Saturday, March 31, 2012

Motivation tool

Sorry I haven't been blogging lately.   distracted I guess.   Anyway, this video showing what happens to your blood cells after eating fatty foods is pretty amazing.  It makes even a rare cheat meal unappealing.  The effects last for several hours at least.  yikes!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

meditation workshop

I signed up for this workshop:

It's the same one I attended a few weeks go for a weekend, but this is a 6-week online version.  I think the reinforcement will be nice.  Anyone want to join me?  :)

2 more observations

2 more observations from my vacation:

  1. I've been doing the light therapy for about 3 months--that is, 20 minutes every morning in front of a bright light.  It is suppose to help with mood and sleep regulation.  During vacation, I didn't do it, of course.  I suppose I could have brought along the bright light but that seemed a bit much.  By the end of the vacation I was waking up at 5 am instead of my planned 7 am.  I will start up the light therapy now that I have returned, every morning at 7 am like I did before.  But I have mixed feelings about it.  I wonder what my body would like to do.  If it wants to wake up at 5 am, I can do some yoga (as I have been the last few days), read (I'm usually too tired at night to get very far in my reading), and work.  Then take a nap later on if I need it.  I wonder if that's so bad.  I suppose I can just experiment.  The experiment I want to do right now is see if the light therapy works at this time of year.  This is the time of year when I wake up really early.  This is because the length of day is increasing rapidly and it really affects me!  I'm curious if the light therapy helps me sleep longer.  But after doing that experiment, I might try the other one of just letting my body choose when it wants to sleep and wake up. Without drugs like caffeine and alcohol, I can see what my natural pattern really is.  Which brings me to my next point.
  2. After I became a nutritarian and learned what to eat and how to do it, I started feeling better without the coffee and alcohol and sugar, so eventually stopped using those drugs.  I felt more at peace without them, but I also was more in touch with the raw emotions:  wo, I'm cranky, groggy, lonely, sad, happy (that one was okay!).  I'm at a meeting where everyone else is hyped up on sugar and caffeine and I'm just here with a little morning grogginess (which, admittedly is peaceful).  In the past, I could wash my feelings away with my morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine or beer, or a donut at a meeting.  Just feeling the dullness or emotions of no drugs, well, it is different.  That took some getting used to.  Meditation is helping me see that that is a good thing.  I'm more in touch with my feelings than I have been in years.  I've been resisting this but I guess I will embrace them.  Fun journey ahead.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

what would you like me to write about?

Would you like me to post food logs again?  how often?   That's how this blog started, I wanted to show examples of the every day food prep of a nutritarian.    what else?  what less?

Insights from my vacation

I had lots of time to think on my vacation, while driving in the car, and doing my usual meditation in the mornings.   I focussed a lot on what I was feeling, and not trying to understand why at this stage, just observing and feeling.  But thoughts still happened and there were some real insights.  Here were a few of them:

  1. It's okay to feel sad, lonely, angry, whatever you feel.  I think over the years I felt those were "bad" thoughts and tried to avoid them.
  2. You don't have to become a better person or accomplish some goal(s) (such as losing weight, improving your health and fitness) in order to be happy.   Some of my best role models for happiness live in very unhealthy bodies.   This was was extremely liberating for me.   As important, accomplishing your goals does not necessarily make you happy.  
  3. the meditation books tell me to face my fears.  I realized one of them is leaving the healthy diet and  losing my health again.  The reason for this fear is that I would like to be a health coach---so I have to be a good example, and that makes me fear I'll blow it.  I explored this fear and realized it's okay if it happens, because of point #2 above.  I can still be happy.  I'll just do something else.  Then the fear loses a lot of power.  
  4. Finally, I had a very important realization about work and my goals for the future.  I'm not ready to talk about this on my blog but it explains a lot about my recent malaise.  Just knowing this makes me happier.  I can make a plan now.
  5. and today, from the Fuhrman forums, someone noted that a lot of people seem to struggle and this person asked if there are examples of people who love eating this way and find it easy.   That gave me a nice perspective jolt.  I do love eating this way and I enjoy all the food prep and have it down pat.  In truth, I can't imagine eating any other way (making my fear in #3 start to seem more silly).  On vacation I saw more up-close what most people eat---the free breakfasts and "fresh-baked" cookies in the hotel, the food in the gas stations and fast food joints.  It was so fake-looking and ugly.  And it's harmful effects are evident in the people eating it.
I also noticed that hippos are nutritarians:
He was at a wildlife sanctuary, the only non-native species, but given a special pardon by the governor to live out his life there.  very cute.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Best Kayaking, Best Fruit Stand

Yesterday was one of my favorite kayak rides.  I had done the same route 2 years ago when I was here.   On this route and a few others, you spend part of the time navigating through narrow tunnels in mangrove trees.  Here's a pictures of these trees--before it becomes very narrow.  Once it becomes narrow, I'm too busy driving to take pictures:

The tricky part about this is the wide paddle that kayakers use.  It's nearly impossible to use in these tunnels!   So when I returned home after my last trip to Florida, luck would have it that there was this giant paddlesports exposition in town that weekend (called canoecopea).  I scoped the place out and found the paddle I needed, a child's canoe paddle.   Here's a picture of me returning from my trip.  The little child's paddle is in the front under the elastic straps:

 I got really good at swapping between the paddles.  It was a very enjoyable trip with different scenery and lots of big birds to view.    We are entering the dry season as you can see by these mangrove trees:

This is the first time I've seen snails in a long time:

I thought for sure this was a crocodile:

It was bigger than any gator I've seen--saw it all the way from across the lake, and there was supposed to be a croc in this lake.  But after reading up on them, I can't tell from the picture.

Okay, that had nothing to do with nutritarian eating.  That was an aside.  This does though:  The hotspot of this town (Florida City) is the Robert is Here fruit stand.  And he's still there after 52 years, ringing up your order and finding you the best ripe produce.  They have live music on weekends, and crowds all the time.  It is the place to go!  Granted, most people go for the milkshakes, but I'm here to tell you that the mangoes taste as good.  I have never had better mangoes in my life, except for the last time I was here.  These are Kent mangoes.  They slice them up for you to eat on the spot.  Here I am eating around the seed:

Of course, there is lots of other produce, so I'm enjoying great salads, surprise.  Here's the festive place from the outside:

I've got two more days to enjoy the mangos and other produce before heading up north again.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Vacation notes

Here are some impressions, from a nutritarian perspective, of my vacation.   These are rather random:

  • manatees are nutritarians.  They weight about 1000 lbs and eat about 100 lbs of salad (sea grass) per day.  From that perspective, my few lbs a day doesn't seem like so much!   
  • I tried some prepared foods from Whole Foods, and a fun raw/vegan place.   Amazingly, these were completely nutritarian, with no salt, oil, or refined sweeteners.  One of them was very good (from the raw/vegan place):  raw carrot cake.  It wasn't too sweet or big, and was a nice treat.  The others were some raw goodies that I didn't think were very good, definitely not worth the calories.  All of them were combinations of fruit, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, some oats in one of them.  I also checked out the Whole Foods hot and cold bars.  It's great to see so much "health starts here" foods available.  These probably have more salt than I would like, but they have no oil.  I think they are fine for occasional eating--and great convenience food on the road.   The funny thing is, my salads are better than all these things!   I guess there's nothing like high-quality fresh produce.  I seem to prefer fresh ripe fruit to dried fruit, so that explains why the raw treats are usually a disappointment for me.  Except for the carrot cake.  I'm glad I had that treat.
  • Today I took some medications!   I hurt my back taking the kayak off the car.  It was full of water and started tipping, and this was all unexpected and my lurch to right the kayak wrenched my back a bit.  I had plans for kayaking and snorkeling.  I went kayaking first and felt okay until I got out of the kayak and loaded it back on the car.  Then I decided to take some ibuprofen.  What was interesting to me was realizing I don't think I've taken this in 5 years or more!   Before becoming a nutritarian I took it several times a week because of my hip pain--that disappeared with healthy eating.  Sure makes me appreciate the benefits of healthy eating!  Snorkeling was fun.  I will rest more tomorrow--just some easy walks, though perhaps I will kayak.  Fortunately it doesn't hurt when I'm just sitting or lying around.  Hopefully it will get better in a few days....
  • I have fun trying out the local produce and seeing how it compares to Wisconsin.   Of course Florida wins on length of season.   I had sweet cabbage and bitter cabbage here.  My Wisconsin locally grown organic cabbage is almost always sweet and yummy.  So Wisconsin wins on that.  Kale is good here, but at home I get it fresh from my garden and it's more tender, so that wins.  Wisconsin totally wins on carrots and sweet corn.  Florida totally on the oranges and grapefruit.  ha.  and mangos.  Today I had a luscious mango from my favorite fruit/produce stand:  Robert is Here.  It was from South America since they are not in season here, but it was still probably the best I've ever had.  Okay, Florida wins on all fruit, except blueberries.  California wins on strawberries, though.
Here are some pictures.  We're seeing lots of wildlife in the everglades, birds and alligators:

There are some great mountain bike trails near Tallahassee and Fort Myers.  The scenery is unique to Florida which makes it interesting.

On one trail I saw a snake, and several different kinds and sizes of turtles:

Today I kayaked among the mangroves:

One of many fruit/produce stands.  Florida citrus is hard to beat!

Nutritairan on vacation:

I like snorkeling shots because I look funny:

tomorrow's salads:  lettuce, kale, spinach, cabbage, jicama, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, seed mixture, kidney beans, yellow summer squash.  I'll add d'angou pear vinegar just before eating.  yum!  I'm saving my fruit for the fruit stand---perhaps another mango?   who knows!