This Last Month
This last month or so has been a monumental struggle for me. It has really been hard to be focused and get some work done. There are so many things on my to do list but yet I have little motivation or money to get them done right now.
Have you ever had a time in your life that you just felt like giving up on your dream? What do you do to shake out of it and get motivated? I am determined to not let things get me down or distracted but yet… “the struggle is real!”
What are Your Distractions?
One of my big distractions is a bad habit I’ve developed. Each morning I feel compelled to grab my phone and check in to all my social media sites to see what is going on with friends, family, the news and the world. Then it takes me from page to page, article to article and before I know it I have spent half my morning on the internet. The problem with this is
- It is taking time from my day that I can’t get back
- It is very un-motivating and I get caught up in things that I really don’t need to be caught up in.
- Sometimes it just causes frustration, hurt feelings, sadness or anger
- It is taking time away from ME! I Need to have some ME time. Many may think that this sort of habit is ME time but it is not. It is everybody and everything else time!
What I plan to Do to Break the Cycle
Because of the stress I have been under lately with ending relationships, which have also ended some church responsibilities (at least for the short-term) and a few other things. We moved to this community just under 2 years ago and so now we are kind of starting over again with building new relationships. Just that alone is stressing me out. Oh well, I have decided to not be passive in this situation, but instead decided to start thinking of myself, my health and lifestyle and so many other things I put on hold when I moved here.
My New/Old Health Choices
A few years ago I ventured into a high raw whole foods plant-based diet. It took some getting used to but once I got the hang of it I felt better than I had ever felt in my life! I had energy to burn and my creativity bloomed. I was able to exercise every day and still had energy for the rest of my activities. My Fibromyalgia was under control, my food allergies much alleviated and my skin, hair and nails were also much healthier. Even my hypoglycemia was much improved!
So, I have decided and am very determined to go back to eating the way that makes me feel the best. Social pressures are difficult when you don’t eat the SAD (sad american diet) but I have to do this for me. My husband is also completely on board with me again and so we are starting slowly but surely and I’m feeling better already. I can’t wait to have the energy I once had so I can include more exercise.
I am working out a morning routine that will give me a great start for each day. I am going to set up my very own Bliss Station! I will have a specific place and time to do some thinking, motivational & spiritual reading and also some planning for my Art business. I will start out each morning with a large glass of pure water and fresh lemon and in the colder months (which are right around the corner) I will heat the water. This lemon water beverage is very detoxifying and beneficial for the liver and digestion.
Later in the morning I will consume only fruit, approximately 1-2 pounds depending on my appetite and what fruit I have available. This could be in the form of a smoothie or just a big platter. Fruit is not only flushing for the system it is great energy food for the muscles and the brain. This is why I had so much energy and creativity.
I will then work in my art studio on projects and enjoy the rest of my morning. On Fridays I have an art student I give private lessons to, which will also benefit my creative side.
My Bliss Station
My Bliss Station will consist of a space in my home where I feel comfortable and surrounded by things that inspire, uplift and sooth my soul. Such as lovely colors, inspirational quotes, family photos, my day planner and a sketch book and pencils.
Do you have a Bliss Station? If so would you please share with me some ideas? I would love to see some pictures for inspiration! I foresee my space with a comfy chair and warm throw, a table and a lamp, a good book and my bible and my lap desk.
My Art Plan
I also have plans for doing some more portraits, and I really want to play with some acrylic pouring for some fun and something different. I usually work very tightly and I think that acrylic or resin pouring techniques will be a great way for my to loosen up once-in-a-while!
I watch YouTube videos with people doing there pouring and it just looks so fun. My hubby bought me some lovely canvases so I can do some traditional painting as well. I have made a list of art projects that I want to do. Whenever I get another idea or suggestion I just add it to my list.
My Afternoon and Evening Routine
I have definitely learned over the years that the body and mind work best on a set schedule and healthy food. My new life plan includes another 1-2 lbs of fresh fruit for lunch and then a huge salad for dinner with about 1 lb of fresh greens a day (some of that in my smoothies in the morning) topped with several nutrient dense veggies and fruits like tomatoes cucumber, broccoli, bell peppers, etc., and a sprinkling of nuts or seeds. As for cooked food, if I feel I need it I will eat some rice, a vegetable soup, potatoes, quinoa, etc. For fats in my diet I will add whole food sources such as nuts, seeds and avocado.
Many may ask the question, “Where are you getting protein?” The simple answer to that is from fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. The bulk of my protein comes from my greens! Yep, greens. Where cows, deer, elk, elephants, etc get their protein from. Don’t be alarmed, I am a nutritionist. I have run the numbers on the nutrient value of this lifestyle plan and believe me I will be getting a huge amount of nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and protein! Not to mention high fiber and water content. I take a B12 supplement (something anyone over 50 should be doing regardless of diet) and a vitamin D supplement for the days I am not in the sun enough. Everything else I will get in ample supply in my diet.
Yes, this diet requires more volume of food than the SAD but this is because of the low-calorie content of the foods that are best for you. They are much lower than fast food, greasy food, alcohol, and junk foods. And believe it or not plant foods do contain all of the amino acids (the building blocks of protein) that are essential. Think about it… have you ever met a person with a true protein deficiency? I mean a clinically diagnosed person that is eating real food and enough calories, have you? I’m sure not; why, because if you eat a healthy, whole food, plant-based diet you will get well over the amount of protein needed to be healthy, that’s why. When you add in nuts, seeds, sprouts, etc you will see that you can definitely get enough protein and way less fat in your diet. this way.
Now of course if you eat animal protein you won’t need to eat the volumes of food but you also will be missing many of the great disease fighting nutrients that we find in plants! Do some comparing of nutrient levels, not just protein. And don’t think that I am suggesting everyone go vegan, because I am not. What I suggest though for your own health is to compare foods based on nutrient levels and getting the most bang for your buck.
I won’t say I will never eat meat, because that just isn’t being honest. But what I am saying is, on a daily basis my diet will consist of high nutrient packed, low-fat, healthy choices. Why, because I feel so much better when I do that! I feel more Alive, and I feel more creative! I don’t feel sluggish and tired after I eat. I won’t have the malaise that I get when I eat junk food and so it is all worth it to me to give those things the boot. Not only that, the money I spend will be on the food itself and not on fancy crinkly packages and boxes of high calorie, high fat, low nutrient foods that come in them. Shopping is easy, food prep is easy, and medical bills are virtually existent! Oh, and did I mention that I feel so much better?!
“So here is to a new path of health and happiness! A new path of more creative juices flowing from a brain fed nutrient dense energy foods! Here is to my art career soaring!”
When I do nutrition counseling I tell people to be an artist with their food and “Paint your plate” with nutrient packed colorful foods! So here is to you – “Add some color to your plate! Make it pretty, nutritious and life-giving! Beige gets boring even in food, look at a fast food meal, bun – beige, fries – beige, chicken – beige, burger – brown (dark beige) and even the soda!
My Questions to you My Readers
What works for you? What motivates you to create? Do you have a Bliss Station? Does you lifestyle help your creativity or get in the way of it? I would really like to know! Share your comments below, and until next time – God Bless!