Hook: there are a couple recipes at the end of this blog.
I've been subsisting on a rather dubious diet of coffee, cottage cheese and baby carrots lately and today at around 9 am, I found myself wallowing in a sticky vat of self-pity and ick when I really needed to get the lead out and make myself dinner options.
The question was: couch or crockpot?
For many of us (entrepreneurs, coaches, women, men...pretty much everyone except my dog) there's a tough choice between the self care of taking rest ... and the self care of getting the fuck off the couch. In a world where BUSY is exalted and usually allows you to outrun your personal bears (mine are named loneliness and imposter syndrome) and concurrently vilified by the self-help community, I struggle with that choice frequently.
There are days when 100% it is time to take a break. Lay down. Skip dinner. Rest your body and your heart and allow them the gentle process of healing. Then there are days when you need to light a fire under your ass, put dinner in the crock pot, empty the dishwasher and make sure you sneak in a workout. But how do you tell the difference? How do you decide which day to stay busy because if you don't the bears might catch up with you? Or to lay still and play dead so the bears think you're not worth their time.
(a quick side note: I have nothing against bears...they just seemed like a likely predator because I saw The Revenent on Friday. #notrecommended)
My answer these days has been "which of these is actually healing for me?" What do I actually need to be a better contributor to my own life? and in 1 minute or one hour, will what I'm currently doing help me feel more alive? Laying on the couch and staring at the ceiling/floor/Instagram photo of Chris Pratt river fishing can absolutely do that. So can some kettlebell swings. And you - in your deepest heart - know the answer.
I give you full permission to lay on the couch and watch this video. I also offer up these recipes:
CrockPot Pork Shoulder Roast:
- 1/4 C Honey
- 1/4 C Stone Ground Mustard
- 5# Pork Shoulder Roast (ethically raised, well-sourced, please.)
Smear honey and mustard on pork. Stick in crockpot on low for 8 hours until it falls off the bone. Shred. Eat.
Red Potato Salad
- 1-2# Large Red potatoes
- 1 Bunch Parsley (finely chopped)
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 3 TBS-1/4 C Stone Ground Mustard
Cut potatoes into small cubes. Boil until you can insert a knife with no resistance. Drain. Mix with salt, mustard, parsley while still warm. Eat that shit because it's delicious.