So, this has to be one of my all time top favorite things to eat for breakfast. Simple, but so good! I thought I would share a quick trick that I recently learned about making speedy eggs. I really hate the smell of eggs in the morning, and I hate cleaning up the mess, LOL. I think that this shortcut is genius! Crack 2 eggs into a microwave-safe ramekin, add salt/pepper, stir with fork. Microwave for about 40 seconds, stir and microwave another 40 seconds. Eggs are done! Seriously!? They are fluffy and yummy with hardly any stink or cleanup.
In regards to celebrities, eating disorders, and big high-fives – I have been really inspired lately by several celebs and their honesty about body image struggles/ED. I think that so much emphasis is placed on the negative in our world, it is refreshing to hear stories with a positive message for a change. A few nights ago I watched “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” for the first time. Have you ever seen this amazing show??? Wow! This guy is super impressive. He has a different celeb on each episode and takes them on some type of crazy journey where they are asked to push their limits. Through the course of the adventure, Bear talks with the celebrity and finds out all sorts of intimate details about who they really are. The episode I watched had Kate Winslet as the celeb guest. Let me just say, she seems like a very “real”, down-to-earth, kind of gal. She was funny, determined, and candid. Kate revealed that she struggled with body image and bullying growing up. She recalled feeling as if she was never quite right – chubby, big feet, messy hair, etc. “When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life. I only heard negatives” Kate told Bear. Apparently, Kate has been determined to break that negative cycle by providing constant positive body image reinforcement to her own daughter. She said she and her daughter stand in front of the mirror and talk about how they are so lucky to have curves and good bums! High five to you Kate Winslet! That made my heart smile. She also inspired me to keep moving forward and continually feed my girls positive words.
Demi Lovato is another inspiration to me. She speaks very openly and honestly about her addiction and ED recovery. In support of communicating properly about mental illness and eating disorders, she was quoted as saying, “There’s a wide misconception that anorexia and/or bulimia is a choice…It’s the ignorance and lack of education on mental illnesses that continues to [p]ut mental health care on the back burner.” She goes on to say, “Eating disorders do not discriminate…neither does any other mental illness. These are deadly diseases that are taking lives daily. So please, let’s be cautious of the words we use when discussing ED’s and other mental illnesses.” High five to you Demi Lovato!! Her book “Staying Strong” is powerful and well-said. I had not looked through it in quite some time. My oldest daughter raided my bookshelf a week or so before she left for church camp, and found it. When she came back from camp, I discovered it in her suitcase. Honestly, I have to say that made me proud. She could have picked a lot of other things to read, but she chose something insightful. This week, I have been flipping through the book again. High five, again, Demi!! I think I may start giving it out as a regular gift. 😉 Such an inspiration.
My take away from all of this – you don’t have to be a famous celebrity to make a difference or have a voice. In fact, there are tons of “regular” folks that inspire and support me daily. I think it is the sheer honesty that I am really impressed with. I can only imagine being in the public eye makes it even more difficult to be so open about such a sensitive part of your life. I love this quote. Simple, but so very true…
“Our secrets make us sick” – Unknown