Wellness Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Tomorrow is our 26th wedding anniversary! And I didn’t think I would live to see our 20th. I was so incredibly sick. As I have posted before, I almost died from severe malnutrition caused by an allergy to animal products. Since finding out and adopting a plant based diet, I am so much better!

This is my fitbit report from last week. I have struggled to maintain a walking program since my strokes, and I’m not there yet, but this is so much better than my beginnings at barely maintaining 1000 steps per day.

And a sample of what I eat. Blackeyed peas, okra and tomatoes, sweet potatoes and black rice (nutritious). Because I seasoned it like the southern gal I am, it was scrumptious!

And a view of the gorgeous Rockies on our way home from a shopping trip.

This has been a great day!

How have you nourished your body and soul today?

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Wellness Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Sunday was our 5th Veganniversary. If we hadn’t gone plant based I would have been dead by now because of my severe allergy to animal products. At 98 pounds, I was close to it then.

But today we decided to have a chopped salad.

The weather here is hot, so we didn’t want to cook. You really can’t tell because we like to chop our salads pretty small, but this has mixed greens, broccoli, carrots, chickpeas, tomatoes, quinoa and pumpkin seeds with a sesame dressing. It was scrumptious, but I could only eat about 3/4 of it. Extremely filling!

How have you spent your Wednesday?

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Wellness Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Started the day walking and then had my typical breakfast, potatoes with baby bok choy and a vegan cheese sauce…no added oil.

Dinner is a Subway veggie sandwich on a wheat roll. I always get lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, red onions, black olives, and pepperoncini on mine. No dressing. We put avocado on it at home.

For a snack it was cashew butter on Dave’s Killer Bread with sesame seeds on top. I ate half before I remembered to take a picture.

And I have a goal to move every hour. Nailed it!

My fitbit doesn’t track more than 9 hours on the hourly mode. I still have about 900 more steps to make my daily goal. I think I’ll make it.

How are you spending your wellness Wednesday?

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Thoughtful Tuesday, July 14, 2020

While meeting with my writer’s group yesterday, I mentioned the struggles of writing with ADHD, about how I have such a hard time staying focused. I used the example of starting laundry.

You go in the bathroom to collect the towels and notice the mirror with toothpaste splatter on it. You stop to clean it then go to the kitchen to get those towels. That sink full of dishes really needs to be dealt with. So you start loading the dishwasher. In the process their is a delivery, so you bring the box in. You cut it open and pull out the contents. It’s the painting you’ve been waiting for since May. You decide to hang the picture. Then your mother-in-law calls and needs a ride to the grocery store.

By the time you get back, your dishwasher still needs to be filled, your laundry is piled up next to the washer, the picture box contents are strewn about, and now you have to make dinner.

And you wonder why you can’t seem to get anything done.

My friend commented that I need to write a book titled Chasing Squirrels. We all laughed, but such is life in my household.

I have learned to accept my quirks. And that things do get done, just not ever the way I expect.

But isn’t that life always? It’s never what you expect, but it is always to be appreciated. And it is always worth it in the end.

How does your life play out?

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Wellness Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Those of you who have been following me for awhile know that I spent over 3 years bedridden and have had 4 strokes and broken my back 4 times. There was a time I almost died because of severe malnutrition.

But for the past five years (on the 19th) hubby and I have been whole food plant based after having watched the documentary Forks Over Knives.

I am now about as healthy as I have ever been in my life. I am not perfect in that I do eat junky food on occasion, but the only two times I have accidentally eaten something like regular mayonnaise, I got very sick. I say accidentally because I wasn’t aware it was in the food I was eating. I am very careful to check ingredients because my allergy to animal products (diagnosed by my doctor) could kill me.

So here I like to share what I do for my physical as well as mental health.

This black bean and corn concoction was what I fixed for dinner. There are lentils that mimic ground meat and some salsa to flavor it, along with garlic and onion powder and nutritional yeast. Over rice or potatoes, it’s quite delicious.

This is my weekly status from my fitbit. When I first started I could barely get more than 1000 steps a day. Now I’m getting almost 8000! (I take Sundays off so they aren’t counted.) And I am currently on week 10 or 11 (lost count) of daily walking. I think I’ve only missed one day in that time. And I’m feeling good.

What are you doing to improve your health?

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Thoughtful Tuesday, July 7, 2020

This past week has been difficult for me. I’m sad for my country. I’m sad that people find a divide where there is none, leaving the real division unchecked.

Rule #1. You can’t have everything your way. There are no two individuals who agree on everything.

Rule #2. You can’t force your opinion on others. It only causes resentment.

Rule #3. Tearing down monuments does not tear down the racism in the hearts of the people. Education regarding them is a start.

Rule #4. Changing history dooms us to repeat it. The only hope is to remember the whys so we don’t have to do it over again to learn the lessons.

I am a Christian woman who prays morning and night (and often in between) for people to understand that unity doesn’t mean thinking the same way. Only that we have common goals and are willing to do the work to accomplish them. Not throw the baby out with the bath water.

Any thoughts?

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Scripture Sunday, July 5, 2020

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for her sins.

Isaiah 40:1-2

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Off to a good start with July.

This is a “cheesy” broccoli and potato soup, although it turned out quite thick. I don’t mind, however. It’s delicious!

I just mixed up some potatoes with broccoli for lunch one day last week and served it with salsa. Yum!

And for a scrumtious breakfast I had “cheesy” grits and greens…in this case it was bok choy. The only thing missing is the hot sauce! I didn’t think about it until posting this.

I love my plant based lifestyle. Between increasing my steps weekly to eating wholseome foods, I’m getting stronger every day. I’m much more healthy than I was five years ago. Still a way to go, but it beats dead!

How are you spending your wellness Wednesday? I’m open to any plant based suggestions.

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