Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Morning Coffee

Having my morning coffee .... processed? I have never witnessed the process of transforming the coffee cherry into a coffee bean, however I don't think you just pick the little buggers, wait until they turn brown, then grind and drink. I imagine there is some "process" for transforming these little nuggets into a form suitable for my morning go-juice.

Am I willing to give it up for the whole food challenge? Don't think so.... However, I will assure that every cup I consume will be freshly ground from organic, fair trade, unflavored, whole beans. I will drink my beverage black and without added sweetener (lucky for me that I already like it this way). I will prepare my own drink, and will not purchase it by the cup from a retailer who shall remain nameless.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Questions to ponder for the whole food challenge

Some questions from the group to ponder at the beginning of the 30-day whole food challenge, with a few questions of my own at the end of this post:

1. Is this style of eating attainable in my lifestyle?
2. Will I miss (bread, tofu, candy, etc.) as much as I think?
3. Will I have more energy?
4. Will I lose weight?
5. Will my digestive system hum along more smoothly?
6. (For those trying veganism this month) Is a vegan diet as easy/hard
as I thought?
7. Is this experience going to change the way I think about "health"
food?
8. Am I going to have withdrawal or cravings?
9. What will I tell my friends, parents, family and co-workers who
notice I'm eating different?
10. How has this challenge changed my perception of my old diet.
11. Will I eat more, less or about the same amount of food?
12. What other changes in my body will I feel? (i.e. less stress,
mental clarity).

And some questions of my own...
13. Do I count oatmeal as a processed food?
14. Will there be easily procured foods during my travels the second half of this challenge?
15. What snacks will I bring aboard the sailboat?
16. Will the captain of the boat appreciate my provisions?
17. Will my fellow traveling companions "live and let live"?
18. Will I be able to honor my intention?

For the last half of this challenge, will be on vacation and away from my kitchen with all of its tools. One week will be spent in transit and then at a small hotel on the island of Tortula; one week will be spent sailing among the British Virgin Islands. The travel party is small....three stout and ardent omnivores and two recently converted vegans (me, my husband). It will be interesting to see how this experience unfolds; to be honest, I have a bit of excited apprehension.

Me? Blogging?

Life affords us with opportunity to learn, change, and grow...or not. How many times in a day do we have the opportunity to reframe our focus and rethink our gameplan?

My new beginning for today rests with the creation of a blogspot and the first entry into this online journal--- stretching here! It wasn't very long ago at all that I was asking "What is a blog?"...and then once I found out, "Who cares?"

What motivates this change? Don't really have an answer for that; except perhaps that I seek an avenue to document life changes and the responses to those changes. Within the past year, I have taken action to improve my healthy habits: I quit smoking over a year ago, tried to incorporate regular physical activity (this one ebbs and flows), and improved my dietary intake. I still don't get enough sleep, don't drink enough fluids, and don't have enough fun in my life, but those are things that I can change.

I intend to use this blogspot as a record of my journey toward health and happiness ---