As I sit here sipping my turmeric latte with Thieve’s oil from my Young Living starter kit, I can almost feel my body saying “….ah….”
This past week has been tough physically. I’ve been bloated and tired.
My hands are so achy and swollen I can barely make a fist.
I’ve had heartburn and a mild headache most of the time.
My belly was jutting out and I could never seem to catch my breath.
“Why Julie,” you might be asking, “whatever is wrong with you?”
You see, I just got back from vacation on Saturday. The week was fun, spent with my sweetie at our time share in Ft. Lauderdale. The vacation was fun, but the food was frightful (ly delicious and O-SO-NOT-HEALTHY.) We ordered in pizza the first night. Chinese buffet the next. Bubba Gump’s was the following night, and I don’t remember after that, but it was all about the same.
Here’s the thing…I could actually feel my body starting to crave more of all that crap as the days wore on.
We’d be out sightseeing or doing some activity, and I couldn’t WAIT until someone in the group mentioned eating.
French fries, deep fried fish and shrimp, oh help me now.
I left a day before the others since I had pet visits on Sunday. Plus they were going to one of the theme parks, and I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg to go as well. I’ll wait until I can get cheap summer rates for Florida residents!
On the drive back to Ocala, I stopped for lunch. Fast food supersized of course.
The next morning I had an all day pet visit. I was rushing due to a non-pet related incident so no time to make food to take with me.
Grabbed a Big Pop and fast food, (large fries with that thank you very much.) That evening I polished off an entire bag of chips. NOT the small “personal” sized bag either, but a regular size.
I’m out of control. It is ridiculous. As I was driving home, filling my face with BBQ chips that really didn’t even taste very good, a small part of me was aware that the rest of me didn’t even know what I was doing.
While I’ve eaten poorly in the past, I haven’t ever been really conscious of how “out of control” it felt until now.
I could just see myself spending the rest of my life in this semi-conscious frenzy of eating crap. It would be very easy to succumb to the temptation.
I don’t want to do that. I want to be IN CONTROL of my body and my mind. I want to make FULLY conscious decisions about what, when, why, where and how to eat.
I want to eat things that fuel and nourish my body and help my mind be clear and focused.
So today I started off with a green smoothie. I made a home cooked meal for dinner and had a large salad with it. Finishing my evening off with a cup of turmeric latte, aka “golden milk.” You can read all about golden milk and the powers of turmeric here. I added a few drops of Thieves oil from my Young Living starter kit. You can read more about thieves oil here.
I took a walk last night at dusk. Started this morning off with a cup of tea. Took another walk and will be having a healthy dinner with a big salad again.
I think I’m on the way to being back on track. Being aware of the problem is always the first step towards the solution. Knowing how easily I can fall into this frenzy will hopefully help me to avoid such an issue in the future. Acknowledging my desire to be healthier and eat for health, not for “fun” will also help me to try and make better decisions on what I do order when I am not able to cook from home.
Meanwhile, here is the recipe I used last night for the delicious turmeric latte with Thieves oil.
- 2 cups cashew milk
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- a pinch each of cayenne pepper and black pepper
- Blend in Ninja, Nutribullet or whatever blender you have and love until it is all mixed.
- Heat in saucepan until just starting to bubble.
- Add a tablespoon of coconut oil and honey (or sweetener of choice).
- Then pour into your favorite cup and add 1-2 drops of thieves oil and stir.
I love to hear from you. If you try this recipe, please post in the comments what you thought!