St. Patrick's Day Grub

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a fan of St. Patrick’s day! When I was a kid, we would go to my grandma’s house every year for the full Irish meal, and it was always so fun. My grandma was a stickler when it came to wearing green, and my mom always tried to get by on her green eyes, or somehow thought that being part Irish got her out of the wearing green requirement (it doesn’t, FYI).

After visiting Dublin, Ireland last month, touring Guinness, and eating a BOMB corned beef sandwich while I was there, I got super pumped to put together my St. Patty’s day meal this year. Also, while we were on the bus tour, we saw St. Patrick’s Cathedral and I was reminded again about how much I love the story of St. Patrick, so I’m extra into it this year!

Now, I love to make some corned beef and cabbage every year, and honestly usually stock up with a few after they go on sale after the 17th. I’m going to share with you, what I put together this year, and my favorite brand for corned beef.

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The main event: Corned beef! I shopped at Whole Foods and bought Wellshire Farms corned beef round. I love Wellshire Farms, and you may notice if you follow along in my instagram stories that they make my most favorite Paleo bacon!

This year, I cooked this in the instant pot. I kept it super simple, I had about a 4 lb round, added water almost to the top of the meat and cooked for 85 minutes, and it turned out great!

Veggies: Now, It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of simplicity in cooking and that I love my oven roasted veggies almost as much as life itself, so naturally I decided to do it all that way this year! I drizzled a couple of pans with avocado oil, added chopped potato and carrots on one, and chopped cabbage and sliced onion on another, I added salt/pepper/onion powder and some more avocado oil, and roasted at 350 until they looked delicious, maybe about 30 minutes.

Soda Bread: Of course, no St. Patrick’s Day meal would be complete without soda bread! I created my own Paleo version and it was delicious, if I do say so myself. If you’re interested in the recipe, you can get that here!

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I hope you have a great St. Patrick’s day meal this year with family & friends, no matter what exactly you eat!

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A Note on Body Image

Body image is such a tricky subject. So often, especially us women, we’ll look at others and wish our body looked like their’s or that a part of our body looked like theirs. I know I’m guilty of it! Often times, it’s something they feel self-conscious about, it makes no sense, really. We spend so much time comparing ourselves to others that too many people take to unhealthy means for weight loss or gain.  

I write this as someone who has always been small. I’m very petite, and I was typically smaller than most of my friends growing up. I would often get comments from kids and adults alike about my size. I was always “so tiny,” “so skinny,” “breakable.” I hated it. As I grew into my teenage years, that insecurity of being smaller stuck with me. I didn’t like that my thighs were thin, I wanted to be part of the thick thighs club! I envied those with thicker thighs, while a lot of them wanted to thin their thighs out, I never understood it. I continued to hear lots of comments about my body. I think that people think it’s acceptable to do that when you’re small, they think they’re complimenting you, although unfortunately, they’re not. I was always looked at as “so lucky” because I was small, and looked at as if I couldn’t understand body image issues. It didn’t matter what I ate, it never put weight on me, besides maybe a couple of pounds on my belly, of course, the last place I want it.

I write this to offer some perspective. If you’re looking at a part of your body that you hate, chances are, someone else is envying it. One person may not like their freckles, and another wishes she had freckles. One person doesn’t like their height, another would love to be their height. We are always going to be looking at the worst in ourselves. While I of course understand that there are some insensitive people out there who may say something intentionally hurtful, it’s important to remember that it isn’t the norm, and hurting people hurt people. Someone who goes out of their way to comment negatively on someone else’s appearance is probably more insecure about their own body.

I want this to be a reminder to you to be grateful about the body you’ve been given. Don’t use diet and exercise to punish yourself or your body but instead to celebrate what your body can do and is made to do. Once I learned how to re-adjust my body’s hormones and let my body tell me what it needs, I’ve been in awe about how our body’s are created. No worries about calorie counting - making sure you have enough but not too much, but just simply being able to let my body tell me when it’s hungry, when it’s full, when it’s time to move, when I can lift heavier, is incredibly freeing and gives me a whole new perspective on this body I’ve been given. Take care of your body and it will truly take care of you, and it is something to be grateful for. I encourage you to look at yourself in the mirror and be grateful and amazed at what your body can do!