Moroccan Harvest Salad

September 28, 2016

Moroccan Harvest Salad by Faring Well

I’m nestled in the corner of my couch with a large pillow under my back, laying on a towel-wrapped icepack, with my computer perched on a cushion beside me. It has been thirteen days since my last run. I haven’t taken thirteen days off from running since before I began, fifteen years ago. On the morning of my last run I left feeling normal, healthy and energized. Yet somehow between the time I left and the time I returned home I pinched a nerve in my lower back. I hobbled to the door, barely able to put pressure on my right leg without being in curse-word-worthy pain, and have been (slowly) healing ever since. These thirteen days have been revealing on a very personal level, and in a strange way, been a gift. I’ve always known my trigger for depression to be poor health, whether than be inactivity or illness, and the struggle has been real at times lately. I kept this from you all last week, in attempts to bury my pain. But I’m hoping to open up a bit more with you today.

The major emotional hurdle I’ve experienced so far has been my inability to go for a morning run, something that has been a huge part of my life for so long. The endorphins and mental clarity I receive from running jumpstarts my day and keeps me sane. It also helps me release energy, something I have an unbelievably large amount of, as well as get out of the house and see a bit of the world before diving into work. I also have an additional mental struggle from my past that likes to resurface in times like these, that being my eight year stint with anorexia. Although I have been “recovered” for the past seven years,  all who have suffered know it never fully leaves you, and that it is a daily battle you have overcome through practice. Thankfully my husband is my greatest cheerleader in this department, I wouldn’t be as strong and healthy as I am now without his help. I’m tearing up just thinking of what his constant support has meant to me over the past seven years (getting real honest with you folks today), and he has been a total rockstar these past two weeks with endless encouragement. I have to choose my health over my body image daily, and so far the latter hasn’t been harmed – which to me is pure, undeserved grace.

Yet through all of the struggle this injury has brought, wonderful things have happened too. After a handful of days with major running withdrawals, I was able to join a pilates reformer studio and begin strengthening my body to heal itself and protect it from future injury. This is something I’ve always dreamt of doing, but didn’t know how to while running as much as I had been (I had quit weight lifting after attempting for three months this summer, unable to keep up). The instructors know my injury, and modify my workouts to relieve my lower back, and strengthen my core and abductors for future injury prevention. I not only feel myself getting stronger, but I also feel myself being challenged. This means I can now lay on the couch, icing my lower spine every hour, without getting antsy. I can let my husband do the dishes, lift the groceries, and help me do other little tasks throughout the day (although I keep my tasks to very few) without feeling weak.

Hence my remission from the social media world. I haven’t been sharing because there hasn’t been any creating. There has been a ton of nurturing and rest, however that doesn’t make for an interesting photograph *wink wink*. I’ve been taking concentrated curcumin (turmeric) and vitamin C to help with inflammation and tissue repair. And in my large amounts of down time I’ve been happily researching recipes, flavors and food preparing techniques. I have learned so much by doing so little (physically) and feel a great deal more present in my husband and I’s lives. We’ve spent more quality time together, seeing as I have to depend on him more, and because my mind has been cleared of work stress. I’ve simply had to tell myself to shrug off what I can’t do and let it go. Not add it to a to-do list for the moment I get back into working shape. But sincerely skip over it, letting it fly by me unacknowledged.

Through my cookbook reading and Great British Baking Show watching, I found a very specific set of flavors my taste buds were begging to experience. Moroccan. I had never eaten Moroccan food before, but somehow when I read through the ingredients of various recipes and watched the talented bakers incorporate them into their challenges, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the flavors and think we would be best friends. Turns out we were, and this salad creation happened. After a day of icing and very, very little activity – I stood for two hours in the kitchen while meticulously taking out each of the ingredients and measuring how much I would use to balance this new-to-me kind of flavor/texture combination. I’m not going to fib here, I was in pain after doing so and had to take a little time between the test and the shoot. And even the time I took wasn’t enough, this shoot was a bit painful. But I like to think it was worth it to finally sink my teeth into the warming spices and subtle sweet balance that is Moroccan cuisine. Not an authentic dish in the least, but I like to think I’d fare pretty well eating my way through this country if it tastes even a smidge similar.

If you are like me and feel a bit intimidated by the idea of making something Moroccan, trust that it is easier than you would think! And the flavor combination (for those of us new to this unique mix) is something that cannot be imagined, only experienced. Trust in every ingredient here, and (hopefully) enjoy this dish as much as Scott and I have all week – it is crazy delicious. And lastly, thank you (every one of you) for stopping by my space here each week. It baffles me that you do, and your warm comments (and lovely notes when you make one of my recipes) sincerely make my day. Cheers to another week of living, and to my sweet momma for visiting and picking me up these gorgeous bowls, I love you. – xx

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MOROCCAN HARVEST SALAD
Makes 4 servings. 

for the sorghum
1 cup sorghum
3 cups filtered water
2 large garlic cloves

for the spiced carrots
4 large carrots
light drizzle quality olive oil
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
few cracks of fresh black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

to toss
light drizzle quality olive oil
zest of 1 large orange (1 heaping teaspoon)
juice from half a large orange (2 to 3 tablespoons)
3 tablespoons organic raisins
1 cup parsley, finely chopped
6 to 7 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1/3 cup toasted & salted almonds, chopped
salt & pepper to taste

Begin by cooking the sorghum. Combine the dry sorghum, garlic cloves, and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover with a lid and let cook until soft (40 to 50 minutes). Drain excess water and transfer to a large serving bowl. Cover with a towel while you prepare the other ingredients, or transfer to an airtight container and place in the fridge to assemble the salad with later.

Fore the spiced carrots, preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside. Wash the carrots and pat dry. Slice on an angle using a mandolin or a sharp knife into 1/4 inch thick pieces. Place in a bowl. Lightly drizzle with olive oil, toss, sprinkle on the seasonings, and toss again until every piece of carrot is coated in spices. Transfer to the parchment lined baking sheet, and roast in the oven for 30 minutes. (I do not flip mine.)

Uncover the bowl of cooked sorghum, find the cloves of garlic, and mash with the back of a spoon. Stir to incorporate into the grain. Add the tossing ingredients: light drizzle of olive oil, juice and zest from the orange, the organic raisins, and chopped herbs. (Reserve the chopped almonds for serving.) Toss well and sprinkle with sea salt. Toss again and give it a taste, adding more salt if needed.

Add the spice roasted carrots to the sorghum salad and lightly toss one last time. Either stir in the chopped almonds if serving right away, or divide between serving bowls and top with the almonds when ready. Serve with olive oil on the table for drizzling if needed, and a cold glass of mint ice tea.


NOTE: Never tried sorghum? It resemble couscous in look and texture, however is completely gluten free and packed with more protein and fiber. It is a new-to-me grain I have been loving lately and highly recommend picking up a bag for this dish – as well as many other recipes it is destined to be delicious in.

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53 Comments

  • Reply Carlota September 28, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Hope you are feeling better soon!

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    • Reply Faring Well October 3, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you so very much Carlota <3

  • Reply Melo September 28, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Hi Jessie, you’re very courageous to put yourself out there so much… This new facet of your strength, which I find is poring through everything you post, is particularly moving to me. I don’t know you, but I feel that there’s so much maturity, strength and wisdom going on here that you’ll always make it through any challenge you face, and, like in this case, come back from the struggle with a new positive outcome. It it so rare these days to see someone admitting sadness, depression,… But I find that embracing it makes for the greatest and truest force of all.
    Anyhow, thank you very much for sharing this! And I’ll be testing those sweet moroccan accents soon :)
    All the best, xxx

    Melo

    • Reply Faring Well October 3, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Melo, thank you for being so kind and encouraging – it is so difficult to see myself as you do, and so your note here means more than I can convey. I feel like each positive outcome is such an unexpected gift, and they have all so been worth the struggle. I wish I could give you a hug for taking the time to write me this, and if you do try the recipe too I hope you love it tons. Thank you again Melo <3 all the best to you too. xo

  • Reply Rebeca September 28, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Jessie, I have so much admiration and respect for you. Seriously. Opening up about our struggles is never easy (at least not for me), and I want to applaud you for doing it. I can relate to what you said, though my circumstances are different. I’ve been taking care of someone who’s sick, so I don’t have much time to work out or “me” time. As someone who showed “patterns of disordered eating”, sometimes old fears resurface. It’s not easy when you’re forced out of your routine, but you seem to be doing it very well letting Scott take care of you and finding other things to be good to yourself. Rest as much as your body needs it, we only get one, after all. :)
    xx

    • Reply Faring Well October 3, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Ah Rebeca, it is so true, “we only get one after all” – goodness did this strike my heart. Thank you for being so uplifting and for sharing about your relatable circumstances too. I hope the best for you in the season of life, it really can be so difficult to adapt to life’s curveballs when you have a tendency towards disordered eating, as we both seem to know well. I hope you take care this week, and thank you dearly for your well wishes – hugs, xx.

  • Reply Tuulia September 28, 2016 at 4:43 am

    I really admire you opening up about your feelings, Jessie. It’s not an easy thing to do! And I can totally relate on your feelings and for the difficulty of choosing your health over body image, it’s not an easy task but deciding to be your own cheerleader instead of your enemy has been a key thought for me. A pause from exercising also makes you really think why you’re doing it: to make yourself feel good and to take care of yourself or to keep yourself under ‘control’, you know what I mean? Take care of yourself, take it easy and give yourself time! It will all work out <3

    • Reply Faring Well October 3, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Tuulia, I totally know what you mean and couldn’t agree more. This break has been so good for my body. Not necessarily for my weight or self image, but for self introspection to really find out why I’m doing it in the first place. Thank you for this perspective and encouragement! I really appreciate you <3 take care this week girl - xx.

  • Reply Shelley September 28, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Jessie, what a truly open and honest post — I just want to lean over and give you a hug. Sounds like its been a tumultuous few weeks, and I’m sure the change in pace, routine and normal day-today has been really, really tough. I’m super impressed that you powered through the pain for this shoot — cravings be cravings I guess ;) Sending you all my healing vibes, and wishing you a speedy recovery, xx

    • Reply Faring Well October 4, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Aw Shelley, thank you. I would so give you a hug right back. This whole note made me smile and I am so lucky to have such a genuine person as you for a friend – thank you for all your healing vibes and for leaving me this sweet comment <3.

  • Reply Anya September 28, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I hope you recover soon, Jessie! Your words here are beautiful – so much positivity, it’s truly inspiring.
    Isn’t pilates the best? It’s probably my favorite form of exercise.
    And this Moroccan bowl sounds amazing – I love Moroccan carrots, and making them into more of a meal than a side sounds like such a good idea :)

    • Reply Faring Well October 4, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Thank you tons Anya! So sweet of you to say, I really appreciate it <3. And yes, pilate is so the best! Feeling stronger and stronger each day, its amazing. I also agree about the carrots - Moroccans know how to make this simple veggie such a showstopper int their meals!

      Hope you have a gorgeous week - xx.

  • Reply Pia September 28, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Honestly, I can only agree with the ladies above. Jessie, sharing matters as personal as these is never as easy feat, and mental struggles in particular are very difficult to speak about, especially since many, if not most, will never be able to fully understand the complexity of them. So kudos to you, my dear! And while you may still struggle I am glad to hear you’re in a better place than you used to be, and also that this little forced break, as uncomfortable as it may be, is somehow benefitting you and perhaps even leading to some personal growth.
    Now, on a more random note, yay for parents or people in general who know what to get you -Bowls for life :P
    Hugs and get well soon xxx

    • Reply Faring Well October 5, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      Aw Pia, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This was too sweet of you to say, and really truly encouraging to read (more than I can express). This forced break I think was a total gift, and as for parents who know your loves – yes girl, yes – so great! Hope you are doing well, hugs Pia. xo

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full September 28, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Jessie, I can’t tell you how much I respect you for opening up and sharing about the issues you’ve been struggling with. I’ve never suffered from an ED, but I have had mental health issues, and I know how hard it can be to talk about them. But I think it’s so important to foster a dialogue about these things because it helps reduce the stigma surrounding them. You never know who could be reading your words – maybe there’s a young girl with an ED reading this post and realizing that she’s not alone in her struggles. Or really anyone going through an illness, reading this and realizing that someone they look up to and admire goes through something similar. We all have more in common than we think, you know? <3 I hope your back feels better soon, lovely lady. Sending you the biggest hugs ever <3 <3

    • Reply Faring Well October 5, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Sarah, you are an inspiration to me in this department, I always find your openness in your writing so encouraging + refreshing. Thank you for taking the time to write me this here, it touched my heart. You are such sweet friend and I appreciate you! Thank you for the well wishes and hugs too, I am already feeling on the up – hooray! xoxo

  • Reply Sus // roughmeasures.com September 28, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Jessie, first of all, you rock. Thank you for sharing such a personal post, one which I imagine can’t have been the easiest to write. ED’s and mental health issues are so intimate, but we must talk about them. We must give ourselves a break every now and again, for our mind and our bodies. We are essentially all flames, and we burn out if we are blown too hard. It sounds like you have been nourishing your body well with this rest, and Scott sounds like one amazing husband. Pilates is such a good exercise, and so strengthening! You rock!
    This recipe is lovely, Moroccan flavours are a favourite of mine, and those bowls are just gorgeous.
    Happy vibes to you girl X
    PS did I mention you rock?

    • Reply Faring Well October 5, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Ah Sus, YOU rock, and I just love your words here about us being flames. This is so resonating with how I feel right now, and couldn’t agree more. Thank you for the encouragement + sweet note friend. Glad to hear you love Moroccan flavors too! They have totally captivated me. Hope you are doing mega well this week girl, all the hugs – xoxo

  • Reply Anna September 28, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Let me tell you this looks insanely delicious!!! Love the combination and it looks so autumnal <3

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    • Reply Faring Well October 5, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Aw thanks Anna! I’m so glad you like it <3

  • Reply Marta e Mimma | Naturalmente buono September 28, 2016 at 8:41 am

    today it’s about 4 years since I’ve been ‘recovered’ from anorexia. I know what you mean when you said that, even if you’re ‘recovered’, you need to face everyday the struggle, the feeling you are not enough. For me, my biggest support is my mother. She’s always there. I wish someday I’ll be able to find someone that loves me as much as your Scott does. Also, I recently joined a pilates class too! Maybe pilates is the solution to everything? ;-) What about the salad? I love Maroccan flavors and all savory things raisins (it’s something really Sicilian – as I am -, too).
    sending you all the love! x Marta

    • Reply Faring Well October 6, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Marta, firstly – big time congratulations, and a huge thank you for being so honest with me here. I’m so happy to hear you have a pillar of support in your life like your mom, what a huge help and gift that is. And as for pilates, yay! So glad you’ve found it to be amazing too. It would be so nice if it was the solution to everything! ;) Thank you for your kind compliments on this recipe as well, I had never tries raisins with savory before but am now completely ga-ga over it! Sending you all the love back girl, thank you tons – xoxo

  • Reply Lauren September 28, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Aw Jessie, I’m so sorry to hear about your back injury but, to echo everyone else, this post was so brave and I applaud you for it. And it’s so beautiful to see everyone being so encouraging and kind in their responses to you :) I’m getting a real “we’re all in this together” vibe from the community you’ve created with your blog and you should be so proud of that! I know it’s been a struggle, but this forced break from running sounds like a blessing in disguise, especially if the outcome is amazing recipes like this one. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply Faring Well October 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Lauren, thank you – you are such a sweet human! I appreciate you writing me this, and am honestly just floored at all of the genuine, heart felt comments left here. We are so interconnected, even through the vast internet world, and I am eternally grateful for it. And thank you on the encouragement with this break + the recipe here as well! I hope that if you do give it a try you fall in love with the flavors too <3 hope you have just the best weekend girl. xx

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore September 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Thanks so much for sharing Jessie! Sorry you have been in so much pain :( it sucks to be couch bound albut your brain just wants to get out!! I really hope it heals soon! This dish sounds tasty! I haven’t had much experince cooking with this style but I bet that combo smells amazing. <3

    • Reply Faring Well October 6, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you tons KJ, things are looking on the up! And thank you about the recipe as well, the flavors are so unique to me too – and the spices do make for an amazing smell ;) hugs girl!

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff September 28, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Jessie,

    Thanks so much for sharing your struggles with all of us. I know it must be difficult for you but I think there is something incredibly powerful in knowing that you’re not alone. I’m sure that your story will inspire others to be vulnerable and honest and as a result help them heal. I wish I could come over and hang with you on the couch, cook with you and make sure you know how much you are loved. I’m glad you have such a supportive partner in Scott and am also glad you’ve found rejuvenation in another form of exercise. It’s all about balance…SENDING LOTS OF LOVE! And please reach out if you want to talk.

    • Reply Faring Well October 7, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Sasha, this entire note you wrote made me smile ear to ear. I’m so grateful to have e-met you and become friends. Your thoughtfulness is felt all the way down here in southern CA, and I am a cheerier person for it – thank you for being so amazing. xo

  • Reply Joyce @ Sun Diego Eats September 28, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Lovely, honest post. Recently life has gotten quite busy and I haven’t been able to make time to run or go to the gym and it gives me a bit of anxiety but reading this reminds me to take it in stride, everything in its own time. Hope you feel better soon and love the combo of the carrots+raisins+mint !

    • Reply Faring Well October 7, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you for this note Joyce, you are so kind. I hope you get the time to do the things that rejuvenate you as well soon, and be able to get through this busier time in joy! Thanks for the recipe love too – xx.

  • Reply Gena September 29, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Hi Jessie,

    As you can imagine, I can emphathize with all of the feelings you’re laying out here. Thank you for sharing so bravely and honestly.

    I’ve come to believe that sometimes life asks us to reaffirm recovery by taking away some of the architecture we’ve used to feel better — in other words, occasionally it challenges our hard won efforts by knocking a leg of stability out from under us. It’s painful, disruptive, and enraging, but it is also a chance to prove that the healing we’ve done is not dependent on things being just so; even if our circumstances get rocked, we can maintain what we’ve fought for. Sounds as though this is what’s happening to you right now, with running. You’re not being asked to love it any less, but right now, you’re being asked to *need* it a little less. And this is all a part of recovery, albeit the part that comes long after the weight gain and the physical restoration. I still confront moments like this all the time.

    Always here if you need to vent. In the meantime, you are handling this wisely and beautifully on your own, and I’m glad you’re taking a little rest from content creation!

    XO

    • Reply Faring Well October 7, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Gena, as always – you so understand and your words are powerful encouragement to my ears friend. I crazy appreciate you. It is so true what you said, its times like these that show our strength the most – how our recovery isn’t circumstantial. How grateful I am for that truth, even in the struggle. Thank you for being the wonderful encourager you are Gena, so many hugs being sent your way <3.

  • Reply Jodi September 29, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Jessie Snyder, you are so loved. Even in times of struggle, you radiate joy + positivity. Stay strong, lean on Scott, reach out if you want to chat, you’re never alone in all this. You are one remarkable woman, it’s always an inspiration to read your words. One day, I hope to thank you and laugh with you in person, until then – sending so much love your way. x

    • Reply Faring Well October 8, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Jodi, I love you – thank you for this super sweet + encouraging note here friend. Your words and offer here mean more than I can type. I cannot wait to give you the biggest hug in person one day and laugh so much too – ah, it will be the best! Love to you this week too sweet Jodi – xo.

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine September 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Jessie, you are so brave and beautiful for sharing so honestly here. So glad that you are listening to your body and giving yourself the rest you need. The world sends so many messages about impossible standards and it takes a strong heart to fight against it all. In spite of being such a talent, you are loved just for being you and that is enough. Big hugs from over here in MI. (And PS, I LOVE sorghum! I don’t know why it isn’t more common. Looks so wonderful in this spiced moroccan bowl!)

    • Reply Faring Well October 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Emily, thank you – really truly, your note here means so much. I admire your honesty and strength in every post I read on G&D, so this means a great deal to hear from you friend. So glad to have another mega fan of sorghum too ;) isn’t it magical? Hugs!

  • Reply Sarah September 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Jessie. I want to thank you SO much for your candid post. I can relate all too well with battling my body, making decisions for my health vs letting my body image dictate how I treat myself. I’ve been battling some mental illness- which comes in waves- but, you’re right, the thoughts never completely dissolve. Fortunately, when I honor my health, I’m more compassionate with myself. I’m comforted to know your hubby is so supportive of your health! I’m thankful to have positive, healthy influences in my life! Your honesty is refreshing and I’m sure many people feel less alone. Thank you// wishing you a smooth recovery from your injury.

    Also, I can’t wait to try out this dish. You are such a master with flavors!

    Best,
    Sarah

    • Reply Faring Well October 8, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing this with me here Sarah! I hope you feel encouraged in your battle too, knowing there are others experiencing similar struggles can help gives our minds that little extra oomph they need at times to quiet the inner voice that wishes to bring us down. Thank you too for your sweet well wishes and compliments on this dish’s flavors! So glad to hear you’re loving the combo as well <3

  • Reply Jessica @Nourished by Nutrition September 30, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Sending you so much love, support, and encouragement, Jessie. With more understanding than you know, have a wonderful weekend! xx, Jess

    • Reply Faring Well October 8, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      I adore you and appreciate you Jess <3

  • Reply Marta October 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Jessie, you’re such a wonderful and strong human being. Thanks for sharing this with all of us and for finding the strength to put something so raw and personal out here.

    It can be super tough and extremely frustrating having to temporarily give up on something that is so dear to you, like running. But you can find solace among other things. I had to write a comment this time especially, because this post resonated with me so incredibly much as I have a very similar injury right now in the exact same leg, and I’m a runner too!

    I am incredibly happy that you were able to find some comfort in this discomfort and pilates sounds like a great idea. I would also recommend yin yoga, it is working wonders for my injury but don’t know if it’s something you might want to look into as well.

    I feel like as runners, we tend to neglect certain parts of our bodies and perhaps this is a chance to establish new connections with yours and find many different ways to love it even more. Take it as a sign that is time to listen to your body and take care of it in a different way that you’ve been doing so far. The slow-paced days you might experience can help you build a new relationship with it, even if the past hasn’t been that easy. The narrative of anorexia is a powerful and ruthless one, but through practice -as you said- you can decide to leave it aside and not making your own anymore.

    I’m happy to hear you have such a wonderful support by your loved ones and we, your readers, are all here to support you too. Let’s think positively and reconnect with our bodies, lovingly, patiently and a bit differently. Keep us posted (I’d love to hear particularly if you find any interesting ways to ease off the pain and/or weird sensations!). Sending you loads of love and healing vibes!

    A big hug by a fellow injured runner ;)

    • Reply Faring Well October 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you Marta for this wonderful note! I feel so blessed to have someone like you take the time to respond and share with me all that you did here. We runners have to stick together through these tough injuries! I hope yours is healing well and that you are finding peace through your new yoga practice – I’ve been wanting to check this out too but am so enamored with pilates at the moment. It is so true what you say about us neglecting our bodies as runners, forgetting to train those secondary muscles that support the primary ones. This injury has been a wake up call to day the least, and through the pain I am so grateful for it. Your support alongside everyone else’s through this post has overwhelmed my heart – I hope to give back to you all what you give to me, I am one lucky lady.

      As for easing the pain – it has now been 3 weeks and I believe I am nearly healed! Rest and icing every hour has been a major factor in my recovery, as well as the taking of turmeric and vitamin C. I hope you are seeing some progress too Marta, I’m here cheering you on! xx

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life October 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Jessie, I read this post the morning you posted it and have been meaning to send you a note since then. I’ve been thinking about you and I just wish I could give you a big hug right now. I admire you for writing this. Sharing personal stuff in the public space is always incredibly scary (at least to me), and I admire your courage, openness and honesty. But I guess this is what this amazing community is for, no? Being able to encourage and support each other in successful times, but most importantly in harder times as well. I’ve had struggles with body image and depression myself, so I totally understand what you might be going through right now. Just know that you’re not alone in this. I couldn’t agree more about your injury being a blessing in disguise. I’m a firm believer that everything in life happens for a very specific reason – to test us, teach us a lesson, or make us see something that would have otherwise stay hidden. It’s beautiful that you’re able to see it this way and approach this obstacle with hope and positivity. Take it easy, get some rest and keep on nourishing yourself with lots of delicious food and self-love. If you ever feel like chatting, you know where to find me. Sending you a ton of love from up here. xx

  • Reply Faring Well October 8, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you Sophie for your open and honest words with me here. They are filled with so much kindness and care, I can feel it on this side of the screen strong, lady. We are so not alone, and I appreciate you aligning with me here too. Thank you for your selfless offer to chat, I will keep that in mind in the future <3 and know that invitation is extended to you as well. Adore you and appreciate you friend, hope you are having a wonderful Canadian thanksgiving! xx

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow October 13, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Hi I am so late on this, I know, but I’ve had it bookmarked through the chaos and I’m so happy to be sitting down (on the RV!) to read your beautiful words now. Jessie, you are a gem to this space and this little food blogging world! Thank you for sharing your heart with us here and always. It makes my heart happy to know that you have all of the love and support you need in that awesome partner of yours. They are the ones who will help nurture us through the biggest of life’s challenges and also the pieces of our pasts that continue to linger throughout our lives. Sending you all the hugs from middle-of-nowhere New Mexico right now <3

    And ohhhh Moroccan food is some of my most favorite! The flavors are amazing and so simple. This salad has my name written allll over it.

    • Reply Faring Well October 20, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Brooke, thank you from the bottom of my heart <3 you are too sweet to have bookmarked this and taken the time to write me this heartfelt note on the road! Truly counting my blessings, and you are one of them friend - xo

  • Reply Mary Taaouira October 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

    How is this Moroccan? I don’t mean to be insensitive, but nothing about this recipe is Moroccan! I have lived in Morocco for almost ten years and have never seen anything like this. Those pearl couscous is Israeli, not Moroccan. If you want Moroccan, let me know and I can give you many real recipes from there.

    • Reply Faring Well October 6, 2017 at 10:47 am

      Hi Mary, I am by no means claiming to be an authentic Moroccan cook, and was simply using flavors I had been inspired by in other Moroccan recipes I had discovered. If you type “Moroccan couscous and carrot salad” into a search engine you will see the vast amount of recipes I’m referring too. I also have one in a cookbook from a fellow blogger who experienced something similar on their travels to Morocco. I of course trust that you haven’t seen my rendition in Morocco, seeing as I am a little California girl who has never been. I was simply having fun <3 and didn't mean any offense.

      • Reply Mary Taaouira October 6, 2017 at 10:56 am

        I appreciate it when people are adventurous with their cooking. Too many people, including Martha Stewart, like to label food Moroccan, when it is not, and that irritates me! I’m sorry if I offended you with my comments. If you would like, I can give you some real Moroccan recipes of food that I eat daily. I promise you would love it!

        • Reply Faring Well October 6, 2017 at 3:31 pm

          That is very kind of you to offer, here is my email should you like to share any, thank you! faringwellblog@gmail.com

          • Mary Taaouira October 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm

            I just sent a recipe and photo of beef tagine to you. It sounds like a lot of work to make but it isn’t, it just takes a long time to read it! I hope you will try it and enjoy it. We lay one jalapeño pepper on the top before it is cooked but that is optional. Also a few slices of preserved lemon but that too is optional. Let me know if you tried it.

            Mary

          • Faring Well October 9, 2017 at 9:34 am

            So very kind of you Mary, but I am entirely plant based (vegan) and do not consume meat! The flavors do sound delicious still. Thank you for sharing <3.

          • Mary Taaouira October 9, 2017 at 5:51 pm

            Oh, I didn’t know! Perhaps your non vegan readers would like to try it. Thanks for letting me know.

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