I apologize I have neglected this part of my life – the innerpeace seeking blog. To be honest I haven’t felt super peaceful these days. think a large part has to do with allergies and my sinus issues. Chicago is such a lovely place this time of year. It’s still sunny and green, the flowers are still in bloom, and there’s a nice breeze in the air. But something about barometric pressure that wreaks havoc on my ability to be my best. There are days when I just can’t step outside for the life of me. My body is tired, my face feels so heavy, I feel spacey (not in the good way), I’m irritable and I can’t seem to focus. It sucks and I am always trying to figure out a way to combat this feeling (Clean, Juicing).
I am doing a few things to help me get stronger, mentally and physically, to recapture that spark that started to fizz out a bit.
This is what I did:
- began meditating. Megan sent me this link one day and I began meditating. it’s bringing me so much clarity, a feeling of euphoria and relaxation, and it began to stir up some excitement within myself. Thank you for thinking of me, Meg!
- Started telling myself to be happy. That worked. I also forced myself to smile more.
- I am reading a ton more again!! I am reading books about organic gardening in small spaces, how to decorate your home using recycled materials, fashion/decorating/beauty magazines (a pastime of mine), researching business plans (thinking about going into business with my mom), a thriller, etc.
- Crafts. I found a project that gets me excited and pumped to do. Can’t tell you what this is yet because I’m going to give it to my good girlfriends and family as birthday and holiday gifts. SO excited about that.
- Exercising. Got back into Pilates and my body is thanking me by getting stronger every time I work it out.
I think I’m back. No, i know I’m back. I feel ready to go, pumped to embrace what the world has in store for me head-on. I am at home everyday with my 2 and 3-year-old (yes, lucky me). I have to be a strong mom for them. I want those kids to feel so loved they don’t know what do with themselves, I want to nourish their brains with what their hearts yearn for, expose them to as many positive situations and learning experiences as possible in hopes that they will grow up to be happy and well-balanced people. Is this too much to ask? Apologies for the diversion.
My point is let’s get this party started! I’m back and ready to share and I hope you are too. It’s going to be a fun and healthy fall 2010!
Btw, how does the change in weather make you feel? Am I the only one who needs a little time to adjust?
Today before my shower, I was brushing my skin and was thinking about how I would love to lose a little bit of weight. I thought, man, my thighs are looking a bit thick and wouldn’t it be nice if my abs were just a little bit tighter? Why am I beating myself up like this? I’m a naturally curvy lady and I should be proud of what I have instead of having a negative body image.
Being a woman can sometimes be tough because everywhere you look there are models, actresses, singers who make a living flaunting their bodies, and it can leave us normal women feeling a wee bit insecure.
I’ve decided that I’m going to LOVE my body and appreciate it instead of being so hard on myself. Nobody is perfect. What is perfect anyway?
Positive thinking is sorta like working out. You have to force yourself to work your brain muscles in order to keep those positive thoughts flowing. So these are some of the things I am going to say when the mind starts to go negative:
I love my body because…
It allows me to live my life
It allows me to chase my little children around the park
It allows me to feel things and experience life
It is what God gave me, so I am going to nourish it with healthy food so I can maximize its potential
I will embrace my body and be thankful for all it has provided for me
I want to be a positive role model for my daughter and teach her that the shape of her body doesn’t determine her value in society
Who cares if you are too curvy, too skinny, too short or too tall?
We are all beautiful in our own unique way. Don’t forget that! (that’s what I’ll be telling myself!)
You know what the best thing about being a parent is? Getting to relive your childhood again with your kids.
I encourage everyone with or without children, old or young to go out there and have fun for a day or even an hour. Check out an amusement park, hit the swings at your local park, play hide and go seek with friends, sing at the top of your lungs, put your favorite song on and dance your heart out, shoot some hoops, have a water balloon fight, read a comic book, go fishing, ride your bike with no hands, LAUGH. Whatever it is, have fun. As adults, we take everything so seriously. Make a conscious effort not to worry about whatever it is you think about on a daily basis. Put it aside for a bit and embrace that inner kid.
Encourage the people around you to do the same. They will thank you and you might be surprised by how good you feel afterwards!
Nananana Booboo! You can’t catch me!
Reading about food and the way it affects people has been a passion of mine for the past couple of years. I have family members who suffer from illnesses and watching their food intake is no joke. So they have inspired me to dig deeper to figure out how food effects my body. As a kid and into adulthood, I suffer from a fair share of sinus infections and I wanted to figure out why. After many conversations with doctors and reading copious amounts of books, I realize it may be due to the drastic weather change (I live in Chicago, nuff said) and the food I eat. So unless I move somewhere warmer (crossing my fingers) I am going to control what I can and that’s the food I put into my body.
I have searched for an interesting AND informative book that not only inspires change, but allows the reader to fully understand the consequences of “toxic” chemicals in our bodies – from food to environment. It may behoove you to check out this book if you are lethargic, have heart problems, have allergies, get sinus infections often, have anxiety, IBS, depression, get brain fog, feeling ‘off’ or have family members who suffer from any of these conditions, including cancer.
At the end of the book there’s a guide to walk someone through a detox if they are feeling up for it.
I AM FEELING UP FOR IT! And I am going to use the blog to update you on my process. I’m hoping that if I commit to it and announce that I’m doing it, it will keep me motivated. I hope you don’t feel used…
First, I’m going to prepare my body by doing The Elimination Diet:
- Environment – Avoid and replace what you can to lower daily exposure. According to the book, everyday sources of toxicity are: cleaning supplies, car exhaust, gardening and lawn chemicals, dry cleaning products, air conditioners, chlorine, lead paint, aluminum-containing deodorant, fluoride-containing toothpaste, cosmetics, pots and pans with cooking surfaces coated with aluminum or Teflon and cell phones.
- Diet – Eliminate the toxic foods (the duration of this step depends on your current lifestyle and habits). THIS IS THE STEP I’M ON! This is a toughie for me because I love sweets and good food in general. No matter what the cuisine, there is a restaurant on my block. According to Clean, I need to stay away from sugar, processed foods, wheat, caffeine and alcohol – basically my whole diet summed up.
After you “prepare your body” you are ready to do a 1, 2 or 3 week detox, which consists of 2 liquid meals a day (juicing – YYYYEEES!) and a meal that consists of fruits, veggies and organic meat. Dr. Junger includes some recipes that actually sound pretty decent. Also, he encourages getting rid of “toxic thoughts” by meditating. He’s claiming that after you finish the detox, your health is generally better, you’re in a better mood, your energy levels are high as ever, mental clarity and weight loss. Sounds good to me!
I’m on my 4th day of trying to eliminate the “toxic foods”. Has it been easy? No way, jose. The first few days I had headaches, was extremely tired, and irritable. I cheated several times (I justified it as easing my way into this) but it’s getting easier. I’m jotting down what I eat, I went to the grocery store and purchased my favorite produce, I drink a boat load of water and stopped my nightly cocktail. I am going to keep this up for another week or so then move towards the detox.
I’ll keep you updated on my progress!!!
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Part of finding innerpeace, for me, is feeling good about the way I look. My parents taught me to always look chic. Sure I’ve had my awkward days; but putting thought into clothes, skin, hair and body has been important to me. Lately, this importance of style has taken a back seat to the ever demanding responsibilities of momhood. The past couple of weeks I found myself running around in the frumpiest outfits, sans makeup and hair in a pony. What has gotten into me?!!? That’s when I decided to call in the expert, Whitney of Fauxshionable, who shopped my closet and brought back the confidence in my wardrobe. This girl has style and a winning personality to match. She has graciously offered her input on essentials to look our best this season. Ladies, it’s time to ‘Dump the Frump!’
Whitney’s words and inspiration:
Spring is a season of change. The earth wakes up from its winter slumber and is reborn. Why shouldn’t your wardrobe do the same? This spring, dump your frumpy clothes and add in bright, versatile basics. Mommy’s deserve to be beautiful and comfortable in their clothes. Here are some great options to achieve just that.
comfy, stylish flats with support
headbands and scarves
bright, chunky jewelry
floral accessories and prints
Get inspired by the collages and enjoy shopping!
If you are interested in getting your closet shopped, check her out at www.fauxshionable.com. She’s in the know on where to go for the best deals in town. Oh yeah, she can help your guy too!
Green Tip: Get together with friends and relatives and have a swap party!
Stay tuned for the next installment!