Exciting plans, Tamales, and trying new things.

Several blogs back, I mentioned that I had an exciting personal breakthrough.

I’ve heard that its “bad” to talk about your goals because it can give you a false sense of accomplishment, thus you never achieve our goals. But in this particular case I think that line of thinking doesn’t apply and I’m going to share my plans anyways.

I’m going back to school to finish my Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Science. From there, my plan is to enter the accredited internship program and take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian.

I know it doesn’t sound very exciting BUT I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. For such a long time I’ve been dealing with so much confusion and anxiety in regards to my career plans. For the first time EVER I feel a huge sense of peace and confidence about this decision.

My culinary degree was not achieved in vain and it will be such an amazing compliment to a degree in nutritional science.

I’m still far away from actually going to school (money) but every advancement is exciting. So far I’ve ordered my transcripts and set up a meeting with Cal State L.A. Baby steps…

Aside from all of that, Matthew and I have been hustling as usual. He has a really cool job working for a post-production house doing all sorts of tech work, editing and quality checking for a variety of movies and documentaries. I don’t understand a word of it, but he seems to be enjoying himself  🙂

We celebrated his birthday yesterday, just the two of us. He wanted me to make a non-meat centered dinner. We have plans to go out for Korean Barbecue later in the month to celebrate his birthday with our friends and he will get his fill of red meat then!

The menu I came up with…

Chipotle Black Bean Tamales

Mango and Hatch Chile sauce

Starfruit, Cilantro, and Radish salad

Chips and Salsa (duh)

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Raw Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

I loosely based the Tamale recipe off of this blogger’s, and the I followed this recipe for the cheesecake. I made my tamales with coconut oil and they turned out beautifully. You could taste a faint hint of sweet coconut in the masa, which complimented the fruity and smoky flavors I had going on with the chipotle beans and the hatch chili mango sauce.

Dinner was amazing and we ate our faces off, watched a movie and fell asleep feeling fat and happy. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was starving and didn’t feel like waiting any longer! I managed to snap a couple low quality pics though.

I’ve been stepping it up with my nutrition tracking in an effort to lose a few pounds of stubborn fat. In addition to that, I’m tinkering around with intermittent fasting several days of the week. It was soooo nice eating all of that delicious food last night, but I’m ready to get back on track again!

Tip: If you are cutting back calories and dieting down for an event or a personal goal, it’s always good to give yourself a little break from the calorie/macro planning. Life is no fun if you don’t allow yourself to let loose and eat a piece of cake every once in a while!

Until next time! ❤

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Please excuse the blurry. The cheesecake was amazeballs.
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Chipotle Black Bean Tamales. Steaming hot!!
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2 thoughts on “Exciting plans, Tamales, and trying new things.

  1. Now even more reasons to be proud of you! Need to talk to you about how to set up a blog. **sigh** I don’t want to, but it’s part of the requirements for the writers conference in 6 weeks. If I go to WordPress, will I be able to do it? Anyway, keep us posted on your plans and, of course, your culinary adventures! Love you.

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