Thursday, March 26, 2009
Before I tell this story, you have to understand that I believe that G-d is always sending us messages and signs. G-d is always trying to get our attention to tell us what we need to hear. But, we're blind and deaf most of the time. Last year, I had a "spiritual awakening" that opened my eyes and ears. I started seeing signs from G-d everywhere. Some signs were just for me. Other signs were there for anyone with open eyes to see. So, let me fast forward to this past weekend's little miracle.
Over the weekend, I had breakfast with two close friends I met at church a few years ago. Next, I headed over the Half Price Books to write in my morning journal. After all that coffee, I had to go to the restroom, which annoyed me because I was ready to write. So...off I go with my backpack, purse, and blackberry. When I walked out of the restroom, I was startled.
My first thought was...who put that bookshelf right in front of the bathroom door. I certainly didn't see it there on my way and I had never noticed it there before. It's tall and it's big. I'm sure it's been there all along. BUT...this time I felt like I was going to walk right into it.
And there "IT" was on the bookshelf just begging me to pick it up. I didn't. I looked at ALL the other books first. It was an eclectic collection of "clearance" books. Of course, my eyes were drawn back to "IT" again. I couldn't resist any longer! I picked "IT" up and took "IT" back to the table with me.
I wrote in my journal and occasionally stared at "IT" wondering if I was overdoing the whole "G-d is always sending us messages" belief. BUT...once I opened up the book and started reading, I knew there was no mistake. This was one of G-d's little miracles. I believe G-d put that book right in front of me for a reason.
Well, I bought "IT" and took "IT" home and couldn't put "IT" down. I read and read until 2:00am. I could feel my mind literally expanding.
"Expanding from what?" You might be asking about now.
The OKINAWA Diet Plan: Get Leaner, Live Longer, and Never Feel Hungry.
I certainly wasn't looking for a "diet" book. I can't even stand the word "diet" anymore. I've always hated "diet" books. This book doesn't read like a "diet" book. It was intellectually stimulating and the scientific data gathered from the 25-year study of the Okinawa people was fascinating on so many different levels.
My body, mind, and soul were sold. I went to the grocery store and bought the food staples of their diet. I don't mean "diet" as in "I'm on a diet" but rather "their diet" means simply what they eat on a daily basis. Shopping was actually fun. Cooking was actually fun.
The food is so pretty compared to what I was eating. I ate so much in "weight" not calories that I was stuffed on all the good stuff. I put all my meals into the food tracker and on the third day I was SHOCKED.
Without even "trying" like I was before (and BTW I was miserable), all my numbers were spectacular (except for sodium the first day). The numbers that baffled me were the vitamins I've been tracking. It looked like I was tracking a vitamin supplement. Absolutely amazing!
Anyway, I recommend the book to anyone who gets into the "science" of how our bodies work and how food impact our lives. I just got started and haven't even finished the book yet. I will certainly be sharing my recipes and snack ideas and other helpful and interesting facts about food.
That's all for now folks. Stay tuned for more news from the "Okinawa Wannabe" on a mission.