Summer is winding down and labor day has passed, meaning that its time for a lot of us to go back to school. The beginning of a new school year always had a similar feeling to me as the beginning of a new year. It’s a fresh start with lots to look forward to, so many new things to learn, and new experiences to be had. Today I began the second year of my masters in nutrition and also found out I was accepted to my university’s coordinated program in dietetics. This program, unlike a general masters in nutrition, satisfies the dietetic requirements to eventually sit for the registered dietitian exam, which is ultimately my end goal. Exciting things happening over here!
Hello and welcome back to TheBalancedRose.com! I’ve been wanting to get my blog back up and running for a while now and I couldn’t be more excited that it’s finally up! I can’t believe my last post was from April of last year, although around that time I was finishing up my senior year of college and getting ready to transition to graduate school. That was quite a busy time in my life.
Since I’ve been away so long I thought I would share a little about me and how I got started on my journey. So, here goes…
Where the heck did this snow come from?! Come on Mother Nature, it’s APRIL. We aren’t supposed to be having snow! Sorry about that, I’m honestly feeling a little salty about all of this snow still on the ground. I was looking at my Timehop, and there were pictures of sunshine, skirts, and flowers… warm weather, where are youuu? Because of this strange cold weather, my body was craving a super warming and comforting bowl of stew, so I whipped up this variation on Minestrone soup. If I have a colder breakfast or meal for lunch, I find that I am freezing immediately following eating, does this happen to anyone else? This stew was my cure for the shivers this week.
I cannot believe it has been a year since I began my Instagram account @TheBalancedRose, originally @Roseinthe_Kitchen! Happy 1st birthday! Woohooo! (Sorry, I am just super excited!) Quite the year it has been, so full of growth, of rebirth and of falling apart, ups, downs, amazing memories, and trying moments, but such a beautiful and wonderful journey along the way. I thought a celebration recipe was in order so I thought back to one of my favorites.
Wow. Words cannot describe how amazed I feel and truly blessed I feel. I have had the unbelievable honor of sharing my story “A Journey to Self-Acceptance” on The Body Book‘s website. Like, holy cow! I am so humbled and so appreciative of all of the support by my friends, peers, and all of my followers, and even complete strangers!
TRUE LIFE: I am obsessed with turmeric- I think that should be an episode. I love turmeric and all of its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. This wonderful golden spice does wonders for our bodies at the cellular level as well as our bodies as a whole. As I discussed a few posts back, turmeric’s main active ingredient is curcumin, which contributes to the amazing effects turmeric has on the body. It contains high levels of manganese, iron, vitamin B6, fiber, copper, and potassium, and is a quite strong but extremely safe anti-inflammatory.
Being a college student, I am constantly on-the-go, running from the gym to class to my internship, meals in tote in recycled take-out containers or in plastic bags. I basically always have two things on my person, my camelbak water bottle, and my lunch box. Oh and we can’t forget about the fact that, because I am a college student buying my own groceries, the budget is quite tight. Meals need to be relatively cheap and quick, which I have been much better at this semester! *Patting myself on the back*
I have a confession to make; I LOVE sweets. I have a huge sweet tooth and sometimes it gets me in trouble (i.e. too many cookies, pieces of dark chocolate, or brownies- or is it too many?). Something about popcorn, chocolate, and caramel reminds me of going to the movies with my parents as a little kid. Sitting there in the seat, so excited for the lights to dim and the picture to start, while munching on overly buttered and salted popcorn and chocolaty sweet bites of whatever candy I begged my parents to buy me. Oh, good times.
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Before I get started on how amazing and delicious this bowl of goodness tastes, let’s talk about turmeric. “What is turmeric?” You may ask. Turmeric is a golden spice which comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant that is native to southeast India. It has a warm but bitter, and peppery flavor with a mild fragrance almost like orange and ginger. It is traditionally used in a great deal of Indian cuisine and is behind the bright yellow color of mustard.