- 4 whole wheat lavash wraps
- 2 grilled chicken breasts
- 1 avocado
- 4 cups arugula
- ½ cup feta cheese
- ½ cup Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Hemp Dressing
- Begin by blending together your Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Hemp Dressing.
- Take your four wraps and layer them with about 1 cup (or less) of arugula, sliced grilled chicken breasts, avocado slices, arugula cheese and a drizzle of Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Hemp Dressing.
- Roll into a wrap and pack for lunches (be sure to bring extra dressing for dipping!) or eat them for dinner. They'll store in the fridge for a few days. (If you're really against brown avocado, you can wait to slice the avocado until you are ready to eat or heading out the door.)
- EAT UP!
Earlier this week I read an article called, “Being Healthy Isn’t A Contest, So Stop Trying To Win It”. Two days before that I read this article from the NY Times about the “Celebrity Wellness Business” which made me sad and sick to my stomach at the same time. The combination of the two articles made me sad and angry and jam packed with thoughts. So it lead to this rant on instagram…
I AM NOT HEALTHIER THAN YOU. Sure, I might eat salads with edible flowers on them. But it doesn’t mean I’m healthier than you. Health isn’t a contest you need to win. You don’t need to be “as good” as the people on instagram in order to be living a healthy life. You don’t need to put coconut oil in your coffee and you don’t need to start eating completely raw. (I mean *maybe* you do – I don’t know your body – but I doubt it.) What I’m saying is that everybody is different. So what works for me may be unattainable for you. And that doesn’t make me better and you less healthy. It makes us different. Plus, you don’t see the life I live behind this account. You don’t see the chocolate I eat while sitting on my butt watching tv. We’re all just humans trying to do our best. All I’m here for is some recipe ideas and tons of encouragement. But it’s all just a long journey and the truth is that we are walking it together – side by side. I’m not here to lead the pack. I’m here to walk next to you.
I wanted to expand on this idea here. Since I am, after all, a “health and wellness” blog.
Before I started this blog, I was a girl pinning “healthy” recipes on Pinterest, following “fitspo” accounts on Instagram, and eating a handful of almonds in between workout classes all in the pursuit of that elusive “goal weight.” I printed out articles of 50 things to do to boost your metabolism. I counted the amount of berries that went on my oatmeal. And even still I couldn’t loose as much weight as I strived to at the time. So I started running 7 miles a day, and cut out sugar, and counted calories.
I could never be healthy enough for the ideal in my head. Which meant that I would never be pretty enough to be loved or even liked. Which meant that I would die alone. Which meant that I was alone. Which meant that I needed to do better and try harder at being healthy. Health was an elusive goal that I could never quite reach.
As the years have gone on, I’ve gone to therapy, discovered intuitive eating, and healed the part of myself that was constantly convinced I wasn’t enough. But even still I scroll through instagram and think to myself,
“Should I only ever eat organic food?”
“Is my deodorant going to kill me?”
“Do I need blue spirulina powder for my smoothies?”
“Will adaptogens change my life?”
“Would my gut feel better if I gave up gluten?”
There is an endless list of things other people are doing “better” than me in the health and wellness scene. And then it hit me. HOLY SHIT this never ends. Social media is one long spiral of desiring what others have and you don’t. It’s a world of snapshots that we take as the whole truth. But it isn’t.
No person is perfectly healthy. (And honestly if there is a perfectly healthy person I kinda bet they’re miserable.) Health and wellness shouldn’t be buzzwords that make you feel less than. They should be lifestyles, or commitments you make for a lifetime. There will be days you “fail” – that’s apart of health too. There will be days you eat chocolate and popcorn and wine. It’s okay. It means your normal. There will be days that you bring this Easy Green Goddess Chicken Wrap to work and all of your coworkers beat themselves up because your lunch looks “healthier” than theirs. It is okay.
There is no right way to be healthy. There is no perfect way to be healthy. There is only one choice after another. Small choices. There is no gold metal at the end of this life for how many times you did Whole30. You will not find more love if you lose 5 pounds. All we have is this moment. And in this moment, you are healthy enough. xoxo