Thoughts from the Everythingtarianbelly

by Holly on July 17, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,rambling,silliness

With the help of M.T., I am learning not to trust my thoughts.

Thoughts: What’s wrong with me? I am only telling you the truth.

Like when they tell me that if only I sell all my worldly possessions, hitchhike out to L.A., find a job as a receptionist to a cupping specialist and parade around Brentwood like a total creeper, then maybe Jake Gyllenhaal will find me completely irresistable and fall in love with me.

Me: Screw you thoughts; I’ve had it up to here with yo craziness!

Or, perhaps when that cruel skinny bitch inside us all sits on our right shoulder as we gaze in front of the mirror and says, “Have you thought about losing those last 5 pounds?” or “Honey, you would look so much better with a tan and perhaps some make-up?”

Thoughts: Like Stacy + Clinton say, look good, feel good! I am just helping you out.

Most of the time, the thoughts I can’t trust are the subconscious ones I don’t realize I am thinking. I mean, I would tell you what they are, but that would require a solid 60 minutes of therapy in a white padded room with yours truly, and I just don’t think you are ready for that.

Me: I’m not listening, I’m not listening…

However, there are some thoughts I can always trust.

Like when your friend Brett asks you to go out for drinks and enjoy a warm summer Friday evening…

My thought is immediately yes. And I listen to it.

Thoughts: So you listen to your friend Brett but not your very own thoughts? How rude!

I often have thoughts of creating healthy, amazing and unique breakfast recipes to leisurely devour on a Saturday morning, and I always make sure to listen to those too.

1/2 cup oats + 1 cup water
1 egg whisked in
cinnamon + maple sugar
Banana Soft Serve
nearly empty Justin’s Maple Almond Butter Jar

OIAJ topped with Banana Soft Serve?

Recognize and listen.

Me: I hear you thoughts! I hear you! On the OIAJ with Banana Soft Serve, that is.

When health-minded companies contact me asking if I would review a product for the blog, my first thought is always: would I buy this for myself to try it?

Thoughts: (said in a mocking tone, obvs) “Would I buy this for myself to try it?” Whatever. I’m over you.

If the answer is yes, then I say yes.

And the answer to Pomi was yes.

Thank you to Jaclyn and everyone at the Italian-based Pomi company for the generous amount of samples!

Me: Good thoughts, because I was over you a loooong time ago.

We’ve got strained tomatoes…

And chopped tomatoes…

One of the major reasons I said yes to this was because of the amazing company and quality of the product. First and foremost, the ONLY ingredient in here is tomatoes. Simple as that.

Thoughts: (silence)

In addition, Pomi tomatoes are…

  • Organic
  • Low in sodium (10 mg compared to 250-400 mg in Hunts + DelMonte)
  • BPA-free
  • Free of artificial flavoring
  • Preservative-free
  • Only 20 calories per 1/2-cup serving

Not to mention, tomatoes are just dang good for you anyways.

Me: (smiling)

Hmmm….24 boxes of strained tomatoes, 24 boxes of chopped tomatoes and one Everythingtarian belly to fill – what’s a gal to do with all these lycopene-laden treats?



Annie July 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

That is a lot of tomatoes! You could make a giant batch of gazpacho. Just add a bell pepper, onion, garlic and maybe a squash or two. Blend and devour.

Or hot soup.

Or salsa.

Or marinara sauce.

Crystal July 17, 2010 at 11:18 am

I wouldn’t even know what to do with all that! Tomato basil soup, perhaps? That sounds quite good right now.

I usually just tell the skinny bitch in my head to f off because I am too cool for her and she just wastes my time. She doesn’t always get the hint, though. Consumption of raw cookie dough usually takes care of that.

Little Bookworm July 17, 2010 at 11:27 am

That is a lot of tomatoes! I use them generally as a pasta sauce base, or soup or…vegetable chilli?

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Those are a ton of tomatoes. Basically my worst nightmare – boxes full of veggies. (or fruit?) :)

Evan Thomas July 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

That’s so cool! you can make your own ketchup, and BBQ sauce, and make all sorts of baked beans

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) July 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Mucho tomatoes! love that they are not in a can, too :)
About thoughts=they are the foundation of who we are and who we become, so they are much more important than people realize.
What’s nice about thoughts is that we can CHOOSE what we want to think about. We don’t have to accept every and any random thought that pops up. We can become disciplined to ignore the negative and stupid ones.
How beautiful is that!?

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Erica July 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

owwwwwwww- homemade pasta sauce? tomato soup? chili? gosh…the possibilities are endless. I= so jealous! Deliciousness. That bread stick/pizza thing looks awesome. Happy weekend my fellow large carrot eating friend :)

Laura July 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

WOW. That really IS alot of tomatos!xx

Faith @ LovelyAsCharged July 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm

There really is no need to humor negative thoughts like that. It’s the thoughts like the ones that tell you to go out, have fun, and live life that deserve all of our attention :)

I think spaghetti sauce and/or fresh minnestrone are in order!

Emilie July 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

let it be known: you are amazing, hilarious, and inspiring, no matter what the depths of your pesky brain might tell you. :)!


Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete July 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

That sounds like a great company! I have yet to find a can of tomatoes that I’m completely comfortable buying.

Push that skinny bitch on your shoulder and have another beer! ;)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm

The only answer I can think of is buy a couple of Costco size bags of tortilla chips and have the best salsa party ever.

Amy H July 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Umm that pizza/cheese bread thing looks amaaazing!! Maybe use the tomatoes to make a homemade marinara dipping sauce and then eat it with one of those pizza things every day for the next 6 months? :)

Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries July 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Sounds like you are listening to the right voices!! Your breakfast looks divine… I kind of want to eat it NOW. Must go get more Justin’s!

Adam July 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Dude! Veggie Pizza. Gigantic. Make it. :)

Brynne July 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm


BroccoliHut July 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm

OIAJ AND soft serve?! Genius, woman.
I would use at least one of those boxes on a fresh ratatouille! (I just had it for dinner tonight:))

Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Haha, my thoughts would totally make me a crazy person if I listened to them…………………..the fact that I do listen to them makes me an actual crazy person. What can you do though?

I would make many salsas, soups, and pastas with those gorgeous tomatoes. I’m jealous of your bounty.

Kristie July 17, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Obviously you should make salsa and then have a Mexican-themed party complete with margaritas that you would invite me to. ;)

claire July 18, 2010 at 12:07 am

My thoughts for you…um, holy POMI…so jealous of your boxed tomatoes! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some. But seriously (although the food is serious too of course), going out and having fun with your friends is such a priority we overlook as necessary sometimes…hope you had an amazing time letting loose lady. Of course you must go against your thoughts sometimes…keeps us on top of it.

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 18, 2010 at 6:21 am

Wowzah…that is a *lot* of tomatoes! How about a homemade spaghetti sauce? I’ve been told they’re easy to make, and then you could freeze individual servings in the freezer and use it for pizzas, pasta, as a sauce over vegetables, etc.

I can’t wait to see how you use them. :D

Claire July 18, 2010 at 7:16 am

I LOVE the Pomi Tomatoes… Here in Austria they are called POMITO and I buy and use them very often! The best tomatoes for cooking in my opinion

Katie July 18, 2010 at 9:10 am

I used a box of Pomi a few years ago after reading great things in a cooking mag. What about gazpacho? Roasted eggplants + tomatoes? Spiced chickpeas + tomatoes?

Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 18, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I love tomatoes…that would be an awesome review to do!!! Those oats sound amazing! Love the topping of banana softserve on top! YUM!

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby July 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

You should have a huge ITALIANO EXTRAVAGANZA! And invite me, a platoon of hottie Italian men who would all conveniently know how to give amazing neck massages and capuccinos, and would serenade us on gondolas….YES.

Oh, and Jake Gyllenhaal-movie-Bruschetta parties.

Deal?? ;)

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