How windy was it last night?? Ted woke us up barking downstairs and then pulled a fast one by nipping outside to relieve himself and whipping upstairs into his old bedroom crate before the door was even shut! Clearly rattled by the clattering boards and howling gale outside (not), he proceeded to snore for the rest of the night with his chin resting on an old pair of underpants that had found their way inside - its a dog's life!
Meanwhile, see picture above. Is it me or does life look a lot simpler in meal terms, today? Having woken at 6.30am , I lay in bed for a while trying to meditate and see my way into the day quietly - develop a morning routine (says the book on overcoming stress) - very difficult when there are two others sharing your space and both snoring soundly! Also, is it just me or does my butterfly mind mean that meditation is out of the question? Lots of thoughts came pouring in and I kept hearing myself say, I can't do this and then just like that, a patch of bliss until I woke my own self up snoring in tandem with the others! Ho Hum..
Later I headed into town for some errands, and was so very happy to find possibly the last remaining dress in this design by Oliver Bonas! That is Christmas Day sorted and even better, I had dropped a dress size - which I can assure you was 100% necessary in order to fit into this beauty, spanx permitting. So is it paleo, reflexology, acupuncture or a haircut that has prompted this event? I am beginning to feel stronger for sure and experience less cravings and less pain in my joints and it is only Day 6 of this 30 Day Paleo reset. Perhaps we truly underestimate just how badly sugar, takeaways and junk food affects our bodies? One thing is for sure, the journey to better health starts with food!
Breakfast was skipped today although I did grab a large black coffe when I was out in town and had drunk about a litre of water when I woke up - this is a small routine BUT makes 100% difference. If you can commit to only one thing for now, commit to that. By returning again and again to this and honouring this small commitment, our bodies start to feel more confident that we can perhaps make bigger changes and stick to them. It may take time but every day we honour that commitment makes a difference. Try it and see. Not my idea by the way, I must credit the wonderful Dr Nicole LePera for this tip in her book "How to Do the Work" . Read it if you want to break out of old habits and life patterns that are holding you back.
Lunch was a delicious paleo-friendly grain free coconut and almond porridge, topped with grated apple, blueberries and walnuts. If you are in a hurry and do not have time to make porridge but want a great start to the day, try our keto-friendly Noatmeal porridge from our friends at Wander Foods - just add milk or water and go!
And finally supper - stirfry with chicken. We stuffed the stir fry vegetables ( a pre-prepared pack) with lots and lots of broccoli florets and fresh baby spinach to keep hunger pangs at bay. We fried off the chicken first. Then prior to frying the veggies, we toasted some mustard seeds til they popped, tipped in the veggies, added some cumin and turmeric and sauteed for about 5 mins, then added the chicken back into the pan and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Simple!
Breakfast/Lunch: grain free coconut and almond porridge with grated apple, blueberries and walnuts
Supper: Stirfry Chicken with Spices and lemon juice.
PS. Quick reminder - the main aim of this reset is to ditch sugar and processed food from our diet anything else that flows from that is a bonus!