We put a lot of pressure on what it means to be healthy. We fight about the numbers on a scale and get hung up on our own body images. Being healthy does not mean obsessing about everything you eat. It does not mean feeling guilty about the cookie or piece of bread you ate today. It does not mean starving yourself so you can fit into a pair of size 2 jeans. Some people put this idea in their head that being healthy means you have to change everything about yourself. People begin to tell you things like, “you need to eat less!” or “you can’t eat that!” Of course we all want to be healthy! Yes!
But healthy simply means being happy and truly appreciating who you are. Being healthy means taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. Anything and everything that goes into our bodies is shown on the outside. However, it goes far beyond what our skin looks like or how fit we look. It relates to how we treat others that come into our lives. Once we focus our attention on loving and accepting who we are, it will show through our actions.
To continue living a healthy lifestyle we have to try not to dwell on the past or worry about the future. We all have a tendency to focus on what will happen next. Will I past this exam? Am I going to get that job? I hope I loose 10 pounds before spring break. Then we begin feel stressed and angry, and judge ourselves against other people. Take advantage of what you have in front you! Do the best you can with what you have and everything will fall into place.
This is one of the easiest things I know how to make. If you can cut potatoes and a lemon without cutting your fingers then you’re halfway there. I call this “Greek Chicken,” but there is nothing all that Greek about it. It does however sound fanciful and exotic, which is a plus. Also, bone-in skin-on chicken is pretty cheap (unlike its boneless skinless brethren) as are potatoes and a lemon, and this recipe feeds around three people.
1 medium to large casserole dish.
2-3 pounds chicken (bone in, skin on preferred, any part will due.)
1-2 pounds potatoes, roughly chopped.
2 cloves garlic.
Oregano, salt, and pepper.
I like to serve this with a simple salad and maybe some bread. For the salad, roughly chop 2 tomatoes and 1 cucumber, put them all in a big bowl, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and drizzle some olive oil and red wine vinegar on them. For bread, go buy some cheap hoagie rolls from the Kroger bakery and bake one at 375 for about 5 minutes. It’s time to eat.
Scoop some potatoes onto your plate and spoon some of that remaining liquid over them. Get a chicken leg and enjoy, with some tobacco sauce if you like. There you go! You made dinner. Go brag to your mom.