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Easy Like Sunday Morning.

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Every Sunday morning, regardless of what I have to do or where I have to be (ie, work), I always like to read Post Secret's Sunday Secrets. Post Secret is an ongoing Art project where people send in their deepest secrets written on a post card. It's a great way to start off the morning, I think. Anyway, I was scrolling through this morning's edition when I happened upon this secret:


Now, I've never given up a religion to be in a relationship, but it brought me back once again to my uncomfortable relationship with religion.

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before that I grew up Methodist and left it pretty much as soon as I left the house. I think I also have said before that, generally speaking, I respect the idea of religion/s, however that is defined for the person. It takes a little more openness of mind if you're in to worshipping Stargon, the Leader of an Alien Race Sent to Bring Us Back Home, but hey. Whatever gets you through the day.

I'm always on…

It's a Cooking Kind of Day

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Normally I work Friday mornings from 9-1:30. However I switched my schedule yesterday afternoon when I discovered that not only was I 100% UNbooked, there were so many empty spots that coming in that early was pointless. So, I switched to a 4:30-9pm shift "on call" in the hopes I'd fill up some more. I need to call before I go in, but odds are greater I'll at least have a couple clients.

But it means I had the day to cook!

Which is a good thing, as I am in the process of changing the day I shop. Normally I do it Fridays after work, but as Tuesdays and Wednesdays are now my weekend, it just didn't make sense to buy all that food and then not have time to do anything with it. Down that road lies sugary, salty processed convenient yumminess.

Yeah. Kinda trying to do away with that.

So, today I spent the morning scrounging around to make food for breakfast and meals eaten while at work. So, I made some yummy banana coconut muffins. I started with the basic muffin rec…

Cleanse: Day 3

Yesterday was the final day of the cleanse. I spent most of the day at home (except for one trip to the laundromat and a light walk in the afternoon). I felt much better physically over the course of the day and my back wasn't nearly as vocal as it had been the day before.

I will admit that I added small amounts of sugar back in yesterday. I just couldn't face another cup of tea without it! Although, I will say that I cut back significantly on the amount that I used. That is something I'm hoping to continue with - using less of the stuff all around.

I also took 2.5 hours yesterday and cleaned the bejeezus out of my apartment. I decluttered, found homes for things that had none, vacuumed and swept and wiped my way to tidiness. I also had a pot of dried sage boiling (2 tsp of dried sage to 2 cups water) the entire time for an additional metaphysical cleansing. I hadn't done that when I moved in, because everything was already clean, but the space feels better having done…

Cleanse: Day 2

Yesterday was Day 2 of my three-day cleanse. It went well food-wise. I am convinced that the choices I made this go 'round fit me much better, and make it much easier to follow. Last time, I tried to push myself a little and tried new flavors during a cleanse. Needless to say, a cleanse is not the time to try and expand your culinary palate. I ended up throwing a lot of food out and was desperate by Day 3 for "real food". I am not feeling that this time around, food wise. Well, sugar-wise I'm going a little crazy, but that's probably for the greater good.

Yesterday my back ached like a MoFo. Which is very unusual for me as I don't usually have back pain. It took me half a day to realize most of the discomfort was centered around my lower back - the kidney area. So, odds are pretty good my kidneys were letting go of a ton of stuff and as a result I ached. At one point I had my Massage Table Warmer laid out on the floor and cranked up to 120 degrees. I laid on …

Cleanse Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of my three-day cleanse. It went really well, if I do say so myself. I've made a few changes from the last time I did this cleanse, mainly because the foods I tried last time really weren't to my liking. So...:

1. Instead of using the kitchari recipe from the cleanse, I replaced it with a kitchadi (same thing) recipe from  The Ayurvedic Cookbook. The book has several recipes, and you can choose one not only according to your dosha, but also whether or not you want to fortify a particular internal organ (kidneys, lungs, digestive system, etc). I chose one of the two lung recipes as I'm currently fighting of some kind of sinus thing I am looking to prevent it from moving into my lungs. I literally cannot afford a repeat of this spring's bronchitis fiasco.

2. I have not cut caffeine out completely. I was most of the way there on Sunday (down to just half a cup of tea), when the sinus thing really hit me. I was at work and I couldn't tell if…

A Sweetener By Any Other Name...

Have you heard about the latest move by the Corn Refiners to change the term "high fructose corn syrup" to "corn sugar"?

If not, here is a link to a brief article from NPR here.

This really doesn't surprise me, considering all the ads that have been running over the course of the last year saying that HFCS isn't any worse than regular sugar and that it's perfectly safe to eat.

That may well be, but does it really need to be in everything?

I won't say that I never eat things with HFCS. I am not perfect, and I enjoy junk food as much as any perpetual dieter who's starting fresh tomorrow. But I try. I do my best to make my own foods and continually strive to lessen my reliance on prepackaged foods. With better results some weeks than others.

One of the benefits of enjoying cooking and baking is that you learn what is in stuff. For example, you learn that you can make soup out of broth, vegetables, maybe some grains/pasta, and maybe some protein. A…

Cleaning House

I've been eating like crap lately.

Massaging has given me a bit of an excuse, as you can burn like 250 calories an hour doing it, and I've been averaging 4 a day. So, yeah. Now you know why all those massage therapists are so freaking skinny.

But still, I feel like I've been eating badly, and MyPlate has confirmed that my salt and sugar intakes are through the roof. Although, I'm getting more than my daily allowance of protein and fiber, and virtually nothing in the way of cholesterol. Take that all you pundits who say you can't meet dietary requirements on a veg*n diet.

(the salt and the sugar issues are my own fault, by the way).

So, I've decided that I need to cleanse my palate. So, next week (a week from today, in fact) I will be doing the detox I did a year and a half ago that I found in the Yoga Journal. There's plenty of food involved, but it is very simple and comprised mainly of fruit, veg and simple grains like rice. It is a three-day cleanse, whi…

Where were you?

For my parent's generation, it was the Kennedy assassination. They saw it happening in live time, they watched it over and over again, horrified. They were confused, angry, and at a loss for words.

For my generation, it will always be "9/11".

At the time, I was still commuting in to work every morning. It was just another morning the entire drive in.  But somewhere between parking the car and arriving to work, the first plane crashed into the first tower. Someone told me this as I was sitting down and I didn't believe them. Then I had a mental image of a little twin-engine veering into the tower - just a horrible freak accident. It wasn't until the second plane hit the second tower that it became anything more than that.

At the time, my company was occupied in the suite on top of a building filled otherwise with apartments. One of my coworkers lived one floor below the office, so most of us crammed into his tiny apartment watching his television. The boss on duty…

Anniversary

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This coming Tuesday will be the one year anniversary of me starting this journey to being a massage therapist.

I've been thinking about that a lot lately.
It seems crazy that it has already been a year. A year since I quit a marketing career, turned my back on a decent (for Vermont) wage, benefits, and security to work nights while going back to school. To not knowing if my paycheck would cover my expenses or if I was even going to be any good at my new profession. I took a huge gamble - I threw caution to the wind and hurled myself into a new life without considering the consequences. 
It was the best thing I could have done.
One year later, I've graduated and I'm working in my chosen profession. Moreover, people LIKE what I do. I'm helping people feel better. When I leave work at the end of the day, I'm exhausted but I'm happy. I'm happy to go to work, I love the people I work with, and I'm making a difference.
It all started one year ago this Tuesday. I h…

It's Official.

I'm microwave free. I believe it's been over a week now. I'm really bad at keeping track of such things. If I ever get hitched, the dude's gonna have it easy because I'll be the one forgetting birthdays and anniversaries.

Anyway.

I'm loving it. It takes a little more planning, because if I want to use something frozen I need to remember to take it out of the freezer, but I'm loving not having it. The upside is, I also seem to be eating more whole foods, simply because I can't just nuke a boca burger anymore. I have to turn the oven on and blah blah blah. And when it's this frakking hot outside, who wants to do that?

It also helps that I have a burner that can boil water in about 90 seconds. On low. Yeah. I can't really use it for anything else but in this case I think it's actually FASTER than the microwave. It works really well for boiling water to make tea or oatmeal in the morning.

Overall, getting rid of the microwave is probably one of …