|Look at that color!|
I've gotten rid of the gurus, and have been slowly finding what works for me, and my body. And finding that balance for myself. We are all individuals, and while I live for ideas and suggestions, it's very important to honor and respect your body. For me, I come from a very disordered eating past. Very restrictive. Even before I became disordered, my food background was very restrictive as a kid. My mom was a health fanatic, and as an adult I can now appreciate where she was coming from, but as a kid I sometimes wished pizza could be a regular white crust, not super whole wheat, and I wished maybe for one sandwich without sprouts. So, for me having the pressure of eating only raw, or only organic, or whatever else is not the life I want. I spent years as a bulimic wishing I could just have a normal meal with friends without having all the stress, purging, and guilt. I always wanted eating to just be a normal affair like it seemed to be for everyone else. So, having to make a production of finding a fruit or raw only restaurant is not something I desire even a little bit. The only restriction I have, and will always have is the food needs to be vegan. That to me doesn't even feel like a restriction, because I don't desire non vegan food at all.
So far I have found that following more of a starch solution diet is what makes me feel the best, and most satisfied. But I don't even follow that to a T. I like to have vegan junk food every now an again, and some days I eat a lot of raw vegetables, other days I eat a lot more cooked. But there are two helpful hints I've picked up along the way that I can't live without. One is green juice. I love the way it makes me feel, and I notice a drastic change in how I feel if I go too long without it. I'm talking about homemade green juice. When I was traveling to Seattle and couldn't make my own, I stopped a few times and got various bottled green juice. It just isn't the same. A lot of the nutrients go wherever nutrients go to die while the juice is sitting there in those clear plastic bottles. My favorite green juice has kale, cucumber, celery, cilantro or parsley, ginger, and pears. Apples are good to, but pears add an extra sweetness that I love. The second healthy habit is lemon water. Every morning I squeeze one lemon into 15oz. of water, and sip on it all morning along with my tea. I've been doing this for well over a year, and I cannot recommend it enough. An old co-worker of mine told me that her 90 plus grandma has been doing the same thing for as long as she remembers, and also mentioned that she just doesn't feel the same without her daily lemon water.
What is a healthy habit that you can't live without?