Recently, I learned something new about myself. Well, maybe I already knew it deep down inside. Events of the weekend before last reminded me. If I want success with the diet change I propose, I need to prepare to be prepared.
Bright (it was actually dark) and early(5:15 a.m.) on Saturday October 22nd , I headed for Toronto to attend a conference. Usually, it’s a 90 minute drive, so I turned the car toward the McDonald’s drive thru where I ordered a large tea with milk to sip along the way. The server asked if I’d like to add a muffin to my order. Hmmm, “Why not”, I thought, “a muffin goes well with tea.” After listening to the muffin choices, I settled on the fruit and fibre. It seemed like the healthiest choice. Sounds like justification, don’t ya think?
I knew I’d be away all day as a volunteer for Brenda MacIntyre who had a booth at the conference, so I packed a lunch with snacks as well as toast and nut butter for my breakfast on the road. I put the muffin in my bag and took out the wheat-free toast with nut butter to munch on while I sipped my tea during the drive (is this legal?).
So far, so good, except, according to the McDougall diet plan, I’m not supposed to have tea or coffee either. Oops. It may take a while.
I arrived at the venue in Toronto somewhere around 7 a.m. and ate the fruit and fibre muffin sometime that morning. Next to the homemade meal of rice, mung beans, beets, garlic, onions and celery, an assortment of raisins, figs and dates, and 2 protein bars (which I knew would give me gas), it seemed like the most interesting item in my lunch bag.
What would your choice be?
During the lunch break, I ate the rice and mung beans and had the raisins, figs and dates for dessert.
That’s good. I’m back on track.
Saturday was the first day of the two-day conference.
The presenter on Saturday afternoon was a man by the name of Ti Caine, Hypnotherapist, Healer, Speaker, Life Coach and creator of Future Visioning. Ti gave everyone in the audience a useful 20 page hand-out that describes the Future Visioning process in which he states,
“First I help you design your Ideal Future, and then I will guide you out into that Ideal Future so you can actually meet your Awesome Future Self, and experience yourself living the life of total success, health and happiness that you really deserve!
Then I will guide you back into the past so that you can heal and release the old emotional blockages and limiting beliefs that have created all of your struggles, illnesses and self sabotage. You can then more powerfully and gracefully move forward to create your true unlimited success.”
Ti’s presentation drove home for me the importance of consciously designing my own future. In some areas, not all, I’ve lived my life unsure of what I want.
If this interests you at all, Ti has free material available on his website.
By the time Ti’s presentation ended it was late afternoon. Feeling a little tired from the 4 a.m. rise, I needed a pick me up. There was a coffee shop a few blocks away. I ordered a Chai Tea Latte. The man behind the counter asked if I’d like to add an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie to my order (or maybe I thought I heard him say that). Either way, I left with Latte and cookie.
As I reflect on the lessons from the day with regard to the transition to a new diet, it seems to me that I need to prepare to be prepared.
Maybe I could have planned to have wheat-free vegan cookies and baked goods since I enjoy them so much with tea and hot drinks. Would you agree? Any additional ideas?
Since I have a future vision of life without RA, I really have to get a handle on a way to have the best of both worlds – adherence to the McDougall diet and my love of cookies and baked goods.
On the second day of the conference, author and speaker, Gregg Braden gave a talk and led a meditation. Unfortunately, I missed it and I missed helping Brenda at her booth as well. When I got up on Sunday morning I could barely stand on my feet let alone walk. Extreme pain and inflammation prevented me from attending. Sunday was no fun at all.
Oh well, we live, we learn.
Have a happy day and thanks for reading!