I just want to tell you that I've been thinking about you guys for the whole weekend! I had a total blast from the past adventure up to Rhode Island to attend an 80th birthday party for a college professor/director. It was such a reflective trip for me. I remembered how I used to feel when I was in college. I LOVED my college experience, but I suffered from chronic sinusitis, I was about 40 pounds heavier, I was afraid to talk about my emotions and dreams. I was disconnected from my body and mind and not in control of my health. Now I know living can feel delicious!
Here is the story of my weekend and what I learned.
When I left Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon I had plenty of healthy options at home for Scott so he wouldn't resort to buying outside food (This really saves so much money. I picked up some greens for salads, some eggs and bread. Frozen and fresh fruits for smoothies etc. The stuff he likes.) When Ivy and I arrived at my first stop, my mom's, we stopped into a local healthy market (Mrs Greens) to pick up options for her house. I like to stock my mom's cabinets with heathy snacks when Ivy stays with her. I buy single servings of apple sauce, walnuts, cashews, gogi berries and raisins, grapes, and a couple of frozen options like waffles and annie's pizza. My mom is awesome and stocks up on Ivy's other favs too like blueberries, strawberries and almond milk. My mom is respectful and buys organic food for Ivy when she can. I'm happy that not only is she willing to carry on most of the rituals and standards that we celebrate in our house, but that she has even started buying higher quality foods for herself. Makes me a very happy daughter. It has taken some time to get here though, but I realized along the way that the more open I am with our family members (only when they ask of course) the more they will understand where we are coming from. I personally believe that if people are ready and open to changing their eating habits, they will lead the way so that it is a comfortable conversation. For example: my in-laws know how we roll. We all went on vacation last year and they were always willing to try new things that I had prepared. I truly adore spending time with them so I'm thrilled that they've been so open. I know it isn't always this easy for you guys. In my experience being prepared really helps. For me being prepared means having snacks on hand, knowing where to go to pick up foods you need (google the closest health food stores and farmers markets so you arrive in a new place armed), and then reminding yourself that it's ok to go with the flow when you can. Trail mix and fresh fruit goes a long way too! You can pick up a couple of other ingredients (yogurt, nut butter, oats etc.) and have a few meals taken care of.
So Thursday night I tried to log in to my squarespace account to update my blog from my mom's home computer (she doesn't have wifi so I couldn't use my ipad) and it didn't work! For some reason my password wasn't working. I reached out to the website and indeed the system wasn't recognizing my information (weird, right?) so they had to reset some stuff so I could get in. That brought me to Saturday when I was in Rhode Island. I sat in a dorm room (which felt so funny and exciting) and typed a lovely post on my ipad, only to lose it when I suddenly got disconnected from the wifi there. I wanted to throw the ipad out the window, but I took the whole thing as a sign to chill out for the weekend. To soak in what I was experiencing and put it all together today. I felt as if I was letting you guys down but then I looked back on my original intent for this blog journey. I wrote: I'm not aiming for perfection. I choose June to do this project because our lives will be all over the place. We are doing some travelling, I'm going away for a weekend without my family, at the end of the month I'll be partying with some friends.... this is life for most of you too. We are all over the place and it can be tricky to make healthy choices. For me, making healthy choices = feeling good. For me, true wellness = joy. For me, the reward for making courageously healthy choices is a consistently happy me. When I'm feeling happy, I can celebrate living. So! I reset my mindset and had a great time. Reeeeeaaly good choice Stacey!
My partying started on Thursday night with a delicious family friend Kristen. We have been meaning to get together to chat about some possible speaking engagements that she has lined up for me in the future. To spice up the evening she was gracious enough to make us some fresh pressed grapefruit n vodka cocktails. They were just awesome. All three of them. Went to sleep far too late, but it was all worth it.
Btw before I left my mom's I made a lovely dinner. I made broccolli and beets, a killer salad and my mom made some salmon and cod in the oven. Friday am I was off to Rhode Island! For the whole weekend I did the best I could to stay true to what makes me feel good. It was wonderful. I feel inspired to be home so I can cook some more foods this week that save me time AND money while feeding family healthful meals that they love.
I'm cooking RIGHT NOW for the week. Stay tuned loves!