Lee has placed me on “Lock Down.”
After the past week and all the running around I’ve done, I failed to take care of myself.
I ate out in restaurants at least three times. This is not a big deal for most folks but for me it’s bad news. Then I got so busy that I stopped eating 5 times a day like I need too and ate things that I KNOW hurt me, like PIZZA! (I was at a kid’s birthday party and totally jonesin’)
Regardless of the food choices I tried to make, most restaurants cook with less then healthy oils. It is hard to find Kale and other organic veggies and everyone seems to use some kind of processed spice or flavoring.
When we are using food as our medicine, there isn’t much room for slipping up.
When I eat at home I sit and take my time, chewing is my “pill” of choice right now. I’m supposed to chew each bite between 50 and 100 times! When I’m with people, I find myself chatting and rushing.
I do so much chewing because it increases the natural enzymes in my body and breaks the food down before it gets to my intestines. This helps me absorb nutrients and aid the overhaul process. If we all chewed like this, our bodies would be much better.
Try it next time you take a bite of anything – 50 chews.
I heard my body talk to me last week, “Mee slow down, you still are healing..” Of course, I didn’t listen with the fun and thrill of all my projects lining up, I just wanted to move ahead!
In fact, last week was one of the most productive and creative weeks I’ve had in a super long time!
We shot my style page, edited 3 episodes of our Healthy Lifestyle show and shot 2 more episodes, plus a few hours of writing, tending to two tiny kids. Throw in some macrobiotic cooking and a crash was lurking around the corner!
Part of my process is listening to my body and, even though I heard loud and clear “You’re taking on too much,” I didn’t listen until a POUNDING headache came knocking followed by SEVERE tummy pain….
Now I’m on lock down and my goal is to STOP losing weight – I’ve dropped another 7 lbs!
Yesterday, I stayed home and cooked and ate…Today, I’m here cooking and eating… So far I’ve had a Spelt bagel with almond butter, a bowl of brown rice, black beans and kale and just now I’ve just finished a spelt tortilla wrapped around Halibut, with brown rice and avocado served with a side of broccoli.
In an hour I will have some miso soup and then dinner followed by an evening snack!!
People, we don’t need diet pills, just EAT tons of healthy food!
Yesterday, I tried to cut my conversations to a minimum and focus all of my juice on my body. I walked into “Happy Son Of My People” thin and weepy. The night before, “Hi I’m Nervous Underneath” kept me up all night, tossing and turning with worry of things I can’t control… like swine flu, the economy, and are smart cars really smart? I wonder where that woman got those red shoes? Was I rude to the grocery bagger? I hope she didn’t think so. I was just rushing. Then the list of phone calls I didn’t return yet or emails I have not sent started to run.
This went on for two hours!
“Hi I’m Nervous Underneath” surely lives within all of us and when she’s not reigned in, she runs into people she knows and talks way too much about nothing, trying to cover up all the nervous energy!
Seeing Happy Son Of My People always puts things in perspective. “Nervous Underneath” isn’t about all exterior conversations and fears but about my deep internal ones: Am I OK? Am I doing my best in my life? Do I trust me? Do I trust that life has placed me just where I need to be? Is my faith really secure?
He loaded me up with needles and there I laid, spinning and spinning… slowly calming down. Finally, I was so calm that I heard MEE: “go home take care of us, don’t believe that doing “nothing” is nothing. Stop and get a new prospective….”
When I got home Lee had just returned from Virginia and was shocked to see me so weak. I know it’s tough on him, I know he wants to help me and support my choices and food process. He see’s that I do better when I take care of myself and I love that he reminds me to do that.
Marriage is an interesting journey, not at all what we think it will be, it is better. Lee and I are two separate people with very different ways of moving through the world and because we don’t try to influence each other, our individuality brings inspiration to our relationship.
Life is a journey that won’t be rushed and our relationships are part of this journey….