Hi! My name is Izabella, and I don't diet. Ever.
My body doesn't do well when it's in ~ hunger mode, ~ so the idea of willingly submitting myself to a regimen where my body is just trying to survive on minimal calories, carbs, dairy or what-have-you sounds too painful to contemplate.
However, when I found out that supermodel and my personal girl crush Ashley Graham uses her cheat days to dip pizza crust in Nutella, I decided that going on whatever diet she's on couldn't possibly be so bad. Right?
I was NOT happy.
While it didn't taste BAD, it definitely didn't taste like the triple-shot soy latte I have every morning. The fuji apple and pineapple gave it a hint of sweetness and tartness, but for the most part, this tasted kind of like old kale water with a dash of sugar.
By 4:30 pm, I was considering chewing off my own arm.
It doesn't help that one of my coworkers happened to get fries for lunch that day, and the smell permeated through the office and physically hurt me.
Usually, my meat-based lunches fill me up well though dinnertime. Sure, they leave me sleepy, but I don't really get those mid-afternoon hunger pangs everyone else seems to complain about.
On the plus side, I have never felt more awake. I was just too distracted by my hunger to care.
I couldn't find any arugula in my Trader Joe's, but I did make some bomb baked salmon and sweet potatoes.
OK, so my salmon doesn't look very bomb, but I promise you it was. It was also my very first time baking salmon, so I was very impressed with my skills.
The sweet potato and salmon combo actually wasn't bad. In fact, it was pretty easy to throw together. All you need are two ingredients, aside from spices, and you're truly all set. If you're eating on a budget, it's a good and relatively simple option.
For dessert, I ordered pizza.
Hear me out.
Graham's signature pizza hack? Ordering a slice (or a pie, you do you) and dipping the crust in Nutella.
Be still, my heart.