Fluffy Protein-Packed Oatmeal

Hello!!!! & welcome to the new and improved Califoodie Lifestyle website! If you follow me on instagram @califoodielifestyle, then you would have read (and not just liked) that one of my resolutions for the year is to be more mindful when it comes to eating meals. I just started my second semester of grad school, and looking back on last semester I learned a lot, not only about nutrition, but about my habits when it comes to studying, eating, and living a healthy life...

I have found that when I get stressed out from studying I resort to snacking. Usually, it is not because I am hungry, but because I am tired of studying and stressed tf out. Fortunately, my snacking is usually a handful of nuts, a spoonful of almond butter or PB, or a piece of fruit. My favorite stress snack is hot chocolate, and I only drink it when I am SUPER stressed--like final exams for example. I mean...it isn't like the worst habit considering I choose the sh*tty sugar-free version and mix it with water (I know, I'm THAT person), but I have come to find that it makes me more stressed.

In addition, I found myself not wanting to workout when I got stressed out because I always told myself that I could spend that time studying instead of running on a treadmill or doing a spin class. However, that was very stupid of me because there are literally SOOO many hours in the day and I spent quite a few of them watching Netflix when I could have been studying. (for the record I got good grades this semester, so I guess binge-watching TV before a test wasn't my worst idea ever!!)

Ok ew sorry, this is such a long post and I hope you are not bored but I just had to preface what I originally wanted to say. SO. With my realizations, I have decided to be more ~mindful~ this semester and focus on INTUITIVE EATING. Why? Because I found myself stressing out too much about little things (that aren't of any relevance now) and it made me feel