When I started my Eat to Live journey almost 6 months ago, it was during the summer. I went to my local farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Sundays for fresh fruit and vegetables. This was simple and easy. I always came home with something new to try. I was so unhappy when the farmer’s market closed for the season. I decided to venture to Whole Foods Market. Wow! I was a fish out of water at Whole Foods. I felt like I didn’t belong there. I was uncomfortable and overwhelmed by the whole shopping experience. I was filled with many questions. Quinoa? Lentils? Liquid Aminos? Nutritional Yeast? Tahini? Cacao Powder? What are these? Is this marinara sauce ETL complaint? What kind of noodles are those? Does this have oil, salt or sugar in it? Can I eat this? The produce section was HUGE compared to my regular grocery store. I watched as people flew by me, picking out their food quickly with confidence and went on their way. Well, I noticed the other day, I am now in my comfort zone when shopping at Whole Foods! I look forward to it. Other than being with family, Whole Foods is my happy place. I delight in filling my big cart with nutritious food and produce. I enjoy sitting down in the seating area after to eat my current favorite TTLA (Tempeh, Tomato, Lettuce, and Avocado) sandwich.
I had an unplanned dinner out this week. I didn’t have my goodies bag filled with beans, veggies and my favorite salad dressing! No need to panic. I ordered a California salad that had broccoli and cauliflower. Yay! I asked for no egg, no cheese, no croutons and no dressing and I removed the uncooked mushrooms. I ordered a side of fresh strawberries to top my salad. I used vinegar only, no oil, as my salad dressing. Yummy!
The time between dinner and bed time continues to be stressful and difficult. Going to bed early is helping. I am happy to say that I have NOT had any SAD food this week. I was tempted many times. Food like pancakes, french fries and desserts were screaming at me! Whenever I felt I needed a dessert, I ate my yummy chocolate vegan frosty. It takes place of my huge bowl of chocolate ice cream comfort food. I caved to a late night snack once this week BUT it was Nutritarian. Bonus: My husband ate it too! It was my favorite white bean chili. I fasted through breakfast and lunch time the next day. I did not plan to fast but I wasn’t hungry until 16 hours later! I broke my fast with a delicious tofu scramble on a small salad plate (not a big dinner plate).
I have been doing a lot of self-reflection this week. I decided to start going to bed earlier. I continue to have enormous amounts of energy and periods of feeling really tired. This week I noticed that every time I was in the car by myself, I would car dance enthusiastically and sang at the top of my lungs! This is new for me. I have done this before BUT not at this level of crazy! I would be embarrassed if anyone I knew saw me. I felt great, I had so much energy and I couldn’t stop myself. However, I did have times where I felt really tired. So going to bed early will be my new normal. Also, I want to start exercising regularly. At this point, I don’t exercise…at all! I have not developed the exercise habit. A few months ago, my husband decided he wanted to run a 5K. So being the supportive wife I am, I registered our whole family (him, myself and our 2 kids) for a 5K this May!!! My husband, even though he is overweight (300+ pounds) and a part-time Nutritarian, used to be a runner. I have Exercise Induced Asthma and I have never been a runner. I have no idea how I will do this but somehow I know I will! So, my plan is to start moving! As my 6 month (January 30th) Nutritarian anniversary gift to myself, I bought a FitBit!!! I think I will open it early and get moving!
I don’t know what the medical term is but I say I have sensitive legs…along with knee pain and spider veins. It is painful when my kids sit on my lap. My legs shout out in pain as I yell out “Ouch!” with each and every move the kids make. They sadly end up getting off my lap because it’s too painful for me. By the end of the day, I climb the stairs with difficulty, usually slowly one at a time. Today is Day 32 of living Nutritarian. My daughter came and sat on my lap. We talked a while, laughed and enjoyed playing tickle bug. My daughter said to me, “Mom….your legs!”. “What about them?” I asked. She said with wide eyes, “NO MORE OUCHIES!”. Stunned I said, “You’re right!”. With happy tears in my eyes, we both shouted “YAY!”. THIS.IS.THE.MOMENT I will hold on to forever. THIS is my why! This is why I am able to say no to SAD food. I believe without a doubt, Food Is Thy Medicine and for me Eat To Live is the way to live. Today is Day 175 and it has been a bumpy road but I am on track again. I now say “No more ouchies!” a lot more. I say it when I notice improvements and when I experience challenges. It motivates me and reminds me of my WHY. I say “No more ouchies!” as I find myself running up the stairs or when I am trying to stay focused and push through a difficult moment. Because that is what it is…a moment. I will push through it and I can do this! Thank you for “listening”!