Non-Negotiables

by Holly on July 13, 2010

in breakfast,lunch,rambling

I maintain a girl needs to have standards, which is why I strongly stand by several non-negotiables in my life. There are just things I cannot and will not stand for…no matter what.

For example, boyfriends.

When I am out man-hunting with my bow and arrow of humor and sarcasm, I inevitably look for one important characteristic: is he smoking cigarettes?

If the answer is yes, he is immediately banished from my list of potentials. That includes Jake Gyllenhaal, for the record.

No ifs, ands or buts about it.

No pun intended.

When it comes to tough budgetary times (which is all the time, as of late), there are two items I will always buy at the grocery store no matter how much money I need to save: fresh fruits + vegetables.

It’s a must – for my health, sanity and the meager amount of ad revenue I make from this blog.

However, the most important non-negotiable in my life is sleep.

I rarely ever get less than seven hours of sleep a night.

If the choice is to be made between doing the dishes and getting my zzz’s, the letter Z wins.

In a cage match fight between working out and sleeping, you might as well consider sleeping The Undertaker of priorities in my life. It never EVER loses.

If it’s between blogging and sleeping, I sleep, sleep, sleep away.

This last one is partially why I’ve pulled more disappearing acts on the blog lately. These last couple weeks have been crazy busy with family time, freelance writing time, driving time, extra work time, exercising time, friend time and most importantly – fun time.

However, even if I don’t post, you can be rest assured my eats haven’t changed…

Case in point: toasted Ezekiel bread, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter + banana.

Don’t believe me?

You should, because I had it two days in a row.

The banana may have been mushed and a sprinkle of cinnamon added, but it’s the same concept.

Lunches have included lots of grad party leftovers, which Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian were more than happy to let me take off their hands…

There is NOTHING like real Cheetos.

I mean, I don’t really “do” chips – y’all know I prefer the sweet over the salty.¬†However, Cheetos is a whole other story…and I’m leaving it at that.

Yog messes are obvs still in my life.

1 cup Oikos plain Greek yog
1 cup Kashi Toasted Berry Crumble Cereal
Sliced banana

Leftover fruit salad and trail mix make perfect snackage…

I just realized I have no pictures of dinner.

No worries.

Refer to my above sub sandwich lunch. Take away the Cheetos, replace the carrots with cucumbers, and you have yourself last night’s Everythingtarian dinner.

Classy, I know.

These past couple nights have consisted of a lot of this…

McMac (my laptop), decaf coffee and fast + furious typing on a writing project.

When Mama’s got student loans, credit card debt and an apartment she prefers not to get evicted from, she’s got to make some extra $$$ to pay her bills somehow.

And that’s one non-negotiable I would be okay living without.

{ 42 comments }

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm

There is nothing like Cheetos. Heck I even like the baked ones. I could down a bag in minutes!

Run Sarah July 13, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I need to try the mashed banana and toast combo – I have only tried the ‘delicately sliced banana’ on toast version!

Jenna July 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Great post!!

Erica July 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I wish I had your sleep rule! I am so bad about getting enough sleep. But definitely could not agree more with the cig rule- ick. Ashtray taste? Polluting my lungs? No thanks! Fruit, veggies & coffee are necessary in my life. These staples are for my sanity and those around me.

katie July 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm

love CHEEEETOS!! the white cheddar kinds are my fav! AMEN to smoking.. gross to the max! good luck on that project!

BroccoliHut July 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I totally agree with your standards–fruits, veg, non-smoking men–all very necessary.
Choc Chip=my all time-fave Clif flavor.

Tay July 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I am not a chips fan either, but LOVE LOVE cheetos!!! Agreed.

Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries July 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Justin’s maple on ezekiel is bomb. I kind of want some now! And I think I could eat trail mix by the tub :)

Amy B @ Second City Randomness July 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I crave sweet before salty. 99% of the time. But you really just made me miss cheetos a bit… I can’t even recall the last time I’ve had them around!

claire July 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Yeah, sleep is definitely something I am realizing is non-negotiable too…so I am going to do it now…Oh, and justins maple almond butter…delicious!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 13, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I kind of suck on the sleep thing. I’ve been hovering in the 6.5 hour range, which is no good. I blame the people at Bravo for putting their excellent shows on so late.

Angharad July 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Sweet child, I have been crazy busy of late as well – summer will do that to a girl! Also, CHEETOES. I had a ‘moment’ (read: weekend) with them over fourth of july. Adore.
And yea. Call.

Mama Pea July 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm

A phone convo with Mama Pea is non-negotiable this weekend. Shall we set a time? I’ll be around all weekend.

More importantly, is that a Arnold’s sub thin? I picked them up today and was pretty curious. But not curious enough to buy. This mama has student loans still too.

Lauren July 14, 2010 at 6:03 am

Sleep is definitely a non-negotiable! I can spend hours blogging, reading emails, and surfing the web, but once the clock strikes 9pm, I will turn into a pumpkin unless I hit the sheets! :)

Hope things are going well for you, despite the busy schedule.

Katie July 14, 2010 at 6:34 am

I LOVE CHEETOS!!!!!!!!!!!! They are my fave ever, and they are my fave ever food when I am out and drink to many glasses of wine : ) my fiance always knows to make a cheeto stop after a night out!! lol!!

Ahhhhhhhh make that money girl!! I seriously think I will still be in debt when I die, I think everyone will! lol!!

Muah!!!!

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) July 14, 2010 at 6:45 am

Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeep:)
Just makes me smile thinkin about it.
I am a notorious sleeper in these parts.
I was ALWAYS the first one asleep at slumber parties-so yeah I had my face drawn on and was the victim of other siLly pranks.
All night lock ins, forget it. By @ 11pm you could find me curled up in a corner snorin’ and droolin away :)
If I could eat sleep I’d be obese :)

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) July 14, 2010 at 6:54 am

Oh yeah-stay cool today—it’s gonna be a HOT one!

Kacy July 14, 2010 at 7:17 am

I cannot will not date a smoker either. Blech. And sleep takes a high priority in my life, I’m just not sure I take a high priority in its life since it often alludes me.

Get it girl with the writing! And the Ezekial toasts, sub sammiches and yog messes. All brilliant!

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self July 14, 2010 at 7:39 am

I follow the same sleep rule, but almost by force rather than by choice – when I get tired, my body simply cannot function. I can’t stay up late even if I try to!

mammaeverythingtarian July 14, 2010 at 7:50 am

the cheetos thingy-yeah…..you got it from your mamma cuz i can only eat a one serving size bag for fear of not being able to stop…which is why i dont eat them often but when i do nom nom nom nom

brandi July 14, 2010 at 8:07 am

I agree about Cheetos. When I was younger, I would make a sandwich with white bread, a smear of miracle whip, a slice of good ole’ American Cheese…and cheetos. Yum.

Hooray for all this freelance work!!!

Maura July 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

I’m with you 100% on the smoking thing. I don’t care how adorable he is..I can’t do it. It goes against my moral code or something like that. Blogging loses to sleep for me too. Hence, no post last night. Whooops!

k @ ksgoodeats July 14, 2010 at 9:10 am

I agree with you on Cheetos! Back before I knew anything about healthy eating I bought the “All Natural” Cheetos and ate them like they were going out of style because they were…healthy! Hahah still love those things! Oh and Fritos = yum! The honey BBQ flavor and I were well acquainted!

Katie July 14, 2010 at 10:10 am

Amen, sister. I agree wholeheartedly with all three points! And your cheetos are my Tostitos. I don’t know what it is: I can go YEARS without eating one (I also go for sweet over salty) but once I pop, the fun don’t stop, so to speak.

Keep up the good sleep :-)

Megan (Braise the Roof) July 14, 2010 at 10:27 am

Shoot, Holly, now I HAVE to have Cheetos. The funny thing is that I don’t really crave them until I see someone else with them. It’s like I get jealous that someone else is eating them and I have to have them myself.

I think that makes me Cheeto’s controlling boyfriend. This just got weird…

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete July 14, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I miss Cheetos! Yeah, blogging often gets put on the back burner when I have to choose between it or sleeping, hanging out with friends, training, etc. I used to post everyday, but it was causing a strain in my marriage, training, etc. Unless it is your full time job, I am in shock over people that post multiple times a day!

Michal July 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm

MMM that mashed nanner on toast combo looks delish :) I love that you have standards and i think that we all should. No man of mine is going to smoke, and he needs to be somewhat into fitness and health. (Can you say his & hers workout outfits! ;)

Sami July 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm

AMEN to the smoking deal. SUCH a turnoff.

Keep truckin’, lady! All the hard work will pay off ;) You’re an amazing writer!

amanda July 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm

extra writing projects are fun. yet frustrating when you have to make deadline but get distracted easily, fall asleep or would rather be doing anything else. but alas, bills must get paid. amen to that, sister!

also, smoking is a no go for me, too. gross. that is definitely non-negotiable. second i see a hot piece of eye candy light up, they are dead to me. oh, and a ring on the finger is non-negotiable as well.

Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover July 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Delicious eats as always, Holly!
Loved this post.
I just decided I should have my own list of “non-negociable” things.
Thanks for sharing, girl!
:)

Autumn @ Good Eats Girl July 14, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Oh, how I love Cheetos. I refuse to have them in my house. They are like crack to me. Seriously.

I also love bring home leftovers from my parent’s or grandparent’s houses any time that I can! A night off of cooking is always a bonus!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 14, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Yeah, whenever I’m stressing about money I have to remember that money isn’t as important as people.

Hopefully everything works out well!!!!

Brynne July 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Definitely have some of the same non-negotiables as you. Smoking, yes. Sleeping over blogging, check .. hence my Motrin PM induced 10.5 hour coma after work yesterday and not opening my laptop for the first day ever? Check.

Jessica July 15, 2010 at 1:22 am

Gah! Same. I could never date a smoker! I’ve never even smoked a cig in my life….hoping to keep up with that one–i’m so proud to be able to say that! haha!

Do not even start apologizing for getting your life on and getting that sleep in! I think I read about 48320 hundred magazine articles today about how crucial sleep is to one’s health/skin/weight/sanity/happiness/etc! Do your thing girl!

I always love your breakfast shots! Yum. May need to have that melty peanut butta’d toasty deliciousness for bfast tomorrow (with the key ingredient: cinnamon!!!).

I cannot wait to catch up and hear all about the latest!! I bet your freelance work has been phenom lately–I have no doubt! Love you love you love you. Let’s please chat soon or else someone’s gonna get HURT! I keeeed! xoxoxo

Lisa @ I'm an Okie July 15, 2010 at 9:39 am

You are stronger in your principles than I. I’d take Jake Gyllenhal–smoking or not. He’s a fine specimen of a man.

However, I do agree with you on sleep and fruits and veggies!

Rosey Rebecca July 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I am have the same three non-negotiables. I feel asleep after dinner last night at 8:30 without blogging. Woke up at 4:30 this morning. haha! Love the Ground Zero mug!

Susan July 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Is that maple jelly I spy?? There has been a distinct lack of maple in my life ever since leaving Alberta. This must be remedied at once. Also, I love you for eating Cheetos and drinking Diet Coke. It’s important not to take our diets too seriously!! :)

Protein powder is my non-negotiable. It’s 20 bucks a cannister, and I still buy it when I’m broke. Oh, and I suppose a gym membership ;)

Maya July 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I couldn’t agree more about smoking. I really don’t understand why anyone our age smokes regularly. Fruit and veg are definitely a non negotiable for me. I’m sure all health bloggers would agree on both points!

Pull as many blogging disappearing acts as necessary if it means sleeping and maintaining your sanity!

Naomi(onefitfoodie) July 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm

omg cheetos! i havent had those in AGES!! what I really loved when I was younger was BUGLES! they were so tasty, not too sweet or salty, I could eat a whole bag at one sitting!

totally agree with you about fresh fruit and veggies no matter how much money youhave in the bank! there is NOTHING like them ever…frozen doesnt even compare!!

Erica D July 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

There is no shame in having high standards for health. That includes physical AND emotional well-being, and even beyond! I’ve definitely been favoring sleep over consistent exercise lately, but two days ago I proved that my balance has been paying off; I was able to complete a 26 mile hike with extremely challenging terrain and 6 peaks (it’s called Mummykill because it’s the whole Mummy Range in the Rocky Mountain National Park). It should’ve taken 12 hours, but due to challenges (and outright stupidity) in my group, it took 16 and was the most physically painful experience of my life. However, I’m glad I was badass enough (and fit enought) to complete it. So set your standards high and I know you’ll achieve great things!

wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas July 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I got duped one time into a guy who used the chaw. Grody.

I’ve been thinking about giving myself permission to take a day or two off the blog, too. I think it’s a good idea. A forced blog post is usually a bad blog post.

Bekah July 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

amen to the fruits and veggies! that’s one of my rules too, and i am so thankful that my parents never shorted me on the good fruit and vegetables growing up. if there was one thing we DID spend money on as a family growing up, (not doctor visits, or new clothes, or water park visits) it was groceries.

thinking of you as you power your way through writing and working and being superwoman miss holly! don’t forget to enjoy your coffee! and your sleep. :)

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