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44 Days ’til el Camino: Diet

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A domino effect? Sometimes when one thing changes. . .  it all changes.  Changing my exercise is affecting my diet!

I’ve been bothered by my diet for quite some time.  Though I probably eat healthier food that in the typical U.S. diet,  my eating times were erratic, and often I would not eat enough. Sometimes a lack of food sooner would lead to unhealthy binges later.

I’m finally starting to implement a plan.  Breakfast is eggs and potatoes.  Morning snack is a Shaklee shake.  Lunch is either a large salad or hummus and cheese sandwich (with spinach and using gluten-free bread).  Snack is nuts/peanut butter/cheese — not sure what else yet.  Dinner is either bean tacos, chicken (on wing night), spaghetti, or a dinner mixing some of these ingredients: cous cous, rice, beans, and lentils. That’s the plan to start.

My most recent intuitive health analysis said the following about my physical health and food:

“We see optimal health within the physical body. We see there is an understanding that this one has in regards to how to feed the body and what to feed the body.  This one is balanced in this regard, and we do not see much change needed there.”

It went on to suggest just more iron and iodine. So, I have since been more consistently taking my supplements and looking for ways to add more iron to a mostly vegetarian diet.

Yesterday I noticed a few other things related to diet.  I had been marveling that I hadn’t had any stomach cramping/gas for some time, and then . . . soon after I did!  I reflected back on what I’d eaten differently and concluded it must have been some chocolate I’d eaten.  I’d had similar stomach rumblings in response to chocolate in the past.  Bummer!  Less or no chocolate, then.  Then, my bank was having an anniversary celebration, and I had one mini cupcake and an Oreo cookie.  20 minutes later I felt an energy drop in my system.  Yikes!  Was it the sugar?  The breading?  Probably both.

Will this mean an end to sweets for me?  Probably not.  But I will be mindful of my choices, aware of the possible consequences of my decisions.  Maybe if I cut back on sugar I will finally embrace and eat the fruits I keep buying and not eating! 

A healthy diet has also been in my vision since last year.  Some things just take more time, I guess!  It gives me hope to keep the faith in my dreams.

Ending thought: While listening back to my last intuitive report, I came across a part that I realize I’ve been neglecting, and I thought it might help you as well.  It matches what’s been on my mind a lot this week, as I continue to reflect on judgement, acceptance, and neutrality. I was given these affirmations, advised to repeat them daily for a period of 3 months:

“Everything that occurs is for my benefit.  Every experience, every person, every interaction is here for my good.   I am fortunate to receive experiences that bring me joy.”

Much love, many blessings. ❤

10 Natural Remedies That Work for You AND Your Pet! (Link Included)

Hey!  I haven’t disappeared!   Really working on the Law of Proper Perspective and time management.  I am still writing, and here is my latest creation:  (Please check it out!)

10 Natural Remedies That Work for You AND Your Pet

 

 

Pickin’ Myself Up

"Earth And Sunset" courtesy of Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Earth And Sunset” courtesy of Idea go / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

As a sensitive person, my emotions can take me on quite the roller coaster.  You may not see it, but I can certainly feel it!  I felt down as I got up this morning. I was a complete 180 from Saturday morning, when I’d woken up feeling at one with the spiritual plane, happy to have this experience on Earth, and amazed with every aspect of life.  Today I felt lost, misunderstood, direction-less, purpose-less, helpless, and listless.  I wanted to just stop caring.

So, I picked myself up.  I made sure I had protein in my breakfast.  I took my Vitalizer vitamins (hadn’t taken them since Thursday), popped a Vitamin D, some Moodlift Complex, and had some Vivix.

I got some grading done, applied to another job, and did rough lesson plans for the rest of the school year.  And after I finish this post, I plan to get in some exercise.  (Yay, endorphins!) I haven’t done Zumba in quite some time, and I could really use a good full-body aerobic workout.  Finally, I hope to get some more leafy greens in during lunch today. (Yesterday I overdosed on yummy cheese and crackers, and I’m sure that didn’t help things.)

One day at a time.  One moment at a time.  As long as I’m still here on Earth I know there are still things I’m meant to do, experiences to be felt, and lessons for me learn.

Thoughts. . . About Pets. . . Apparently. . .

"Sniff Sniff"courtesy of Carlos Porto/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Sniff Sniff”courtesy of Carlos Porto/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

Get ready for a rambler, y’all.  I intend this blog to be completely all over the place, so if that makes you nauseous, this is not the entry for you.  I will go back and add labels so that there is some appearance of organization, but that’s all you get.

*And now that I’m actually typing this out, I see that I’m going to write about pets.  Ok, then.  So. . .  here are my random thoughts about pets!

Things on Pets That Grow Too Fast

–Dog fur

–Cat claws

Things on Pets That I Wish Would Grow and Not Fall Off Instead and Cover the Entire House and My Jackets and Black Pants and EVERYTHING I SIT ON AND WEAR

–Cat fur

Big Cat

My cat is huge.  I don’t think he’s obnoxiously huge, but he’s clearly overweight.  Almost everyone who visits us comments about it.  The comments bother me, but I don’t plan on changing anything, at least when it comes to his diet.

A few years ago I carelessly messed with his diet because I thought I could feed him any type of cat food – any brand, any price —  and then he started throwing up multiple times during the week.  I took him to the vet, and they suggested various options, including increasingly expensive tests and procedures (which I consented to because every test kept coming back negative, and I certainly didn’t know what the heck was going on with him), and I was shelling out thousands of dollars, and then soon after HE GOT WORSE.  Worse to the point that the experimental medication they had given him was making him squat and cry like he was going to die, and then, my sweetest, most friendliest, darling cat in the world — who nuzzled and accepted my new pup the very first day he met him and easily sits on the lap of any stranger – was cowering and snarling, in a most hissy fit of rage if anyone got anywhere close to him, and so that night at midnight we found ourselves sitting in the emergency pet clinic, completing another procedure, which again helped us none. And then I remembered that one of my friends had once mentioned this one type of cat food that she said worked for her pets, including her sick foster pets, and I decided I would try it, and as soon as he switched, he was back to throwing up once a week or less (which I understand is more normal for cats).

So, even though it is a name brand food and not natural, nor probably the most healthy, I AM NOT CHANGING IT.  Because I’m terrified of making the same mistake.  I realize I could take him to another vet and run allergy tests to find the perfect natural food, and I could put him on a fresh meat/organ, etc diet, but I’m not ready for that.  I’m also now 50 times more wary of vets than I ever was before the whole ordeal.  (And vets and vet-lovers out there, I apologize; I understand that I just had a bad experience and that there are many good vets out there.  Please forgive my health-field-phobia, which is just as strong in  the human-health world.)

And apparently I’ve decided I’m done now, but I anticipate this is not my last rambling pet post. . .

I Am the “Spider”

"Web of Pearls" by Tina Phillips

“Web of Pearls” by Tina Phillips

I am a spider.  Oh, that’s a terrible analogy, but it works for this topic.  Maybe I’ll come up with a better one by the time I finish this post. But anyway, this is the conversation that I had with my fiancée.  He believes in his company.  I do, too.  I use most of the products, for goodness sake, and I LOVE them.  I use the shampoo, the conditioner, the moisturizer, the vitamins, the protein, etc etc.  And they are all fantastic.  And I love that his company uses scientists and does a lot of testing to make sure the products work and recalls products that don’t meet the standards.   I love that my eye doctor looked into the window of my body (eyes) and commented on how great they look. I love that my teeth are healthy with the non-fluoride toothpaste, despite that my insurance doesn’t cover my dentist visits (fingers crossed on that one).  I love the boost my vitamins give me to get me through the day.  I love that I notice the chemicals now in products that aren’t natural — at work and at others’ houses who disinfect in front of me —  because the ones that I use are that chemically pure and awesome.  I love that the protein from this company keeps me healthy on my now stricter vegetarian diet.  And I know how the products have cured my grandmother’s health concerns, cured my nose-running (and that of my sister), and allowed my fiancée to recover faster from the winter sickness than me – the person who decided to just “tough it out.”  It is a part of my life, and if you asked me, I would tell you about all of this.

But you have not asked me, and I am the spider.  I wait.  That sounds so awful.  Maybe I am the wise woman who does not seek out?  I wait to be approached?  If you asked me for help —  if you asked me for advice — I would be easier about this.  I know what has worked for me.  But I know that life is like mathematics.  Like religion.  Like God/the Goddess.  There are many paths to the same end.  To reach the goal.  To find our way to better health.   So, if you are finding your way – fantastic.  I love you, and support you!  And if you are lost, I know a way!  It is not THE way, but it is a way, and it works for me.

May you be blessed in whatever way you choose, and if I can be of any service to you, that would give my life that much more meaning.

This Week’s Accomplishments — Top 10

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“Stars Abstract” courtesy of digitalart/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

(“You’ve earned a gold star!”)

For some reason I tend to get bogged down and low when the toughest part of the week is over.  (Why? I ask myself: “Why???”)  In my effort to combat this trend and lift my spirits, I present here my accomplishments for the week:

1. Clearing out my living space. Most of my teaching books were moved out of the office and into the basement, and then out of the basement and out to the tutoring center.  Yay for clearing!  Then, I moved most of my Spanish teaching books from the office back to school.  (Soon I won’t be able to recognize that office room anymore!)

2. Taxes = Completed.  Inevitably attempting taxes will result in extreme agitation, a pain matched only by my intense grading sessions.  Thankfully, I managed to complete my taxes in one evening over the course of 3.5 hours, so the experience was contained and short-lived.

3. The hardest part of my week is over. The teaching and the majority of my tutoring is done for the week.  (I have one student on Sunday, and then I pick up again with more tutoring on Monday.)

4. The majority of my grading is done. I had open conferences on Thursday and was able to knock out a majority of my grading AND get a few needed odds-and-ends done.

5. I’ve been blogging every day. I think I’ve missed a day or two over the last few weeks, but I think I’ve made every day of this week.  Sometimes I don’t want to post because I think my blog is dumb and no one will be interested, but I’ve been able to push through that self-criticism and just get done what I’ve set out to do, knowing you win some, and you lose some.

6. I’ve been exercising at least every other day. This week has been tough, but with the mindset that I should be doing some sort of exercise every day, I’ve at least got that habit in place, even if I miss some.  Sunday was housecleaning.  Monday was Zumba.  Tuesday was walking around the school hallways.  Wednesday was dancing around the house.  Thursday I missed one.  Friday was yoga.  Today will be Zumba again.

7. Student successes.  I’m sure I have many small successes that I may not even be aware of.  But more recently I had a mom of one of my more reluctant tutoring students tell me that she had asked her daughter if she wanted to skip today, and the girl had said no, that she wanted to come in. (Yay!)  Also, another tutoring student who has had trouble getting anything done at all during our sessions has been much more focused the last few weeks.

8. I’m still vegetarian. I’m half-way through my 4th month of being a vegetarian, and I’m still hanging in there.  Almost cheated a bit Thursday out of necessity, but I couldn’t even do it.  (I may post more about that later.)

9. I’m limiting added sugars and salty snacks. I’ve been limiting myself to chocolate (mostly dark) and Shaklee salty snacks, and I’m still going pretty strong.  I had trouble turning down some round, sweet snacks on Pi Day at the school (out of politeness, believe it or not), but I limited myself to small pieces and bites and did just fine.  I wasn’t even upset about missing out on having more of the treats.  The only time I really struggled was when I hadn’t had enough to eat in general and then everything looked absolutely fabulous to eat during those times.

10. Following up with my life coach homework. I’ve been doing fairly well with my assignments from my life coach, already done with the major part of my assignment for this week (jotting down a list of interesting job titles).  The next step is to look more deeply into the healing professions, something I’ve already begun but need to look into a little more closely.

Well done, Teri!  I’m looking forward to another great week!

What a Difference a Day Can Make (Again!)

Presently I’m dehydrated, unfocused, oily, and dejected.

Yesterday I was clear, energetic, glowing, and positive.

What made the difference?  I ate well and exercised yesterday — today I did not.  A couple of end-of-the-trimester-and- you-earned-your-sticker-goal-yay!!-fiestas with a little bit of nibbling here and there, a neglect of my packed lunch,  6.5 hours of sleep, and the knowledge that I had grading to come home to — all of these compounded completely shut me down tonight, such that I was barely able to get this post out.  (Didn’t have my vitamins either.)  And right now I’m so out of it that I can’t even get myself to take Bowser out and go to bed.  Guess I’ve gotta try. . .

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