The Joyful Kitchen Part III

by Heather on May 26, 2010

Morning everyone!  Dinner was pretty boring last night, and I have more to talk about, so let’s get moving!

Dinner was the exact same thing as Tuesday night:

And I made a quick berry crumble for dessert:

  • 1 package frozen raspberries
  • 1 package of frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350.  In a bowl combine the frozen berries, 1/2 cup of the flour, and granulated sugar.  Stir until combined, then pour into a baking dish (mine was 9 x 9).  Next, combine the brown sugar, the other 1/2 cup of flour, cinnamon, and melted butter.  Crumble over the top.  Baked, uncovered for 45 minutes or until bubbly and brown.  Let cool 10-15 minutes before serving!

Super easy and delicious…that’s what I love about that crumble!  Plus we have enough to last us at least 2 more nights :)  Breakfast this morning was coffee from home and a sausage Starbucks sandwich:

I love sausage.  I wish that they had a turkey sausage option at Starbucks…

I’m excited about lunch today too!  I’m trying something new and I *THINK* it’s going to be fabulous!

The Joyful Kitchen Part III:  Joy in Your Body

I can hear it now: “Heather is still fighting off fat talk and disordered eating; how can she speak to having JOY in her body?!”

Even though it’s true that I’m still fighting a war with my brain in regards to my love for my body, I do have a very real understanding of how blessed I am to have the body that I have.  That’s actually part of why this battle with disordered eating and thinking is so frustrating:  because I KNOW better! Today’s post isn’t going to be long, but I wanted to list out the things that I love about and take joy in in regards to my body.

  • My eyes: Although I’m practically blind, I love my blue eyes.  I love them because they show up well in pictures.  I love them because they’re lighter in color like my dad’s green eyes.  I love them because I feel like they set me apart from others.  But I mostly love them because they allow me to see the beauty around me, and to fully absorb the meaning of color, texture, light, and darkness.  My eyes are beautiful.
  • My nose: This one is very, very simple…but I love my nose because it’s crooked.  It’s not broken, it’s a genetic trait that I got from my mother.  And you know what?  I love it!  I will never, ever, EVER change the shape of my nose.  My nose is beautiful.
  • My arms: I love how strong my arms are, and I love how their shape shows that I’ve taken the time to make the strong.  I love that I can hold my husband, pick up my dogs, carry heavy stuff, do push-ups, kill the volleyball in someone’s face (it’s true – I love doing that!), and swing a golf club.  I love how my arms and shoulders help me stand up straight and gauge my full height.  My arms are beautiful.
  • My back: Again, I love how tall my back helps me stand.  It’s strong yet feminine, and it is at the core of every movement I make.  My back is beautiful.
  • My legs: My legs are strong, they are thick with muscle, and they are the only part of my body that I am always confident about (besides my eyes and nose. Duh. :))  They help me to walk, run, hike, and bike.  They carry me, without fail, anywhere I need or want to go.  They look good in shorts or in jeans.  The only thing I would change in regards to my legs is the fashion industry’s standards for what a woman’s legs should be.  I am not a stick, nor do I want to be.  I am a woman, and my legs are beautiful.
  • My feet: My feet and I have been through a lot:  stress fractures, sprained ankles, cuts, scrapes, sunburns, bruises, calluses, and blisters.  They are by no means foot-model material, but they have carried me where I’ve needed to go.  They learned how to drive a manual car when I was 16 and loved it.  They have carried me many miles, and I love that they are not pretty.  Why?  Because my feet are beautiful.

As much as I whine and complain about my body, I know that a lot of it stems from my frustration with being able to find clothes that fit, which sounds completely and totally shallow.  Let’s be honest though:  how many people actually fit the shape that the apparel industry says they should?  I WORK in the apparel industry, and it’s super frustrating to know that the “standard” is much MUCH smaller than I am.  When I sit back and think about it though, I am not defined by my numerical size.  I am beautiful the way I was created!

I do know that I should be healthier than I am, but at the same time I love the strengths that I listed above, and wouldn’t change any of them for the world.  I am blessed to be as healthy as I am and thankful to have the ability to change my eating and exercise habits.  And this disordered eating and thinking thing?  That is on its way out the door and I am daily encouraged to be growing in my appreciation for myself.

I am beautiful :)

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1 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 26, 2010

That breakfast sandwich looks so good.

I whine about my body a lot, too. But when it comes down to it, I love it. I love that it’s alive and kickin’, and fights for me even when I am less-than-kind to it. To be truly healthy, we first have to be truly happy with ourselves, flaws and all. :)



2 Heather May 26, 2010

this was a great post…..and coincided with the Tyra show yesterday. Don’t judge-sometimes I can handle Tyra!
She had a girl stand in front of the mirror and name the things she DID like about herself.
I think God is trying to tell me something, because between 4 people commenting on the size of my thighs in the past month and it REALLY bothering me, the Tyra show, and this post, I guess I need to look outside myself some more.
I have a super healthy strong body and mind,great family and friends, and the love of the Lord! What else matters?


3 hundredtenpounds May 26, 2010

My legs may not be skinny but they are powerful and strong. I love my legs. :)


4 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 26, 2010

Yes, yes, yes! You are beautiful! :)


5 midgetkeeper May 26, 2010

Yes you are!


6 Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 26, 2010

You ARE beautiful! And inspiring :)


7 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life May 26, 2010

LOVE LOVE LOVE your post!
We should all take a little more time to focus on the positive things, rather than always dwelling on what could be “better” or “fimer” or “tighter”.
Props to you! :-D


8 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) May 26, 2010

What a great, happy post! I love when people take the time to appreciate their body. I have my trouble spots that frustrate me (hello thighsssss), but the older I get (and I’m only 26, haha), the more I focus on the health of my body and what it does for me and what I can do to take care of it, rather than wishing I was one of the girls with skinny legs. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I still wish I had skinny legs, but those times are getting more few and far between :)


9 Estela @ Weekly Bite May 26, 2010

What a great attitude! You are such a beautiful person :)


10 Tina May 26, 2010

Love all your reasons for being beautiful. They are great reasons.

You know what’s funny? I scheduled a post JUST like this to post while I’m away this weekend. Great minds think alike.


11 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear May 26, 2010

I love this post, everyone should love themselves :)


12 Cynthia May 26, 2010

You are beautiful!! My legs may not be skinny, but they are strong and look damn good when I wear stilettos!! ;)


13 Elle @ Acquired Tastes May 26, 2010

Your list makes me smile :)

I am still battling the fat talk and disordered eating as well – it’s really hard to love your body just the way it is (even if you would like to lose) and your list is definitely inspiring!!


14 peanutbutterfingers May 26, 2010

lovely post – you made me smile! :)


15 Ali @ Redhead Reports May 26, 2010

I LOVE this post! Everyone needs to take a step back from their daily lives and consider all the things they need to be thankful for.


16 kbwood May 26, 2010

i LOVE your list girl! you are a light!
cant wait to hear about your lunch :) :)


17 Erin at The Healthy Apron May 26, 2010

You ARE beautiful!! You go girl! I often need to remind myself of all the wonderful things my body does for me and ALSO that it can be taken away at any instant!! Thanks for the reminder :)


18 jqlee May 26, 2010

This is a beautiful post. Yes, you ARE beautiful girl! Thanks for reminding us all that we are beautiful too.


19 Kara @ MyWellnest May 26, 2010

I love-love-love the mug your berry crumble is in!

And you are gorgeous. I thought that the first time I visited your site and saw your picture!


20 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self May 26, 2010

This is just awesome. You rock. :)


21 Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife May 26, 2010

I love this post. When I used to be deep in disorder eating and thoughts it was hard to stop and see the good things, but they are soooo there!! For everyone!


22 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 26, 2010

This is beautiful! We should all take the time out to appreciate our bodies. Thanks for reminding me to do so! :)


23 Sarah May 27, 2010

Have you ever tried Jimmy Dean’s D’lights? They are yummy and the exact same sandwich you eat at Starbucks except with a whole wheat English muffin, egg whites, and turkey sausage. You just have to remember to thaw it overnight in the fridge, then it takes 65 seconds in the microwave.


24 Ilana May 27, 2010

Beautiful, beautiful post Heather. It’s such a powerful step to be able to say “These are my perceived flaws but I love them.”


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