Some Days it’s Just All About the Food Baby!

I was named after the Rose of Sharon IMG_1056 and my maternal Grandmother, Kate.

I made two observations this afternoon.

I was excited to go for my walk – as soon as I got home I wanted to change my clothes so I could go outside! IMG_1048

And once I got to Breathe, while hungry, I wasn’t starving. And for the first time, when I was asked, “8 or12 ounce soup?” I opted for the 8 oz (with an additional 8 oz to go!). IMG_1058

Typically after a first week of dieting, I’m sick of exercise and I want more food. So it appears (I know it remains to be seen) that my approach to changing my lifestyle (rather than dieting) is working! Of course I had to have the blue corn muffins – one with blueberries (to go) and one with raspberries. They are so absolutely delicious that I wouldn’t even think of putting butter, ghee, or anything else on top. Look at this beautiful creation –> IMG_1059 And for the first time EVER, I couldn’t eat the entire muffin! I have some for tomorrow!

I forgot to take something for breakfast today so I had a Garden of Life Chocolate Raspberry Bar. For lunch I had an AMAZING Spicy Coconut Veggie Soup leftover from Sweet 27 and a salad I made here at home. I stopped using salad dressing years ago. I find that I just don’t need it. Instead, I cut up an avocado – yes, a whole avocado – and squeeze a little lemon on top. The healthy fat from the avocado satiates my tastebuds and I get completely satisfied. I also toss in some sunflower and pumpkin seeds, red onion, a few sweetened cranberries, and instead of cucumber, I cut up zucchini. It works for me!

When I stopped by Breathe, Susan (the owner) was there and told me she was working on classifying menu selections into  the three Ayurvedic Doshas – Kapha, Vata, and Pitta, (basically, Doshas represent the natural elements that represent a person’s constitution – physical as well as mental/emotional). We all have some aspect of all three Doshas but one or two may be more prominent than another. The belief is that if our Doshas are in harmony and well-balanced, we are in very good health. When one or more are out of balance, illness and dis-ease may enter the body. For me, I am a Vata body type. Right now I have some Pitta and Kapha imbalances and the abundance of Kapha is manifested in the extra weight I’m carrying. For a more complete definition and to gain a better understanding, check out The Chopra Center’s page on Doshas. The point of all of this is to say that tomorrow I should be able to walk into the cafe and look at the menu for Kapha reducing selections. THAT is what I’ve been waiting for!

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