“If food is the barricade we put between us and trauma,
words are what takes the barricades down.”
Have you missed me? I like to imagine that there is at least one person out there in the WWW (whole wide world) that looks forward to my blog posts. I originally was going to post every day, but decided I would rather post when I have something to say, quality over quantity or something like that. I am recommitting to posting at least once a week. I will post more often if something juicy comes up that just can’t wait, but you can expect to see a new post from me every Monday. I like Mondays, that’s when I start everything, especially when it comes to eating clean and exercise, might as well throw blogging in the Monday mix too!
Even though I haven’t been posting every day I am still focused on my Vegformation – transformation from the SAD (Standard American Diet) and Junk Food Vegetarian Diet to a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) lifestyle. Some days are better than others, but when people who have been there done that say it’s a process, I get it. There is no rushing this lifestyle. It’s not a diet and cannot be looked at as something you go on or off. It’s just an effort I make every day to eat enough veggies and fruit so that I don’t cave to the junk food devils. Plus, there is a lot of mental and spiritual work necessary to recover from food addiction and get to a place where I am thriving with abundant energy – that’s my goal.
So, what have I been doing while I was away these past couple weeks? Well, I was sick for a few days. Some flu bug decided to set up residence in my body, but I evicted that blood sucker by nursing myself. As soon as I came home from work I went to bed for three days straight in a row. I also drank lots of water with lemon and local, organic honey. That’s my protocol every time I get sick, which isn’t often, and it works like a charm. After the three days I started feeling better. I added a couple extra days of taking it easy just to be sure. I often see people (like my daughter) still go hard with their workouts once they get sick. Then they are down for two to three weeks, sometimes longer. I just nip it in the bud right away by getting plenty of rest and a couple key elixirs.
While resting, I caught up on some reading with two very enlightening books:
1) Mind Your Body: 4 Weeks to a Leaner, Healthier Life by Joel Harper
2) The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size by Julia Cameron
Both of these books opened my mind and helped me tremendously on my wellness journey. I am a big fan of Julia Cameron and her book The Artist Way. I have done morning pages off and on for years, but got away from it after all my journals burned up in the fire last August.
I vaguely remember hearing about The Writing Diet when it was published, but had forgotten all about it until Joel Harper mentioned it in his Mind Your Body book. Joel’s book has an extensive mental exercise that woke me up to my “real” problem areas which surprisingly have very little to do with food directly, but a whole lot to do with overeating and emotional eating. Just becoming aware of it seems like a giant leap forward in my progress. I feel like Joel and Julia’s books go hand in hand. Joel is making me aware of the underlying issues and Julia is encouraging me to write about it.
In The Writing Diet, Julia goes right to the heart of the matter too when she says, “If food is the barricade we put between us and trauma, words are what takes the barricades down.” I have known the power of words to heal my soul for many years, long before I wrote about my childhood traumas in Break The Cycle. For some reason I never thought of journal writing as a working solution to get past the barriers that have kept my weight in the danger zone for two decades.
So, along with my blogging commitment, I am recommitting to morning pages. I like that Julia refers to them as “mourning” pages because it’s where you can release what’s eating at you, go ahead and spill your guts on the page. It’s an ever ready friend.
The Writing Diet is my kind of diet indeed.
P.S. More on Mind Your Body in a future post. It is well worth the read and deserves an in depth review!
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