“I”, as in “Me” . . . or the “I” I want to be!

I have been talking about sharing my plan for the new year for a while now. I’ve been working on it pretty much all of 2014. I had a lot of time to think about my future laying in bed for so long and then having to rest so much until my body was fully healed. The hardest thing to do as an active person, is nothing! Have you thought about what you would be like if you could mold yourself into the person you want to be? You can, you know . . . I have often thought about this.  You leave a great discussion with someone you really admire and think, I wish I could be like that!  it really got me thinking this year, with all the months I spent in bed.  What would it take?  So I started thinking about my most recent goals, and what it would take to get “there”. I had been working towards a few goals for the past 3 years and getting very close to a few of them just before I was first diagnosed with Shingles last year. My weight was one of those goals. I had eaten so unhealthy for so long and my body was just kind of in slow motion, responding to what I told it to do. I had to really buckle down and just be consistent. I used to get so frustrated when I didn’t see fast results, that I would just give up and move on to trying something else. Or I would find something that works, and say, oh, “I deserve a cheat meal now” or a treat and that always seemed to stunt my progress, which threw me back into the first pattern of giving up and trying something else. Then again, there were times when I would find out something worked and lose my momentum one way or another. It took determination, stick-to-it-iveness, to just let the little bits add up and keep going. Education doesn’t hurt either. The more I researched, the more classes I took, the more I have learned that sometimes our bodies just need time to respond to new stimuli or the removal of old stimulus. If our bodies are familiar with one type of fuel (cheese, pasta, sugar, meat, traditionally grown and processed plant foods, etc) and we replace it with fresh whole vegetables and fruits, we will go through withdrawals. We don’t just crave it because we like it, our bodies crave fuel and develop intestinal flora to digest that fuel. It becomes a physical addiction. When you don’t feed that flora with it’s...

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Body, Mind and Spirit
Jan03

Body, Mind and Spirit

My mission this week is to share what I am doing in the new year, but I think it’s going to take me a month to tell you everything! And I have about a million and one things running through my mind, so breaking it down to one subject per post feels like . . . ahhhh!!!   I want to talk about my food today.  I love food.  I mean, I LOVE food.  I love the way it smells, how pretty on a plate it is, the textures, the combinations.  You say food, I’m like: Most folks know that I have been Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB)for about 5 years. This means: no processed/prepared foods, no salt, no oil, no animal products which includes all animal flesh: beef, turkey, chicken, duck, lamb, veal, fish, etc as well as no dairy – Dr. Fuhrman dubbed this a “nutritarian” lifestyle. For the first half, I was deeply entrenched in making sure I had my micronutrients. I have suffered most of my life with debilitating autoimmune disease and toyed around with vegan/vegetarianism for the 10 years preceding this move in my diet and I was just ready to get out of that cycle. The second half of that, saw more and more exposure to farming practices as I researched my health and the quality of the food I was eating.   Not only was I seeing what kind of chemicals were getting sprayed on my food and how they were changing the DNA make-up of food in a lab in the seed, but also how animal products actually get to the stores. From the birth of the animal to the animal product in packaging – eggs, milk, chicken breasts, beefsteak, bacon . . . the more I saw, the more I even just lost my appetite. And man, oh man, did I not want to give it to my family! So I started telling people that I was WFPB and that compassionate living was a happy happenstance. But . . . research is never ending. And as you change what you eat, and the hormones in the foods are ingested less and less, the levels of those hormones in your body slowly begin to lower. Your thinking clears and your brain is able to make connections that those hormones can hinder. You’ll hear a lot of people talk about how their skin clears, their eyes are brighter, etc but also, you feel like you begin learning things on a spiritual level that somehow were blocked before. It’s an awareness of sorts that has to be experienced because it’s too difficult to explain. And...

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Authentic in 2015 – New Year’s resolutions??!

  If there is anyone excited about an opportunity for fresh starts this year, it’s ME!! Growing up, we always talked about resolutions, my friends and I did. Usually it was a time for “what can I do that will please me”. Typically, I was known as the friend where you could get anything you need – a shoulder to cry on, help with homework, friendly advice, even the shoes off my feet (on more than several occasions!) My parents called me their “missionary child” because I was always helping someone, including every stray animal that crossed my path! I didn’t really think I needed to up my game in that department, I just needed to keep doing what I was doing. So the typical resolutions that made it to my list: lose weight, run my neighborhood M-F, save $XX before my birthday, etc. But in my mind, I felt incomplete. I spent so much time trying to help others and to be sure that those around me were satisfied that it became a habit to put my thoughts/wants/needs in a little box and on a shelf in the back of the room of my mind. It became such a habit that it had become a very heavy anvil that I carried daily with me. It became easier just to say, “whatever you want” when asked where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. I would just spit out phrases my parents spoke or others whom I knew I should value. It was too hard to sift through that very full room in my mind of chaotic needs that surrounded me in my life, to the back of the room to the tippy-top shelf to get to that tiny, little box where I put myself. In the book “The Five Love Languages,” Gary Chapman refers to our “love tank” as a gauge to how fulfilled we are. We learn through his text which language we speak, and how often we are “spoken to” in our language is what fills our tank. We have a tendency to naturally lean towards “speaking” our own love language. There is a test in the book you can take that tells you what language you speak, but I think you probably can tell for yourself which language fills you the most (and it can change through the seasons of our life). And it’s not what you want to project, or think is the one you should feel, but what truly makes you feel loved. He labels the languages as: Words of Affirmation Quality Time Physical Touch Acts of Service Receiving Gifts...

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What’s the matter with me?

Your body will produce antibodies because certain foods are toxic to your body specifically. You can have symptoms like fever (feels like hot flashes), unexplained rashes and swelling in the joints (arthritis is commonly misdiagnosed), weight gain, headaches, diarrhea/constipation, lack of energy, insomnia, lethargy — much of what is diagnosed as “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” can easily be linked to poor diet — based on food sensitivity and allergic immune response alone, much less the obvious. And so much more.

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Black-eyed Pea Summer Salad
Nov22

Black-eyed Pea Summer Salad

Fresh and easy! Ingredients 2 cans no salt added b-eye peas 1 whole avocado chopped 1 onion chopped 2 tomatoes chopped 1/2 c apple cider vinegar with stevia to sweeten Fresh ground pepper Makes 4 servings, serve on sprouted grain tortillas or romaine lettuce boats....

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