It was a bit of a wonky week really…
I recovered from my overthinking last week and set myself straight about keeping this plan simple. I need to make this work for me, my lifestyle and my family, instead of stressing over “getting it right” or not and forcing myself to fit with a “program” for short term results. I gave up the scales a few weeks ago now, which was a major bonus for me, but I’ve still been judging myself too harshly about being perfect with it all.
Elisha has created an amazing group in Eat To Live Daily. But for a day or two there, I got so caught up in seeing others’ results and looking at their mouth-watering pictures of food, I started questioning myself and my journey in comparison again. A quick little violin tune feeling sorry for myself, followed promptly by a little post or two about my challenges I was back on track. Gosh I love your work Elisha!
I know I need to stay true to focussing on progress, not perfection. Whenever I start questioning and judging myself, I fall hard and fast. This group, however, has been an absolute life saver for me. And when I don’t make the time to fit it into my day, I really notice a difference! The support from this group really keeps me motivated and on track. It’s my little family of encouragement cheering me on and guiding me through this ETL life.
My biggest lessons learned this week were that I need to keep my head in Dr Fuhrman’s books, spend time refreshing and improving on my ETL knowledge and immerse myself in the ETL Daily support groups. If I lose sight of my new daily routines for even a second, I find myself wandering aimlessly through my day, craving crappy foods and feeling lost, lethargic and defeated.
One of my biggest struggles with this way of eating is that I have not been so great at organising myself. I’m pretty good at being organised for the rest of my family, but prioritising myself has been a huge challenge! My goal for the next week is to focus on building the new habit of weekly prepping for my meals and making sure my meals are ready to go so I don’t leave myself to last every night! A lot of the other journalling ladies prep their weekly meals as Elisha suggests in her plan on the weekend. For some reason, I just haven’t quite got into the routine of doing this, and try, it makes a massive difference when I do make the time to do it. Now I just need to make sure I do it every week until it becomes my life-long habit. Why is it so difficult for me to prioritise myself?!!! I certainly wouldn’t let my children treat themselves this way so it’s way past overdue that I change this once and for all.
I’m absolutely loving Elisha’s meals in the 6 Week ETL Meal Plan. Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I ever doubted that I wouldn’t enjoy eating this way. The best thing about eating ETL, is noticing how my body feels. It’s truly amazing to feel what your body should feel like after a nutritarian meal – NOT the stiff, heavy, lethargic, sugar-craving beast that it is when I don’t eat my massive salad and beans each day. It’s hard to believe that once upon a time I didn’t know any different! Now I really feel it when I have not complied to my nutritarian lifestyle. It is so not worth eating any other way. And that dairy from last week, I read that it can take up to three weeks to clear through your system! NOT WORTH IT!!
Now that I am feeling more relaxed and confident with this lifestyle, having experienced the huge differences between eating this way and not eating this way, and having committed to being more organised to make progress each and every day, I finally feel like I can truly make this nutritarian life my forever lifestyle. Not just say it, but actually KNOW IT! I know I won’t be perfect with it, and that’s totally okay, but I know for sure that this is my daily routine, my daily guide, and whilst I still have food addictions to deal with, I know I don’t want to go back to eating any other way for more than an emotional slip-up.
It has not been an easy journey so far. I have had more than my share of ups and downs – especially the downs. But long-term, the benefits of Eat To Live far outweighs the short-term goal of fitting into a new pair of skinny jeans. Even though that is still super-exciting! Knowing that I will be around for my children, and then their children, is my daily reminder of why I am “being the change I want to see”.
Keep it simple, progress not perfection, plan and prep my meals without fail, reach out to my support network every day and the rest will follow. It’s all these small steps each day that keep me on track and keep my head focussed on my “why”. This journey has been so much more than just a wild adventure in food and eating, it’s been an emotional awakening and lesson in self-love that is teaching me far more about myself than I could have ever imagined!
Oh, and just a quick pic on one of my three avocado trees that I am growing! Prices have soared here in Australia after a nationwide shortage was announced so I am nurturing these babies so much more!
Bring on week six!