First of all, I want to thank everyone who read my recent post on How to Feel More Beautiful. It's been one of my most popular articles of all time so I appreciate the support. I have a confession, this is not an April Fools prank, I haven't been living a very healthy lifestyle lately. I've let my stress get the best of me. I've been having a love affair with Starbuck's Cocoa Cappucino. It started rather innocently as just one or two a week, then I would replace the Cappucinos with less expensive coffee like just the ole house cup from Cafe Selmarie, a much loved local establishment that serves Intelligentsia (my favorite coffee). Then I realized that I'm drinking coffee almost every day. I'm not a morning coffee drinker. I prefer it late in the day when my day feels a bit boring! Boredom motivates my bad behavior more than anything. Coffee for me serves as an anti-depressant. I love it on those cold and gray days. No wonder it's so popular in my other favorite city, Seattle. Ironically, I sleep like a baby when I drink it.
In addition, to the coffee I also have been indulging in a little too much red meat, salty chips (organic yes, but still salty) peanut butter and chocolate. I think all of the above are fine in moderation if you can do moderation. I notice I tend to crave food from the "fire element" group according to Traditional Chinese Medicine: chocolate, wine, and coffee. I believe this is because my digestion moves rather slowly and these foods "fire me up".
- Replacing chocolate and coffee with bitter greens, which are also apart of the "fire group".
- Adding more yoga to my workout routine. Yep, I need to breathe more.
- Accept my sensitivity as a gift. I'd rather have my body tell me what it needs NOW than hear it from a doctor later on.
- Eating mindfully without the television on. I still haven't mastered this one. It just still feels really boring to eat without something on but when I do I'm amazed at how little I really need and how much better digestion works.
- Eating only when hungry. This one is tough for me as my cravings are pretty fierce but I will walk them off when I can and use my own Distraction Tips.
- Eating less red meat and stick with the protein sources that work for me. I will be eating more veggies, smaller amounts of animal protein just like the Okinawa do.
- Staying motivated. When I eat right I feel right and I look forward to my next cycle which I will not experience holding my guts on the bathroom floor.
- Using those sea veggies collecting dust in my cupboard instead of eating chips. Even those "healthier" chips do not work for me. I still retain water. Salty food cravings are usually a sign of a mineral deficiency. Sea veggies are a great high-mineral food source.
- Changing my belief system. A part of me still considers healthy eating to be lame. Cool people drink and eat bad. Being bad is fun. Yes, I know that is silly. I'm a work in progress, what can I say.
- I'm going to give my body what it really wants and that is a real day off!! I haven't had a real day off when I do nothing (or nothing but fun stuff) in months. I think the last time I did that was my 40th b-day back in November. What is hard about this one is the tremendous amount of guilt I feel. There's so much I need to do. Plus there's that critic in my head, "Well you don't actually deserve a day off it's not like you're a busy mom or something. You are just single you and didn't you just chill out on the coach the other night watching Top Chef and now you want a whole day off?" I'm telling my inner critic that if I savor this one complete beautiful day off I will then be more productive and happy, and therefore have less food cravings.
- I'm going to make this process as fun as possible. I love the adventure of trying new recipes. I am going to get support from the many people I know who are also on a healthier path.