Good morning blog!
We have officially had our first frost in Arkansas, and I have done zilch to prepare my old house for winter. My house is 102years old, but who’s counting? Also, I’m ready for Christmas. I’ve never been a huge fan of Thanksgiving, especially after taking control of my health. But even before then, as a small child in Catholic school, my love of too much turkey was spoiled by a mean Nun that told me Thanksgiving was really when the “white people came and murdered the Indians of the land.” Woah! I was five, and clearly not ready for such hostile adult revelations. Knowing that a large portion of my family descended from the Apache Indians in Northern Mexico (southwest America today), and another part of my family could be classified as “white” didn’t help me either. I went home that day and cried to my grandmother, trying to understand why turkey has anything to do with this? And also, are we white or Indian?! I just didn’t know what to do. I can’t remember what she told me, but I guess it worked. I continued to gorge on turkey day for the next decade or so, still confused about my heritage. But really, now that I am an adult (and know my ancestry), why do we need a month to dedicate our thanks to? I love being off work and having family time, but I propose we do this monthly at least. Not the whole over-eating bit, but a day reserved monthly to say thanks for what we have (and get off work!). But anyway, the Holidays have officially arrived guys. And this chick is excited! In the photo above, that’s my sweet Leo in his Christmas outfit. My cat really enjoyed attacking those antlers once he fell asleep (jealousy).
So back to Thanksgiving. I have been researching lots of healthy recipes to take to my family celebration. Since Alex’s family lives in Mexico where this day is not a celebrated holiday, we never have qualms about which family will be visited. Christmas, on the other hand, is a much bigger celebration in Mexico than in the USA. However, since our wedding is the 22nd, we will be staying in the states for that one too. In conclusion, I owe him two big trips to Mexico! Nevertheless, eating healthy is tough around the holidays. It just simply is. No matter how focused I am on being healthy, I have yet to pass up my grandma’s mashed potatoes and biscuits (death by carbs!). I always work out twice that day, but did you know that somewhere around 80% of your body is from what you eat? I had no idea, but once I applied this to my life- WOW. What a difference! I used to attempt murder on myself in the gym- running until I was sure I would need a defibrillator. I am so serious about this. I even showed Alex where it was located and how to use it, then off I would go to punish myself for too much pizza the night before. No surprise, my weight never changed. I did get firmer in my legs, but my stomach remained. I just didn’t understand why all my hard work was simply not working, and I was mentally and physically exhausted. Ever felt that way? Well one day I stumbled across an awesome article on Mind Body Green (you MUST check out this website) about our body makeup. It was around the same time I was working on my diet. So I gave myself a couple of weeks where I would only work out for 30 minutes a few days a week and stick to a whole-foods, plant-based diet. BOOM! Belly pudge gone, skin clearing up, mood swings gone, etc. And just like that, I was hooked. My plan this year is to wow my family with some super healthy whole-foods, plant-based dishes. So much so, that they will join me in this cause.
Speaking of my little grandma, please send good vibes her way. She needs lots of love and veggies. She is suffering from a blood clot in her lung and many other body ailments. I am convinced a healthy diet can combat anything, so the timing of this is critical around the holidays. I’m going to try my hardest to convince her that this is a much easier, and pain free lifestyle full of yummy food! When she comes to my house now, she is generally horrified by my freezer (which is empty since I do not eat anything frozen) and my refrigerator, or rather, its lack of identifiable items. If anyone has any advice on how they helped a family member adopt this lifestyle, I’m all ears! And I’m also curious about healthy food items you all will be trying for Thanksgiving? As soon as I practice a recipe and take my own photos, I will be posting my ideas here. For now, until next time!
P.S. that awesome website I refer to above is http://www.mindbodygreen.com/