So, I finally get the itch to write a little something to all of you wonderful folks who tune in now and again and I actually forgot my web address. I’m a little horrified, but mainly I’m thinking it’s the perfect example for how I’m trying to live my life this summer.
You’ve heard me talk about “growing your garden” before, planting your interests, desires and hobbies. Well, I’m working on tending my garden this summer. A few rows were left forgotten, the weeds took over and everything is dead. That, in a nutshell, is a metaphor for my efforts on waste reduction, living minimally, and living with heart. I’ve done more shopping than reducing, I’ve made purchases based on fear “what if” type stuff or fantasy life stuff, aka Pintrest worthy life, and with each of these steps it’s been harder and harder to hear my own voice…..it’s getting drowned out by the media I’m surrounding myself with.
Enter these fellas who I stumbled upon. The Minimalists are currently touring with their latest book “Everything That Remains”. I LOVE the title. A nugget I’ve begun reciting is “Organizing is often well planned hoarding”. Yup, that one smacked me right in the face after 2 weekends spent “organizing”. The Minimalists’ site is composed mainly of short essays, most revolve around very similar topics. This repetition annoys some, I’m not among the annoyed. I like hearing the same message 20 different ways, I need to hear the same message 20 different ways. I’m not sure most of us realize how often we’re forced to absorb messages, if you open a computer, watch a TV show, pick up a magazine, drive down a road, walk into a store, go see a movie. The majority of the time we did not go looking for these messages, images and temptations – they are just THERE, EVERYWHERE. So if someone can fill my head with the stuff I want to think about, the more the better as far as I’m concerned.
Here are a few more experts that are helping me get my garden back in shape.
The master of lists – Leo.
The waste reduction goddess – Bea.
A great reminder to enjoy life’s journey and be happy.
These rules for a 2 1/2 year old would arguably work well for anyone wanting to tone down impulse buying.
P.S. this one is unrelated but I have always wondered about the do’s and don’ts of working out in underwear.
Recently I was on the zen habits site and I clicked over to his food journal found in this post. To be perfectly honest, I was a little surprised after reading through his list. In my mind he subsists on broth, veggies and the occasional fruit, this makes no sense of course since I read his blog regularly and know he likes his red wine and gelato. However, my mind has a tricky way of putting people, like Leo, on little pedestals of perfection, which is silliness – we are all just doing the best we can right?!
That said, I feel bad about my judge-y ways, to be fair I documented my own eating habits for a week. It’s the first time I’ve done a food journal, it’s pretty enlightening, especially the week below. With my husband out of town looks like I still revert back to my old college stand-by of cereal for dinner, ah the ease of it. And my PMS causes more sweet cravings than I realized. Oh look at me trying to justify – It’s far from healthy sometimes, but it’s the real deal – greasy spoon diner, green smoothies and all!
*I drink water all day long and unless noted otherwise and with every meal.
7:00 am Handful of raw walnuts and warm water with lemon
9:45 am Smoothie – Rice milk, 1/4 avocado, frozen blueberries, 1/2 scoop vega, scoop of almond butter, 1 tbs cacao, ice cubes
1:20 Discarded crusts of 2 peanut butter sandwiches on sprouted whole grain bread
1:45 Black Sesame rice crackers with tabouleh and a couple small carrots
3:00 Bite of my son’s discarded Smores Cliff bar (nasty – note to self, never by again)
5:15 About 5 sesame rice crackers smeared with 1/4 avocado, sea salt, pepper, lime juice and a pinch of red pepper flakes
6:00 Big green salad with vingear/oil dressing, left over spaghetti and meat sauce (about 3/4 cup), greek yogurt/granola/choc. chips (I’m stuffed)
6:45 am Warm water with lemon
8:45 am Smoothie – Almond milk, spinach, orange (peeled), dates(2), Nuttzo, greens powder, vanilla flavor
12:30 Veggie hummus wrap (carrots, kale, purple cabbage, mixed greens, sherry vinegar, pepper, wrapped in whole grain lavash), hummus chips and Engine 2 salsa
5:35 pm Medium Salad – romaine and cucumber oil/vinegar, Potato Leek soup, 3 “cookie dough bites”
6:15 am Warm water with lemon
7:15 A couple bites of kids left over baked oatmeal
9:10 am Smoothie – rasberries, 1/4 avocado, greens powder, vega, pumpkin spice blend, almond milk, ice, agave
11:00 pm Decaf soy latte, handful Hail Merry Granola
12:15 pm PB & J crusts, handful granola, couple carrots
2:00 pm Honey Greek yogurt with Granola
2:30 1/4 apple, handful hummus chips, carrot sticks and hummus (4)
7:00 pm (Dinner out with friend) Tortilla chips and salsa, green salad with rice and black beans, Chocolate pudding cake (2/3) (Ate till I was STUFFED)
6:45 am Water with lemon, 2 pieces Ezekiel Bread Cinnamon Raisin toasted
9:30 am Finish kids left over baked oatmeal
12:30 pm Spinach, mushroom, grilled onion, black bean, sprinkle of cheese whole wheat taco, Hot apple cider
2:15 2 “cookie dough” bites and 1 Hail Merry Choc. macaroon
5:05 pm Cereal for early dinner – combo Udi’s gluten free cranberry granola, Hail Merry GRAWnola, Rip’s berry big bowl with Almond milk
6:30 am Pina Colada Smoothie
10:30 Kids left over baked oatmeal and honey greek yogurt
(on road to visit my parents)
1:00 1/2 Veggie hummus wrap (cabbage, romaine, carrots), 1/2 peanut butter wrap (kids), 1/2 apple
3:00 2 frozen “cookie dough” bites
6:00 At my parents – Cooked spinach, sweet potato cooked in coconut oil, 2 oatmeal raisin cookies
6:30 am Chai tea
7:00 am 1 Trader Joe’s frozen gluten free pancake
7:45 am granola, greek yogurt drizzled with maple syrup
9:00-10:30 nibbled on granola and drank Chai tea
12:30 Lunch at local diner – hamburger, french fries and coke
7:00 Dinner at home – cereal combo Udi’s gluten free cranberry granola, Hail Merry GRAWnola, Rip’s berry big bowl with Almond milk and a scoop of greek yogurt
6:30 Hot water with lemon
7:30 2 pieces Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread
9:30 Hot apple cider, pumpkin chocolate chip muffin
1:50 pm Smoothie – Almond milk, vega, green powder, spinach, walnuts, frozen cherries, cacao, stevia
7:00 pm Turkey Chili salad, pie with whipped cream, red wine (1/2 glass), tea