I am in bed today, a very rotten cold has taken hold in my body. I had a mild sinus cold a couple of weeks back, somehow caught another one, a doozy, right away. I have a history of bad winter colds and it makes me feel I am a burden on my husband, a boring mother, and lonely. My plans this week seem ruined. I am supposed to go to my 5-year old son's school today for a teacher conference, now have to miss that. I was so looking forward to it. Thanksgiving plans are up in the air. Will I be well enough to join my family?
Can we all agree that I'm having a Pity Party???
I have had a lot of nagging, chronic (though not serious) health issues that have meant that my energy is never optimal, I end up letting go of anything but essential tasks (like letting go of my artistic side or having work outside of the house). I end up feeling down. Oh sure, I emerge in the spring, feel good in summer, then do the downward slide all over again in fall/winter. Winter never gets me down, it's the colds I get that lay me flat out and take away my zest for life.
Okay, enough of that now.
I am 1000% committed to changing all of this, I choose a different life for me! I have been reading about true, lasting health and well-being, I am committing to some massive changes. As Obama has said, we all must be willing to sacrifice to make the healing changes our country needs (or something like that). I have taken his words to inspire me to act. I am going to go to a Raw Food diet after the holidays, and am starting now.
I am eliminating foods that hurt me:
1. Fried Foods
2. Refined Flour Foods
4. Comfort Foods
I am eating more of the foods that nourish me:
1. Fresh RAW fruits, veg, and nuts
2. Fresh juices and soups daily
3. Foods on the Type O Blood Diet list
4. Seasonal foods
5. Local Foods
I am so blessed that I am able to figure this out, I am so grateful that I have the internet, books, my laptop, and my mind to show me the way forward.
Other things I have to be grateful for:
1. My supportive husband and son
2. My talent for cooking
3. My new kitchen that is coming soon
4. My veggie garden
5. Living in a city that promotes healthy living through it's farmer's markets, among other things. Portland, Oregon is so great!!!
I am also grateful for ME. I read a blog post by Kate today and it reminded me to be grateful for myself, too. I am way too hard on myself.
I am Grateful for Me because:
1. I am very expressive
2. I am creative
3. I am thoughtful
4. I allow life to touch me, my feelings run deep
5. I am giving
NOW, I want anyone who reaads this to make their own list of 5, share it in the comments section.
C'mon, if I can do this while sick in bed, you have no excuse! :-)
Have a great, and grateful, week everyone,