Friday, January 18, 2013
Are you a perfectionist?
Definition: a person who is displeased by anything that does not meet very high standards
Do you have high standards for yourself? Is this your downfall?
Sometimes I find myself being too critical and not giving myself an inch. I am not satisfied with status quo. I feel that I should be able to lose weight quickly and admonish myself for not staying on track.
Today, I am thinking that I need to relax a little and give myself some slack. I become frustrated when I can't seem to start right up where I left off.
We have been gone on a trip to see my grandson who just turned 7 and celebrate his birthday. I had cake, I had sorbet, I ate a salad for dinner with chicken, I had caffeinated coffee. Now I have been on a detox for three weeks and this doesn't fit the program so I became very frustrated and upset with myself. You see, I was thinking I would still stay on track even though I was in the car or eating at a restaurant. Yes, I had sweets. Yes, I had caffeine. Did I blow it? YES!
But I am home now and eating healthy once more. So instead of berating myself even more and continuing to flog myself for messing up, I need to back off and just start over with the eating habits I have been following from the detox program. Not a big deal. My body will adjust and I will get back on track. I am going snowshoeing and get some time outdoors today in the sunshine. I will be healing my body from the side trip it took.
All will be right with the world and with me, Ms. Perfectionist! Take a lesson.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Well, I am halfway into the third week of my detox and adding back some dairy, sweet potatoes, yams, potatoes, corn, peas, bananas, and starches like grains and rice. They never tasted so good! When you are away from a food for awhile, you tend to gain an appreciation of its natural flavor. The first night I had brown rice, I'd thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
I am enjoying the increased energy that comes with this program. Cravings are at bay and I am fully satisfied with no hunger all day long. I am losing weight finally after a year or more of barely maintaining. I am not going to fully add back wheat or dairy products as I think my body reacts to those foods. But I am looking forward to a week of eating natural grains. The sprouted grain bread was to die for and I am having red rice tonight. Yeah! Go for it!
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Boy, I had no idea that a detox program could feel so good! I am almost done with my second week and I feel wonderful every day. I have also lost a total of eight pounds which makes me feel even better. After years of not being able to lose weight, I am FINALLY able to make the scale go down. This has been a frustration because despite the exercise and eating "right" my weight stayed around the same. I have been working towards losing weight intentionally now for over a year and it is finally paying off.
The detox regimen seems to have kick-started my metabolism. I am also doing strength training 2-3 times a week and a cardio every day. Snowshoeing is one of the best exercises I have found because it expends so much effort and calories. If for no other reason, I am encouraged to work even harder so the program is worth it! I am frozen no more.
Friday, January 04, 2013
This has been a great week to really think about what I am eating and how I am eating. With this detox program, I realized that even though I was eating about 3 vegetable and 3 fruits a day, it wasn't near enough. Nor was there a big selection of vegetables as I would stick to the same ones. I have ventured out and tried some that I didn't think I would like and don't normally buy. One of these is kale which is great roasted in the oven until crisp with a little olive oil. Another one is cauliflower and just finding spices that match that one has made all the difference.
Experimenting with spices is another thing that I haven't done much of in the past. Now I am broadening out (not in girth) but in choices of the many delectable spices. Try cumin on grilled chicken or dill on eggs. Cilantro has been and excellent addition to some of the "green" drinks I have tried.
Here is one of my favorites:
Sweet Pea Green Drink
1/2 sweet pea pods
fresh cilantro to taste
stevia powder - a dash or two
a little water to blend
It is yummy and very good for you! I am branching out and enjoying the clean eating. Sinus problems have lessened, lost four pounds, feel much more energy, and my arthritis symptoms seem lessened as well. Looking forward to another week where I can add back dairy and sprouted grain bread. I am not going back to eating dairy, however, as I think this is the contributor to my sinuses over time. And I am continuing to be gluten free, too. Challenges ahead, but my attitude is excellent!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
After about three days of headache, I am feeling pretty energetic today. It is day four of the detox program I am using and I can tell that the caffeine, sugars, salt and fats that I have consumed through the holidays has been working against me.
Sometimes you have to wonder why we do this to ourselves. I mean if you feel better eating fruits and vegetables, lean meats and healthy fats, why do we continue to eat the garbage or not so healthy stuff? I am going to revisit this question frequently during my four week detox. Building a new way of eating and preparing foods is just part of this process. I figure that you have to retrain your brain to think about what you are eating and how it impacts you daily!
Be wise as an owl! Be mindful about what you are eating this year everyday.
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