Friday, May 04, 2012
This morning my boyfriend told me his latest check up was good, all except for his kidneys were overworking themselves and liver too. Raised concern because overworked kidneys and liver is usually your salt intake is too high, you're not getting vegetable fibre in your diet, you're eating an excess amount of meat and dairy products, and dehydration to name a few.
We don't need a professional to tell *why* these are happening. While bad foods don't hurt you in the now, they'll hurt you down the road. Down the road for him is finally here.
While he is very muscularly fit, he eats the worst foods ever (think beautiful on the outside, destructive on the inside). Burgers from fast-food everyday, chips, meat, TONS of milk with an overabundance of protein for workouts, and countless sweets of doughnuts, sugary drinks, candy, pop-tartsÖ the list could go on. (You ask why he isn't obese yet? Bless his genes and working out everyday!)
He laughed about it because his doctor mentioned coffee enemas. A couple months ago when I first bought the Gerson Therapy book, we were having a discussion about coffee enemas and how they are useful in detoxing harmful toxins from your liver and kidneys out of you from that therapy. At the time he thought it was crazy. He thought it was funny it was brought up, but I think a part of him also took it somewhat seriously too? Not sure.
He didn't tell me *how* bad it was, just they were overworked (and expressed having dull pain in his flanks). I wasn't too thrilled when he spent $300 on groceries. When I look in the cabinet its nothing but TV dinners, sugary cereals, and potato chips galore.
Being alone on this journey has been the hardest part for me. I have support here on SP, but when it comes to realityÖ he doesn't accept my raw ways (and will try to convert me back). It hurts when someone you love is plagued with sickness and you have the answer to make better choices in diet, but at the end of the day it's going to be up to that person to realize if it's right or wrong for them.
Meditating on being mindful of other's journeys and respect to their own decisions, even if it's self destructive. Sometimes you have to let them find out for themselves. I just hope one of these days, he'll come around (even if it's a little bit). He shouldn't be having that problem for as young as he is (22).
Friday, May 04, 2012
I'm like a science experiment on myself when it comes to my eating habits. Yesterday was my roommate's birthday, and we celebrated at CPK. They have a vegetarian/vegan menu, so I stuck with the lettuce wraps on that (with chinese vegetables only). That was good, and since I survived my previous 30 day challenge of staying vegan in April, I shared some dessert for the sake of my roommate's birthday (it was a special occasion, and since I survived 30 days, I figured why not?)
My system has been functioning on fresh, whole, raw, organic plants and vegetables that when I put even the least bit of refined sugar, dairy, and ingredients you can't pronounce correctly in me, the next day I'm feeling absolutely horrible. Today has been rough for me. I'm not kidding when I say my entire day I've been feeling ridiculously lethargic and sleepy. My neck feels like I slept on it wrong, my shoulders are tense, and I can even feel my mind on thisÖ weird kind of vibe (hard to explain, but if I had to explain itÖ it feels foggy). All from a caramel sundae (and maybe even the lettuce wraps too, since they contained a ridiculous amount of sodium).
With my vegetarian/vegan menu I also got another menu that broke down everything on their menu by calories, sodium, fat, carbs, etc. I was seriously shocked how everything was over 1000 calories, and even more shocked at how the sodium levels exceeded to nearly 3000! I'm taking the 30 day transition really did change the chemistry around in me, not to mention now I can really look at it from a perspective on the effects processed foods and sweets really DO have on you.
Reflecting on the mindfulness of the energy natural food brings you. While it is there to be colorful, savor, and have fun with it, it also serves a greater purpose for our existence. Meditating on the mindfulness of savoring what you eat, but making sure while I eat things that are there for taste bud pleasure purposes, I'm also responsible for nourishing myself to the best health I can have.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
I love arugula in salads, absolutely NOT in green smoothies!
I was preparing a green drink for this morning and whether it was the fact I just woke up and was half asleep still I grabbed arugula instead of spinach and lets just say that was not the best tasting drink (with carrots, oranges, and grapefruit). It was thick, WAY too bitter, and the plant was just overwhelming! Made it up with a kale, blueberry, banana, and orange juice drink that was refreshing for a hot Tuesday morning! (Will probably have another for a later lunch refreshment!)
It's been easier tracking food on Nutridiary than Sparkpeople (sorry Spark, I still do love you!) I'm a visual person so the visuals they give with your carb, fat, and protein pie chart lets me see how much I'm putting into myself and how much to measure. Surprisingly easy, and their database covers a lot of raw foods Sparkpeople has trouble defining (hopefully one day this will be fixed!) My carbs linger around 80-90%, while my fat is usually from 7-12%, and protein from 7-15%.
Meditated this morning for my 30 day challenge of 'May of Meditation' (kinda cheesy, just came up with it!) My goal is to do it every morning before the start of my day so I can be mindful and filled with gratitude. I have a meditation journal I write in every morning to record my experience and see what kind of random thoughts I get from it. This morning it was about overcoming a barrier of communication with a difficult issue in my life, and it freaked me out a little how turquoise was a reoccurring theme (turquoise stands for communication from and to the heart! Crazy!!! Didn't find this out until after I researched!)
I picked back up on jogging today! For Meditation May I figured I'd also do 20 minutes of jogging every morning to get myself back in the routine. Going to do Hatha Yoga later tonight before bed, so I can go to sleep comfortably.
It's my roommate's birthday today, we're celebrating at CPK. They have a vegetarian/vegan menu, so I'm excited for that! One of my coworkers decided to go vegetarian for three days, then try vegan for three days. She usually eats healthy as is, but is curious on how the diet works. Even though I wish she could give it a week or two to [really] feel the benefit, I respect everyone has their limits. I'm happy she's at least giving it a go! Baby steps always are first!
For May of Meditation, here's a nifty little thing I found today! Makes sense!
Monday, April 30, 2012
Today is the final day of April, which means today is my day of success for remaining vegan for 30 days!!!!
Avoiding all the animal based products I used to eat (fish, especially sushi, and dairy such as yogurt and cheese) was difficult the first two weeks, but after I got over that hump... I've never felt better! I'm proud of myself for the fact this is one of the first personal challenges I've taken in my life where I felt like I really did succeed at my effort! (for more than just a couple days... for a WHOLE MONTH!!!!) The success didn't come without the days where I felt down (detox days), days where cravings hit hard the most, and days where it was frustrating. However, the only way to truly learn is taking the good WITH the bad! You're going to get hard days, and those hard days truly define your person strength and integrity to stay on the path or be affected by it. You are definitely stronger than you think, believe me!
A lot of my friends have been asking if tomorrow I'm going to go back to the same old routine. Absolutely not! While I won't limit myself if the opportunity does come to grab sushi, then again I will only do so if it's an absolute necessity (as in a very special occasion). Which, honestly, will be in a very rare instance! My cravings for everything I used to eat, animal based, have disappeared. I have a newfound appreciation for greens I've never used to like before. There's plenty of natural, raw recipes that leave me feeling satisfied at the end of the day.
If it wasn't for this community and my friend Abe for supporting me along the way when times got difficult, I don't think I would have made it (or kept my sanity). I had so much criticism for it (and I still do, no matter what), but at the end of the day, you always have to do what is right for [you]. I've learned a wealth of information within the month's time, and am only continuing to grow everyday. To keep your body healthy, you also have to keep your mind sharp and open with new, fresh ideas and concepts! Keep your body healthy, and you'll keep your mentality healthy too!
So, what's my personal challenge for May? I've been looking into juice feasting for an entire month, but I believe I'll save that for June (to prepare myself mentally for it). For May, I'm going to concentrate on my spirituality and attempting to set aside a moment of mindfulness and meditation for everyday. I've really began taking an interest in Buddhist philosophies again, so for the entire month of May I want to attempt to do yoga and meditation as much as I can to center myself more. As much as I do already meditate, I want to do it everyday (when waking up AND going to bed).
Enjoying a kale, raspberry, carrot, and grapefruit juice this morning (I know, weird combination, but the weird combinations actually taste good to me!) I woke up super early, ready to start my day of success! I'm wishing everyone else has a wonderful day! Learn something new everyday, keep an open mind, and keep yourself healthy! Sneak in raw veggies or fruit, it won't hurt in the least! ;)
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Two more days until Iíve fulfilled my vegan pledge for April, and two more weeks until graduation! Iím so proud of myself for deciding to buck up and take the vegan challenge. Besides from the detoxification you go through, I havenít felt more vibrant and alive like I have been (I feel like I have more energy NOW then when I was sixteen!) The greatest wealth is most definitely your health, and when you have your healthÖ anything else in the process is possible to do!
This week I bought a variety of greens (red chard, dino kale, regular kale, organic arugula, organic romaine, organic spinach, organic lettuce mixture) so I can rotate them daily accordingly. Usually with my green smoothies/juicing I stick with kale, but Iíve been reading how itís important, if not essential, to rotate your greens so you get the best balanced nutrients possible.
Iím currently in the market of buying a new juicer (I use a classic blender, it gets the job done). I want to buy a juicer in order to blend my carrots better, since my current blender is only friendly toward the softer things (plants and fruit). Within the next couple of days (or with my next paycheck) Iím going to go look into it. The blender I have now is old, not to mention SUPER loud! My roommate doesnít mind me blending in the mornings, but I figured itís time to upgrade to something better.
Yesterday my university won the Arbor Day Plant Trees USA contest, and my service group planted 20 new trees along the walkways of our campus! We also got to take home some Honey Locust tree buds native to our state. It was such a beautiful Friday morning/afternoon to plant, and a beautiful way to leave a legacy to our future generations to make a greener world.
Iíve been a little more in touch with nature lately. I feel by my raw diet I have better respect from nutrients that our Mother Earth provides for us. A lot of my friends think Iím talking crazy liberal hippy tree hugger stuff, but seriously! Our world is beautiful, and once you make yourself aware to itÖ you want to do everything in your power to respect and preserve it, as well as learn from it!
I figured all of our sources needed to survive and thrive have always been there since the beginning of time; it was what our ancestors used to survive themselves. The answer and solutions have been there all along since the beginning of time.
Greed, corruption, and selfishness for the food industry have made diseases thrive and unhealthy habits continue. Be a human being who approaches life everyday like a scientist, questioning everything there is! Think outside of the box! (LOL I had to post the picture belowÖ cracks me up!!!)
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