Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snowy Days and Getting Stuff Done

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lessons Learned on my Cooked vs. Raw Journey

Oh man. I've been sick. Like real sick. Like in and out of the doctor's office, blood test, ultrasounds, MRI, meet with a surgeon sick. UGH.

I've been spending some time over at My Instagram Page, but other than that I was focusing on my health and on Kennedy's well being.

After I meet with the surgeon next week, I will talk more about what is going on. (Send prayers please)

Onto serious stuff like veganism and lessons learned :)

The weather here SUCKS. Sucks. Sucksssssss. All I can think about are root veggies and warming bowls of oatmeal. This is one of the reasons I love NOT being 100% raw anymore. Back when I was fully raw, I didn't crave and/or miss cooked foods. But in my mind it made more sense to eat oatmeal and fruit rather than cold fruit when it is below zero.

Something about it just didn't feel right. However in the Summer I always felt like tons of fruit and light salads. After doing this for quite some time (I've been vegan for almost 13 years) and into raw food for 9 years... I have learned a thing or two. And I've also grown in ways that enhance my connection to what I'm eating.

Top lessons learned:

  1. First and foremost, there are more important things than worrying about what you are eating. This planet is in dire need of some help. Environmentally things are a mess. Animals are in serious need of help... so what I'm eating for breakfast on Monday NOT a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
  2. Raw vs Cooked isn't as big a deal as I thought
  3. It is most important to learn from the oldest cultures
  4. There are other parts to the health equation equally as important

There are MORE important things to worry about than what you are eating:
Raw vs. Cooked NOT as big a deal as I thought:
  • Raw food rocks. Unaltered fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber and enzymes. I am not in any way saying that raw food doesn't rock. However, after doing tons of research lately on how to heal my body and hopefully live until forever, I have been studying some of the oldest and longest living cultures. I'm seeing repeatedly where they eat lots of cooked food. hmmmm
  • Green smoothies are my best friend. Even more so than juice. The minerals in greens can't be beat and the fiber from the juice keeps me full. Plus I'm consuming all of the food (Including plant fiber) so unlike juice, I'm not starving 10 minutes after consumption
  • Eating cooked food is cheaper and therefore allows me to be more selective in my picking around food. I can opt for more organic when getting a huge bag of organic quinoa at Costco for $9. Quinoa then becomes breakfast, lunch, or dinner
It's Important to Learn From the Oldest Cultures:
  • Rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, quinoa, steamed veggies, soups
  • Lots of loving relationships (children, partners, animals)
  • Sunshine
  • Sleep
  • Low low low stress (a weak point for me admittedly)
  • From studying them a lot recently I've learned a great deal: Get rest. Eat potatoes. Steam your veggies. Don't sweat the small stuff. Drink water. Laugh daily. Say I love you.
There Are Other Parts of the Health Equation Equally As Important:
  • Low Stress- Daily meditation. Journaling. Therapy
  • Laughing- Read a funny book. Watch a funny movie. Call a friend who you know will make you laugh
  • Balance- There is no point in having healthy good for you food to eat all day if you spent 7  hours in the kitchen and no time with your kids or your pets or spouse. Balance. Put all of life in perspective and know your priorities
I'm working on healing my body so as to avoid surgical intervention. I'm working on resting more and being laser sharp focused during the day as I'm taking care of Kennedy and getting a few things done.

I have yet another reminder: Nothing and I mean NOTHING is as important as taking care of your health.

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