Nutritious Memories

A slice of nutrition, food, photos, music, life and unforgettable memories


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Happy New Year 2014

2013 has now gone and 2014 has finally arrived. Nutritious Memories wishes all readers a wonderful year 2014 with great things waiting ahead for us.  I’m still in the progress of making resolutions. Happy new Year!!!!!!!!

Kay’s question: Do you have any goals or New Year’s resolutions?


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Spring is in the air

As I woke up this morning and went outside, suddenly, I felt a change in the atmosphere in the air. ahhh “Spring has arrived”.

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Spring to me is the season of new life and bright colours. The days grow warmer and warmer and the branches start budding new blossoms and leaves. No one knows when each blossom will fall, but when they do, these delicate blossoms will graciously pirouette to the Spring gentle breeze reminding us all that the beauty of Spring can bring happiness into our day to day lives.

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While reading your favourite book in the cold grassy patch, you never know when flower petals will fall into the pages of your book or if your having a picnic laughing with family and friends and playing Monopoly. Falling petals are unpredictable and have a mind of their own. Surprisingly, the chances of a petals falling on your head too are quite high (if your standing underneath a blossom tree of course).

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Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning -Psalm 30:5

Like the flowers and leaves in all of its glory and splendor, we too can change and shine if we choose to think ahead and press on seeking that change so that we can  accomplish our dreams and purpose in life when the storms come. Don’t let this or any season pass by knowing that you have the power to make decisions that can determine where you want to be in life

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Spring

Kay’s question: What do you like about spring”


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Reflection: What to do you see?

It was pitch black. It felt like darkness consumed me all around and this precious blog. No writing, no movement, not a sound to be found. That’s how this blog has been like for the past two months. DESOLATE

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I always like to ask myself, “what motivates me to continue blogging?”  I think this is something that all bloggers (and myself) need to remind ourselves one in a while especially when it involves re-igniting our passion. ( I can’t stand remaining stagnant when I know that I can move forward).

Blogging does takes some   time to write posts especially the ones with photos and recipes. Sometimes I even felt like I could be using my time more on other things and if it was even worth continuing blogging. However, I was reminded of how my passion for writing about life, photography, food and nutrition made a HUGE difference in people.  For some, it had changed their life entirely.

People have said to me” Kunle, when I see your photos and read your posts it is like as if I was there in the story and it feels so real and tangible to me”

I was shocked and at the same time happy to hear this. Because I am mostly writing about just the simple things in life that I appreciate or sometimes fail to see. Even if I help change or inspire even ONE person’s life for the better, this will still continue to bring me joy and happiness that even MONEY cannot buy.

Tomorrow Right now, I will continue to inspire others and myself though my Nutritious Memories that I always cherish in this blog.

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PERFECTIONISM

First and foremost, I wanted to say that I’m sorry for being MIA (Missing in action) for more than 2 months!!! The easy thing for me to say is that life just got busy. However, that was not the case for my long absence of blogging. There was something else that hindered me from blogging.

Say hello to my nemesis

PERFECTIONISM.

Believe it or not, this issue of perfectionism started when I went to university at La Trobe hoping to transfer to Monash University to apply for Nutrition and dietetics. I always thought that I should always strive to achieve the best that I can do. Nevertheless, the dreadful thing about perfectionism is that sometimes it can be deceptive, meaning that I raised incredibly high standards that are either not idealistic or way beyond my skills (probably by watching others), yet I still think!  I can achieve it, not realizing after I fail miserably and become deflated.

For example, when I am plating food for a photo shoot, each component of food  MUST be at a precise point. (This is bad, but I remember when I took a shot of a salad that I a made, I moved the walnut 2 cm apart from the rocket and I was not impressed with the overall picture (which in fact NOTHING WAS WRONG WITH THE photo. It was just my perception.

  • Or when I’m learning a new piece for piano, I expect to learn for my mistakes just like snapping my fingers. One note must not be wrong, otherwise, I just think that the whole piece sounds wrong, even if the notes that I played after the wrong note was played with accuracy and eloquence.
  • Or the worst, when I was writing my literature review, I wouldn’t write until I had the exact words to convey certain points from other scientific journals.

Believe it or not, there’s more, but I’ll spare the details otherwise, you’ll still be reading this post until Christmas with my dilemma of perfectionism.

Therefore, I realized that this often leads me to focus way too much on the task and my time is also wasted which could be used more productively. Also I start to lose the enjoyment of learning techniques such photography, piano and even evaluations at Deakin Toastmasters when I focus of on getting things 100% right or having things and learning is a wonderful experience. What’s even worse is that I start to lose my passion for these things and questions why I go even blog, desire to combine food styling, culinary skills in promoting a healthy lifestyle.  It’s OK to dream big, however, I like to think of a dream is like it’s a life  long  journey where small steps represents tasks that I have achieved moving me closer to my journey. When I want everything right, its like every step becomes harder and feels exhausting.  As much I hate to admit, when a child who first rides their bike will fall and cry because it hurts. In my short comings, I am learning not to overstate the negatives and the skills that I still haven’t learnt yet. Rather sometimes unexpected mistakes may even lead us to our goals and dreams. So when I do fall or things just don’t go the way as I planned them out to be, I will remind myself to not just stop, because the beauty of life can also be from learning from our mistakes which makes us wiser than we were yesterday, (that if we choose to acknowledge that we have a problem of course). So many great people like Thomas Edison who had to go through more than 1000 attempts in creating the light bulb that we have today. While from his story we can learn the power of persistence, he also chose not to focus on the invention being so perfect and if it was not successful, he tried again until the bulb stared to shine.

But I am learning that perfection isn’t what matters. In fact, it’s the very thing that can destroy you if you let it.”
Emily Giffin

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Some ways how I am learning to tackle perfectionism is:

Learn to react to positive constructive feedback especially as I am writing a paper from my previous Honours study hopefully trying to get it published with the help of my supervisor.

To implement healthy goal striving in the form of short and long-term goals that are reasonable and achieve able and to reward myself when I have achieved those goals.

To take pleasure of the process of learning because we can always learn something in this life. Everyone is unique in their own way and to not be too hard on myself (Just start blogging again lol).

I’m ready to experience the next chapter of my life as I feel that are I wonderfully things waiting ahead. Knowing that I have perfectionism is vital, but talking steps to change these behaviours will be a beneficial change for the future ahead 🙂

Kay’s Questions: Are you a perfectionist like myself??


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My mum’s Fence adventure

She was walking across a grassy patch as the wind ruffled across her attractive gele (African hair – wrap).” Have mercy on me” my mum repeated when she heard she had to climb to sit on top of a fence for a mothers day shoot. ” OooOo, this boy is going to kill me as she tried to climb her fence with her Buba/Kaba (blouse) . Whilst doing so,  A warm smile duplicitously appeared on her face and I took a moment of silence reminiscing how great this mother is to us.

From 2 to 5 to 16 years I can still remember the  harsh experiences of life which has shaped up my mother and that she is still here with us today. ” Kunle, Kunle, are you OK ? She asked as she noticed though my smile that I was lost in my sadness. ” ll be there in a second”. Like other days, I stored my memories along the other memories I have about my mum (and family too, your loved too haha).

The Adegbola family wishes you an extraordinary happy mothers day.


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Autunm | Falling leaves

Today was another special day. I fell in love with Autumn again.

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Autumn to me is the season of change. As the days grow shorter, the green chlorophyll  slowly starts to disappear which starts to form golden, amber, red pigmented leaves.

No one knows when each leaf falls, but when it does, these delicate leaves will graciously pirouette to the Autumn’s gentle breeze reminding us all that winter is just around the corner.

While reading a book in the cold grassy patch, you never know when leaves will fall into the pages of your book. Falling leaves are unpredictable and have a mind of their own. Surprisingly, the chances of a leaf falling on your head too are quite high (if your standing underneath a tree of course).

Watching the leaves gracefully fall is like watching  a kaleidoscope of colours descending to the ground. As the red and copped tinges leaves fall creating a  carpet. How I love to walk thorough a bunch of crisp and crunchy fallen leaves.

Best of all, you can pile up the leaves and jump straight into them no matter what age you are, which can only be done in Autumn.

Like a fine artist who uses his brush with great detail to portray a stunning portrait,the season Autumn also has the ability to draw people into a lovely scenery which makes me sometimes feel like I am in a live oil pastel painting exploring in the wood lands. As the leaves continue to fall, this reminds me again that Autumn is a season of change.

Like the leaves, we too can change for the better if we chose to think forward and press on seeking that change so that we can  accomplish our dreams and purpose in life.

Autumn.

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Kay’s question: What do you like about autumn?? The leaves, breeze or the whole season??


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He Looked beyond My Faults and healed me

Song: He looked beyond my faults by Vanessa Bell

Sharing your struggles can sometimes be very uncomfortable, especially as want people to think we have everything together. However, this is not always the case and we don’t encounter some valleys and trials.

Since Wednesday I was very down, distressed and troubled inside of me.  I was going through so much pain that I almost collapsed because it was all too much for me. Because of this, I stopped praying and reading my bible. This mid-morning and afternoon while I was fellowshipping with God Something divine happened to me . As my heart was bleeding profusely from my battles in life. I was tried and exhausted and I didn’t feel the urge to pray. However, I felt that it was alright and I was at peace and because the Spirit makes intercessions and groans in which we cannot express (Romans 8:26). In other words, I felt that at this particular  time, God wanted to heal the pain and hurt that had kept me bound and stopped me from prayer and intercession.  As I was in fellowship with God,  I was in another place, a place that was so peaceful and where my joy, faith, and love was recovered, where it didn’t matter if I made if I stumbled because his forgiveness was more than enough to remove all mistakes. So I just quietly sat as He heard all my pain, troubles, concerns  and healed me from my agonies and lifted me. Throughout my fellowship,  tears just continues to flow from my eyes down to my chin as the power of the Holy Spirit continued to administer to me and heal me. (Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7).  So rest assured and know that God does understand our hurts and feelings by opening ourselves to him and pray as well.

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It’s not easy when the valleys come in your life and the natural tendency for me is to withdraw or allow my circumstances to dictate my life  But not I know, I can run to Him who understands me feelings and in Him, my faith, love, peace abides in Him. I don’t need to fix everything,  rather, I want to trust in Him with all of my heart and lean not unto my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5), even if it means, people cut me out or don’t wish the best for me.

I really don’t know what to say but say  thank you Jesus, because you looked beyond my faults and who other people or even myself would condemn me for, and you saw the best in me. In you I am made whole  ( scripture which I got from bible study on Friday). Keep holding on, and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just as this song above healing. I pray, that it may bring healing to your life as well.