Monday, August 8, 2011

First Day With the New Juicer and Beck: Day 8-Create Time and Energy

Good afternoon everyone! Can I be honest with you? I'm very stressed out. One sick kid who is supposed to be in a play tonight and tomorrow night, another kid who is refusing to go to the day care that I arranged for him this week and well, just some other freakin' crap and I'm all out of whack. The old me would have fallen off the wagon at this point, turned to the fridge to heal my pain. But that's not how I operate these days.

Why? Because I take the time and spend the energy to stack the cards in my favor. Just like Beck says, successful "dieting" (oh how I hate that word) requires us to schedule time for dieting, which often means decreasing, delegating, or eliminating some other tasks and activities. In other words, it is ALL about prioritizing the tasks we perform in our lives to make sticking to our new way of eating a reality, instead of a fantasy.

For me, it means planning menus, reading healthy cookbooks and blogs, writing shopping lists, preparing food and even writing this blog are all very high priorities for me.

If your achieving a healthy weight or maintaining one is not a priority for you at this time in your life, that's okay. No judgement here! But if you are serious about this, you need to look at what you are doing every day and figure out how you are going to eliminate some of that to make room for some of this.

One of my priorities is experimenting with new foods that are on my plan. That's why I invested in a juicer. I'm not quite sure how juicing fits into my life yet, whether it will be an occassional treat, something fun to do for guests at dinner parties or something that I do more seriously like juice fasting (feasting), but I do know that I adore the taste of fresh vegetable/fruit juices. If you haven't had beet, carrot, ginger, cucumber, celery, lettuce, fennel, apple, pear, etc. freshly juiced then let me tempt you. They are wonderful!

I chose the Champion juicer because that's what Tom uses at my favorite restaurant, but I'm sure that lots of brands make decent juicers.
It doesn't hurt that my kids think it's really fun and exciting. I was practically jumping up and down when my eleven year old was drinking spinach!
Don't be confused, I'm not replacing my morning green smoothie with a fresh juice. At least not on most days. Turns out I need that green smoothie with ground flaxseed to keep my system running normally (if you know what I mean), which is very important to me. Gena from Choosing Raw explains the difference between juices and smoothies and why each are great. It's just that my health is a BIG priority for me, and this is another way of expressing that.

How have you made your health a priority?

Have you given up certain tasks or activities in order to make time for healthy eating? If so, did it feel like a big sacrifice?

Did eating/cooking healthy ever start to feel normal for you, like it just wasn't such a big deal or sacrifice anymore but rather just who you are and how you operate?

Turns out that just writing this blog post relieved a lot of the stress that I was feeling. Thank you for being here and sticking around! I mean it.


KR said...

I am also trying to start each day with a green smoothies....would love to hear what you out in yours just so I can give myself a little variety from my current spinach, almond milk, flaxseed and banana combo....

Jackie Smith (the other one) said...

Hi, Wendy! I hope your week gets better.

I get all of the food ready for the next day while dinner is cooking (or after dinner). I even make my smoothie the night before & put it in a cup so it's grab n go. I plate dinner & put a portion for my lunch straight into a Tupperware. If I left everything for the morning, I'd never eat healthy. Sure, it takes time to get everything ready, especially when I'm tired, but it's worth "giving up" TV time (or grading time, but that's not a sacrifice!).

Traci said...

This is the post I needed to read right now. I've had the week from H E double hockey sticks and things are NOT improving right now, but I could certainly handle things better if I'm functioning at my best. That means it's time to take good care of myself even if everything else is total chaos! Going to check in on our accountability thread now...

Lynne said...

Deep breaths Wendy.
For the past few weeks, anxiety and self doubt has been getting the better of me. You are absolutely right about planning for success; habits I formed when times were easier are helping me not to stray too far from where I want to be during this period.
Thanks so much for thinking of us and posting, even on a rough day.

JL goes Vegan said...

I think juices and smoothies are both great additions to a daily diet. I like to make a juice and take it to work in a stainless steel bottle. Such a great mid-morning snack!

I'm sorry you are stressed and happy that blogging what's going on in your life eased some of it! You know we're some of your biggest supporters and are here for you!

Anonymous said...

Hi from MArcia. I am in a high stress job. I've learned that healthy living (food, exercise, sleep, etc.) is the one calm I can create. It gives me the foundation I need and works magic on my chaos. It's been a revolutionary discovery on my part. So here I am, pounding for 12 hr. a day at work, and I am calm in my core.

One thing I do like clockwork now is take an hour on Sundays to prep for the week. I roast lots of veggies, make brown rice, wash greens and fruit, make dressing, etc. I eat those things in a variety of ways all week long (salads, soups, side dishes, with rice or pasta or polenta, in ww tortillas, etc). And I have go-to foods when I'm too tired to care.

Thanks, Wendy. Your life may feel nuts but to the rest of us, you are a guiding star.

Elisa Chan said...


making good health choices is easy for me. I decided I cannot help aging but I can prevent myself from getting fat and all the health problems that obesity brings.
If you really want something you can do it and no food is as important as my desire to be healthy and look good in my clothes.
We will always have stress in our lives but if you eat to deal with it you will still have stress as well as additional calories to deal with.
LOVE your blog as it inspires me daily.

Unknown said...

Thank you Wendy for your honesty. I am struggling with my childrens behavior and last night after they refused to be quiet and go to bed (after 90 mnutes of goofing around) I opened the freezer and took out the carton of ice cream. Needless to say, I stood at the counter with spoon and carton in hand and proceeded to shovel it in and not even taste it. My mind was telling me that this isn't what I really wanted however, I just couldn't stop. After the carton was empty, I went to bed and had a horrible sleep. I am going to work on making my health a priority today and when I get stressed I am going to pull out my cookbooks and plan some healthy dishes to make. I truly appreciate you sharing your life with us and showing that we all experience life's stresses! Have a fantastic day! XOXO

Jen said...

Improving my health and losing weight are my only priorities right now. I started the Furhman plan with hopes of reversing a medical condition. Unfortunately, I haven't found success on that end but have lost 20 lbs & like the way my skin looks in the mirror. I love the way eating nutritarian curbs hunger & food cravings. Pain & fatigue have got me down this week and yesterday I sought comfort in leftover tofu-blueberry bread pudding...glad it was that & not the junk I used to keep in the house. Tomorrow always brings the possibility of a better day :)

BMoore Healthy said...

I feel like I am finally getting to the point where eating healthy is a normal part of my life. My extended family and friends now don't look at me weird when I have a kale smoothie in my hand! :)

heather g said...

Hi Wendy. Whenever I'm doing anything that isn't in line with my belief system, whether it be thinking negative thoughts, causing me to feel a certain negative way or behaving in a less than desirable way, I practice thought stopping, since I believe most of what we do begins with our thoughts. I literally say aloud, or just in my head, "Go away yetzer hara (evil inclination, devilish dude on my shoulder or whatever). You are trying to bring me down and it's not going to work." Or I just repeat, "Go away yetzer hara, go away yetzer hara..." Sometimes it blows my mind how much this exercise works.  Thanks for being so RAW with us. Pun totally intended.

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