It’s been way too long since my last post! I have to write some flashback posts of everything that’s happened since August.
But first and foremost- my epiphany.
SS23 and I were making our weekly library trip (Columbus and 10th) and the book I had reserved somehow went to the Midtown library. Panic sets in. What will I read for the 2 hours going home? SS23 gave me one of her books to read- one that I had picked up in Borders over the summer, but put it down in favor of Twilight. Sometimes, SS23 will reserve books I had been thinking about, or had read in the past and absolutely loved- I think she’s a little psychic. Out of all the books she had reserved, when I bemoaned the fact I had nothing to read, this is the one she handed me- Skinny Bitch.
Get thee to the store and buy this book.
It was last Friday. I read the whole book during the commute home. I was numb when i got off the train.
I don’t want to give a whole synopsis on the book. You can read it on Amazon. But I want to tell you- it changed my life. I wish I was ALOT younger when I read it!
Since then I’ve:
- Switched green tea for coffee. I’ve come to realize that my drinking coffee is a ritual, a social thing. I LOVE coffee, but I never drank it alone. I was always making a pot for MR., buying it for the soccer game, brewing it in the office for the girls. Whenever I had me-time, I would always reach for a cup of Red Rose tea. I never drank coffee by myself. So taking the social aspect away, I’m drinking green tea. And I don’t miss the caffeine- that stuff has just as much as a normal cup of coffee!
- Stopped eating dairy products. Later in life, I became lactose intolerant. So this was a no-brainer. Rice milk, soy yogurt (yummy!) olive oil spread. As the book says- we’re the only species on earth that drinks the milk of another species. Ew.
- Cut out the refined sugar. The title of the book is Skinny Bitch. Emphasize the SKINNY!
- Started eating only organic products. The trace amounts of pesticides used on my vegetables is building up in my system. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Will cancer show up eventually? I’m protecting my family, and buying organic. It might be too late for me, but I’m going to try to protect my kids.
- Shunned meat. No chicken, beef or pork. Read the book and you’ll understand why. Unfortunately, I can’t impose this restriction on my family, but hopefully, over time they’ll see the light. In the meantime, I’ll double cook. It’s not hard. They need the veggies, too. (If MR brings home a deer, however, I’m eating it! It’s organic, and was not subjected to the cruelities of the meat-packing industry.)
- Become a vegetarian. In one week, I’ve eaten new things. I’ve learned to cook differently. I’ve had to plan. This has shaken up my life, and it was the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time. How complacent I’d become! It’s a new adventure, and one I’m excited to embark on!
So it’s been a week. How am I doing?
I’ve dropped 4 pounds. I have more energy. I sleep better. I’ve become “regular” in my potty activities. I don’t feel as irritable as usual. I feel lighter. Soulspeak will probably know what I mean. She read the book too.
Any regrets? Besides not doing this sooner? One so far. MR made his famous chicken cutlets the other night. They’re awesome.