Self-Esteem Challenge: Day 8

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Day 8:
The last time you smiled when someone complimented you. What was the compliment and why did you smile?
What is a food you enjoy that makes you feel good?

Compliments make me uncomfortable. I usually just laugh them off. I tend to forget about them, so in order for me to remember I have to get the same compliment repeatedly or it has to be a really big one. The last one I remember was a big one. Last May, I got a government grant for my research. My supervisor sent me a bouquet of flowers with a note that said “No one has ever worked harder for this. You deserve it. Don’t forget to celebrate!” She had already congratulated me over the phone, so she didn’t have to send flowers and a note. It was really nice of her. The flowers were beautiful, which made me smile, but I was also glad to know she thought I was working hard. I have put a lot in to my Ph.D., but I always worry about whether I am working hard enough. I feel guilty if I’m not working day and night, work is always on my mind.

My flowers

My flowers

I have a bad relationship with food. I’m an emotional eater and I have a really big sweet tooth. Would a smoothie count? It’s hard to think of something that I enjoy AND makes me feel good. I enjoy cake, but I feel guilty for eating it, so I can’t say that. I feel good for eating raw veggies, but I don’t enjoy it. Sometimes it’s a bit like torture to get the whole bowl of them down. I found a smoothie recipe I really like. A smoothie sort of counts as food right? It’s really yummy (it tastes like candy!!) and mostly healthy, so I enjoy it and feel pretty good about it. Plus it comes out hot pink in the end which makes me smile, lol.

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My smoothie


Here is the recipe if anyone is interested:

1/2 banana

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 cup orange juice (I use something low in calories and high in vitamins)

4 tbsp plain yogurt (I use vanilla)

4 ice cubes

Sometimes I add a squirt of lime juice if I want it extra tart or, if I know I can brush my teeth afterwards, I put kale in it. You can’t taste the kale, so it’s a great way to get a vegetable in, but I usually get it stuck in my teeth, lol.

What’s your feel-good food?

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