Oh my! What a week this has been. Full of cooking and delicious food. What I have really taken away from this, however, is a renewed mindfulness about what I am eating and how my body feels. Heather, who is facilitating this workshop posed a list of questions about how we feel so here goes!
Energy and Vitality: The first three days were a bit rough. I was low on energy and woke up with a headache on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday was my big turnaround, though and I woke up feeling great! Even though I was tired early in the week, I felt good inside, like my body knew this was a good thing to do.
Chewing and Digestion: This might be a little too much information but the switch to a plant-based whole grain diet was pretty ummmm....cleansing. I also felt pretty bloated by evening most of the week. I think my body is slowly adjusting, though and I feel a little better every day.
Cravings: I've been craving sweets which is pretty normal for me. I've been pretty satisfied with the carrot ginger cookies and a little dark chocolate. I had a couple of non-vegan cookies that my co-worker made as well. But only two which is victory for me!
Hair and Skin: My skin looks amazing! It's much less congested and so soft! My hair doesn't really feel any different but...I'm in week 5 of 7 weeks between cuts.
Body Shape: Definitely much less puffy. I can tell the difference in my wrists and fingers as well as my abdomen. Pretty much all of me just looks leaner. I've lost about 2 lbs this week without stressing myself out or feeling deprived.
Posture and Breathing: This course just happens to run in conjunction with my yoga course so I'm extremely aware of remembering to breathe. It's always a work in progress for me, though.
Mood and Emotions: The first three days, I was pretty cranky but more mindful of it than I usually am. Today I'm calm and handling stressful situations much better than I usually would.
Relating to others: I am really aware of how short I've been with my kids lately. I'm 'hearing' myself more. I'm still working on this and counting my victories! This is an area where remembering to breathe really helps me.
Most nourishing food: Chili with black beans and quinoa for two reasons. It was the first recipe from this program that I cooked for myself then sat down, ate it, and was mindful of every bite. It made such a huge amount that I was able to share with a friend and nourish her on a night that she worked late.
Special person I appreciate and why: My mom, who my kids and I live with, and is supporting me 100%
Biggest Challenge: My biggest thing with my kids is to not label foods as 'good' or 'bad'. So my biggest challenge is explaining why I'm eating the way I'm eating without making them feel like what they're eating is wrong.
Greatest Accomplishment: Going out to eat twice and staying vegan!!
Most fun I had: Making the carrot cookies with my daughter!
I got clear that I really want to: Take care of myself. I also want to continue to limit animal products and be mindful of what I'm eating.
Other thoughts: I had gotten so lazy with my eating! I wasn't planning and I was eating a ton of junk and fast food. It feels amazing to be mindful again of what I'm putting in my body and listening to what my body needs.
Next week I plan to: -Start my day with hot water and lemon
-Do yoga at least twice in addition to my weekly class
-Try 3 new recipes