Okay, I really dived into the Cheetos thing this week. I was just so riled up about it! Listen, I really truly want women to feel happy and healthy in their bodies, and I’ve dedicated my work to educate others on how to do just that. But shaming anyone in how they behave is never the answer. Instead, we should strive for holistic approaches to life with the perfect balance of thriving and grace, a place where we can love to be healthy and love to eat Cheetos.
These past few weeks I’ve found a lot of joy in using my words to educate others on these topics, and I hope you’ve enjoyed following along. I feel like I’m finally leaning into something that truly feels like I’m meant to do it—to teach others about food in a healthy way, free of shame and free of toxic diet culture.
Because of this, I’ve made a few recent decisions in my life to help me move forward as a writer and as a food journalist. I feel really good about the things I’m doing, and I promise to share some of them with you soon.
But for now, let’s dive into what’s been on my plate this week.
What I’m doing
It’s been really chill this week. Lots of reading and writing at home, enjoying the warm weather, and um…not wearing a mask? I mean, I’m still in New York City, so I’ll likely still wear a mask in stores and public transportation and stuff. But this week our church group came to our apartment and we actually hung out inside, and gosh it was so nice to finally do that together.
What I’m reading
Nutritional psychiatry: Your brain on food (Harvard Health) I’ve been diving a bit into the research behind your body’s response to food, and this concept on nutritional psychiatry caught my eye. Essentially the research shows that the better the foods, the better your brain functions. This quote says it best: “Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel.”
Woman Hatches a Duck From Eggs She Bought at the Grocery Store (Eat This, Not That!) I literally can’t stop thinking about this story. One of the editors at work pitched this story, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s worth every second of the read.
What I’m cooking
Korean Fire Chicken With Cheese (Better Homes & Gardens) Okay but I actually make this without the cheese. I sauté up some vegetables in my wok and serve it with the chicken and rice. It’s so spicy and SO GOOD.
Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken and Gnocchi (Damn Delicious) By far one of my favorite new recipes. I actually sliced up the cooked chicken really thin and mixed it in so we could eat it like it was a bowl of pasta.
Have a great weekend!