Today, I will not restrict my food because of what I ate last night.
I will not over-exercise.
I will not hate myself.
I will give my body the love nourishment it deserves.
I am not a failure.
It’s time to end this war inside my head.
What your food cravings may mean and healthy ways to satisfy them:
Chocolate - Magnesium deficiency. Dark chocolate is high in magnesium and is actually good for you! Other healthy sources are nuts, seeds, oats, leafy greens or bananas.
Candy - Low blood sugar. For a short term fix, eat a piece of fruit. To stabilize your blood sugar level in the long run, add more whole grains to your diet.
Chips - Stress. Try a breathing exercise, a warm bath or some other act of self-care that relaxes you. Or chew on nuts as chewing can relieve anxiety and stress.
Cheese - Fatty acid deficiency (Omega 3, 6 or 9). Eat walnuts or flax seeds!
Meat - Iron deficiency. Eat beans or dried fruit. Remember that Vitamin C helps with iron absorption! Sources of Vitamin C are citrus, tomatoes or berries.
No matter which food you crave, it’s always a good idea to drink a large glass of water - Many people are so used to being dehydrated that they confuse their body’s signals of thirst with food cravings!
Another important note: It’s more than okay to enjoy “unhealthy” food sometimes! So if you really really want those chips and nuts just don’t provide the same comfort - grab the chips and don’t feel guilty. Indulging in a favorite food lifts your mood and (despite how some people make it sound) it will not kill you.
The air in the BAU was tense enough to cut through. Spencer and Y/N were giving each other looks crueler than ones the entire team got from unsubs combined. The members of the BAU just looked on curiously at their teammates trying to figure out what the hell was going on.
Spencer and Y/N had been married for a couple years and Y/N had been pregnant for a couple of months. The two adored each other. Every single day when they were dating, and even to this day, Spencer brought a cup of Y/N’s favorite coffee (now decaf) and a pastry on special occasions to Y/N’s desk. Spencer had lead up to asking Y/N out by leaving items that reminded Y/N of her childhood with a note. The first day it was a Tomagochi, that Garcia had ultimately stolen from her. The second day he left Y/N’s favorite Shel Silverstein book, The Giving Tree, which she had lost the year before during her move to Quantico. The final day, which happened to be her birthday, he left the full set of the Harry Potter series in Arabic, the language that Y/N was trying to teach herself.
Spencer and Y/N were that one couple. They were the couple that everyone hated, because of how sappy they were, yet the couple that everyone wanted to be, because of how well one complemented the other. Y/N made Spencer actually for once admit that he might sometimes be wrong. And Spencer helped Y/N gain so much self-confidence, that she had previously lacked.
They had only ever seen Y/N and Spencer ever get into one fight. Y/N had found some Dilaudid in Spencer’s safe which he used to store his gun. Everyone had thought that the two were going to break up. Spencer was mad that Y/N was “snooping” and Y/N was mad that Spencer still kept the one thing that had almost ruined his life. Spencer, after he thought about it for a while, had realized that Y/N was only upset that he had had to go through that experience on his own. And Y/N had realized that having Dilaudid, although he never wanted to use it again, gave Spencer a bizarre sense of competence. He felt power knowing that if he had wanted to he could go back to the euphoric feeling that came with every high, but had chosen each and every single day not to. Although neither Y/N nor Spencer told the other about these revelations that had come with this fight, at least not that night.
That fight had occurred within the first year of them dating and now they were married 3 years and pregnant. The team was confused. Especially Agent Lewis, as she hadn’t been there to see the first fight occur.
Finally, JJ grew up the courage to ask, “What on earth are you two fighting about?”.
“Y/N is irresponsible!” exclaimed Spencer.
Their teammates looked shocked as they had never seen Spencer ever insult anyone, let alone Y/N the love of his life.
“Please, Spencer is being overprotective and overbearing” spatted out Y/N.
“Okay, pretty boy you gotta break this down for the rest of us” said Derek.
“Y/N keeps on getting mad at me for making sure she’s healthy during the pregnancy of OUR child” said Spencer, emphasizing the word OUR.
“I wouldn’t get mad if he didn’t feed me rabbit food. I don’t care if I’m Popeye, no one should be eating spinach 24/7. I HATE SPINACH!” yelled Y/N.
The team finally started to understand what was going on in the heads of their favorite couple. Spencer, as big a heart he had, was trying to limit what Y/N could eat and he took it a bit too far like he tended to do. And Y/N was just sick and tired of being forced to eat healthy foods.
“Spencer, listen to me, you’ve got to let Y/N eat what she craves as well as healthy foods” said JJ comfortingly.
“Reid, don’t go overboard or Y/N will hate you, trust me” added Hotch.
While Penelope added, “you both just have to remember that you love each other and when you fight it breaks our hearts” before wrapping Y/N in a light hug.
“I guess I can cut down on the spinach, and let you have things you crave, but only if you eat more vegetables” said Spencer.
“I’ll only eat more vegetables if you promise to tell me when I’m being a hormonal bitch” said Y/N before going over to where Spencer was sitting and hugging him as tight as she could, without ending blood flow to the future Annabel Diana Reid.
Spencer chuckled before pulling down Y/N so that she could sit in his lap, and rubbing her just visible baby bump. The others smiled as they looked onto their resident genius and Y/N, look happier than they had ever been.
“Hey Spence?” started Y/N.
“Yeah?” asked Spencer.
“Can I get pistachio ice cream?” continued Y/N as their teammates started to snicker.
Spencer just grinned before he pressed a loving kiss to Y/N’s cheek.
Quick fact. Ready?
Having 20-40 grams of protein, depending on your body size, gender, and activity level, in the morning may help to better satisfy cravings and appetite later on in the day. However, make sure it’s from a good quality source!
As an avid tea drinker for most of my life, I haven’t strayed very far from my basic black tea. I’ve occasionally gone for a chai tea or green tea, but even those are in the same family of black teas. In the past, I haven’t particularly enjoyed herbal teas such as chamomile or peppermint teas. There’s just something so homey about a nice cup of black tea with cream and sugar, and I no herbal tea seemed like it could ever replace that perfect black tea flavor.
Unfortunately, the caffeine content in the black, green, and chai teas was not an idea characteristic for the teas to possess when I would consume them later in the evening. As a result, the caffeine would keep me awake later at night that I would like to be, thus making me more tired the next day. Since this has become more of an issue in college, I decided to give a new caffeine-free herbal tea a try: Honey Lavender by Yogi Teas.
I prepared the cup of tea as I would black tea, but omitted the cream. I followed the instructions on the package as well, only brewing it for about 5 minutes total. Upon smelling the cup of tea, it definitely smelled good (since I love the smell of lavender) and I was very excited to give it a try. After taking a sip, I was immediately shocked by how delicious the tea was. It was both sweet and aromatic, and definitely had a strong lavender essence. For a caffeine-free herbal tea, I was honestly very impressed. It had a more relaxed flavor, and wasn’t so intense that the flavor was overwhelming.
Generally speaking, I did enjoy this tea very much and therefore I plan to repurchase it in the future. It is so far the only herbal tea I like enough to drink on a regular basis. However, when compared to my usual black tea, it would still come in second place. As it is an herbal tea that milk shouldn’t be added to, it lacks the creaminess that I love about my black teas. Despite this, it definitely serves its purpose as a caffeine-free tea that solves the problem I often encounter from drinking caffeinated teas too close to bedtime.
I would recommend this tea to anyone who is looking for a caffeine-free tea but often does not like herbal. It offers a unique blend of flavors that is both warming and relaxing. It is perfect for college students—fittingly so, it is marketed as a “Stress Relief” tea, perfect for getting through this finals week as relaxingly as possible!
NACHO cravings sorted😛✔️✔ Recreating wholesome and cruelty-free versions of old favourites is one of my favourite things to do. And even more so when they end up tasting much better than I remember👌🏼Crispy oil-free chips layered with spicy black bean + pulled oyster mushroom chilli, corn, baby spinach, fresh coriander and drizzle of tahini💫🌿 #vegan
What are your favourite dishes to recreate??
Veg Spring Roll
Spring roll sheets - 12
Sesame oil - 2 tsp
Garlic - 1 Tbsp (Finely Chopped)
Ginger - 1 Tbsp (Finely Chopped)
Spring onion - 4 (Finely Chopped with White, Green parts separated)
Carrot - 1 large (Julienned)
Green beans - 5 (Cut diagonally)
Red bell pepper - ½ (Julienned)
Cabbage - 2 Cups (Julienned)
Sugar - 1 tsp
Soya sauce - 2 tsp
Ground black pepper - 2 tsp (adjust as per your taste preference)
Salt - ¾ tsp
Oil - For frying
All purpose flour - 1 Tbsp