Tuesday, December 25, 2012

a very merry

hello loves :) i hope you’re all enjoying your holiday, whatever/whichever you cerebrate. i know i don’t post often. i don’t even consider myself a blogger, or that i have a blog. i’m not really deserving of that title anymore (though i don’t thin i ever was) but i decided to post today, just a thought i had…decided to go with it, you know?

anyway, breakfast this morning…


old fashion oats cooked on the stove (ive been doing this more often…but i still like the micro, it makes them more ‘dry’ or chewy? idk i mean i like my oats that way so im not sure how to recreate that on the stove) cooked in water with cinnamon/ginger/vanilla and banana, topped with banana slices, roasted unsalted peanuts, crystallized ginger and a a bit of chopped prune (& a touch of milk)…

and my new loose-leaf (ibs-friendly!) peppermint tea in large tigger/pooh mug. *oh speaking of mugs, my mom and dad got one each from my brother, and i bought one for my mom…i didn’t know…and mine was cheaper, so i was upstaged by my brother aha…i got her a book and made goodies too though…also upstaged by some of the people my parents do investment/money stuff with and they delivered a huge basket of chocolate/gourmet things a few weeks ago and there was peanut brittle in there, some fancy store and i made it for my dad this year too…but he did say it was good when he tried some this morning. anyway! …

i had coffee before hand but that was during the present-opening-shebang…and my family had scrambled eggs and this pastry/thingie idk but i had a tiny bit of chopped pecans on top, not enough my dad said…and i took some of that ;) love pecans but i hardly buy them…and i never eat peanuts! i mean i have peanut butter occasionally but my “go-to” nut is raw almonds, love love them, so this was a change and they are really nice in yogurt w like sliced banana and a type of cereal, sort of sweet.

i won’t go into updates because no one cares aha, and there’s too much, and it’s not positive. but i was just on a little walk with my family and i came back and had a homemade ginger-molasses muffin with a vanilla soy pudding, and some dreamland herbal tea. so im just about to have a shower…i have christmas dinner at my grandmothers….she’s in a senior’s residence but we’re eating in the dining room area, hope its okay. last time it was a total nightmare (not christmas i mean when i ate there) and im anxious. plus im not feeling that well on a number of fronts. but that’s just typical of me, though, isn’t it? :/ negativity…i can’t seem to stray from it. im trying though, sort of, it’s just that everthing is so messed up i hardly know where to start.

but i have some photos of breakfasts, eats and what not…


cinnamon-raisin-oatmeal…cinnamon/ginger cooked oats w banana, raw almonds & topped w thompson raisins, a touch of milk and pb+co cinnamon raisin swirl (i don’t usually like nut butters on oats, i prefer raw/roasted)

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i think this was…not sure what type of porridge/oats but i added toasted wheat germ, chopped pecans and crystallized ginger & vanilla almond milk

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0% liberte plain yogurt w cinnamon/ginger, chopped apple, chopped prune, and a bit of crumbled homemade muffin (apple-raisin-bran) i believe…i can’t see these well because the photo is small oh my blog document aha but it’s not important i guess

i know i’m no photographer, i wish my photos looked prettier but, oh well. i can’t seem to fix this. are you bored? am i boring? is anyone reading this…i don’t know what to do :/ i guess im not just talking about my blog, here, but i missed writing, and i wanted to say hello i guess. that’s all, off to shower and what not, hope you are having a good day and please enjoy christmas for me, okay?

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xoxox lots of love jennifer

Saturday, December 8, 2012

i miss you


hello there :) so, im suffering from extreme sadness & withdrawal from this, from blogging on an actual blog, not tumblr. i miss everyone. i miss the past, i miss you. i miss myself, which is odd because i usually hate myself. im not sure, but i think i want to start posting more, yet i can’t see that happening. clearly im not quite sure what’s going on.

to explain, well, i drafted this post a very, very long time ago, not knowing when or if i’d post it. i used to do this but i’d post pretty soon after. i would plan out my posts so much, so controlled, and they weren’t natural. then i started posting less often but doing them spontaneously…and now i guess its a melange of the two? yea i think so.

cold cereal & cottage-time

and i just like to torture myself by looking back i guess. i used to take photos of breakfast! although i have had something sort of similar lately, almonds (& walnuts and pepitas…oh my!) & bananas & milk & wheat squares & other cereals…shredded wheat mmm, life cereal! i fucking love life (cereal…and hopefully i’ll love life soon…) & other flake cereals, oats (love extra-thick bob’s red mill) & creamy brown rice cereal…just stuff,  nothing too special ;)

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i think this is brown rice porridge (?…because i don’t have oatbran here and that’s what it could be) with raw almonds, cinnamon/ginger, banana and a tbsp nature’s path org pomegranate-cherry-almond granola!

…i decided i want to continue writing this post, even though there may be no one reading. i thought i was done with this, but i realise that i have this urge to post my thoughts which is pretty self-centered and absorbed. i really just miss reading blogs, and relating to other people, in a sense it was probably a negative influence on me. and it made me more of a recluse, more longing for my younger self, or a different self, i also would look to other girls and want to be more like them (something i’ve always, always, always done…never happy at all with myself)…but i would ignore that part and just convince myself that i was being influenced positively by these posts because they were helping me get healthier. i still think they did that…but, as with most things in life, it was a mash of the two (positive/negative). i think that’s fine, i mean fuck life is not without triggers (i hate that word actually…i feel like im using it as a crutch, wanting people to tip-toe around me, not say anything too harsh or what not, i mean everything could be triggering, really)…i understand that some people might find that people or writings or photos hinder their recovery, of course it makes sense not to focus on that. for a little while. but not forever, you need to be out there, you need to know how to life and move through life amongst these ‘triggers’ and either be influenced by them, or not. or both (positively or negatively). am im making any sense? probably not. but i do have a point, i promise ;)


and this morning’s breakfast of cold cereal: shredded wheat, original life & nature’s path org spelt flakes w cinnamon/ginger, raw almonds, sliced banana & toasted wheat germ. and milk! (peppermint-fennel-ginger tea on the side…)

anyway…okay, i need to be really honest here. well, i don’t know if i have to, but if anyone reads. and i want to know, i mean i have these doubts but im not sure if they’re true, or if it’s simply my parents/family/friends saying it to make me gain and what not. but (now this is embarrassing please don’t me mean) but besides a part-time film internship and plenty of interviews, i haven’t really been working yet since graduating. like, successfully working continuously, i’ve had little things here and there. and, in my defence (if i have any defence here lol) i’ve been working on many other things, half-ass looking i guess because at the back(no front..) of my mind i’ve been focusing on so many things and my mind and life are sort of chaotic…but yes besides that i really have no defence. so, do you think physical appearance really hinders your chance for getting work? i mean, if i’m being interviewed and i try to be positive, list what i’ve done, strengths, be very open, follow up afterward, etc. can they not chose someone because they don’t look that healthy? first off, im not saying i look really thin and i am not at all, but im quite a bit lower than i have been before, and i’m quite a bit below the standard “healthy” bmi, and i’m not sure if people are ever denied work for being either overweight or underweight. but either that or im just stupid or somehow am having so much trouble finding work. i don’t mean jobs that are higher up in the career scale, i mean these positions are not even close to what i aspire to do, i just want to get out there and back in the work field. and i feel so sick and ashamed that i haven’t been working steadily at all since graduating from a four-year ba, it;s as though i did that for nothing? and i don’t know anyone else my age (especially in my family) that is in such a place right now. it’s embarrassing, for my family too (my parents are ashamed, i know it)…but i guess i just need thoughts. i keep denying that it has anything to do with weight because i’m not very thin at all, and i see people much thinner working, so that doesn’t make sense. i have a ton of fears and anxieties and reserves about working, yet i’m trying to keep that to myself and i don’t think i’ve said anything of the sort to someone interviewing me…so i just can’t get anything. and i didn’t used to fail so much, i feel as if i’m a complete fucking waste. i remember finding a job in like a couple days both summers after returning from university like a few years ago. but yet, i can’t do that now?

wow…honestly what a shit hole this post is aha. i just need to figure out what all of this means, even if i end up doing that myself. i’ve never gone into so much detail about that though, and eating. i don’t even know if anyone is reading this, but i have increased quite a bit. already, my intake wasn’t low in the slightest, just a bit lower than it had been but i honestly cannot remember ever consciously eating such a high amount as i aim for now. it feels ‘wrong’. like i’m sure i could have eaten more than this in the past without counting, or trying to eat a tiny bit and ending up eating way more, etc. but never writing it down and saying, okay it has to be this. i even feel scared writing this down, like it will somehow backfire, because i have a history of messed up eating and poor eating patterns and like restricting and eating when i didn’t want to, and just feeling as though i have no control, my body decides to gain and it does. so a large (eh, punny?) part of me is terrified that this will happen. i don’t want to seem like i am in control of what i have or what i do because i feel as though (and i know this sounds immature) things just happen to me, bad things…and i can’t stop them. phhfff! long, long, long. i need to write this, i mean maybe i don’t? why do i feel the need to share this with other people, is it just this sick self-absorption? if i talk to my parents or friends who’ve had eds or not, they worry that its obsessive and either don’t understand or automatically place the comments into a “disordered” pile, just sort of assume that im irrational, when what i’m saying might actually make sense sometimes? and my parents hear one bit and are simple like, you must be this, it’s not okay, you have a problem, you’re not doing well, and the reason for any failed attempt at life basically is placed on my weight, on my issues with food and sickness and anxiety (which could be true..) and i absolutely do not expect them (or anyone really) to understand or sympathize, so their concern or anger is fully justified (though i can talk to my mom a bit easier, but it makes her really upset)…anyway. i shouldn’t be confiding in my parents like they’re my bffs its pathetic :/ but they are my support at the moment, they always have been of course (both financially and emotionally, etc) but i mean i hate no one, really, besides a few close friends…and only like one (or maybe a few) know what’s going on and i’ve hardly seen anyone lately.

but it hasn’t been complete shit aha…it seems so, doesn’t it? i feel like im moving forward in some ways, and always challenging. but it’s not enough. i’m just becoming even more scared of my (lack of..) future and i’m getting older, time is going by, and i’m just not doing what i need to do, i’m not obtaining any of the goals that mattered so much to be as a child.


lskjdlfkjdslfkj!!! ahh, so sorry. today we’re having some company (it’s just my cousin and his fiancĂ©e) for dinner, they’re both very sweet and his mom is the aunt that died last summer ;( but i was going to bake muffins this weekend and realised we have lots of carrots expiring in a day or so, and i can therefore bake an old favourite. i wanted to include the recipe but this post is long-enough as it is…bah, whatever. it’s from one of our Anne Lindsay cookbooks. love her books, she’s a canadian author and creates healthy recipes; the books are usually sponsored by either the Canadian Heart&Stroke Foundation, or diabetes (so the newer ones include like splenda and other sweeteners which we never have). but this is a ‘Cinnamon-Carrot-Raisin’ bread and i used to bake it all the time. i would actually crate all the carrots by hand and then found it too much (baha im so lazy) however we have a food processor so i can use this :)…

Anne Lindsay’s “Cinnamon Carrot Raisin Bread”

Source: Lighthearted Everyday Cooking by Anne Lindsay

1 cup raisins
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or all ww, i used quick oats in place of this)
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp each baking soda and baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup low fat yogurt (again often i put more yogurt/use a bit of nut butter for oil but this is best)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (you can use like 1/4-1/3 if you want it less sweet)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup finely shredded carrot

1 tbsp rolled oats
1 tbsp oat bran

(i used pepitas/pumpkin seeds instead)

Combine flours, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg,
baking soda, baking powder, salt and raisins; set aside

In large bowl, beat egg until fluffy; beat in oil.  Mix in yogurt, sugar
and vanilla; stir in carrot.  Add flour mixture; stir until combined.
Pour into greased and foil or waxed paper-lined 8x4-inch (1.5L) loaf

Cook for about 50-55 min or so and enjoy :)

ending on a positive note, hope i write again sometime, and if anyone is out there i wish you the best and i’m thinking of you (i think and care about so many of you quite often, even if we don’t talk anymore…)

xoxox jennifer