Messing About With What I Eat
I have eaten SO MANY vegetables over the past few weeks, and tonight I couldn't bear the sight of another vegetable and ate pasta and pesto for dinner. Rosy has started eating plant-based and I said, "Oh, I'll do that with you, I need to eat more vegies.." It seemed like a good idea at the time. And truly, lots of vegies are a good idea, especially as my go-to lazy dinner this year has been cheese on toast waaay too often for my waistline.. eating plant-based has been very good for my digestion - it makes my belly happy - but my mind is rebelling. "I don't want another cucumber," it whines. I guess it doesn't help that before I started eating more plants I had already stopped eating sugar. I think my body may be in shock. So for the last seven weeks I have (mostly) quit sugar. There is none in the house, which is the only way this could ever work for me. I ate it all up in the first week, didn't buy any more, and haven't eaten any since, except that sometimes Red gives me a licorice bullet from their stash. About once a week I have been indulging a little - birthday cake, a brownie with a friend, sticky date pudding this weekend, but mostly I have not been eating any added sugar. It is amazing to me that this is possible, but there you go. It may or may not continue.
I wondered, when I started this, what amazing physical benefits would accrue. It turns out, none, that I can see. Typical, isn't it? Do something positive for your health, and your body thanks you with... exactly nothing. The benefit for me is all in the mind. I am definitely calmer, less jittery, the thoughts do not go round and round in my head like water circling the drain. It's pretty good actually. There are some days when I think magically getting thin again would have been a preferable benefit, and I have lost a tiny bit of weight, can't help it really, when I'm not eating a whole block of chocolate every week, but nothing to write home about. Still, a calm mind is a marvellous thing. Well, calmer. Mostly calm. Comparatively calm. This year has not been conducive to calm, I must say.
Okay, so Paul update - he has just had treatment 11 of 12. One round of chemo to go! He is feeling pretty miserable, as per usual in this stage of his cycle, but he generally manages something in a day - working for a couple of hours at the computer, walking up the hill to check the dam, or down the hill to check the water turbine, which has been working hard to produce a lot of electricity with all the rain we have been having. He finds walking or some form of physical exercise makes all the difference to his recovery time. Last cycle he was up on the roof cleaning the solar panels... honestly, that man accomplishes more while on chemo than I do while being perfectly healthy. I have been telling myself for about nine months that I need to clean out the roof gutters, but apparently I am not very persuasive.
So, tell me what whacky things things you have been up to with your diet? Do you eat plant-based? Have you tried not eating sugar? Did it make any difference? Have you found a way to eat that suits your body and makes you feel good? When it comes down to it, I guess that is what I am looking for. I think my body is pretty happy with the new eating plan, but I am just waiting for my mind to catch up..