Feasting & Fasting

Life passes in seasons – and when it comes to food, these seasons are called “feasting” and “fasting.”

Right now, I’m working my way through a beautiful devotional called “Savor,” written by Shauna Niequist (highly recommend).


In her daily devotion for January 13, she writes:

I’m learning, slowly, a rhythm of feasting and fasting that brings a rich cadence to my year. I use the word fasting loosely, as on opposite term to feasting – permission and discipline, necessary slides back and forth along the continuum of how we feed ourselves.

…fasting gives me a chance to practice the discipline of not having what I want at every moment, of limiting my consumption, making space in my body and spirit for a new year, one that’s not driven by my mouth, by wanting, by consuming.

She also includes, simply, this bible verse:

“A feast is made for laughter.”

Ecclesiastes 10:19

Something I’ve grown to realize is that life passes in seasons. Seasons of pain, followed by seasons of understanding. Seasons of restlessness, followed by seasons of contentment.

Seasons of fasting, followed by seasons of feasting.

Tonight, my family enjoyed time together by going out for pizza and ice cream. I know – me? Pizza and ice cream?

Yes, me. Pizza AND ice cream.

I ate. I talked. I laughed. I enjoyed. I felt thankful and just plain full, without feeling guilty in the least.

And it brought me back to this beautiful idea of feasting and fasting.

Tonight was a feast.

Tomorrow will bring a fast of sorts – discipline, routine, a different sort of nourishment based on need rather than want.

In my personal nutrition journey, becoming mindful of these seasons has been crucial to finding contentment in a healthy lifestyle. I’ve become less begrudging about piling my plate with healthy foods – quite the opposite, in fact. I crave these nutrient-rich powerhouses because my body needs them, and I don’t feel like it’s a drag because I know that a small, treat-like season of feasting is just around the corner.

The feasting becomes more enjoyable, too –

I can enjoy my pizza, my ice cream, because I know that before long enough, the feast will be over and it’ll be time to return to my routine. So I’d better enjoy it while I can, guilt-free! We only get one life, right?

Shauna is right – tuning in to these beautiful cadences of feasting and fasting brings such a richness to life. These ups and downs bring us closer to our true balance, and before long, we may find that we don’t need such extreme ups and downs – our changing seasons will become much more subtle, and much more enjoyable.

Are you in a season of feasting or fasting right now? Are you feeling balanced, or out of control? Is it time to move toward another season?



Three Things You Should Be Eating if You Work Full Time

It’s 3:00. You’re staring at the clock, nodding off, begging for the end of the work day.

If this sounds like you, it’s time for a nutrition makeover! Read on to find out three of my all-time favorite grab ‘n go foods.

During my pregnancy with Jolie, I nannied full-time. It was really important to me to be putting good things in my body (you know, “eating for two” and all that), so I was constantly on the lookout for convenient, make-ahead snacks and meals that I could pack, bring with me, and eat throughout the day.

(By the way, I’m still eating these things on the regs even though I’m not pregnant and don’t work a full-time job … you know, other than motherhood. The truth is, convenience is KEY to living a healthy lifestyle. I try to make a few of these things ahead of time so that during the week, I can grab ‘n go as needed).

Here are just a few things to think about if you’re a full-time worker making efforts to improve your health:

  1. Meal-prepping will save you TONS of time and money. Spend an hour each Sunday (and it probably won’t take you that long) putting together snacks and meals for your week, and you can just FLY through your week like a rainbow unicorn riding a pink sparkly cloud. Seriously, nothing feels better than being like OH CRAP I’M RUNNING LATE and then being like DOESN’T EVEN MATTER BECAUSE I CAN GRAB A JAR SALAD AND STILL BE THE BAWSSSSSSS, HOLLER!
  2. Snack. But instead of grabbing a slice of leftover cake from Sandra-what’s-her-face’s lame office birthday party, keep some of these snacks in the office fridge or your desk drawer. Eating every 2-3 hours will keep your blood sugar from dropping too low, preventing that midmorning or afternoon “shlump.”
  3. Drink. Water. Drink. Water. DRINK. WATER. Weigh yourself. Divide that number by two. The number you get is how many fluid ounces of water you should be drinking daily, at the MINIMUM. Try tracking your water with one of these nifty water bottles.

Without any further ado, here are some of my favorite make-ahead, grab ‘n go foods:

The Jar Salad

I don’t care who you are. I don’t care if you’re the president of the United States, or if you’re Liam12718377_10153996025660996_3093003429986532051_n Neeson’s nookie partner, or if you’re that old lady that kept giving me weird looks at brunch today: IF YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING WITH A FULL-TIME JOB, YOU SHOULD BE EATING JAR SALADS.

And I don’t want to hear the excuse:

I don’t like salad.

Here’s the thing. If you “don’t like salad,” 1. we can probably never be friends, and 2. you might not have a really good idea of what exactly constitutes a salad.

The wonderful, beautiful, amazing, stupendous, glorious thing about salads is this: You. Can. Put. Anything. In. Them.

It’s. Literally. Just. A. Bunch. Of. Stuff. Thrown. Together. With. Some. Sort. Of. Dressing.

Like, technically, I could chop up a bunch of ham, slap on some grated cheese, and call it a salad. That’s the truth. Obviously I wouldn’t do that because I’m not some kind of MONSTER, but you get the point.

If you’re sitting there thinking “Wow, she’s really passionate about salads, like, to a creepy extent,” or maybe “But… what even IS a jar salad?” then please have a look-see at this here diagram (not made by me):


It’s basically magic, because your salad won’t get soggy until you’re ready to eat it – at which time you simply shake and eat!

GET CREATIVE! Try adding brown rice. Quinoa. Fruit. Nuts. Beans. Leftovers. BBQ! Ugh, now I’m hungry. On to our next food:

Overnight Oats

Have you noticed that most of these foods involve Mason Jars? If you don’t have any, just come to my house and borrow some. I have altogether TOO MANY.

Overnight Oats (sometimes called Refrigerator Oatmeal) are
splendid because, much like the Jar Salad, you can mix ‘n match any way you like.

I follow this recipe from The Yummy Life, one of my favorite food blogs. If you’re too lazy to click, here’s the basis of the recipe:

No-Cook Overnight Oats:

1/4 cup uncooked Old Fashioned Oats

1/3 cup milk of choice (skim, soy, almond)

1/4 cup low fat or fat-free Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon Chia seeds (don’t know what these are? ask me)

1-2 teaspoons honey or PURE maple syrup

1/4 cup fruit of choice, chopped

Method: Simply throw everything into a 1-cup mason jar or tupperware, shake, and let sit overnight! The oats and chia seeds will soak up the extra liquid, resulting in a creamy, cool, delicious treat.

You can really play with this recipe – I love banana with cinnamon and toasted almonds, blueberry with flaxseed, and dark chocolate chips with cocoa powder for a healthy dessert!

If you don’t have any chia seeds and don’t want to buy a huge bag before trying them, shoot me a text, email (kelsie@homebodymama), or Facebook message me and I am MORE than happy to give you some of my stash! A little goes a long way with these powerful little seeds.

OatMega Bars

So, yeah, maybe this is cheating because this technically isn’t a recipe, but I’ll save you a little time and provide something that’s TRULY grab ‘n go, no prep required.

These bars are my. absolute. favorite.

I used to be really into Quest Bars, but I didn’t ever love the taste. I then switched to Larabars, but they just don’t have enough protein to keep me full (plus they’re really high in fruit sugar, which leaves me crashing an hour later).

Then, at Walmart (of all places), I came across these babies:


Oatmega bars.

They’re delicious, they’re packed with Omega-3s, and here’s the nutrition label for my favorite flavor (Lemon Chia Crisp):


INGREDIENTS: Grass-Fed Whey Protein (Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate), Chicory Root Fiber, Gluten-Free Oats, Organic White Chocolate (Organic Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Milk Powder, Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Sunflower Oil, Almonds, Responsibly-Caught Fish Oil (Anchovy, Sardine, Tilapia), Almond Butter, Chia Seeds, Natural Flavors, Lemon Extract, Sea Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Tapioca Starch, Monk Fruit Extract.

Only 5 grams of sugar! (That’s about 1 sugar cube, which isn’t bad for a protein bar). And 7 grams of fiber to boot! But the winner-winner-chicken-dinner is the 14 grams of protein it contains. THAT’s what’ll keep you nice and full and happy throughout the entire afternoon. 🙂

Do you want to know the BEST thing about these bars, though?

The founder, Trevor Ross, created these bars to honor his sister who he lost to breast cancer. AND, he created an awesome business model that donates Oatmega bars to families in need all throughout the country. Their motto is “Heart first. Business second. Nutrition shared.”

Lemme tell ya, the only thing that feels better than eating something healthy and nourishing, is knowing that you’re giving back to a wonderful company AND your own community in the process.

These bars fun for about $6 for a box of 4, which might sound a little pricey, but they really do keep you full for 2-3 hours! Considering all the protein, fiber, and healthy fats you’re eating, I truly do think it’s worth the price.

Well, folks, that’s all I have for today.

What’s your favorite snack or lunch to bring to work? Comment below!

Happy eating, friends!


Let’s Talk About Clean Eating (plus two clean recipes!)

Because “Dirty Eating” just sounds plain disgusting.

I recently joined a Clean Eating Facebook group started by my friend Samantha (find her blog here!).

There are about a dozen of us, and we share our “clean” meals and snacks, hold each other accountable, and swap recipes and ideas.

Sam has inspired me to make a post about clean eating, which is absolutely, 100% the ONLY “diet” (I cringe to even call it that) I can get behind.

Here’s why:

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