It’s Fall. How did that happen? The days eek by ever so slowly when – BAM! – you realize three months have gone by. I love Fall, it’s my favorite season. It’s hard to put away the flip flops, but I do so love the chill in the air, the lack of stifling heat and humidity, being able to put on cozy layers but not worrying about freezing temperatures just yet. Breakfast on chilly mornings seems even better – making a warm bowl of something yummy, cradling a mug of tea or cider or hot chocolate. And of course #apples and #pumpkins, amiright?
In any case, I thought I would give a brief update about how I’m doing healthwise. I will admit that the colder weather makes it more challenging to eat healthily because garden produce is winding down (although we’ll try to make some cold frames for greens), smoothies aren’t as enjoyable when it’s cold outside, and comfort-food casseroles seem to dominate the dinner menu. But I’m hopeful I can continue (or at least maintain) the progress I’ve made.
After the elimination diet a few months ago, I continued keeping wheat and sugar out of my diet and a few other food items at a minimum (e.g. dairy, corn, etc.). I still have a ways to go, but since starting this journey, I’ve lost twenty+ pounds. My clothes fit better, I feel better about myself, and I have the desire to continue taking care of my body. The occasional more-sugary treat has made it into my diet, but I try to make healthier choices. Just about the only exception was Gabriel’s birthday, which we celebrated during our North Carolina camping trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a Publix birthday cake and vanilla ice cream. I justified leftovers over the next few days since they were all connected to his birthday. Since we were so active during the trip, hiking to see waterfalls and such, I think I may have even dropped a pound. Cake without the guilt!
When the lettuce was done in the garden I stopped having salads all. the. time. My go-to breakfast these days are oat bran or rice farina made with almond milk and usually topped with natural peanut butter and dark chocolate chips, plain whole-milk yogurt with granola, a smoothie, or gluten-free pancakes with very little sweetener. If I don’t have a smoothie for breakfast it becomes lunch. Another favorite is chard, bacon, eggs, and tomatoes topped with cheese or dairy-free pesto. Sometimes I’ll have a “picky lunch” with the kids, which is basically picking from things here and there and throwing them on a plate – meat, cheese, crackers, veggies, fruit. If I have any sort of crackers, they’re Nut Thins or Veggie Straws (when I discovered the Sriracha, they became my favorite). I like to try different things for dinner and love using my crock pot (especially since my oven is crap these days). There are so many recipes I like to make and it’s easy to capitalize on protein (usually chicken, beef, and/or beans) and veggies, sometimes adding rice. We only have pasta once or twice a week and when we do, it’s Tinkyada brown rice pasta.
I’ve continued seeing a chiropractor each week and have daily stretches and exercises to do. I’m thinking about adding yoga, but when I tried a workout yesterday, the hard floors weren’t friendly to my knees and the moves hurt my wrists. So… we’ll see! Maybe just getting a mat will solve that problem – this one is on my wish list. The stretching and strength needed to hold the poses would probably do me a world of good… but I felt like such a wimp! Any advice for a beginner?
Since it’s almost October, I want to give a little plug for National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day on October 15th. The fifteenth happens to be my birthday and I when I discovered this connection after my miscarriage a couple years ago, it was like adding insult to injury. Hope Mommies recently had an awareness campaign and I bought a onesie for Gabriel, which will probably make it into his Christmas stocking. I also hope we can take part in the balloon release to honor Shiloh, my niece Astrid, and other precious babies in Heaven. Feel free to spread the word.