New Eating Plans for the New Year!

Let’s see what’s been happening over in Jennifer’s little world:

Where dreams comes alive and float in the clouds, music is in the trees, and mermaids sing and the fairies are always dancing in the wind…

I’m kidding.

But sometimes, I like do like to pretend…

So! The first month of January is gone – is the rest of the year going to go by as fast? I hope not. It seems like the days are just flying by and I hardly have enough time to keep up with what day it is.

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Over the past several days I’ve busied myself with the usual: drawing, painting, pictures, writing and today – music! It felt so good to play my guitar again and I plan on covering several different new songs I’m learning; if only I had someone to sing/harmonize with. Gosh, how lovely that would be! I’ve missed singing with my sister, who moved to Oregon last spring, but hopefully I can find another recruit to fill in her empty space. Not that I’m looking for a replacement; I just need a replacement. I’m not living in Oregon so I must get along without her in the meantime.

My fingers area little out of shape, though, and weren’t playing guitar quite as easily as they usually do, but I suppose it’s due to lack of practice since I was living in Colorado and had to leave my guitar behind, and plus I’ve been sick all month since I’ve been back.

Okay, time for a health-talk.

This year, I’m taking my health very, very seriously. I’ve realized how much I’ve fallen behind on taking care of myself health-wise and honestly, what’s making me super health conscious now is my acne. While I’m thankful to not have acne as bad as some people, it is bothering me nonetheless and I feel like it’s been flaring up. I fear it’s been because of stress, being overwhelmed, bad eating habits and having my hormones all out of wack.

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I started to create a better eating lifestyle last summer when I was going to the gym several times a week. I tried eating a lot of carbs and proteins because I was trying to gain more muscle and curves in the right places. In August however, I moved to Colorado for work and lived on property and no longer had my own kitchen. I tried to eat what I could that was still “healthy” but there’s only so much at the cafeteria that can be considered “healthy”. Since coming back home, I’ve taken to eating a salad everyday made of up lettuce, beans, a strip of bacon and chicken, sometimes throwing in sweet potato and chia seeds mixed with flax-seed and avocado oil. I cannot say enough good things about avocado oil! I refuse to have salad dressing because of all the other ingredients that are fattening and unhealthy. Plus, in all honesty, I’ve never cared much for salad dressing and would rather make my own.

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Besides salads, I’ve learned to like smoothies and eat more fruit. I’ve eliminated sugar altogether but have been fortunate enough to discover ‘coconut sugar’ the other day. I’ve never heard of such a thing and was just going on about how I loved sugar and sweet things and it’s going to be hard – if only there was a better, healthier alternative. Cane sugar I’ve learned isn’t exactly all that great.

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Lo and behold, I find coconut sugar on the shelf at Wal-Mart. I thanked my lucky stars that night.

So! For the foods I’m staying away from, they are:

  • sugar of any sort (except coconut sugar)
  • fried foods
  • breads/grains
  • dairy (except for Greek Yogurt)

So things like the following foods below, I refuse to eat:

  • pizza
  • fried chicken
  • sour cream
  • tortillas
  • oatmeal (unless gluten free)
  • desserts of any sort
  • grilled cheese (hard, because I love it so much)
  • ketchup (I can’t believe I’m saying this – it’s my favorite food. I’ve actually not stopped altogether but I’ve have cut down on it, because it does have sugar in it. )

Actually, you know what?

I’m going to scratch it off the list because I know I can’t live without it:

  • ketchup

There.

I can breathe again…I was starting to feel a bit shaky for a sec.

 

As for the rest of the food:

Since doing this, not only have I noticed a difference in clearer skin (slowly but surely) but also in sleeping better at night. I don’t wake up ever in the middle of the night and if I do, I don’t struggle with falling back asleep.

Also, I’ve decided to go make-up free for a while. Unless it’s all-natural and organic, I shall refuse to put it on my face. I cannot risk any more break-outs anyway. I want the best for my skin, and if I can’t eat it, I shouldn’t be putting it on my face! LOL!

I hope to get into more detail about making my own products but I’ve been inspired by several people who encourage the use of all-natural essential oils and make-ups for skin, hair, and healthy dieting.

But for now, I’ve got to go. I can only sit in one place for so long before my butt starts to hurt. It’s a beautiful day outside anyway and I need to get out and enjoy it 🙂

 

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An artistic musician who enjoys writing about her travels while capturing magical moments in life with her camera. She also likes to eat ketchup with everything.

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