted to try it on and pretend it got stuck so I couldn’t ever take it off.

Anyways, there were carrot cake cupcakes at the happy hour engagement party and so naturally I had to taste test them to make sure they were safe for everyone at the party to eat…

I approved. And also approved two brownies on the table.

In the spirit of letting it all out, I admit I canceled a planned morning workout with my friend Steph.  On Wednesday, I ran four miles with Brett at 7am then yesterday, Steph and I headed to a 6am yoga class.  I mean, it’s Friday – there’s no motivation to get up at 5:30am.

I also had a 9am allergy appointment, which I am mentioning because I figured out things I didn’t even know about myself before!

Pre-appointment, I fueled with two pieces of AB+J toast

As I’ve mentioned before, I suffer from migraines + headaches that are NO FUN at all, and sometimes they are sinus-related.  Sometimes I also have this weird itchy/tickly feeling in my throat which is accompanied by an incessant cough, so my doctor thought I should go in for some tests.

The results? I am not allergic to anything!

However, I do have two issues which are most likely contributing to my migraines + whatnot:

  • a horribly deviated right septum. It could be causing headaches as well as sleep apnea (waking up in the middle of the night without realizing it). Sometimes no matter how much sleep I get, I am still tired. Fun fact: a deviated septum is in fact the excuse Ashley Tisdale gave for getting her nose job.
  • incredibly tense back + shoulders. Research estimates 90% of headaches originate in your upper back + neck, so this would definitely explain that.

No worries – I have no plans to pull an Ashley Tisdale (or Ashlee Simpson) anytime soon.

With the craziness that has been this past week, I let it out to my co-worker that I would be in late because of the appointment + the fact my life was a bit disorganized. She told me I could take the day off, and I happily obliged. When you let it out and stop bottling things up, it is amazing not only how much better you feel but how things can improve in an instant. Never underestimate the power of communication people.

Now, I am going to eat lunch, finish blogging, clean my apartment, pick up my migraine prescription, run some errands and pack for a weekend back home with family + friends in Minnesota (!!!).

If you do one thing this weekend, please just let it out.

You don’t even have to thank me later.


Evan Thomas May 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Congrats on being an editor! If anyone has the healthy/fun lifestyle balance down, it’s you.

Jessica @ How Sweet May 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I also have seriously tense shoulders and back. It is bad. I end up with some form of tension headache everyday. It has not mattered if I get a massage, am relaxed, have lifted or not, gone to a chiroprator – nothing! We need to come up with some magical cure and patent that shiz.

Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 7, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I think Jennifer Anniston used that excuse too! I’m with you on the tense shoulders and back, they’re out of control :(

HOORAY for your new foodbuzz gig :)

ellie May 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Oh, heck yes for just letting it out. You do what you gotta do and keeping it in doesn’t do anybody any good (is that worthy of a TWSS? I think so). Totes craving ABJ toast right now- why are the classic foods just so good?

“Health isn’t just diet and exercise people – it’s a mentality.” <- YES. Preach it, sistah.

Have a fabby weekend in the homeland- family = soul food, no?

Amy B @ Second City Randomness May 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Enjoy the rest of the day off! Hopefully you won’t be feeling so badly after… :)

And congrats on the uh… promotion? :)

Katie May 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Yay for being picke dto be a foodbuzz editor!!!!!!! See you are right girl MAY IS THE MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Loving the carrot cupcake, I wanted to lick my computer screen, dirty?!! Yes!! lol!!

Love ya girl! Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

runnerforever May 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Okay, I love carrot cake and love to bake cupcakes so I think I have a task to take care of haha. A huge congrats on the editor position, woo hoo!

Adam May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

You seriously do NOT know how much i COMPLETELY appreciate this advice today. You are a genius! Know that you have made my day 100 times better. Thanks dude!

rebecca lustig May 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Ok, you’ve convinced me. I’m going to try your overnight oats.

I’ll report back. dun dun dunn :)

Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Nice! No allergies!

Good to know the causes of your issues though. I good massage is never a bad thing.

My husband has a deviated septum and struggles alot with sinus stuff. I’m sorry you’ve got it too!

Michelle May 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Hi Hollyz!! I’m all about the junk salads, but ICK, I’m so sorry to hear about your migraines. If it’s tension that’s causing some of the stress, I’d totally recommend that you see a masseuse or if you come visit me in Hong Kong in June or July, I will personally take you to my acupuncturist. She is a Godsend.

Some random stuff that works for me too is NO caffeine and a pillow that fits the curvature of my neck when I sleep so the neck is supported. I’m just sorry I can’t be more helpful my dear. :) Feel better ok?!

Michelle May 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm

P.s. CONGRATs on the HealthBuzz section!!! I’m SO excited for you. foodbuzz totally made the right decision. You’re foodie blogstar. that’s what you are.

Erica May 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Your overnight oats do look quite delectable! Nom Nom. Might need to use your portions to prepare a tasty Saturday AM bfast for me and the man. Yahhhh. I love unique rings- congrats to your gfriend. And tell her to share those cupcakes with the rest of us :) Congrats on the health buzz gig! I can’t wait to rad your posts. Have a great weekend- relax- you deserve it!!

janetha May 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

ahaha i totally imagined you chanting to your breakfast. i love you. yay for health buzz! same here! oh and i think im going to make your oats this week.. with some protein added in, but with all your same proportions. i am excited. DUDE i got my mom the BEST card the other week. i have been dying for sunday to arrive! you know, i would think goat cheese and guac would be good! i am surprised! this comment was random. that’s how i roll.


Mama Pea May 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Congrats on your new writing gig…it’s a step in the right direction right?! I think my breasts are deviated like your septum. I must get that corrected ASAP.

Have a great weekend with your family!

Run Sarah May 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Enjoy your day off and have a great time back in Minnesota this weekend! Major congrats on the contributing editor spot too!

Angharad May 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

It makes me really sad that people have plastic surgery. The end.
Glad you’ve been letting it out and taking time out as well. Nothing like an unexpected day off to get things back on track. And, er, no worries about the skipped workout: TEN MILES COMING ATCHA THIS SUNDAY!!

Can’t wait! xx

Jenna May 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Have a great weekend!!

Stephanie May 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Love your blog lovely miss everythingtarian, and can’t wait to check out your stuff on FoodBuzz! If you’re looking for an AMAZING but intense massage, I really recommend Atwood Acupuncture’s deep tissue massage. Their rates are completely reasonable, and when I left after a 1 hour session I felt like I had an entirely new body. The massage felt kind of like work (not just laying back and relaxing) but it was seriously worth it. Plus, you could swing by our place after for tea! ;)

Faith May 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

A huge congrats on being a Healthbuzz publisher! I’m excited to see what you contribute (I know it will be fab, sweetie! ;) ). I hope you have a wonderful time at home!

Jenny May 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

ah congrats you beautiful little healthbuzzer!!! The food in this post alone just reaffirms that you are more than worthy for the job. Holy o-night-oats. me want in my belly almost as much as I want your face in my life!!! Love you Hollz!

BroccoliHut May 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I’m kinda obsessed with individual spoon shots too these days:)
Have a great weekend at home!

Natalie May 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this post! I’m kind of in the same place and I really needed to hear someone way “Just let loose!”. Who rocks the house? You rock the house!

Thanks again!

Kacy May 7, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I love when everything kind of works itself out like that. It seems like anytime I’m getting fed up at work, someone throws me a bone right before I storm out. Seriously… I work it all up in my head about declaring that I quit and storming out dramatically, and then everyone become super nice to me and I feel loved again. It’s strange.

Have a fabooosh weekend!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans May 7, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Apparently all the best women get migraines, because yours truly gets them too. Ugh. I haven’t taken any meds for them since college, so I usually end up taking 3 advil with a diet coke chaser. Awesome. Enjoy your 3 day weekend my friend!

elise May 7, 2010 at 8:15 pm

nose job nose job nose job…hahaha. kidding!!

Danielle (Coffee Run) May 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I’m glad you feel better letting it all out :)

Congrats on Healthbuzz! I got in too :D Except I’m a little confused as to where to go from here lol

wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas May 8, 2010 at 7:15 am

Wow…after reading your post while finishing up my oats this morning, I realize we have a heck of a lot in common!

My Mom has also been suffering from severe headaches that she believes are sinus-related. The doctors are telling her to go to a neurologist–in AUGUST!

Gotta wonder about health care sometimes.

Kate May 8, 2010 at 8:01 am

congrats on the healthbuzz! just checked out the site and it is very cool indeed!

and thankfull there is not snow in MN today as predicted. i was planning on quitting the state if we had may snow. so glad i don’t have to do that!

later lady!

Traci May 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

True! I can be having the worst day but the simple act of chatting about it makes me feel so much better and let’s me get on with the day! Talking is good!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 8, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Good job on testing to ensure the food was safe for everyone else LOL :-) I would do the same.

Congrats on the new job! Exciting!
I agree that communication is key to all our relationships- personal, familial, work, love..

Alison May 8, 2010 at 7:55 pm

how exciting on the healthbuzz! way to go!

your junk salad looked SO good mmmm

mammaeverythingtarian May 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm

yes indeedy ya”all she did find me an awesome mothers day card. funny she-ite!!!!! ok hokkis its funny that you talk about a new attitude cuz the last couple days i been thinkin….scarey i know… but i have a challenge for you. For an entire month everything in your blog must have a positve substance. The already positive things shall be barneyfied and the negativethings shall be positivfefied. this will not only change you but others as well. It will be hard but i know you can bust this challenge off da wall. congrats on your writing awards

Katie May 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Congrats on the Healthbuzz contributor! You are so fantastic, everyone will love reading about your healthy tidbitds. :-)

Also, I just made overnight oats with your proportions and I will definitely let you know the results tomorrow! You promised I would be disappointed…

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