Okay so— in a previous post I made a declaration to post a daily update to help keep myself accountable to my new two-part plan. Last night I was too tired to post an update. I went to bed instead.
I have some tweaking to do. I won’t say I’ve reneged exactly. I have to make some modifications, that’s all. With all the new things I’ve become involved in, it’s difficult to keep up with posting on a daily basis. I decided it would be better for me to not lock myself into doing a post daily, so it will be random.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m easing into a new diet to see what the effect, if any, on the symptoms of rheumatoid disease. Dr. McDougall recommends eliminating wheat, corn, soy, dairy, eggs and meat.
So far, I’ve eliminated eggs and corn. I’ll work on the rest as I go. Eliminating eggs is a challenge because I love scrambled eggs, omelets, toasted western sandwiches, bacon and egg sandwiches, egg mcmuffins, Quiche and cakes. Often, I consumed eggs daily.
I read food labels now. I don’t want to unknowingly ingest something I’m trying to eliminate.
Wheat is the most problematic. I still have some things, like wheat crackers, in the house that I don’t want to just throw away. They may keep for a while.
You would be proud of me. Last night at the season opener for darts, I turned down reaching for a cookie from the pile of yummies sitting in from of me in a tin. After we played two games, we all sat down for coffee and treats. I came prepared with my own wheat-free cookies. My mind tried to talk me into having “just one” cookie from the tin, but I opened my baggy and took out my wheat-free cookie instead. Whew! That was close.
I mentioned that I’m making the transition one meal at a time and breakfast seemed like the easiest meal to start with. The breakfast menu includes things like, oatmeal with applesauce, raisins, dates and cinnamon, Creamy buckwheat and blueberries, hash browns with garlic, onions and celery, potato on kamut toast, kamut toast with nut butters like pumpkin, sunflower and cashew. I have yet to make a breakfast tortilla with brown rice, spinach or kale on wheat and corn free tortillas, but they do sound yummy.
In addition to the Vibrant Women’s and Managing Pain Mindfully group, I think another reason I’m feeling so energized and uplifted is due to the loving-kindness meditation. You wouldn’t believe how just 10 minutes of focused guided meditation can elevate your thought and feelings. I feel happier and healthier afterwards.
Some of you may remember the 100 day gratitude challenge I gave myself during the last 100 days of 2010. I felt amazing during this time and well into 2011. I definitely see and understand the effects of raising ones positive feelings. Lester Levenson raised his positive feelings to such a height that he reached a state called “enlightenment” or “Christ Consciousness” by some. (click on Lester’s name to read his amazing story on my other blog)
That’s my update for now. Hope all is well with everyone. Thank you for reading and accompanying me on my journey to a grander version of myself. Until next time, take care of yourself.