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Day 111 - Daily Sharing of: Gratitude, Concern, Prayer/Inspiration

July 5, 2020

I’m preparing for a week of clean slate eating. What does that mean?

Since March 30, I have been been part of a mindful eating group. I have tried for years to embrace healthy eating. After having a couple health scares, I needed to make some drastic changes. One of those was redefining my life, and leaving a job to allow me to work toward health and sustainability, for whatever time I have left on this earth.

This past week, I hit a big milestone. As I work to celebrate other’s milestones; I feel the need to lift up my own celebrations. I have lost 30 pounds of excess weight since cutting out some things that were not helping my life. 10 of those pounds were lost after I got very sick and realized, sadly, I needed to leave my job to regain my health. The additional 20 pounds lost have occurred since March 30, when I committed to work with an amazing coach who had already been part of my 10 pound weight loss as my Pilates Instructor. During the Shelter in Place, I found she has been educating herself with nutrition and shared her gifts for a 21 day cleanse… which resulted in my continuing on for 60 days and losing 20 pounds of excess weight.

More important was learning more about my relationship with food, and how that impacts my life. I am halfway toward my overall goal. To date, I’ve lost 30 pounds. I have 32 more pounds to lose. I am feeling more hopeful that I may attain my goal.

So as I have committed to a 6 month support group with others on this journey; and am working one on one with my fabulous coach; to support my journey. I am doing what I need to do, and going back to a clean slate week this week.

What does that mean? Well I commit to cutting out:

- processed foods

- simple carbohydrates

- added sugar

- hydrogenated oils

- alcohol

- non-gluten grains

- dairy

- caffeine

From the work I’ve already done; and returning to “clean slate”; it helps me understand more about what fuels my body; and what sucks energy from my body.

The clean slates reminds me to focus on whole, plant based foods. Some seafood and poultry is allowed. I learn what can sustain me. I welcome this week of clean slate; basic, healthy eating. Let’s see how this goes.

One thing I have have learned in life is that we all have to identify our own path. For our greater good. For society’s greater good.

May it be so…

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