food tips

Day 3. Busy ol’ day today and one you wouldn’t ordinarily see a food post from me haha. As you can see it wasn’t the most nutritionally complete day but I tried biscoff spread for the first time today and feel like a fool for not trying it sooner. Is it total junk? Yes but omg it’s soooo dreamy 🤤🤤🤤😅

Food crisis coping: tips from someone with o-c

Alright, I’ve already gotten some interest, so:

Top note: this is not advice for how to avoid polluted food or how to make food not polluted. I am not the right person for that. This is very specifically for the situation where you know you will have to eat potentially polluted food (you live somewhere with very poor food labeling, you won’t be able to afford certified non-polluted food, you live in a low-priority district and your government is routing non-polluted food elsewhere, etc). 

Also, this is crisis advice. This is not in any way what I would recommend to people trying to increase their pollution tolerance or anything. (The time for that would have been before Allocator Savo was this much of a fucking idiot, if that was in fact the problem). This is not some magic recipe that will make this not an awful experience. This is crisis survival.

Finally, this is geared at people who aren’t in ‘I have already eaten polluted food’ right now. If you are, you could try to handle that first, and then go through this plan. You might also still be able to draw on elements of this plan to help yourself, though not all of them will work the same. 

1, this is not permanent: A common panic-inducing element can be that the awful feeling you anticipate experiencing will last forever. So, remember that this is not permanent. Voa is no doubt taking steps to secure their supply chain now. It might take some time, but it will happen. Food is a resource that is consumed and renewed. Whatever food is polluted now will cycle out of consumption and be replaced by new food. It might take months or seasons but it will happen. This is not forever. This is for a span of time that will end

2, take an effort to think consciously: This is going to come up repeatedly so I’m laying it out now. Your default response is going to be to live in the moment, react to your feelings in the moment, etc. Going with only that will make things worse. Thinking and planning will help. Pull back and do it.

3, pin down your ‘worstness’ endpoint: if left to it’s own devices, your brain is likely to go into ‘and then this awful thing will happen, and then this other awful thing will happen, and then EVERYTHING WILL BE HORRIBLE FOREVER’. You want to interrupt and preempt this. Make yourself think this through. You have to eat polluted food for ___ amount of time. What is going to happen. (I don’t mean with getting sick, that is also not my area. I mean, with your sense of pollution.) At the point at which the food will be completely fine again, what ‘but this is still polluted!’ feelings do you expect.

4, use that make a plan for pre, during, and post: example: ‘even once there is clean food, I will feel that my body and belongings are polluted. I have not yet eaten polluted food/I have dealt with that. I will now take belongings I don’t expect to need during this time, especially ones that cannot be cleaned, and put them somewhere where I will have no contact with them during this period. Once there is clean food, I will wait __ amount of time (some people use the numbers on how long it takes for about all your skin cells to replace themselves, but this will be very individual, including people who don’t feel the need to wait at all). Then I will decontaminate myself, decontaminate my living space, decontaminate and throw out belongings, and so on.’

5, set up transition help for your brain: the hardest part is going to be the transition back to feeling clean, and trying to assure yourself that it will work. Help your brain as much as you can. Repeat your decontamination plan to yourself. Set up additional brain-aids - somehow mark things you will feel are contaminated and remove the mark when transitioning out. Find a future-decontamination friend to do it together with and reassure each other.

6, when it’s time to eat polluted food: there are two main classes of approaches to this - gradual and all-in. In gradual you will take a small piece of food, eat it, then give yourself time to adjust before eating the next. In all-in you just eat a bunch at once. Can be compared to wading vs jumping into a cold pool. Very person dependent, see what might work best for you. Some people may find it helpful to get hungry and then do the all-in approach. However, unless you have very good reason to believe you will have clean food if you just wait a little, do not starve yourself. Starvation takes a major toll on your brain and fast. It will not help, it’ll just make you less able to handle things when you do them. 

7, living through: remember - you are living through a crisis that you are managing. You have a plan. You are going to have a miserable span of time, but you can make it through. People get through these kinds of things. You just have to make it through this span of time, and then it will be over, and you have a plan for the end. You will make it through.

Delicious Greek Salad

Greek salad can be found in restaurants worldwide, but in our opinion it is best on a warm summer’s day while taking in the sights and sounds of Greece.

Lovingly made and beautifully shot by Buttery Planet - see their recipe below. 

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Dolmades… little bites of heaven 

Often served as part of a meze platter, Dolmades are the ultimate bite-sized appetizer, and are best served while taking in the sights and sounds of Greece

Beautifully shot by Buttery Planet. Keep reading to find their recipe below.

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Diet Witch Tips!

You’re beautiful as you are. But it you’re like me, a sugar addict and a chronic comfort eater or just looking to get to a healthier weight and healthier body, here are some tips that are helping for me! 

  •  Enchant your water bottle! Encourage it not only to physically and mentally cleanse your body, but also to help give you strength to resist unhealthy food and instead crave all those lovely veggies and healthy alternatives. Thank your deities or the universe for the food you eat, and ask them to help your body use it to the best of its ability. 
  •  Grow your own veggies! Things like herbs, tomatoes, broad beans, salad leaves, purple sprouting broccoli are all pretty easy for beginners with encouraging results! Gardening is extremely relaxing and an excellent way to meditate and ground yourself and connect with the earth. Garden witchcraft is a wonderful area to investigate. You then know exactly where the food you’re eating has come from and think of all the magicky goodness you will have infused it with during the growing process! 
  •  As with any food magic, look at the magical associations and correspondences of the herbs and spices that you’re using. Your bolognese has bay leaves, garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage and salt in it? Looks like you’ve got yourself a purification spell! Your salad has tomato, apple, avocado, basil, chilli peppers, beets? Is that a love spell you’ve created? 99% of magic and being a witch in general is intent. You’d be amazed how many cohesive spells you create with your food. All you need to add is a dash of magical intent. 
  •  Sigils! Always a versatile choice. You can create any you want, be it for willpower and motivation, appreciation, energy, exercise, good sleep, nutrient absorption. And you can draw them in your meals in sauce, or etch it into your spatula, store in your cook books, or keep in your utensil drawer, your refrigerator, on your water bottle. The possibility are endless. 

 I hope these may be of help to someone else out there. It’s important to stay positive when it comes to diet or, as I know only too well, it can be easy to slip into unhealthy or even dangerous habits. I’m rooting for you! And you really are beautiful just as you are :) 🍎🍊🍌🥑🥒🍆🍇

How to Successfully Adopt a Lifestyle Change

Not a diet. Diet implies temporary, and what we need to do is form a set of new, sustainable habits for the rest of our life.

A lot of you probably have a daydream of taking a black, billowy trash bag and planning a SWAT-style assault on your fridge and cupboards and then setting fire to the dumpster you hurl it into. Naturally, you’ll dash over to the grocery store and purchase a ton of strange-looking foods you don’t regularly eat, or never eat! Then you’ll slap on a pair of shiny new shoes and go run a 5K. This works for–some people. Honestly, few people.

The reality for many people; however, is they get off their foray after a few weeks. Why is that?

Think about it. How long did it take you to really get into the groove of your current habits? Months? Years? If you’re trying to simultaneously kiss soda and chip’s ass good-bye, change every bite of food you eat, and start a fitness routine. Guess what? Stress, stress, stress! Your stomach was used to those portion sizes (whether too large or too small) and some of your favorite snacks, your brain is literally addicted to it. A lot of people will reach nuclear meltdown levels trying to transition to a healthy lifestyle this way.

Just like it took you time to form your current habits, it’s going to take some time to form your new habits. I truly do empathize with the feelings of wanting everything to be different right now, but realistically we can only handle a certain amount of stressors and change at one time.

Start With Nutrition Habits: While I really would recommend finding a few cheeky ways to get more active, you’ve probably heard some variant of “can’t outrun your fork,” or “it’s 80% nutrition.” Well, it really is true. Being more active is absolutely crucial to improving overall health in the “endgame,”  but we’re still playing the “tutorial” and the dietary aspects of our lifestyle change are the bulk of the impact. It goes beyond that, though. I’ve written more about it here, but being a beginner can be genuinely hard at times!  It takes a lot of time and effort to get oneself to a point where they can physically and mentally handle what entails “regular, moderate exercise.” One part of making that transition easier will be better nutrition and hydration.

Start With an Easy Target: I always tell people if they drink a lot of soda, juice, or sweetened tea/coffee to start here. Sugar provides us pretty much no nutrition and removing the pulp from fruit makes juice not that great for us, either. Drinking more water is not negotiable and replacing these beverages with water will do a surprising amount of good for how you feel–all by itself. I recognize how hard this one can be to kick, but sweetened beverages really do load many people’s lifestyles with a lot of bad juju.

If you don’t have a beverage problem, maybe you do have a condiment/dressing problem and can reduce the quantities and find alternatives. Maybe you party-hardy a little too much and need to cut down on alcohol. While I said “easy target,” no one said it would be that easy, but you probably have an idea where most of these so called “empty” nutrients are coming from.

Transition Bad Habits a Few at a Time: The opening of this probably already made it clear, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. You probably have an idea of what some of your most problematic habits are, so choose one; maybe two, and see how you adjust over a week or two before considering the next step.

Small Swaps: Start switching out various items in your pantries, fridges, and lunchboxes with simple alternatives. Change white breads, rices, and pastas to brown. Take the bag of chips from your lunch and turn it into a few servings of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Pick out a leaner cut of meat and use a little less dairy, if you eat them. Little changes can have massive results.

Learn Moderation: Remember that whole sustainable part at the very beginning? Our lifestyles do need to reflect our real lives. Well, my real life has a love of chocolates, pastries, and candies. So, it’s not realistic for me to say “no chocolate, pastries, or candies.” Food molarity can be a pretty toxic outlook on eating and life in general. Instead of labeling foods as “bad,” just learn and respect the limits. There are times where you have to say, “enough, is enough,” but living in a constant state of “no” is not realistic or mentally healthy for most people. It’s OK to love indulgent food. Think about how long your life is going to be. So, now think about how dinky an occasional treat will be in retrospect.

Depending on Your Struggles, Consider Therapy: As we know, many aspects of unhealthy eating habits are actually unhealthy mental habits. Depending on the severity and exact nature of those problems, never be embarrassed to seek professional help. I struggled with stress eating and even binge eating for most of my adolescence, and finally getting help for my anxiety disorder played a pretty crucial role in improving both my physical and mental health. If it’s not a possibility at this time, consider journaling.

Walk Before Your Run: Literally and figuratively. I’m going to recommend this previous post I recently wrote again, but when you’ve gotten a few habits cracked and feel like you’re ready to start amping up your activity, start with low impact and low equipment exercises. If it has been years, or if you’ve never exercised, it takes some easing into it. I recommend walking to all beginners because we already know how to do it, have what we need to do it, and probably won’t hurt ourselves.

So, there you have it. Tackle small challenges and get your body acclimated to them before you consider some of the overarching and holistic goals you have for your lifestyle. That said, we’re all different. If you still want to try and do that 180-flip, I can’t stop you and some people are successful that way. No two people or personality types have the exact same problems or strategy for overcoming them. However, if you’ve gotten frustrated and thrown in the towel a time or two, consider the scope of change and how to realistically implement it over a period of time.  We didn’t form our old habits overnight.

Drying octopus in Plaka

Located on the northwest coast of Crete, you’ll find a little village called Plaka. It’s the perfect place to sample a Greek seafood delicacy – grilled octopus. You’ll see the octopus hanging out to dry in the afternoon sun, before being garnished with a few herbs and lemon juice, and then grilled over charcoal and served with ouzo to make a fine meze dish.

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