And here’s why:
1. I’ve decided for tonight that I’m not going to listen to music, but to the sound of the rain outside. Don’t have windows or rain near you? Go to http://www.rainymood.com/
2. I’ve decided to start volunteering in a vegetable garden. I did it for my co-op during school and I loved it. I spend 5 hours pulling weeds, watering plants and watching dogs chase the goats. I leave feeling exhausted and happy and usually with some kind of basket of organic vegetables. Gardening is seriously therapeutic.
3. I voted Green Party.
4. I on occasion smoke herbaceuticals.
5. It’s not uncommon for me to talk about connecting to the earths energy, etc, etc. I have a crystal salt lamp next to my bed.
6. I save a lot of snails on the sidewalk.
Okay so 3 and 4 are somewhat common/irrelevant, but seriously. I spent so long thinking I wanted to live in a high-rise condo near the water, and now I’m thinking more north so I can have a garden in my backyard and be surrounded by nature. Granted, I’d still love to live in a high-rise condo near the water. I love being near any kind of water (hence my love for Vancouver), and there are certainly ways to have balcony gardens, but long term I’m not sure it’s what I want.
Also, it’s Wednesday! Which means WIAW (does anyone else read “WEEWA” and immediately think of Borat?) #2:
Breakfast Homemade granola with goat yogurt, 1/2 banana and powdered stevia
Snack Two quinoa-almond-chickpea cookies with honey drizzled on top
Lunch Bean-kamut salad with cucumber, red pepper, carrots and homemade dressing
Snack Blueberry muffin, homemade by my boss (the day gets 100x better when I get surprise treats at work)
Preworkout A spoonful of Artisana raw cacao coconut bliss – this stuff is seriously addictive, and I say it’s preworkout because the coconut butter gave me some sustainable energy and the agave gave me some unrefined simple carbs to run off of. I also had a Vega Sport preworkout mix.
Dinner Baked asparagus with olive oil, lemon and sea salt, side salad, the rest of my bean-kamut salad from lunch
Evening Creme caramel rooibos tea with a few drops of vanilla stevia
I’ve been keep a food journal recently (aside from my WIAW’s). A study was done involving a group post-menopausal women, and the goal was to find out what was more effective for weight loss: diet or exercise. They found that the women who exercised 5 days per week and kept a food journal (noting everything they ate and drank aside from water and calorie-free items) lost approximately 11% of their weight in a year, while those that just focused on diet lost about 8%, and the exercise-only group lost about 5%. Not that weight loss is a goal, but I definitely had a few moments when I was about to have a third quinoa-almond-chickpea cookie and thought “Hmm, maybe not, I’d have to write it down”. It forces you to face your diet and be responsible for your actions. Try it out, let me know how it goes for you!
I’m embracing my part-hippie status. I’m not sure I’m ready to give up everything about city living, e.g. the cute sandal wedges I ordered came in today, and I definitely tried them on with a few possible summer-evening bar night outfits. And I’m not sure I could let my hair go free, sans-styling for longer than a few days or give up mascara. However, I do think it’s important to not get too caught up in ego-focused things such as appearance, social status, reputation, and so on. We all think about them sometimes, and we all act on ego-based impulses, just don’t let that rule your life. There, that’s the end of my hippie-quote for the day.
I’m working on another cravings post that goes into some further detail about craving different textures, I’m getting lots of hits for that post! Also stay tuned for a Mythbusting: Fats edition. Any other requests? Email email@example.com