LET'S FINISH STRONG! 92 FAT-FREE, OIL-FREE DAYS LEFT IN 2009!
Well, I was wrong about sleeping deep...I woke at 11:00 when my kids got talking and moving around the house (yes, I go to bed before them...not a problem most times) and about 2:00 for no reason, and about 3:45 with some coughing. This tells me that I need to be more active and burn off some of the energy that I have. Once the rain stops, and the ground is soft, I am tackling my garden plots: side yard and back yard. Get them ready for planting next spring.
Took my WO shower and vinegar hair rinse this morning. Feel good. I did use the tiniest bit of lavendar/almond oil (my own blend) and shaved my legs/moisturized my skin. When I woke up this morning and had zero odor on me, and last night getting ready for bed, there was zero odor in my shirt, yet I didn't use alcohol/deodorant when I showered on Tuesday night...this tells me that I really don't need to put rubbing alcohol on any part of my skin! ha! We'll see how my hair feels when it is dry. I certainly got some oils off with the vinegar. But this will be the second go-round without shampoo...huh.
Today's eating plan:
B: rice with veggie soup
L: baked sweet potato with veggie soup
D: Hm. Big green salad and Brazilian black beans with marinated tomatoes *slurp*
S: fruit? Garlic! ha!
Don't know if I'll exercise, per se, but I have so much energy, I am going to take down my basement. There is a lot to do down there, so I'll tackle it this afternoon. I do want to start a regular regimen of cardio, but not while this cold is on me.
I really think I thwarted the flu. It wanted to go into my chest, but I've had only a minimum of coughing for two days. This morning it is pretty much non-existent though I do still have sinus congestion just a bit. Eating garlic really has made such a difference.
I used to use Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap, but it caused extreme sensitivity to my skin, so that it hurt to even have my clothing touch me. I now use it highly diluted as hand wash in the bathroom. It's cool that it works for you with your multiple sensitivities. And, yes! keeping track of what you eat can be important, especially if you get to a weigh in and haven't lost. You can go back and say "oh, hey. I ate two handfuls of almonds every day as a snack this week..." Also, for me anyway, it helps to see that simple and filling is okay. Don't have to eat an elaborate meal every day.
! Pancake recipe...well, in my case it was just some organic pumpkin pancake mix my sister gave me when she was cleaning out her cupboards. It isn't whole grain or anything. I just used the same amount of water that they suggested for milk, and added a TBSP of flax seed powder to it to substitute for the egg. Go to the food & recipes forum here at McD, and at the top of that forum are two sticky threads that have a lot of recipes from McDougall newsletters. Thanks to Letha, who organized and posted those AWESOME resources. There is probably a pancake recipe there. I don't have them very often, as it is a bread and Dr McDougall recommends eating few breads for maximum weight loss.
I do love Indian cuisine, and I'm working on learning how to use the spices and foods. My daughter's boyfriend assures me, Indian kitchen cooking is quite different from restaurant food: more rice/potato and vegatable oriented, without so much sauce. It's very flavorful and spicy.
you can find a pretty lengthy discussion about the Water Only showering and vinegar hair rinse idea here: http://www.drmcdougall.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13166
Because we're eating such clean, healthy foods, our bodies are not exuding foul odors through our skin. For me, anyway, I smell completely neutral, using water only on my skin, and vinegar in my hair twice a week to de-grease. Nothing for deodorant. It's a very interesting subject, and a lot of people are giving it a try.
ah, but I must get some brekkie and then off to work on another rainy cold day.
bless you all for stopping by!