Transitioning to Plant Based Diet


Cutting dairy and animal protein, exploring vegan, and experimenting with raw led to frenzy-research, buying, and preparing. Vitamix and Excalibur joined the appliance family overpowering Kitchen Aid mixer and barely nodding to coffee pot.

Twenty-two jars, four bowls, a fifty-five gallon Coleman, and countless green storage bags joined two four feet industrial shelves.

Five new cookbooks, a cookbook holder, Pinterest, and a blog gave me unlimited learning opportunities and hours and hours of study. What did I learn?

Less is best. Simple is underrated. Eating a raw plant based diet eliminates cravings, therefore learning to make nuts into cheeses and fruit into ice cream, and nuts and soy into meat proved unnecessary. We no longer crave meat, want cheese, or need dessert. If I want a nut, I eat a nut and it does not have to taste like anything but a nut. Really!

I appreciate all the wonderful chefs and cooks who pour heart and soul into new ways to make old recipes, but for me, for now, I will keep it simple.

To your health,

Claudia

Change it Up


Swimming laps rapidly became my easy in and out routine; no equipment needed and basically painless.  I grew lazy and tried to fool myself that I worked out.  Sure, swimming three times a week is good, but I know it is not great.  I need more.

I added Yoga and my aquatics workout to my weekly routine.  Result?  I am sore because I work muscles I did not use in swimming.  I also discovered less boredom and greater anticipation of the next day’s workout, instead of fighting excuses not to go.

Yeah, variety is the spice of life.  

To your health,

Claudia

Self-Talk


I am.

As I struggled through my first lap Monday, I asked myself why. Surprisingly, I answered myself without hesitation. Because you said I am tired, I am out of breath, I am bored, so the body followed. After changing my conversation to positive I ams, I swam on, playing like an otter, then beaver, then the Phelps!

Whether from biblical accounts of God speaking to Moses, “I am that I am”, Unity’s 70′s movement, or Tom Shadyac’s documentary, I am is powerful. Use wisely and selectively.

“You are” is strong if internalized and translated to I am, so let’s be careful who we listen to and what we listen to.