No Spending Challenge

I spend way to much money on food and I really want to reduce that. Umberto and I have always been fans of cooking so we tend to spend a lot on food but I think it’s gotten out of hand. I want to take a challenge to only buy what we REALLY need and to at the most go the supermarket once a week, every time I go for one thing it turns into many things and I end up spending more money than I ever planned.

This week has gone really well, I’ve not gone to the grocery store once, I went only to buy some bread from the bakery one time. I’ve been using what we have and not making recipes that call for more than what we have. Hopefully the rest of the month will go just as well.

Food

What is your relationship with food? Is it good? Is it healthy? Is food just a necessary part of your life and nothing more?

I want to make peace once and for all with food. I had an unhealthy relationship with food in the past and still can’t make myself 100% at peace with it. Now, I am trying to make myself at peace with it. Trying to always remind myself of the principles of intuitive eating especially that nothing is off limits and to let go of a diet mentality. It’s easier said than done but step by step I know I will be able to finally be at peace with food.

I am struggling with the weight I gained during my last pregnancy and since I still haven’t lost those last 10lbs,I have gone back and forth of trying to lose them or just accepting it as it is.

If I’m going to be 100% honest, I know that I am also unable to lose the weight partially due to medication (antidepressants) I have been on since after Raffaello’s birth.

Will life really change if I lose 10 pounds? Probably not, nothing will change. I’ve also been advised by my therapist to not try to lose the weight yet, she believes I’m not ready yet for a diet. I’m still to frail from the past and a diet could bring out something more of depression or anxiety out. I’m in a good place now mentality, I shouldn’t threaten that for something as insignificant as a few pounds.

I will leave you with a food a photo of one of the happiest moments in my life, my son’s 2nd birthday.

Silver Lining

I always want to find the silver lining in every situation, to find the bright side of something. Some days I really miss Switzerland. I don’t miss the US, I don’t really remember life there but I miss Switzerland. I miss the beauty of the country, I miss how clean everything was, how everything worked, how well we were paid.

Italy has its advantages but I still find that I feel like an outsider here. I look different, I’m blonde, tall and fair skinned. My kids are the same, we stick out like a sore thumb. My mentality is different, many people my age and older are mentally stuck 30 years ago. Though, many younger people are much more open and different, I hope this brings change to Italy.

Italy can also be dirty and organized. There’s trash on the street, wild dogs who roam the streets, and many playgrounds are in a state of disrepair.

But the silver lining? The people are friendly, even if their mentality is old. The availability of fresh fruits and vegetables is much better than in Switzerland and we truelly eat in season. My town is clean, the city does a great job of picking up trash, I hope that every city in the area can take it as an example. As for work, I honestly find many more jobs here than in Switzerland, there is an never ending demand for an English teacher, especially one who is a native speaker. To me this also shows that Italians are interested in doing more in the future by investing the time (and money) in English.

I don’t think I will ever stop missing Switzerland, but instead to dwell on the negatives, I am going to try my best to focus on the positives.

I will leave you with a photo of the biggest advantage here, the Amalfi Coast (with Felicity splashing around in the water).

Welcome Back

I’ve had many blogs. Most I haven’t kept up with, I forget about them then want a fresh start with a new shiny blog. So here we are again, a fresh start. Where should I go with this blog? I hope to use it as an outlet for my thoughts and and ramblings but also to share my daily life as an expat, a mom, a teacher, my passion for running and cooking.

Welcome and I hope you come back.

Home for now with Mt. Vesuvius looming in the background: