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Let’s talk Goodfood

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It’s been almost two months since I wrote a post for my blog, and I feel so good doing it! After being sick for about three months, I’m finally feeling a lot better! It feels amazing to get my energy back – I feel like I’m myself again. I have to admit that the past few months have been quite a rollercoaster emotionally and I’m glad it’s almost over.

During those few months, I had a lot of trouble taking care of myself since I didn’t have much energy. I kept working four days a week, so all my energy went into work and I couldn’t do much more. That means that careful grocery shopping and menu planning went a out the window as well as working out or planning much activities. I’m sad to admit that I had no choice but be a couch potato. However, as I mentioned in a previous post, my parents were kind enough to come help me out and give me lots of food that I was able to put in the freezer so that I could still eat healthy. But all of that made me think that even when I’m feeling 100%, it takes a lot of time to plan an interesting menu and perhaps I should find another way to shop and cook food. This brings me to a couple weeks ago when I got a Goodfood coupon by the mail. Usually all of those things go directly to the recycling bin, but since I’d been thinking about better ways of eating healthy, I decided to check it out! Turns out it cost me $51 for a first week worth of food with the coupon, so I couldn’t resist trying it.

At first, I was really surprised by the price. I thought those delivering companies were a lot more expensive, but a standard price of $78 per week for 8 meals sounds extremely reasonable to me, especially with the generous portions they send. Since I live on my own, I always end up buying too much food at the grocery store as most products are sold in bulk and not only does a lot of food goes to waste, but I have to eat the same recipe over and over. Therefore, grocery shopping ends up being quite expensive if I want to diversify my meals. With Goodfood, I don’t have to worry about that! Everything is sent in the exact quantities you need to make the recipe and that’s it. This week, I cooked a tuna salad, veggie tacos, beef yakisoba and bolognese rigatoni. To cook all of these recipes the usual way, I would have had to get so many ingredients from the grocery store and there’s no way I would have been able to eat them all. On top of this, the recipes are sent with step-by-step photos that make it so easy to cook, even if you are not an experienced chef. Personally, it forces me to get out of my comfort zone and cook recipes I wouldn’t have tried otherwise. For instance, it was my first time cooking with wild tuna!

By the way, when you buy a box of food, Goodfood gives a meal to a young kid in need. How amazing is that? You eat good and you do good!

Happy cooking 🙂

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Forced to Slow Down

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I’ve always loved to be productive. I always try to wake up early, even on the weekends, because I simply love to do things and I don’t think any day should be wasted. Of course, I have my Netflix evenings like everyone else, but overall I try to be as productive as I can be. I love the feeling it gives me.

However, for the past month, I’ve been forced to slow down. During my finals, about a month ago, I got fever, headaches for days and I was constantly tired. I blamed it all on my nerves, which means I blamed it on me, and I cracked. I had put so much pressure on myself, it was too much. I sort of had a nervous breakdown. Then, I started developing other symptoms. So much that I went to the hospital over a week ago to find out that I have mononucleosis and a viral hepatitis. I put so much pressure on myself, when in the end, I had absolutely nothing to do with what was going on. I was sick.

As a high-achiever, it can be hard for me to listen to my body and focus on myself. Whether it’s at work or at school, I always try to give my 110%. However, what I’m realizing is that it’s impossible to do so when you’re not healthy. I started a new job two weeks ago, right after my last final, and it’s been incredibly hard for me to realize that I must slow down and I can’t do the hours I would normally do. I have to take days off and sometimes leave early. I also had to drop my summer class at school. In a way, I feel like I’m disappointing the people around me, when in fact, all they want is for me to get better. The other day, someone told me “I find that you’re too hard on yourself”. It sort of hit me. The fact that what seemed normal to me was in fact way too much to someone else. In the end, what I’m finally realizing is that all of those missed hours or that dropped class don’t matter. All that matters is that I get healthy again.

This past weekend, my parents came to Montreal to help me out. I hadn’t gone grocery shopping in weeks! They brought me tons of food, new furniture I needed and they gave me some much needed love. When they showed up, I couldn’t help but get emotional. I’ve been living on my own for years and I think along the way I forgot how nice it is to have someone care for you that way. It meant the world to me that they showed up to help me out. In fact, I was able to take my first truly relaxing nap in weeks. I couldn’t be more grateful for both of them.

Although I do hope I wasn’t sick, it’s reminding me what is really important in my life and who matters in the end. It also reminds me how amazing it is to be young and full of energy, and that I shouldn’t take any of that for granted. Now those are some pretty positive takeaways from all of this! 😉

And by the way, I believe I am slowly but surely getting better!! My goal is to be fully back on my feet by July 1st. Let the countdown begin!

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The Power of Education

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Since I was young, my parents have always told me how important education is. However, I didn’t really understand how important it was until more recently, in the past few years. In high school, it seemed like so many things we were taught weren’t important – I didn’t see the big picture and I took it for granted. However, today I do understand, and the more I grow up, the more I believe education is the answer to solve a lot of problems. The good news is, people are getting more and more educated across the globe so we definitely are heading in the right direction. For instance, in the US, in 2014, 34% of people in their twenties had completed a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 23% in 1990. In Canada, post-secondary education increased from 39% to 50% from 1999 to 2009. However, it is something that we must always fight for, because it takes one bad policy to go backwards. It takes a Donald Trump who “loves uneducated people” and who knows they get him elected.

Education isn’t always easy. As I am currently doing my master’s, I spend most of my days alone in my apartment studying. It requires a lot of discipline as well as the power to say no to certain activities. It’s all about focusing on long term goals. I also need to motivate myself to get up early and start studying as if I had a normal job. Over the past few years, I found certain things very helpful in achieving this. First, I try to surround myself with people who are motivated and I nourish those relationships as much as possible. Second, I try to exercise at least three times a week. It gives me a rush of energy and I am always a lot more productive after that. Finally, even though I stay focused on my long-term objectives, I also set time aside to do fun activities – life’s too short to work all the time. It always relaxes me, it helps me put everything into perspective and I always perform better afterwards.

Education is important worldwide. Everyone should be able to go to school and learn. With education, people learn how to think on their own, they question authority, and they are more independent. As a woman, education makes me feel like I can rely on myself – I don’t need a man to support me. This is crucial in so many ways. When you can rely on yourself, you start looking for other things in a partner than someone who can simply provide for you. You start looking for a teammate – someone who is going to support you in all your endeavours, who’ll be your cheerleader, whom you’ll be able to make projects with, who’s going to be your ally. Of course, all those things go both ways. On top of this, if things don’t work out and you’re unhappy in your relationship, you won’t feel trapped in it because you need the other person to provide for you. In the end, you are with your partner because you love them, they make you happy, and you support each other’s endeavours. Now that sounds like a pretty healthy relationship to me. We should all aim for this.

Sadly today, a lot of teenagers look up to the Kardashians of this world as an example. We don’t put enough emphasis on education, and I think that is quite sad. Of course, with high student debts in the US, starting salaries that haven’t increased in decades and the top 1% getting most of the money, it can be hard to show the benefits of education to young people. With that being said, societies keep getting more complex and getting an education will be more and more necessary to have job security. For instance, in “Canada in 2009, 82% of the adult population aged 25 to 64 with a tertiary education were employed, compared with 55% of this age group with less than high school education“.  This is why we should focus on education as a society, with good policies that encourage teenagers and young adults to get educated.

On top of this, from a societal perspective, when the population is well educated, the people are richer, the city is better maintained, the population is healthier, the infrastructure is better, people pay attention to politics more, etc. The benefits are endless and it is up to us to make sure we put emphasis on education in our community, for the well-being of the future generations.

To finish this post, I’d like to share the list of all the best paid jobs at the moment. I think all parents should encourage their kids to do something that they love, but also to aim for a job that will give them a good pay check. Life’s expensive, and it’s important to make sure teenagers realize this so that they can do what they need to do in order to live a good life. The list contains jobs such as surgeon, physician, air traffic controller, orthodontist, chief executive, etc.

What’s your job? What kind of education did you get? Are you happy doing what you do? Would you like to go back to school? How has education impacted your life? I’d love to hear personal stories, so feel free to share! 🙂

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