|"Sleeping Gypsy" by Henri Rousseau 1896|
So, today is my first conscious NO~> Wheat/Refined Sugar/Dairy day.
I am going to look at it similarly to the time when I was ceasing the smoking habit (1992)... I had to cut out the smoking and add in more fluids and rest and oxygen (breathing). I also needed to be aware of the places where I practiced my rituals related to smoking... where did I roll my cigarettes, when did I smoke the most, what excuses did I use to indulge in smoking?
First thing this morning I weighed myself -- I am ashamed (I mean this, literally) to report that I weigh more today than I think I have at other other time in my life. It will be a challenge to follow through on doing what I know I need to do, but I have to. No more excuses.
I have a desire to be more active than I currently am. Today at 2:09 pm I have been for one walk with my husband and our dog (soon to take another) and have bounced on the rebounder for approximately 20 minutes (trying to do it hourly). I will also lie on the slantboard for 20 minutes at some point, an exercise that is so relaxing that I really don't know why I don't do it more often?
Today I have consumed: Apple-Blackberry-Dandelion smoothie; (gluten-free, stone-ground) oatmeal and chia seeds with a topping of fresh blackberries, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, raisins, and a light skiff of Palm sweetener (low glycemic but tastes like butterscotch). We have also had a bowl of curry kale-chickpea soup. I'm a foodie. Much of my focus is on food. I like to think my focus is on nutritious food, but the truth is that I also occasionally crave sweets with sugar in them, dairy (there is that huge chunk of cheese still residing in our fridge), and, of course, gluten-- I LOVE artisan breads, etc. etc. etc. I allow for one small piece of raw vegan brownie (no refined sugar-- uses dates; no flour-- uses walnuts; no dairy-- well, just no dairy). I KNOW I need to move on beyond the brownies, but at this time I am going to allow them as a transitional food. After our walk we will go to town to get some juicing items that I don't have in the garden... I have lots of greens, blackberries, and tomatoes, but would like some cilantro, parsley, carrots, and celery for example.
Now, I need to go jump once more before we head out for our walk... talk tomorrow!