When I awoke this morning I had an amazing sensation: the feeling of gratitude and love for my body and being…what a concept! I can certainly say that a major reason why I can connect with these feelings is because I am continuing to create distance between me and those toxic foods that skew my mind (the white stuff).
I actually enjoyed breakfast so much that I took a little picture. This sort of creativity is always a sign in me that I am healing, feeling good, and going with the “flow” of life.
This pic also denotes something more left-brained than just a reflection of self love thru food: it represents 1 standard serving of Almonds. For me, part of self-care is staying conscious of how much of a food I am eating, even if it is healthy.
Just 2 days ago I was chatting with a gal who struggled with kidney stones due to too much protein. She had switched to a ‘healthy’ diet, which included 2 CUPS of nuts, day….yowza…..and got kidney stones as a result. Perfect example of good intentions gone awry or the law of diminishing return.
Slowly my stubborn mind is seeing the grace and benefit of being moderate, gentle and peaceful in my approach. How nice to have space left in my belly after a meal because I’m not as attached to eating the fullest servings I can. There is much power in declining the need for “more”.
So much of what I see happens in myself and others when our body-minds are skewed with junk food is the inability to listen to the subtleties of life and our physical/emotional/spiritual needs. The white stuff puts the sensory system on over-drive and whammy! All intuitive responses are gone….at least for me because I have a serious inability to handle the white stuff. Its all or nothing, so I’ll choose nothing – there is more freedom in every other aspect of my life without it 🙂
Oh, for those who are curious, here is what I did with the almonds:
“Fill you for a few hours” oatmeal:
1 oz whole oats
1/2 – 3/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla + cinnamon
1 serving almonds (about 22)
2 tsp dried cranberries
Cook oats on med heat. Half-way through add the fruit, vanilla and cinnamon. When fully cooked, add the nuts (I like the crunch of keeping the nuts raw). This meal packs about 15g protein, 8-10 g of fiber, 15g of fat and approx 25 g of carbs…and about 320 kcal. A great way to to add a little TLC to your morning. Can’t do gluten? NO problem: use Bob Red Mill’s Gluten free cereal or rice cereal instead. Can’t do nuts? No problem. Bob’s flaxmeal adds the fat/fiber of the nuts, and a little pat of butter would do the same.