1.1 A stage in a person’s psychological development, especially a period of temporary difficulty during adolescence or a particular stage during childhood.
Sorry, Oxford, but I have to disagree. Phases can occur past adolescence. And not necessarily the bad kind.
In my humble observations, I’ve found that some people are more prone to phases than others. Let’s say Casey and Avery were two adults trying pizza for the first time. (Please suspend your disbelief so I can make my point.)
Casey is not prone to phases. He eats the pizza, enjoys it immensely, and doesn’t think about it until he eats out the week after. Remembering the delicious pizza, he orders it again. The next week, he tries a different food and the week after, pizza, just because he’s in the mood.
Does this sound familiar to you? Here’s the flipside.
Avery bites into her pizza and fireworks explode in her brain. For a while after that meal, she buys pizza every time she eats out, enjoying it more each time. She talks about it to her friends, who are at first amused at her excitement but then wish she’d shut up about it. Avery insists she would never get over this food.
However, a few days, weeks, months, or even years pass, and she suddenly cannot stand pizza. The enjoyment has overextended and she can’t look at the thing anymore. With time she will begin enjoying pizza again but in more moderate amounts, similar to Casey’s original pizza regime.
Which case do you relate to?
For those who relate to Casey, Avery’s pizza experience sounds excessive, even insane. I assure you, Avery is perfectly normal and you probably know many people like her. Read her paragraph again but substitute ‘pizza’ for a book, hobby, movie, show, animal, sport, color, another food, or anything a person can become passionate about. Insert a variation of the word ‘fan’ if that would help, like a fangirl, fanboy, fandom, etc.
Now does this phenomenon make more sense?
If you relate to Avery, congratulations. You are in good company. Avery’s example can be simplified or extended to match your ‘new-obsession’ experiences. Phases can be shorter and longer. Some never end. Some die and then come back. Phases-prone people are often passionate and artistic, and their ‘obsessions’ can help them achieve their goals. Overall, phases are only a bad thing if:
- they become the person’s identity and,
- they are harming anyone.
For example, my sixth grade ‘I wanna be a writer’ phases has never ended and probably never will. My fifth-grade shark obsession has died down to a strong interest. Meaning, I took the great white shark poster off my bedroom wall and stop calling myself a shark-related nickname, but every time bad shark movies come up in conversation, my knowledge of the subject resurfaces. (Ha! Resurfaces. No pun intended.)
For the record, sharks are not evil. They don’t like eating humans; they will literally eat anything and most shark attacks are on surfers who look like seals from below because sharks have bad eyesight and rely on their sense of smell which is very keen on picking up blood because sharks feed on the weak and injured fish, effectively cleaning up the ocean from disease species and the garbage humans throw in. Sharks do not prefer humans or any prey that will fight back. A good punch to their nose, gills, or eyes, should send most of them away for good. They like easy food and they feast primarily by dawn and dusk, so don’t be dumb and swim in shark-infested waters during those times. Also, the three most deadly sharks include the great white shark, the tiger shark, and the bull shark which can swim in fresh water and salt water and in waist-length water so watch out because this species is aggressive. But my favorite shark, the whale shark, is the largest and the most gentle of them all, and it’s blue with white polka dots and lets divers ride on its back, so come one, how can you resist that?
Shark rant over. Perhaps I should save the full version for another blog post.
Let’s wrap up with the recipe.
You might be noticing multiple mug cake recipes coming to this blog because I am going through a little mug cake phase. (See what I did there?) If you are like me and have a sweet tooth, mug cakes are a perfect quick fix for cravings since they take mere minutes to whip up. This recipe is a delicious gluten– and refined sugar–free dessert, snack, and breakfast, or all three—honestly, who’s judging?
Microwave baking isn’t the same as the conventional oven, so these cakes tend to come out a little fudgier than regular cakes. I found that coconut flour best mimics the conventional cake texture while almond flour turns out like custard. If you prefer the latter, substitute about 1/4 cup of almond flour for the coconut flour.
Whichever you choose, enjoy and join my mug cake phase!
Paleo Banana Mug Cake
- 1 banana
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- Mash the banana and mix with the rest of the ingredients.
- Spoon the batter into a mug. (Spray the mug beforehand if you plan to remove the cake after baking it.)
- Microwave the mug for 3 minutes and enjoy immediately!