Rest day. While I am proud of what I accomplished yesterday, I needed to relax today. That walk in almost 80 degree heat took a lot out of me. I have decided to stop posting my vitals as they really aren’t changing more than a point or two from day to day for the last two days. My blood pressure, blood sugar and weight seem to have all found a happy place. The weight will continue to come off as I fix my lifestyle at home. My body does not appear to be the kind that drops weight real fast. And that’s ok. Because, as I’ve experienced while I’ve been here, it also doesn’t add it back on fast either. Some people have gained 3 or more pounds when they started re-feeding. I barely gained a pound.
I’m feeling kind of “lost” today as most of my fasting family has now departed. I am a firm believer that everyone comes into your life for a reason. They are there to teach you something. So, I am reflecting on what each of these people have taught me while I’ve been here. The number one take away is that I am extremely thankful to be going home to a supportive environment! Jay has already started cooking recipes from the new cookbook I sent home. Some of these people are going home to spouses, family and friends that don’t support their lifestyle change. I can’t even imagine how hard that would be. I wonder if that’s why some of them end up coming back more than one time.
The other take away is that some people can become almost fanatical and very black and white. Life isn’t black and white. I refuse to guilt or shame myself because I had a square of dark chocolate once a week or a glass of wine. Where you run into trouble is when it’s a “trigger” food, where you can’t stop eating it (mine is pizza) or when you’re eating it on a daily basis. I will do everything I can to stay on the “straight and narrow” as much as possible. And, yet, at the same time I won’t be one of those people that beat themselves up for allowing something in their diet, on a rare occasion, that shouldn’t be. I won’t eat meat of any kind, not because I’m being black and white about it but, because the thought of it makes me physically ill. I avoid the butcher area of the grocery store on purpose because the smell makes me gag.
I would also like to encourage everyone reading this to try new fruits, vegetables and grains! I had prickly pear, for the first time, here and love it! Go into your grocery store once a week and pick out something you’ve never had before or that you thought you didn’t like. Give it a shot! You’d be amazed at how many people here started out saying “I don’t like..” or”I would never eat…” and end up liking, and sometimes loving, the food! I still don’t like Lima beans! Beets are amazing! Steamed greens are so yummy especially with some lemon squeezed over them or drizzled with some baslamic vinegar! How about being really daring and trying rambuhtan (it’s a fruit). How about quinoa? Quinoa is super easy to make and tastes great. The choices are almost endless. Also, if you have children, have them try it too! My daughters LOVE mango! (Who am I kidding, we all love mango! They don’t last long in our house!). The other thing I would like to encourage you to do is try out meatless Monday’s. One day a week don’t eat meat (this includes chicken and fish). Discover the amazing recipes, that are all over the Internet, for meatless meals. If you need any suggestions please let me know. Take a baby step in getting healthier!
I wish for you a lifetime of health, joy and love!