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At the finish line: day 10

Wow, well that went by pretty fast,  in retrospect anyway. Here it is, day 10 of the fall consciousness cleanse and I made it: phew! There were some challenges, some moments, when I almost caved in….. but just knowing that I am accountable to all of you kept me going when my own will/wantpower wasn’t quite enough.

This last weekend was probably the hardest for me in terms of not having that evening glass of wine so I purposely kept my days(evenings) clear of extra social gatherings. I did go to one party last week and then out with my friend Chris(who also successfully has made it through: today is her day 11!). Instead of wine, I had some perrier and water and it felt great.

So what have I noticed after 10 days without caffeine, alcohol, sugar and the whites? First of all,  my sleep was deep, filled with dreams and I woke up refreshed each morning(sometimes I was wide awake 20 minutes before my alarm clock and could just enjoy those last stolen minutes before getting out of bed). Second, my energy was more even throughout the day and particularly in the early and late afternoon. Previously, I often would reach for a cup of coffee at around 2 pm to fight the urge to take a nap, which doesn’t fit into my work schedule, imagine that! Third, I felt more satisfied and full after a meal filled with clean foods, each one a bundle of powerful nutrients. I stopped craving anything sweet after a few days, although by day seven I could have snarfed down some lovely rich chocolate. Instead I tried a new fruit, a persimmon: wow, is that one sweet and yummy fruit. Fourth, although I consider myself somewhat of a foodie, I pushed myself to try new things: quince, persimmons, carrot chips for starters. I also discovered some new teas for my collection:  sugar cookie sleigh ride(sounds decadent: it’s not!),sugar plum spice, pumpkin spice and several new green teas.  Fifth, my clothes are looser as my weight dropped between 3 and 4 pounds, which I really noticed around my middle: that dreaded menopot!

Overall, my mood was even, my energy great and my body feels strong and ready to gear up for the holidays. Most of all, I feel empowered in knowing that I CAN DO THIS when I set my mind and soul to it. I have heard from quite a few of you who went all for the ride, some of you the entire way, some for just a portion. However much you did, congratulations for even thinking about it, as thoughts become words, words become actions, and actions lead to results. Remember that small changes cause big shifts, in your thinking, in your eating and drinking patterns, in your hormone balance, in you and in your life.  Thanks for all of your feedback(sometimes people prefer to email rather than comment on the blog: soon we will have a Facebook page which many find easier to communicate through). We love hearing from you and sharing our knowledge and experiences back and forth.

Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, delicious food and beverages, relaxation and much to be grateful for. Take a few minutes to think of all that you are grateful for: the list is often endless and it helps to remember all of the blessings in our lives and to be present and grateful. That is the magic of Thanksgiving: a day with no gifts, no cards, just a day to share and enjoy one another.

My beautiful family: of whom I am most grateful

My beautiful family: of whom I am most grateful

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Giving thanks

It has happened again: the holiday season is upon us in just 4 days. I am always amazed at how quickly the time shifts from the first signs of fall to the coming of Thanksgiving. I love this time of year, particularly the traditions that have developed since Americans have begun celebrating this holiday over 300 years ago.  And Thanksgiving has two special qualities that I have always loved, even as a small child: all people, regardless of religious affiliation, can join together in the giving of thanks and more incredibly, this holiday is not about consumerism.

Rather this  day is  devoted to sharing the bounty of the ‘harvest’, which of course in our modern world, takes on a somewhat different , yet related form: we tend to ‘pull out the stops’ and pay homage to traditional dishes, as well as branching out to try new ones. The tables are laden with roasted turkeys, stuffings(of all kinds), mashed and sweet potatoes, soft warm rolls, green bean casseroles, cranberry sauce, gravy and of course what would this feast be without an assortment of freshly baked pies(pumpkin, apple and pecan, to name a few)? As we have become more health-conscious, many of us have added Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, whole grain breads and fresh fruit desserts to the menu. But irregardless, this is a day that focuses on celebrating one another in family and friendship and for taking the time to give thanks for the plentitude of blessings in our lives.

I would like to take the time, this week, to offer my thanks for:

~my family, friends, health,  dog, home,  work, books, music, art, personal freedom, the stars, the ocean, the mountains, my community, the beautiful state in which I live, my country, my faith, my sense of wonder and yearning for knowledge, my love of food and cooking, the joy of having a body that works and can try new things and my awareness that I can and should be thankful for all that I have in my life. I am also thankful for all of you who have taken the time to read our blog…and to join in our conversations.

A spectacular November morning on the Oregon coast: a perfect time to be grateful

I hope that this time holds special meaning for you as well and that you have much to be grateful for. As always , we would love to hear from you: what are YOU thankful for?

Wishing you a bountiful feast with those you love and hold dear.

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