Back From Vacation: some challenges, some lessons
It's nice to be back from vacation, though I will say that I had an amazing time. There were some bumps and challenges on the way, and the biggest part of them was the fact that in the back of my mind I had the mentality: I'm going to let it slide, I'm on vacation.
Some lessons learned:
- taking "vacations" from eating right makes me feel worse, not better. Not worth it.
- My body adjusts to raw faster and more pleasantly than it adjusts to cooked. Retox is way worse than detox
- I really like being raw! I was excited to come back home and have a green smoothie and half a grapefruit and zucchini pasta with marinara. More excited I think than I even was for the cooked things that I thought I'd been craving on vacation. Cooked food I crave for the emotions that I have identified with it. Raw food I crave for the way it makes my body feel. I can satisfy my emotional needs without eating cooked.
A nice side treat was coming back from vacation and finding that I hadn't gained back any weight over the week. I'm sure that all the moving around and walking really helped.
I'm having a hell of a headache today, like stabbing in my temples. It comes and goes and I'm hoping that it will pass in a few hours.
Y. and I are hoping to go to the travel expo that they are having in Boston today. He's having a bit of an IBS flare-up right now though and we have to be back for him to get to work so we may run out of time, who knows. I hope that now that we are back and have no holidays or anything coming up for a while we can really clean his system up as well and get him healthy.
Also, interesting moment with my mom. She's been cautiously supportive, but has had a few issues. For example, she said that it seems too extreme to her and that she worries about knowing how much to eat—she's been doing weight watchers for many many years and she likes the points. Last night she and the family were eating hamburgers and I was having my zucchini marinara and she asked me something about don't I have cravings, isn't it hard for me when everyone else is eating differently. Finally I said, look I can't spend time talking about how much I want cooked food or how great it tastes or I'm not going to succeed. It clicked for her immediately. It was an awesome moment. Jokingly I then said that if she was really worried about it then they could all eat raw with me. Next week she invited me to make a raw dinner for everyone! She already allows that everything that I have made she has found to be delicious, I think that if this keeps up for a few more months and she sees the success I am having she may give it a try.