I have been on a blogging hiatus so let me start by wishing you all a very prosperous new year!
It is important to look at the big picture. Shifting a 3 and 6 year old entirely off dairy, egg, gluten and soya seemed dire, impossible and traumatizing. I cried at the grocery store, faught with my husband and despaired over my weekly meal plans. Here we are three months in and I love the way we eat. I love seeing my kids eat real food at snack time over bunny crackers. Dealing with a fussy three year old’s eating habits has forced me to become more loving, more resilient and more creative. My mother was no Betty Crocker; no one taught me how to cook or bake. Even though I have been a relatively healthy eater for my adult life, this has not been an easy transition for me. Just like giving birth to my beautiful babies, this has been a confidence building life change that I wouldn’t trade for anything. My husband is a trooper. A self admitted meat and potatoe man, he has stood by his girls and we love him for it.
A few things in no particular order:
1. Bloating is a common issue these days. If this is an issue for you start with your diet when looking for answers. Start with the most common allergens and remove them for a month. Slowly introduce them back in one per week and pay close attention to how you feel. As I eat a pseudo-elimination diet along with my children I find myself losing inches in my abdomen and fitting into clothes that I thought would never fit. On a personal note my Interstitial Cystitis has also greatly improved. I have never taken a rx pill for this condition, preferring to sort it out by eliminating the foods & beverages that aggravate it.
2. Food is fuel. If it doesn’t make you feel good, don’t consume it. While enzymes and antacids and the lot are helpful aides, watch for signs from your body and simply avoid these foods to unlock new pathways to better health.
3. My instincts are golden and I should trust them without fail.
4. Pausing to take a deep breath & think a loving thought is a skill worth honing when you have two young children who don’t quite share your appreciation for zen-like communication.
5. The more I practice non-attachment the happier I am. There are no exceptions.
6. I have become a student in A Course in Miracles. I would appreciate an online buddy who is also doing the course. Please contact me if you would like someone to work as a study partner of sorts.
7. Daily meditation and a yoga practice are essential for my happiness and well being. I will be expanding on my practice this year to honour my new year’s resolution to take better care of mama bear.
Love & light everyone. Eat well and prosper:) Lisa