WIAW (+ Blogiversary & Hope)

Happy Wednesday, readers! Today is a very special day, because it was one year ago that I decided to start the rebel grrl kitchen! I had begun writing food and health-related posts on my blog rebel grrl academy, but knew that was not the venue for it. Recipes and feel-good pieces about yoga didn’t mix with my critical analyses of race on TV, or the prison industrial complex (for example). And so, TRGK was born.

Having a food blog has been a wonderful addition to my life. As an academic, it is very easy to get completely wrapped up in research and some of the not-so-pleasant politics of the ivory tower. It’s incredibly restorative to have hobbies that nurture my creativity and my soul. In addition to the activist work I do, yoga and the blog provide me an outlet that enables me to be a more well-rounded person, and those things, I strongly believe, make me a better teacher and a better thinker. (well, maybe not better, but certainly more balanced!).

It’s also been amazing to make so many virtual blog friends! I know it sounds kind of silly, but you can get pretty close to people whose lives you learn about every few days! Being part of the blog community is a nice reminder that there are some pretty wonderful human beings on the planet. : )

One part of the healthy food blog world is the “What I Ate Wednesday” (WIAW) phenomenon. I don’t do WIAW posts every week, but they are fun to do every once in a while (and when I remember to snap photos of my eats :)).

Here’s what Monday looked like; it fit August’s Summer Staples theme very well because I eat these things a lot! Thanks to Jen for hosting, and check out more WIAW on her blog Peas & Crayons.

Woke up with a cup of warm water, lemon, and apple cider vinegar (not pictured). This is definitely a staple and I highly recommend incorporating it into your daily routine if you haven’t already!

After sweating through ZWOW #4 and a 5 minute plank, I drank a new juice concoction. Romaine lettuce + carrots. Yum!

Then it was off to yoga. I would never say I have a favorite yoga teacher, because I truly value and appreciate all my yoga teachers, but Nora, my instructor on Tuesday, is one of the most lovable, positive-energy-radiating human beings you’ll ever meet. But don’t let her cheery nature fool you; her yoga classes kick your butt. But they are amazing. And leave me very hungry. So after yoga, I enjoyed some millet with the juice pulp from the morning juice! I love juicing, but hate wasting, so anytime I can incorporate juice pulp into something, I do it! I also added cinnamon. It was like a carrot cake salad. Loved it.

millet with carrot/lettuce juice pulp + cinnamon

While working, I snacked on a nectarine, water, and green tea.

Then, later in the afternoon, I dug my spoon into some raw almond butter. I got a bunch of samples from Artisana, and I can’t wait to post my review (which just might include a giveaway), because they are delicious! I’m trying to be more mindful of food combining, so I made sure the fruit and nuts were eaten with several hours in between.

Dinner was definitely a summer staple I’ve been having for a few weeks. It’s a simple combo of cauliflower, peas, and greens dressed in nutritional yeast, a bit of olive oil, and salt and pepper. The trick is to put the cauliflower through a food processor so that it makes what I’ve seen some raw foodies call “cauliflower rice.” It’s so delicious!

After dinner I partook in some coconut kefir chia seed yogurt. I got the idea from Purely Twins, but modified it a bit. I love this treat because I think it’s kind of a substitute for Greek yogurt, which Mike eats literally every night. I either eat nothing and wish I had a dairy-free counter-part, or end up indulging in a dessert because I feel like I want that post-dinner snack too. This has solved my problems. Low-cal, low-fat, sugar free, chock full of protein and probiotics, and lends itself to endless flavor combos. This one has cacao and lacuma mixed in. Superfood City, in my belly. I also had a couple squares of dark chocolate (not pictured).

And one more thing before I peace out. A couple weeks ago, Gabby tagged me in a blog relay about hope.

I have a lot to say about this concept—-one loaded enough to conjure in me assuredly annoying academicy responses—-but instead, I want to quote someone else about it. I ended up reading this passage at my yoga graduation, as we were all asked to give some closing remarks about what the process meant to us. I returned to my favorite book from college, Off the Map, a whimsical tale of two punk-rock traveler girls trying to find their way. In the last chapter, the women write of what it’s like to feel absolutely, utterly alive in some moments, but how easy it is to forget those sensations when times are hard. In reflecting on this, Hib and Kika also talk about hope:

“When I find myself in this place of incontrovertible aliveness, when the world is on fire and I am with it—I think, I won’t forget this, I won’t be lost in the pettiness of the day-to-day, my own turmoil, I won’t succumb to sorrow or inertia or fall pray to fear. None of it matters nearly as much as this joy, this knowing the beauty of each thing exactly as it is.

Recently I have begun to think, more realistically, I probably will forget this; I will be caught up in stuckness and I will be afraid, I will be numbed by the horror of everything around me and I will feel small and tired and lost. But this time I will try to remember a space beyond it. I will try to remember the boundless hope and consuming joy and know that it’s still there, somewhere. Holding out behind a curtain of small terrors and a fog of futility is a fortress of uncontainable bliss waiting to be unleashed again in my heart and the world.”

Maybe hope is the easy part. Remembering it in the moments when we need it most is what’s tricky. But if we do, we can learn to be present in all those moments—-the ones that feel good, and the ones that feel not so good—-and be grateful for all of them.

And on this year anniversary of TRGK, I want all you readers to know that feeling real human connection with you all—-a connection strong enough to transcend the computer screen—-has undoubtedly filled me hope and joy. And for that, I thank you from the bottom of my blogger heart. <3

11 thoughts on “WIAW (+ Blogiversary & Hope)

  1. Gabby @ the veggie nook says:

    Happy blogiversary Raechel! While I haven’t been with your blog for the whole year, I have truly enjoyed reading :) You make me think and inspire me to “do” and I love ya for it! Here’s to another year of stellar blogging :)

    I love your take on hope. Isn’t it funny how the things we need most in hard times are often the most difficult to bring forward? I think I need to read that book.

    • raechel says:

      Thank you, Gabby! It’s been great getting to know you through the blog. I hope I will someday be able to come up with the creative, beautiful recipes you always stun me with. : )

  2. Lou says:

    Yay, Happy Blog Year 1! I am SO glad I have found you, Raechel, I really think we would get on swimmingly in “real life” – would love to hang with you (and do some yoga!) x

      • Lou says:

        Ha! Exactly! We must be on the same wave-length as I have just made my first batch of cultured coconut yoghurt at home…. and then I stirred in lucuma and cacao nibs!!! Great flavour combo for SURE, I’m addicted :)

  3. doribraverman says:

    You’ve inspired me with that coconut kefir chia recipe! I am on a chia pudding spree now. I can’t wait to try making a pumpkin spice version in the next few weeks – it will be a substitute for my (f)all-time favorite treat, pumpkin spice lattes!

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