Monday, September 5, 2011

Conscious Health Day Number 1

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"Sleeping Gypsy" by Henri Rousseau 1896
I slept quite well last night and that is an indicator, I think, that I ate well (for me)yesterday.

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!


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