Happy September you beautiful people!
Um, anyone else so happy that it’s September?! Hello, fall!! This is the best time of the year, people! I’m dubbing this month #StrongSeptember [insert all the strong arm emojis] because I’m committing to getting stronger physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually! Who’s with me?
You know what’s also awesome? These Spicy Stuffed Plantains from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook that we made last week. Holy moly. You guys know I love anything with a good plantain in it.
Something I’ve really been loving recently is the Paleo Women’s podcast. They have great information and I always seem to end listening to it feeling encouraged and empowered in my health! For two weeks they talked about the issue of body image and how to love your body. I SOAKED it up.
This is something that they talked about in the episode about body image.
And it got me thinking. As women we really tend to beat ourselves up. We look at ourselves in the mirror and even though we are beautiful, smart, strong, capable, and sexy, we see that one thing where our body doesn’t necessary do what we “want it” to, and we just assume it is conspiring against us. (myself included!!) You know those moments- You see someone with perfectly toned arms and you just lament over how your body specifically chooses to store allllllllll of your body fat in your upper arms (which is really not true but you just perceive it in light of the “perfect” specimen of arms you just witnessed). You get the picture.
But think about it– Our bodies are AMAZING. They work every day to heal, strengthen, digest, process, think, feel, everything that we need in order to function- even things we don’t realize we need.
A little bit of my story- last year was a major train wreck for me. After a lot of life transitions, overcommitting and overworking myself, I turned to control with food and overexercise as a means to “cope” and deal with my stress. That landed me in December injured, fatigued, depressed, and basically malnourished. It felt like all the sudden my body just crashed & burned. I was really frustrated with myself. I was eating “right” and exercising a lot…so why did my body have to turn on me?
Only recently, as I’ve been recovering, resting, and seeking healing, have I realized that my body is always doing it’s best for me. It doesn’t work against me, it doesn’t “turn” on me. When it’s tired, it’s a signal that I need rest. When I’m hungry and fatigued, it’s a signal that I need nourishment. When I’m emotionally exhausted, it’s a signal that I need some alone time. We get frustrated because these signals usually go against our own agenda, plan, and desires. I want to just push through, I want to be that outgoing loving person that has the capacity to be at everything, do everything, and be friends with everyone. But is that what we really need?
So next time you look in the mirror and are tempted to say “Whyyyyyyy” remember this week that your body is doing it’s best. It’s working hard for you, so be kind to yourself, in thought and action. Love yourself where you are. Be gracious towards yourself and your body…you are in process. You will be thankful in the long run for a body that does it’s best for you every day!
You guys should be so proud of me. I, like any other typical American girl, love fall with all my heart. Okay, really I love pumpkin-spiced everything. Pumpkin goodies, smoothies, coffee drinks, pancakes, waffles…you name it, I will eat it if it has pumpkin. I really held back on this pumpkin recipe until the start of September, even though I wanted to post it last month. I’d call that some successful self control!
I LOVE this recipe. I mean really really love it. It’s a crockpot recipe, so it’s easy. It is super filling, has the sweet elements of pumpkin and cinnamon but also a pretty awesome spice from the chipotle peppers. Let me know what you think about it! And yay for fall!
Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Turkey Chili
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 1 14-oz can tomato puree
- 1 cup water or low-sodium broth
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 8-oz can diced green chiles
- 2 tbsp chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (3 tablespoons if you really want some spice!!)
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Salt & pepper
- Heat some oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions and garlic and let cook for a couple minutes, until onions are almost translucent.
- Add ground turkey to the pan with the garlic and onions, and break up with the spatula as it cooks. Let cook for a couple of minutes, mixing occasionally. Season with 1 tbsp chili powder and some salt and pepper, and keep breaking up until the turkey is nearly cooked through. Set aside.
- In a large crockpot, add the cans of pumpkin & tomato purees with the cup of water or broth and mix with a spoon until well incorporated (add more water if the mixture is still too thick for your liking!). Add peppers, chiles, chipotle peppers, garlic powder, chili powder, cinnamon, and salt & pepper, then mix well.
- Lastly, add in the turkey, onion, and garlic mixture. Turn the crockpot on low and cook for 6 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. Enjoy!