The Treat Chronicles Part 2!

in foodphotography •  2 months ago

When it comes to health and fitness, balance is everything.

Even the "healthiest" of diets can become unhealthy if they're too restrictive, keep you from enjoying experiences with loved ones, or put undue stress on you mentally or emotionally...

I personally advocate living a life of balance, where your nutrition is just part (albeit a very important part) of your overall healthy lifestyle through which you honor your body, mind, and spirit.

You can read more about my preferred approach and my 90/10 rule in Part 1 of "The Treat Chronicles" HERE :)

Without further ado, here comes another installment of the tasty treats Chris and I enjoyed together at a phenomenal restaurant called Full Of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos, California :)

This is one of our all-time favorite places. We have never had anything short of an amazing meal there, the atmosphere is super laid-back and relaxed, and the service is great. We even saw the actor Jason Segal there, which was a fun surprise!

They have the BEST pizza here. It's their specialty. All of their ingredients are locally-sourced, sustainably grown, organic, and their pizzas are all super creative and crisped to perfection in a huge wood-fired oven... It gives them the most wonderful flavor and texture!

This time we ordered their caramelized onion and mushroom pizza (simple, perfect, pictured above) and our favorite, the date, bacon and toasted walnut, with thinly sliced red onion and fresh arugula on top (pictured below).

Even their DOUGH had amazing flavor and has been perfectly crafted. Each pizza is handmade in every way possible, and the bubbled, charred crust has this amazing crispy, chewy consistency... Their ingredients are all of the highest quality, so every pizza and every dish is bursting with flavor.

To end our meal, we were offered dessert on the house, because our second pizza came out a little late... We had spent the time enjoying our first pizza on their open porch, on a balmy afternoon, listening to reggae and relaxing. Needless to say, we were not upset about an extra couple of minutes - but our waiter insisted, so we gratefully accepted!

We chose a special dessert they had available that day, which was a summer stone fruit pie... If you know me, you know that I typically do not like pie, but Chris loves it and this one was only available for an extremely limited time, so we went for it - and man, did it ever change my mind!

This must be what pie is supposed to be like! The crust was flaky and just the slightest bit sweet, the fruit was at peak ripeness and baked to perfection, not overly soft or saucy, and the crumble on top was buttery and crisp... All topped with homemade ice cream. Wow.

It was the perfect small size for us to share, each have a couple super satisfying bites, but not go overboard. It was so flavorful and delicious that while we agreed we probably could've eaten a whole full-size pie of the same, that it was just the right amount to keep everything in, you guessed it, balance :)

If you're ever in Los Alamos, GO TO THIS RESTAURANT. You will not regret it! Whenever we make a long drive up north we try our best to time it so that we can stop here... No better way to spend your 10%, in my opinion!

But be warned - after you try this, you will be spoiled. You will never eat pizza again without thinking of this place. And I love pizza of all kinds (and have eaten a LOT of it in my day) so take my word for it!

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Yes! Thank you!! :)

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Woooo! :) Thanks!

It seems you have an open mind in interpreting everything that makes us healthy. too limiting is not good for health because it is more controlled by pressure for pressure which ultimately leads to frustration and cannot enjoy life that God has bestowed

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Thanks for saying that :) I really do believe in balance, but it sure does take practice :)

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Oh man, it was!!! :D

Do you suggest having nil sugar in a day...

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In general, I believe it's best to limit your sugar intake significantly, but it's pretty difficult (and not entirely necessary in most cases) to reduce the amount to zero... Keeping your eye on your sugars, especially added, processed sugars in drinks, baked goods, candies, treats, salad dressings, etc. really helps... They are available in abundance and add up fast! Awareness is bliss!

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That's absolutely true...I have significantly reduces the process ones but I do take natural sugar in form of fruits..

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That looks delicious. I like the way you express how we can enjoy food like pizza while maintaining ourselves healthy. I believe that many people overact too much about diet, they don't enjoy all the food because they're constantly worry about their weight.

Diet is good, but people don't have to be so possessed about it. As you implied, if we keep balance, we can have a good physical condition.

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I like that, not being consumed by our food choices is the ultimate goal! Being in the business of helping people get to that point, I find myself thinking about it a ton - but I am always on the lookout for new cues and strategies so there's something for everyone! Fascinating stuff! :)

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Awesome!!! Thank you so much! :)

Even the "healthiest" of diets can become unhealthy if they're too restrictive, keep you from enjoying experiences with loved ones, or put undue stress on you mentally or emotionally...

I could not agree more with you! Moderation and balance are the things I keep telling people around me (and to myself too). Having e.g. a cone of ice cream every now and then won't make you unhealthy, fat or a bad person, but the effect that one ice cream can have on your mental health when you're enjoying it with your loved ones, oh boy!

You're showing a great example of healthy balanced lifestyle to all of us Steemians, keep up the great work @annemariemay!

By the way, that pie, oh I wish I had that pie, it's making me drool! And again, having that pie with a person you love gave you a nice memory, so it was worth it! :)