I am so flippin lucky. And I just need to talk about it for a tick. Set aside my amazing, supportive husband. Ignore my loving, forgiving family. Pay no attention to my life-long, inspiring friends. Turn a blind eye to my adorable dog, rewarding job, cozy home, food on the table, and sunshine-y day.
Actually, scratch that. That’s some good stuff. Recognize.
But what I’m feeling grateful for at this moment is you. You, who are reading this blog that I just adore writing. Some of you are part of that rock-star list: family, friends, co-workers. If you were the only ones I was speaking to, I’d still feel like the luckiest chick on the planet. But you’re not, and that blows my mind.
People I’ve never met are reading! I literally do not have the words to express how fantastic that is. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me, and hopefully to get to know yourself a little better. It would make my day – my year – if you would leave a comment or drop me a line, so I could return the favor. You are so beyond awesome.
And now that I’ve enjoyed that moment, let’s chat about the 4 week plan to cut crap out of our diets. If you’ve been following along, we’ve just completed week 2: a farewell to white carbs. Week 1 went pretty well, minus a slip up that you can read about here. Week 2 was a success in the sense that I did not eat anything made with white flour: no pasta, not a single bagel, no delicious Ritz crackers (they’re vegan btw), and NO PRETZELS. Have I mentioned how much I love lentil hummus? I can’t even give you a link here, because I mention it in virtually every post. And lentil hummus’ delicious partner, the pretzel snap, is my second love. This week, I’ve enjoyed my hummus with carrots. Not. The. Same. But I did it! And worked out 3 mornings at 6am, which is practically the middle of the night! High-fives all around.
I miss you, pretzels.
Bread is still in my diet- I’m getting used to sprouted whole grain toast (with organic PB or avocado, mmmmm), and when I’m dying for a cracker, I substitute a rice cake. Cardboard on its own, but scratches that crunchy itch when slathered in hummus or peanut butter. Brown rice or quinoa instead of pasta (I love my hubby but he is killin me with his delicious looking/smelling pasta dinners), and sweet potatoes when I’m craving a starchy bagel.
See, I’m not trying to starve myself, just training my body to crave healthier, nutritious versions of what I’ve been eating for so long. So far so good.
Oh, and still on the no artificial sweetener kick and getting much better! Hot water with lemon in the morning is totally rocking my world, and when I want a sweet bev, I grab some aloe vera juice, which is my fave, and kind of the “new coconut water,” if you ask me. Yummmm.
On to week 3. Sugar, be gone! Oh dear, this will not be easy. No more Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chips. Ta ta, jelly with my PB. Toodaloo soy ice cream. (Sobs)
But hello, fruit! Kiwi, berries, oranges (I live in Florida, after all), mango! It will be grand.
I also plan to attempt making my own nut milk this week, so stay tuned for the results of that titillating experiment.
If you are joining me, speak up! I love you for reading, and since I write about multiple topics: mental health, yoga, vegan life, wellness, etc. – I would love to hear what speaks to you. Hope your weekend is as fab as you are.