Whew! Been Busy!

Originally posted on July 9, 2015

I honestly cannot say how the heck more than 2 weeks have got away from me without posting anything new to the blog here!  Sure, I've been busy, but holy jeepers!  How rude of me to not keep in touch!

I've been a bit crazed to tell you the truth.  Stressed out is putting it mildly.  Trying to find a "regular" job, going to interviews, not having the "right" clothes, plus trying to build a Health Coaching business is not an easy task.  Mix that in with dwindling savings, (dwindling...pfffttt....who am I kidding...it's gone!) no income, and the dog has had 2 trips to the vet's since the end of May.  I've had to cancel my planned pilgrimage for the fall, and well...I'm sure you can imagine!

I have a few silver linings amongst the storm clouds; a few *very* awesome friends, as well as my own pit-bull like tenacity to never give in, keeping me going forward, when all I really want to do is curl up in a ball and sleep until the world goes away.  Rip Van Winkle had the right idea I think!  The best(worst?) I can do though is just binge watch on Netflix.  I finished off Breaking Bad over the course of a couple of weeks, now I'm working on Sense8.  

Through all the bonecrushing stress, I stick *very* close to my healthy whole foods diet.  I have to.  If I don't, if I slip back into my old food habits of convenient packaged foods, fast food, and take-away, the stress and depression will get far far worse.  With added migraines, fibromyalgia, constipation, additional brain dysfunction, and...well...getting lazy with diet really does not pay off at all.  It just makes things spiral even further down the rabbit hole.  I've been down that hole before, I'm not going back! 

That's not to say of course that I don't have yummy decadent treats now and again.  I have never deprived myself of yumminess, not ever!  Not even when I was strictly AIP, and eliminating all the usual culprits.  Nope, nope, nope!  There are still so many things to eat, that if you're bored with your food, you're not doing it right!  Yep, I endulge in the occasional microwave cake now and again.  But then our microwave crapped out, so...(the washing machine is also on its last legs as well...we just can't seem to win...that'll be the 3rd major appliance within the past year! plus my smartphone!)  I'll get around to posting that recipe for microwave cake, both AIP version and non-AIP version, maybe later today. *done!

While lacking a microwave can be tricky sometimes, I don't miss it entirely.  It's summer time here in Southern Ontario, which means there are lots and lots of fresh local foods available, and it's BBQ season! who needs a microwave!?  I've got a flat of strawberries from Willowtree Farm (we have a meat and egg CSA share) and a rather abundant crop of my own raspberries that I've been putting in the freezer so that we'll have lots of yummy berries well into the fall, and maybe even winter, if we go easy on them.  Not easy to do though, I usually eat some berries pretty much every day.  They're low in natural sugars, high in fiber, high in antioxidants and lots of vitamins!  Frozen, they're awesome for making smoothies, or ice-cream.

I also grabbed some amazing green string beans at the farm yesterday, among other things.  I wish we had taste-o-vision on the internet, because these were seriously the best beans I've had in a good long while...probably since last summer when I got them from the farm!  I had a mounded plate full of fresh fruits and raw veggies yesterday for lunch, with a hard boiled egg.  Nom Nom Nom :)

This afternoon's lunch was tuna salad with farm fresh cucumber, radish, onion (from our neighbour) and celery with some homemade paleo mayo.  

Oh oh oh!  And last night I made mojitos with mint from my own garden.  I have SO MUCH mint!  I will have to give a lot of it away and dry some as well.  Plus, the catnip has gone crazy!  Anyone with cats, come on over and get some catnip!  I don't know what to do with it all.  We no longer have a feline.

Weekends I've been spending time doing adventurous things like going to learn how to use a bow and arrow to shoot at innocent bales and foam rubber animals.  That was fun!  I need to work on my form though, my wrist and thumb were sore for a couple of days.  Plus, more muscle building to get ready for our annual Warrior Games in August.  I plan to do well :)

Saturday this week I will be at Moonflower's Magical Touch store in Stouffville, for the Psychic and Healer's Fair.  I'll be doing 20 minute private health consultations for just $10.  There will be lots of other healers there as well, come on over and see us!

What are you up to this summer?  Whatever you're doing, I hope you're keeping true to yourself, and staying on your path to good health and strength!

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