You will start to notice that a lot of my posts will follow the mantra that I originally intended ~ my journey to all things natural. I will put numerous spins on the word natural. These posts will kick off a new Naturally Me series as I embark on a quest to conquer my vices and find out what makes me who I really am. What are my passions and ideologies? As a 30-something year old mother of three, there is no better time than the present to delve into what makes me tick and how I can become a better me. I am all about reflection at the present time. I have literally spent my whole life, from as far back as I can remember, constantly mindful of how my actions will affect everyone around me. This could be considered an honorable quality, but it has been a burr in my side for many years. I have let opportunities pass me by, because someone asked me not to make a certain choice or told me that they knew it wasn’t the right choice for me. In retrospect, I know that all of the decisions that I have made in my life have built character and helped me to become the woman I am today; however, I am determined to begin living for me.
There are some holistic things that I would like to try (yoga, Ayurvedic remedies, etc), as well.
My first step to natural health is adopting a better way of eating. No fun, but definitely worth it in the long run.
Starting October 1st, I will cut back on my secret love affair with sweet snacks and desserts…let the separation anxiety begin!
I will incorporate the following details into my regimen:
- Consume no more than 1200 calories per day
- No soda or sweet juice
- No fried foods
- No candy
- No carbs with dinner – I read somewhere that it is better to eat a more filling breakfast and let your calorie consumption taper throughout the day. On the weekend, we may have a filling breakfast, but during the week it is not likely. Lunch can consist of carbs, but our society is more accustomed to eating a heavy, fatty, carb-laden dinner. Dessert is literally the icing on the cake! No more – I must part ways with sweets, for the most part. So long, lover!
Wow…so many No’s…well, here is what I can have:
Drink half my weight in ounces of water – no small feat (for example, a 150lb person would consume 75 ounces of water per day)! I usually drink around 6 cups of water per day, but I haven’t weighed 96 pounds since I was in middle school…
- One cup of coffee per day
- Nuts or cheese for snacks, two snacks per day
- Breakfast each day, full of protein! I’m usually really bad about eating breakfast. I’ll have coffee while I’m getting ready in the morning, but I’m always in such a rush that I don’t get any breakfast in. Once I get to work, it just doesn’t happen. I’ve got to do better!
- Breakfast and lunch can have carbs but again, I must focus on my protein intake – with an infant in the home, especially one who is still not sleeping through the night, energy throughout the day is a must. In order to stay alert for work, I must consume a fair amount of protein.
- One dessert per week
So where does the “natural” part of my new regimen come into play? I mean, the purpose of this blog is meant to delve into all things natural, right? Prior to getting pregnant this time last year, I was juicing…and I loved it! I would make a mean pea soup with avocado for lunch, and I would make all-fruit smoothies for breakfast. I would eat a salad with protein (poultry or fish) for dinner. At first, I thought I would be lethargic and down-right bitchy, but that wasn’t true at all. I really did feel clean, if that makes any sense. I wasn’t even working out much, yet I lost twelve pounds in the first two weeks. It was crazy! I made sure to include enough green vegetables, like kale and spinach, in both my smoothies and soups to ensure that I was consuming enough protein. That is what I want to get back into. I know that going cold turkey and diving into a new eating regimen just isn’t effective for long-term success, so I thought I’d ease into eating better and ultimately, juicing again.
So tell me, what natural qualities are you adding to your diet?