Clean+Eats+Happy+Feets-2.jpg

Welcome!

Thanks for visiting my blog! I love to share gluten-free recipes, running adventures, and stories of everyday living with you.
I hope you find usefulness or inspiration from within these pages of living life as a gluten-free cook/baker, runner & multi passionate artist.

Sunday: Rest, Recovery, & Resolve

Yesterday was a very socially demanding day, and today I awoke feeling a little low on energy.  My morning was slow; I made a breakfast of eggs, kale, some prunes, and french press coffee with a touch of honey.  Taking it easy, I moved slowly through the paces of the day waking late (after eight am!), cooking, cleaning, and regaining energy and finding my balance. Next week, another commitment heavy weekend awaits: I have a 20 mile run to complete, and we are throwing a shower for my sister - in a month she is due to have her first child, and I will officially be an auntie!  I spent time with my aunts this afternoon discussing the final details and preparations, and it was nice to see and connect with some lovely ladies in the family.  I found the time with them really grounding after yesterday's play-day full of commitments.

I drove myself home (for the first time driving on I-205 alone in my little Smart Car!), stopped at Target (the power went out while I was in the store - there are certainly no windows - pitch blackness for about ten seconds), arrived to the quiet calm of my apartment and cooked my favorite dish for this week's lunches: baked sweet potatoes with apple.  With all the rain coming down today it just felt like the right thing to cook.

IMG_0005

While prepping and baking, I noticed that after living in my apartment for three whole months, I find myself still feeling the restlessness that I experienced days after moving in and starting to settle.  I have still not completely "moved in".  I have a few small piles - items which are organized, but I have not yet found them a home.

In order to combat the chest-constricting stress I feel when these piles come into my line of sight, I resolved today that I will have piles put away by Friday this week.  Primarily for myself - this feeling of uneasiness cannot be healthy to experience each day - but also due to family coming into town this weekend for my sister's shower.  I really value them and their opinion, and want them to like my place if they see it!  (and I would love it to look organized and well - decorated).

How long does it take you to settle into a new home? Do you find this takes longer than you initially desire the process to take?

Here is to Nourishing self through relaxation, recovery, and resolving to de-stress! ~Alaina

Nourishment: The Food We Make vs. The Food We Eat

Saturday Nourishment: Fun, Family, Friends