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Today I am still a vegetarian.

It is such a gorgeous sunny day here today. Yesterday too. Sunshine is such a healing energy. I definitely don’t want to miss out on that, so I am getting out into the sunshine as much as possible while it’s available. Especially the morning sun.

I went for a lovely long walk yesterday in the late afternoon. While I walked I focused in on what I want to bring into my life right now. All my goals are becoming more clear. I have been thinking a lot lately of what I used to eat as a child, and as a teenager, and in my twenties, thirties, all the way into my present life. I just allow all the thoughts to come and I try not to judge them. And then the feelings come and again, I try to just acknowledge the feelings without too much judgement. I have been trying out the Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping from time to time and I feel it is working. The real test will come next cycle I’m sure. But I feel really good about it.

I wasn’t able to buy the hemp protein powder with maca yesterday, but I did get the store to order some in for me, so I’ll let you know how the maca is working for me once I get it and start using some in my diet. I just get a really strong feeling that this (Maca) is something that will be good for me.

Being good to my body and giving it the things that it needs to make it feel good is really my highest goal of all. This body of mine has done some wonderous things in its’ 45 years on this planet so far – giving birth to three beautiful baby girls, dancing in the arms of my sweetheart, swimming in the ocean, walking many miles over the years, and so much more. This body deserves the very best. It has been screaming out to me for so long now to treat it better. Finally, I am listening. And not just listening, but taking action too. I am so sorry Body of Mine, that I have neglected you for so long.

Now, I am heading outside to soak in some healing sun energy.

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Today I am still a vegetarian.

Yesterday I was sitting quietly. Yesterday was a very quiet day for me. Some emotional stuff is definitely coming to the surface. I was thinking about how much meat I have eaten during my lifetime. Then I focused on ground beef. I realized that I can’t ever remember a time in my life when I didn’t eat this. That it must be a part of me at a cellular level. I instantly started to tear up. I couldn’t believe I was crying over the thought of this. But then again, why not. It was definitely a “wow” moment. I stayed with these feelings for a few moments and let them completely wash over me. Then I got really quiet again. It was a day to be quiet.

I have discovered two different things to use to deal with my cravings. One is a food, the other an energetic technique.

Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping works by tapping specific points on the body that follow the meridian points like accupuncture, but without the needles.

It is so simple, anyone can learn it. Here is a video that shows how to do it.

And if you go to The Tapping Solution website, you can get a free tapping e-book.

Superfood: Maca

This is an excerpt from Kevin and Annmarie Gianni’s book, “The Busy Person’s Fitness Solution”…

Maca is a Peruvian root powder that is used to increase strength
and vitality. It has more mineral content than potatoes and
carrots–loaded with iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and
iodine all which will give you a boost of minerals to stop cravings!

The Peruvians and many others claim Maca can help fight depression,
help with anemia and improve overall memory, vitality and stress
relief!

This powerful food is also a libido stimulant and will help
stimulate the thyroid… so don’t take too much…

Maca powder is best taken mixed with warm water in a tea or mixed
in with a smoothie. Maca has a strong taste which can be softened
with goji berries or honey.

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Ruth’s Hemp Protein Powder contains maca; so guess what product I’ll be purchasing this week? You guessed it.

Today I am still a vegetarian.

I have been having the strangest conversations with myself lately; mostly inside my head, but sometimes I can’t help but say some of it out loud. They go something like this:

“I’m probably going to crave a burger again next month, just like I have done each month around my period.”

“You honestly think you are going to CRAVE beef again? You don’t need it you know.”

“I know I don’t NEED it, but I’ll probably want it.”

“What if you had to track down a cow yourself? What if you had to track it down, pounce on it and kill it yourself. Would you still want it then?”

“Why would I ever need to do that? I can just go buy ground beef that is already packaged up for me. Or even better, I can just go buy a burger at a restaurant.”

“You still don’t need it, and I’m not going to let you eat one next month.”

“We’ll see.”

When I eat meat I don’t feel well for the next couple of days afterwards. It is as if someone has taken a huge syringe and sucked all the life out of me. I just don’t want to have that lack of vitality feeling anymore and so it is my biggest goal right now to get past these meat (specifically beef) cravings once a month. Part of it is the physical cravings, but I know that so much of it is an emotional issue for me.

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

affirm: state as a fact, assert strongly and publicly.

This week my goal is to truly claim myself as a vegetarian; to really declare it with meaning and make it a part of who I am. Words are very powerful and so I have decided to use the affirmation:

“Today, I am a vegetarian.”

I started yesterday. I made a menu plan for the week. Concentrating on removing meat from my diet. All flesh foods. Everything else is fair game for this week – if I choose it.

I repeated my affirmation several times throughout the day, like chanting a mantra.

I was in the bathroom, washing my hands, repeating my affirmaton to myself in the mirror, when all of a sudden I was picturing a skit from Saturday Night Live from years ago with Al Franken playing a character called Stuart Smalley doing a Daily Affirmation.

I couldn’t help but giggle to myself as I pictured this. Not that I don’t want to take this seriously. I am taking this very seriously. But it reminded me that laughter is wonderful medicine and a great tool to help relieve some of the stress that comes with making life changes.

So thank you Stuart Smalley for bringing a smile to my day and for reminding me that “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggone it, people like me.”

hello there

I'm Colleen. I am a wife and a stay-at-home homeschooling mother of 3 daughters, living in Canada and beginning my journey towards becoming a raw food vegan. My new mantra is "transition slowly and gradually", which is where I got the name for my blog. Thanks so much for visiting and feel free to leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by for a visit.
"You are not a human being, you are a human becoming." - Og Mandino

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