Spring Break “Woes”

This past Spring Break I was reminded (time and time again) just how much weight I’ve gained.

Comments were made and tears were shed (not really).

“Tian, you got a little bit big.”

“Tian, did you ever go to the gym?”

“Tian, you should give the cafeteria a rest.”

Now, when you try to explain to your family what stress eating is or how hard it is to resist the buffet-style dining halls, they counter-back with:

“I know, I’m just saying this out of love.”

Well, here’s what I say to that… “I love you, too.”

It’s true that it can be of not help to your self-confidence (none, whatsoever) when you are being constantly reminded of how “big” you’ve gotten, BUT there’s a way to escape this battle field with few battle scars.

  1. Say “I love you”: Yes, it’s true that family can be the #1 cause of our headaches (next to finals week), but you can’t choose them. Regardless, of their blunt, rude, and downright hurtful comments, they’re still family.
  2. Stop “Sipping Tea”: Don’t restrain from telling your family how much their comments do hurt you. Sure, they might counter back and say it’s because they care, but let them know that this doesn’t change the fact that you felt hurt.
  3. Listen to your Body: Now magazine covers may communicate to you that a healthy body image, is one that comes without stretch marks, sagging belly, or a chubby face. But, the reality is, a healthy body is one where you take care of the bodily systems, which work 24/7 to keep you alive and well.

With that being said, let’s all start taking interest in our physical health and well-being by checking our cholesterol, making sure our blood pressure is right, giving Mary Walker Health Center a visit, and inviting your family and friends to engage in a healthy lifestyle, as well (because you love them, too!).




H2T: Chick peas, yes please!

Ever walk by the delicious looking Mediterranean Bar in grocery stores? Next time you should grab some stuff from it! I got a container and filled it with olives, fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and some peppers. I had about a 1/2 cup of pitted kalamata olives, so I decided to throw in into the processor and make hummus to put on wraps or eat with veggies!

All you need is a can of chickpeas, whatever spices/add-ins you want, and a good processor to grind it up! I used kalamata olives, garlic, basil, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.

Drain the chick peas, but keep the water in a side container (you’ll need it!). Combine the chickpeas, spices and add ins and start processing them. It’ll come out kinda chunky, so add the water from the canned peas and make it as smooth as you like! The oil from the olives had some spices in it and made the texture a little smoother.

The best part (besides eating it) was putting it away in my favorite container. Olives are a healthy source of fat and chick peas are great protein. Eating this will help me build lean muscle and have enough fat to keep my brain protected and lady parts working well enough to let me have a baby some day. Whether you’re dieting or just enjoying a healthy lifestyle, don’t deprive yourself of lipids! Fats are essential to your nutrition.