today was a terrific day...oh, wait. First I want to report another change that I'm finding. That is, I no longer need a cup of coffee in the afternoon! Hey...and, this is also new: two nights this week, I've been still going strong, alert and energetic, an hour and a half past my usual zonk out time. 9:00 is my usual zonk out time, but the past two nights I've stayed up until after 10:00, and getting up easy and nice usually before my alarm at 5:00...NOT my usual speed. And this, without an afternoon cup of coffee! I like it. A Lot.
Today I've had a headache, though, so I'll hit the hay at 9:00 and get my full allotment of sleep.
Now. Today was a terrific day, including a sliver of b-day cake from a co-worker's party. SLIVER, meaning 1/4 inch thick by 1.5" tall and 1" long. But it was still a terrific day, and that piece of bday cake was part of it. mighty sweet but made from scratch>>>less additives.
Brekkie: purple sticky rice with dried fruits and nuts on top mmmm
Lunch: huge green salad with all kinds of vegs, a spoonful of purple sticky rice and an adaptation of 321 dressing.
Dinner: Oh YUMMY! I made a crockpot quinoa and red lentil stew yum yum yum. I don't know if it's Indian or not, but it has all the Indian flavors. http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/vegetari ... l-stew.php
I adapted the above recipe by using a TBSP of coriander seed instead of cardamom pods, which I don't have in my kitchen yet. A bowlful, with half a fresh garden tomato chunked on top...oh, baby that's GOOOOOD *drooling icon* so good, i ate three bowls of it! and am JUST RIGHT
S: some purple sticky rice, grape tomatoes, baby portobellas, and cauliflower bits which I ate while watching Hell's Kitchen on HULU. hahahaha!
Now about that little piece of cake. If it had just been a junky snack at the center, I would have passed. And, if it had meat or cheese in it, I would not have partaken. But, it was the cake of a friend of mine, and another friend of mine baked it and brought it in, and I wasn't going to leave myself out of honoring that simply because I gave up sugar months ago, nor because I have now given up other unhealthy foods.
...because this is a lifestyle change and not a diet, a taste of b-day cake is not "forbidden." In fact, I don't like food rules. I'm going to eat what I like, and I LIKE this starch based way of eating. I can see myself doing this for the rest of my life, because I haven't forbidden myself from having animal products. I have no rule against eating meat or eggs or dairy...I can have them any time I choose...making them forbidden just sets me up for cravings, and who need that?
I choose this not because it's going to help me lose weight (I will lose all of the weight I need to lose, and I won't have to fret about it or set any goals beyond a weight range that the government or insurance companies say is healthy)
I choose it because I feel fantastic eating these foods. I had a brief detox time in the summer when I started in on the big green salads every day, and since that cleanse was done, I have had a few opportunities to put bad food in my mouth. I've chosen bad stuff a couple of times but every time the thought comes: this is poison. this will make me sick again. And it just never gets beyond one taste or less. That earlier cleanse was about cutting out sugar,and eating more raw.
Now I've gone through another, deeper cleanse that involved my joints and a more intense lethargy and feverishness, which was about getting the dairy, meat, eggs and other such out. I'm in a much better place physically than I've been in a long time, especially with the IBS which really did affect so many aspects of my life...I know that I won't go back to eating in such a way as to sap my energy, bring back lethargy and apathy, or send myself to the toilet a hundred times a day. Detoxing is no fun, and now i'm on the other side, I am not about to eat stuff that will reintroduce those very toxins into my system.
so, of course the weight will come off and that's very cool indeed. but the fact is,I'm doing this because doing it makes me healthy and part of healthy is comraderie with friends and co-workers, and that means that today I had a bite of birthday cake