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Lifestyle Change: More Questions Than Answers

I feel my life and my decisions about what is best for my family shifting in a totally different direction, as I mentioned a few posts ago.  In the past few days, I’ve been watching and reading constantly.  Right now it feels like I’m drinking from a fire hydrant.  More and more information is so far leading to more and more things I want to know about and questions.  Boy, do I have questions.

I’ve been particularly interested in the healing properties of food and the ability that our bodies have to heal themselves…and maintain this health, given the right kinds of fuel.  We (as a culture) spend our money on beautiful clothes, nice cards and huge homes yet balk at the prices of good food.  Yes, it’s true, that our priorities have been off.  Our food is where we want to skimp and save and pay as little as possible.  I can say this because I was there.  I don’t find anything wrong with having a nice house, nice clothes and saving on food – or anything for that matter.  But, I think that as a culture we ultimately need to come to a place where we re-prioritize what we are WILLING to spend our money on.  We need to consider the long-term effects of our priorities.  Will we eat crap fast food all week to be able to afford a cute purse?  I don’t think I personally HAVE to spend a lot on the food I eat, but I think I should be willing to if it means keeping myself at a quality of life that would rarely require medications and that would keep me off  the paths that lead to life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.

There are things I want to do, things I want to learn more about.

English: Copley Square Farmer's Market

1. Organic and Local Foods – We’ve made this step and it’s probably the easiest.  Though I read last night that simply making the switch isn’t everything.  Because I’ve been injesting toxins and chemicals through my food, I should consider a detox so that the good stuff can get in.  Just the thought makes me cringe, with images of colon cleansing and fasting.  Thankfully I ran across some information on…

2. Hydration Therapy/Detox – This is basically drinking a BUNCH (think 1 L) of water first thing each day.  It forces the toxins out of your tissues and cleanses your body.  This morning I did about 20 oz. and I could already tell a difference.  Seriously, I think I lost about 5 lbs. just in peeing 7 times in about 2 hours.  I read that a little lemon juice and cayenne pepper can up its effects.  I haven’t tried that.

3.  Raw Foods – There’s a big difference in the way our bodies react to cooked foods and raw foods.  The suggestion is to aim for 50% or more raw foods in my diet.  I don’t know yet how to get there, but it’s something to learn more about.

3.  Superfoods – They don’t call them super for nothing.  The benefits of these foods are plenty, but are they all nasty?  Is there any way to get them into my children?  Can I grow these things?  Is there an inexpensive way to incorporate them into my diet?

4.  Planting a Garden – I’m looking at where, when, what, how, how much – and how the heck can I?!?!

5.  Making As Much as Possible from Scratch – from dressings to soaps to breads.  I’m experimenting with new recipes every week.  This part is fun for me.  My struggles are with preserving them, which of course is why all these companies decided to figure out how to make things last forever after they are prepared.  Once I make something, like a loaf of bread, it is beautiful and delicious on the first day, but them it goes hard and dry quickly.  Once I make dressing, I have about a week to use it.  I’m starting to play around with freezing, but sometimes that changes the texture of these things, too.

It’s funny, I’ve gone years and years with bits of all of this information floating around me and I’ve been so guilty of ignoring most of it most of the time.  I maintained a “healthy enough” lifestyle to not gain weight, but for the most part I just thought “It’s not going to happen to me.”  But, now I’m starting to think “I’m not going to let it happen to me.”  I have a lot to live for, and I’d like to make the most of every minute that I’ve been given.


Guilty Pleasures

I suppose it’s been since my teenage years that I’ve adopted guilty pleasures into my life.  Some people laugh at them, but I think they’re absolutely necessary.  Of course I’m not talking something immoral, just a FUN thing in your life that you can lose yourself in for pieces of time.  It takes you away from reality just long enough to get that good, calm feeling in your head and then you’re free to return.

I know this started in high school.  As far as I’m concerned, this first one is the hardest to admit and the most ridiculous.  In high school I was completely crazy about smutty romance novels.  The ones that are around 4.99 in WalMart with the covers where most of the males look like Fabio and the women have hair swirling all around them.

 

Tom Miller Painting

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(This one is particularly hilarious.) Generally, they are entangled with each other in some fashion.  Yep, I could devour one of those books in a matter of days.  I’m not sure when I finally abandoned that one, but I’m happy to report that I moved on.  No doubt my time spent with them helped shape what I thought a good relationship was supposed to be like back then.  Lawdhavemercy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since then there have been TV series that have filled the “guilty pleasures” bill:

 

Beverly Hills, 90210 (season 1)

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Beverly Hills 90210 in late high school and early college.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The regular cast: Foreman, Grunberg, Johnson, ...

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Yes, Felicty.  I watched every episode and loved it.  A while back I tried to find all the episodes on DVD and failed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawson's Creek

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I got onto this one pretty late.  I was married when I started watching this on TBS.  But, I’m sure I got every episode at least twice.  I bought the soundtracks.  I even got Jeff to watch most of it with me.

 

 

 

 

Sex and the City

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Sex in the City was an awesome show.  Loved it, loved the movies.

 

 

 

 

 

Twilight Saga

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But there is no doubt in my mind that my current guilty pleasure has gone the deepest.  Again, I got in late on this one.  Last summer a friend brought me all 4 novels in a bag.  I devoured these delicious novels in about 2 weeks.  Mind you, each one is 700 – 1000 pages.  But they are wonderful.  Each one of them was so wonderful.  I love the giddy and hopeful places that I went while I read them.  I know that carried over into I feel like the movies make the stories seem much more silly and “teenagery” than the story plays out in the books.  I found myself wondering several times why these books were marketed as “Young Adult” novels, because the story was so much more than teen romance.  Though I do appreciate the fact that Edward is a gentleman in all ways, treating Bella how women should be.  He believes in sex after marriage and does indeed marry her before they go there.  The books are my first love with this guilty pleasure, but next I watched all the movies and enjoyed them – taking this from mind candy to eye candy.  Then, I discovered the amazing music from each movie and got ear candy, too.

Thankfully, there’s still 2 more movies to come out so I can hang on to this one for a while longer.  There may be serious tears at the age of 35 when I finally have to say goodbye to Twilight – at least the new material.  I see no reason for not rereading the novels once  a year or so just to remind myself to love fully.

Two good websites, should you be interested:

http://www.stepheniemeyer.com – The author’s website.  I have enjoyed her stories of how the novels and characters came together.  This also got me onto her novel for grown-ups “The Host”, which is also set to be made into a movie.

http://www.teamtwilight.com  – A fun blog that follows the actors progress in other projects and currently the filming of Breaking Dawn.


What I REALLY Want

I get a lot of magazines for free.  You’d be amazed at the companies that give away their magazines if you answer a few questions for them.  I get 6.  Jeff gets 3.

I look through all of them. {except Town and Country.  It’s just ridiculous.  Who, in the real world, really gives half a crap about $700 (impractical) shoes.}  I like the pictures and the ideas are inspiring.

There are gorgeous clothes that I imagine myself wearing.  Of course, I imagine my most in shape version of myself doing them TOTAL justice.  Long legs, stunningly styled blonde hair and my non-existent perfect skin.  It’s solace to me, who never really has a reason to wear the smart miniskirt and classy knee boots to Publix or the park.

I can honestly say, though it’s fun to imagine and dream, that I never really WANT those things for myself.  Sure, money being no object, I might purchase a snazzy little trench coat and pair of bold colored flats for the spring.  But, I look and I move on and there’s no ache in my heart for fashionable clothes.

I’m happy in my jeans and “Carolina Girl” t-shirt today.

Oh and the decorating ideas.  I’m certain I could do amazing things with this house of mine.  I could deck out every inch, nook and cranny.  I could organize the heck out of it.  I look at the pictures and, truthfully, my mind goes wild imaging how I could make those very expensive pieces for much less money and with my own two hands.

I don’t pursue any of that.  I don’t really want those things, either.  I know where my means are and I have no problems living there.

I’m happy in my house that, with the exception of a few pieces of furniture, is full of the very same things we put into our first house when we got married.  The things that change are the photos of my gorgeous family.  If I want art on the wall, I paint it.  If I want my house to look nice, I clean it.  I pretend that someone new to my house sees it like the ones in the magazines.

It’s fun to dream, but when I search my heart for what I really want I get this:

I want to make happy memories for my son.
I want to laugh with my husband.
I want to use the gifts that God has given me each day.
I want to always be able to make good on the promises I’ve made, whether that be to honor someone, pay someone, love someone, teach someone or help someone.
I want to learn and grow.

I think those things are all pretty simple and are, in some ways, a lot to ask out of this life; but in others, just enough.