Being A Healthy Witch
Hi! I know, I know, these tips aren’t just for witches. My blog is just very central to that particular audience, and I wanted to share my little ‘food journey’ with fellow witches, some of whom might be vegan // vegetarian // health conscious. :-)
Okay, so here’s my little story: I’ve had body images for my entire life, and, sadly, they have only gotten worse as I’ve grown older. While I’ve ever been “fat,” I’ve never been happy with my body and the way it looks, and have always longed for perfection // had an irrational fear of packing on pounds. My brain has just always told me, “you’re okay, but you’re not *there* yet. You could be better, prettier, skinnier, and *then* you’ll be there…” such image problems are even worse when topped with severe anxiety and depression // anger issues. I have body dysmorphia. Severely. I know this to be true, no matter how many times my family likes to remind me (not in a mean way at all - they only want me to be healthy and happy). I’ve suffered through both consistent and on/off self-harm since sixth grade, emotional eating, depersonalization, under-eating, unhealthy “promiscuous” actions at a young age, and making myself throw up.
But this post isn’t to list off my disorders. It is to share my own progress, and serve as a reminder to myself - and others - that eating does not have to feel like a burden or a chore. Believe me, I am nowhere near finished with my unhealthy mindset. I still dread having to eat. (Too bad there isn’t a spell to get rid of anxiety)! But the thing is, is that I dread it that much less when I know that what I’m putting in my body is healthy. In addition, there is magick in cooking, and it makes preparing food for myself and my boyfriend that much more exciting. I long to eat sweets and just shove a bunch of food in my mouth, trust me! But lately I have been resistant to that, and have strived for eating clean. I haven’t eaten meat or bread in such a long time! When we go out, it is vegan and dairy free 99.9% of the time.
Here is a list of some healthy things that I have found a love for making or snacking on over this past year.
• Overnight Oats - DIY oatmeal prepared in a mason jar, left to refrigerate overnight and to be eaten in the morning! Can contain anything you like. (I usually use bananas, mixed berries, almond milk, honey, cinnamon, shaved coconut, and chia seeds, all on top of rolled oats).
• Peanut butter w/ bananas or apples.
• Fruit smoothies w/ protein powder and chia seeds.
• Vegan sausage.
• Homemade rosemary/garlic potatoes.
• Crunchy granola/mixed nuts (a great substitute for snacking on chips).
• Scrambled eggs with green peppers.
• Chickenless chicken strips.
• Apple slices topped w/ tuna (unless you are full vegan/vegetarian) and dried cranberries.
• Ants on a log!
• Fruit acai/chia seed breakfast bowls.
• Tuna-stuffed avocado.
• Pasta w/ beefless ground (tastes real)!!
• Wheat toast w/ peanut butter, honey, and granola.
• Honey, apricot, and almond butter on low-fat crackers.
• Vegan grilled cheese w/ jam.
• Vegan protein bars (I recently discovered this delicious brand called GoMacro - and they have them at 7-11)!!
• Cucumber, dill, and (vegan) cream cheese sandwiches.
• Fruit pizza - bagel w/ (vegan) cream cheese spread and topped w/ mixed fruits.
• All of the fruits and vegetables!!!
I know a lot of you may have body issues too, and have a hard time eating or wanting to eat. I personally choose to only drink water, and try hard to eat clean and always take daily vitamins. Once you introduce healthier things into your diet, it becomes gradually easier to not “fear food” again, and learn some fun recipes along the way! The goal is not only to accept that your body is your only one, but to let your insides thank you for feeding it such healthy, yummy things. (Oh, and for larger meals, don’t forget about homemade vegetable soups, veggie burgers, salads, or vegan tacos)! I hope that this helps someone! 🌟 and feel free to tell me your own ideas/recipes! I’d love to have some more :-)