I would like to dedicate this recipe to National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
You might be thinking, ‘Dedicate a recipe?? That isn’t relative!’.
But I sit here, almost SEVENTEEN years free from anorexia. I was a victim of such an earth shattering disease…and I WON.
I won by simply educating my mind on the health world (knowledge is power!). I got down to 90 pounds and my brain completely broke. C O M P L E T E L Y. I was hospitalized for two weeks and placed on medication that literally packed on 90 pounds in LESS than a year. Talk about one extreme to the next. Man! I was barely surviving.
When I made my mind up to ditch my medication and FIGHT FOR MY LIFE, I made a decision to learn as much as I could about what “HEALTHY” actually meant. Because at the time, I was ANYTHING but healthy. I spent my time sleeping and binge-eating. And that went on for a solid year. I didn’t want to live. I truly didn’t want to wake up to another day in such a dark space. I felt as if there was no way out.
I threw away the idea of skinny. When you are that broken and at such a rock bottom, I can assure you that HEALTHY will trump skinny.
Healthy > Skinny. THAT was my new mindset.
And what I learned was so empowering. I learned that my depression and anxiety were linked to how I was treating my body. And that I could reverse this nonsense.
And I did. Matter of fact, I still am.
While yes, eating clean and exercise is now just a habit and doesn’t come with a fight anymore…I still do it intentionally.
I am INTENTIONALLY keeping depression away from me. FAR AWAY. Those were the darkest days and I had no joy whatsoever inside of me during that season.
I am INTENTIONALLY fueling my body with the right-for-my-brain foods so that I do not have to experience a chemical imbalance.
Do I have a chemical imbalance?
Honestly, I don’t know. Probably. And it doesn’t surface because I tend to my health. And I tend to it daily.
So. Yes and No. I think I would suffer from depression and anxiety if I wasn’t this adiment about my mental health and how to continue my healing the natural and unmedicated way.
I choose to sweat and nourish my organs with a flush of health eats, daily. I chose to speak optimistically over my life and the life of others. My words are a HUGE help to my mental health.
JOY was my goal 16 years ago. And the good Lord paved my path.
No thank you.
So, in honor to this special week, I want to GIVE a recipe I’ve been trying to perfect for a while.
And I FINALLY found the perfect formula. It’s even loved by my entire family (except Nathan who deals with some sensory issues and that’s a different blog for a different day….whew!).
But the girls, myself, and the husband went to TOWN on this and it was even requested the next day.
Leftovers are my favorite. Free ticket OUT of the kitchen.
For. The. Win.
1.5 cups of chopped carrots
1 large chopped onion
1 cup of chopped celery
4 cloves of garlic (or more…I use more because I’m a garlic-o-holic.)
2 32oz cartons of low sodium vegetable broth (or chicken if you aren’t a vegetarian!).
1 can (6oz.) tomato paste (I believe this is the secret ingredient!).
1/2 cup of water or more broth (only use this after cooking and it seems to need more liquid).
1.5-2 teaspoons of cumin
1 teaspoon powered thyme (optional)
A dusting over the top with Himalayan Sea Salt (or whatever you use.)
Okay so here’s the deal. It’s SO easy.
You basically spray your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray and mix in ALL the ingredients except the extra broth or water. Only use that if you need more liquid toward the end—I sometimes use it and sometimes don’t. Not sure why it needs more on some days. But I just go with it.
Cover and cook on either high for 4-6 hours, or on low for 8-10 hours. (turns out the same on both temps!).
I top it with avacado for a little extra of that good, brain fat. You can even top it with shredded cheese.
It’s your party. I’m just happy to be (kind of) invited.
In HIM and health,
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