Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kein Facebook



Freedome has been found in this world without Facebook.

I had no idea it would change my lifestyle this much, but it truly has. Here is how.

No Facebook means I go to bed earlier. That has developed into a habit and now I end up going to bed around 10 PM each night - I start getting ready around an hour earlier so my body has time to wind down.

Going to bed earlier means I can wake up whenever and feel great - even 5 AM. Waking up early means I have time for a nutrtious breakfast as well as time to make a beautiful, filling, healthy lunch.

Lunch normally consists of a thermos of soup, whole wheat bread with almond butter, a bag of apples, a bag of carrots or celery, and a banana if possible. I sometimes add a small bag of rye crackers or something else to snack on if I get hungry. There's only good grains in the crackers so I can eat to my heart, or stomach's, content.

My only desert, lately has been these Panada All Natural Licorice. Mmmm. So good! I even have the ingredients memorized. Ready for it? Molasses, wheat flour, licorice extract, aniseed oil. That's it! See? No sugar. No icky stuff. Just some good ol' whole wheat flour and some spices and molasses. No preservatives. Nothing. And it tastes delicious.

Ok. So once I'm all nutritioned up, what else happens with no Facebook? Well, I spend a whole lot less time on the internet. Literally hours less per day. No Facebook means less time prepping pictures and maintaining social obligations. This means I have more free time to....

Clean my room. My room has been palace of clean since I left Facebook like never before. Each night I find myself putting everything away, same in the morning before I go to school. The time before I slept that I might have wasted away before is now spent being productive. Numerous sources have shown that a clean room brings on better sleep. I also open the window at night - cooler temperatures can help bring on the sleep. I also like to spritz my bed with lavendar linen spray. This routine has developed because Facebook is gone.

Since Facebook has disapeared, I have found myself cooking more. I made a tofu stir fry last night and roasted potatoes, carrots, and parsnips the night before. I have time to do things like this, eat a bit better.

I have also begun to read more. I can read in bed before I sleep or after school. The enviroment in my room is set up to encourage relaxing and concentration. Current books I'm reading include the Bible, Franny and Zooey and two books from the Foxfire series.

Let's see. What else is better? I clean the kitchen more, I think. I enjoy that.

I feel a whole lot more content without Facebook. My life is not spent seeing what others are doing and thinking that they care what mine is. I do blog, more now, just like I used to do almost daily. I consider this to be a healthier habit than Facebook. Yes, I record life, but, once I get it all created, I'm done with it.

That's about it. But life is just swell right now and I'm beyond content with the way things have been going since Facebook has left my life. I originally intended it to only be for a week but I may end up keeping it that way for a bit longer.

More sleep? Better nutrition? Happier? Cleaner life? I'd say that's a win where it matters.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Breakfast Is King




Without a doubt, breakfast is the king of all meals. Breakfast makes me tick. Breakfast makes me grin. Breakfast makes me dance.

Breakfast is not a meal to be missed. I can do without lunch and dinner if I've already got a good, balanced breakfast at work in my stomach.

Breakfast this morning was...

-A piece of squirrely bread with almond butter
- A few spoonfuls of Pico de Gallo (vegetables anyone?)
- A mini-cup of tomatoe soup (more veggies)
- A few baby carrots (veggie veggie)
- A handful of frozen peas (ok, we get it, veggies)
- Cup of soy milk
- Glass of San Pelegrino
- Mug of green tea
- Three spoonfuls of Oikos Greek Yoghurt

I think I just need some fruit. Maybe I'll grab a jar of pureed pairs at the store this morning.

Anyways, breakfast is king and I treasure this meal. Some mornings it's French toast, other oatmeal, others cereal, I just like food when I wake up. I see a direct connection to my morning eating habits and my performance in school.

Way to be a winner, Maggie, way to win.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Poatoes Are Gross -> Potatoes Can Be Delicious




If you had spoken to me two hours ago, I would have told you, "Potatoes are gross."
Just like that.

And I would have believed it. What good comes out of a potatoe? They don't taste good on their own unless the flavour of the potatoe itself, called the apple of the earth in French, was masked heavily in butter, herbs, chili, or fast-food oil.

I decided I would discover potatoes today. I headed over to the Jamie Oliver website and started browsing around. I have respect for Jamie Oliver in the simplicity of what he makes.

I found my recipe. Roast Potatoes and Carrots.

I have to admit, my confidence lie in the rosemary, garlic, and olive oil that would flavour the potatoes. Out of all the fats out there to cook with, olive oil is king not only in flavour but health.

The potatoes and carrots were boiled. Steam dried. And then put the carrots into a pan of olive oil with rosemary and garlic cloves that had been crushed with the palm of my hand. The potatoes were smashed around in the colander - thrown and swirled - so the outside was fluffy and perfect for baking.

The veggies, oil, and herbs were mixed, sprinkled with sea salt, and then placed in the oven. 40 minutes later the house smelled delicious.

I expected that I would need a little bit of mayonaisse or something to get them down, I really don't like potatoes, but I took a bite.

What the? These are potatoes?

They were delicious, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. They were light and well seasoned. The carrots looked a bit burnt on the bottom but they tasted anything but burned.

Why have I not eaten this before? It was delectable. Potatoes do have potential, this I now know.

Here's a link to the recipe.

I would highly, highly recommend this recipe. It's simple, basic, and the ending results are the big surprise at the end.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Benefit #2


Benefit #2 - Joy in Simplicity

I get a kick out of what I'm told are the simplest things to be enjoyed. Paper bag kite? Can't stop smiling. Someone gives me a buisness card? I'll be smiling for the next 3 minutes. Solid honey? My day has been made.
I get such excitement and am finally getting used to the fact that others won't always share my enthusiasm. I think they're missing out, personally. I don't need to wait for something big to get that jittery-happy feeling.
I love riding my scooter.

Benefit #1


Time to be positive, folks.
I'm going to try to do a series of posts on the benefits of different things I have going on with me.
Here's #1 for ADHD.
I have so much energy and am ever so awake! Not only am I a morning person, I'm a night person as well.
Here's an example.
Yesterday morning I didn't have to get up till 10 AM but, instead, I arose at 7:30. Carpe diem much? I ended up running around the house with my Lightning McQueen bouncy ball. I bounced it around the bathroom, against walls, down the hall, into the tub, against the ceiling. My poor parents. After that I curled up in bed to find the warm spot. The moment my parents left the house I was up and out of bed again. I turned on the music and danced around some more. I got started on making a delicious batch of Rosemary and Olive Oil Flatbread (thank you Martha Stewart!). And this is all being done before I even had to wake up. Then I ran to the studio to learn a song on the piano, sing a bit, bit of melodica, bit of auto harp. Back to the kitchen. And then I realized it was time to go to school...
Later that night I ended up cleaning my room until Midnight for kicks. Normally, though, I strive for an earlier bed time. I do absolute best when I can get at least 7 hours of sleep. I really crave the time I can have when I can slowly get ready for bed and just relax and let my mind wander when I'm in there. With all my energy, sometimes sleep comes slowly.

Anyways, that's a benefit in my eyes.
I'm a morning and night person.

Gone

I did it.
I deactivated my Facebook account.

Perhaps it will only be for a week, maybe longer, I'm not sure yet. I've known for a while that Facebook was the largest time-waster in my life and I've done week breaks from it and this is ust one of those - except for this time, I deactivated.

That means my account is still in storage at Facebook, but no one can see my profile. I am gone from this earth. The thousands and thousands of pictures I have up there (at least 4,000, I would assume) can't be viewed. When you go to view one and click on the thumbnail - no success is had.

I am excited to see what this will do to my life.

Facebook would take up time I didn't have. I would check it without cause. Waste of time. After it happened, I ended up cleaning my room that night. Off to a good start, I'd say.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Babies

I'm not even going to pretend I'm not excited.

I have not looked forward to a movie in ages. This movie has me excited:



I can't think of anyone else who would go... but this is one movie I am going to the theater to see.
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