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Cleaning Up My ACT

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The Christmas decorations are down, the Advent Candles and wreath put aside, and the Solstice lights are being tucked into their storage as I type.  I have put on my list to find a new Menorah as my Grandmother’s we can no longer find candles to fit.

We have celebrated the arrival of a new year and all of our company is safely home with one preparing for a trip to Mexico to celebrate her graduation.

I was inspired to begin the new year on a positive note, by the wonderful movie INVICTUS and by Lance’s Sunday Thought for the Day which one can find on the Jungle of Life Blog

It is time for me to return to my healing mode and clean up my act.

I thought I would share a few tricks that I learned over the years.

I stood on the scale this morning and was up 3 pounds.  I ate many unusual foods and many treats over the past 2 weeks.  Primarily, I can give myself a pat on the back for eating with Health in mind.

A wise woman years ago taught me this game changer practice and it has stood me well over the years.

After an indulgent time of eating get back on track by eating 5 whole pieces of citrus.  Yep that is  5 whole grapefruit,  5 oranges, or 5 of any other citrus fruit…..or mix it up…just do not drink just juice, except take one whole lemon, squeeze the juice out and add a cup of hot water.  (I drink this with a straw because I don’t want all the acid on my teeth)

My blood pressure is up and in the worrisome range this morning, so I added 4 cups of Traditional Medicines’  PMS tea

I will consume 2 small meals to day with absolutely no starches – potatoes, bread, and squash.

Middle of the afternoon I will have my Kidney Healing tea which I drink year round KDY Tea

I will take my vitamins with water, but not worry about 8 glasses for the day with so much tea.

I will have my small square of chocolate, 72% dark before I head off for bed.

I have taken a very hot bath, and conditioned my skin and face. I will not forget my foot care which will like a good pumice stone and then chamomile – spearmint lotion.

All my cravings will be gone and the good eats of the previous several weeks with just be good memories.

I am going to fast with just liquids on the next day because on the 3rd day I am planning to return to the vegan – raw program, Eat to Live I began in August 2009 and switched out of in November.  I have this book on my KINDLE II

I cleaned up my environment a bit too!   I put my partner’s subscription to TIME magazine on the Kindle and saved about $60  and kept some more paper out of my mailbox!  I also reported all the companies that sent me catalogs over the holiday to Tonic Mail Stoppers (I got 61 unsolicited catalogues this year, down from about 110 the year before – that is millions of trees and toxic dyes )

Have you watch the DVD Food, INC? Another good way to clean up your act – I got all my family and visitors to watch.

Do you have any favorite recipes for cleaning up your act?  I am missing the smell of that lovely Grand Fir that graced us this year, the comings and goings of kids, and the house seems a bit plain and bare!  How about you, are you missing the past season, year or just moving forward?

18 Responses to “Cleaning Up My ACT”

  1. J.D. Meier Says:

    Congrats on cleaning up your act.

    I like to do a good sweep this time of year — cut what’s not working, and carry forward what is.

    It’s a time for leaning down, cutting the deadwood, and following the growth — it’s the Tigger way.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Best of Sources of Insight 2009 =-.

  2. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. good for you .. I’m in the process of cleaning out – but while my Ma is still with us I cannot do it all – just plan ahead for somethings.

    I’ve had some issues at the Home where my Ma is .. and today we have a clean slate for moving forward .. so that is good and I feel distinctly better after 2 years down here of stress that I haven’t needed to deal with obo my mother – let alone me.

    There are things I need to do -exercise, I’m starting meditation with Jan, cut back on food & drink (though that’s not bad) and just generally move onwards and upwards – one always feels better if one is achieving and 2010 has to be a year of that.

    We need to work out what we each need to do .. and not follow the media trail .. Good for you & I do hope 2010 is easier for you..
    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Books, books – Glorious books … =-.

  3. Dot Says:

    Wow, that sounds pretty radical, but you know what’s best for you. The citrus is not something I could do because my diabetes limits my fruit intake. You seem to be okay with radical changes, even though the general wisdom is gradual changes.

    I don’t do any cleanses or diet changes. I tend to eat for my emotions rather than for my physical health — don’t know how to handle the emotions other ways.

    Re chocolate before bed — the caffeine from even a small piece of 70% would keep me awake. I’m a light sleeper. Wouldn’t that be better in the morning? Some people don’t seem to be affected by caffeine though.

    Re the Kindle — I finally saw one, on the metro. I asked if I could hold it and look closely. It’s nothing like the one they have in Borders. It looked like a white page with black type, and a thin sheet of glass over it. Now if they could just include the colorful covers, I’d definitely be one board. :-)
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on Snowstorm! by Patricia =-.

  4. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Sounds like a very good plan. I don’t really weigh myself, but to judge by how my jeans look, I’ve probably gained a couple of pounds.

    Past experience has taught me that as soon as I return to normal eating habits, the weight tends to slowly come off, so I don’t plan on doing anything special – although I should probably aim to eat more fruit and veggies! This is always a struggle for me.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..MomGrind: Best of 2009 =-.

  5. Sara Says:

    Patricia — You get a fast start on the new year…good for you! I’m still working on recovery…moving forward is more a snail’s pace right now.

    I, too, have decided it is time to commit to healthier living. My challenge is to get enough exercise and that’s what I’m focusing on this year. I get too busy during my day and then forget to walk until it’s too dark. BUT THAT”S GOING TO CHANGE. I have found a nice little park so I can both exercise and be in nature.

    I’m impressed about the Kindle. I know almost nothing about it…see how technical I am:~)
    .-= Sara´s last blog .. =-.

  6. Talon Says:

    You’ve definitely made a wonderful start to the new year, Patricia!

    I wasn’t sorry to pack up the holiday decorations this year – there has been so much upheaval in the house lately that it was nice to get back to what is more normal.

    I eat healthily, I exercise regularly…I think the only thing I could use more of this year is some belly laughs! I had a few the last couple of weeks with my family and there is nothing quite as beautiful or soul-soaring than laughter.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Used =-.

  7. Patricia Says:

    J.D.
    I did not know about the Tigger connection! I am just starting a bit earlier on the Spiritual lessons of Epiphany….Now I must really work at making the loss of 85 pounds my priority – Health once again holds the top position….I need my knee back NOW

    Hilary,
    I think I am in this position because of the stress of taking care of my youngest child and my mother….It was so 24/7 I did not take care of myself….I am just hoping I did not do permanent damage to my physical self.
    Glad to hear you got some things taken care of at your mum’s center – that is always such a relief.

    Dot,
    I have been working on this for the last 3 years….it does not feel radical to me – it feels like slow and sure success…only the one day cleansing diet is helpful to remove cravings and get back to “norm” and it truly works wonders.
    I know about emotional eating and the control of the emotions intimately :)
    I am still loving the Kindle and I also get my blog on the Kindle…I want to get my husband one because he has Rheumatoid Arthritis in his hands and it is so light weight and being able to size the font is invaluable….and the Kindle also pays the authors properly….Just cuts out lots of paper and leaves the trees to help us breath clean air.

    Vered,
    My husband needs to have more meat on his plate – I seem to need none, now that the fertility years are over….but I will say watching Food, Inc with definitely increase your veggie and fruit intake – organic….I consider you very luck because you do not have a weight issue – I consider myself very luck because I can use my good intellect to help others understand what they need to eat to be the best they can be….I am attempting to model healing behavior…and figure out the how did this happen….I will say I am very frustrated about how long it is taking/especially with my knee so stiff and lack of walking….I just got another lecture about loosing weight from a health care provider…There are lots of frustrated folks out there….

    Sara,
    I think a snail’s pace is the superior way to recover….I too get so busy during the day, so rain or shine I am usually out walking by 6:30am…I just have to make my health my number 1 priority for this year….
    I like the Kindle more and more with every book I read…so light, so fewer trees used, authors paid properly, and easier on my neck, back and hands…not to mention my eyes… I am working on getting the KINDLE icon on my site so folks will buy if from here and for all my recommendations I will get paid!

    Talon,
    I definitely need to lighten up….I am low in Vitamin-belly laugh, it is so cleansing and healing….I so want to be healthy and be able to say – I exercise, eat healthily and people will not think I am lying….I do not look the part….

  8. Lance Says:

    Patricia,
    I think this is so great – you have a plan of action! So, the holiday season can be a little consuming (it sure was for me!). And now, we can let it go, and move on. You are! And I’m just really impressed with your plan to get there! Awesome!
    .-= Lance´s last blog ..And The Word Is (2010)… =-.

  9. Patricia Says:

    Lance,
    I was inspired by your great post on Sunday – trying to model good behavior! without consuming!

  10. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    I think we’re more resilient than we give ourselves credit for. “Clean up your act?” :-) You take good care of yourself from what I’ve read on your blog. You’ll bounce back in no time.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Mother Nature Waits for Nobody =-.

  11. Dot Says:

    Blog feeds on the Kindle — now that is very cool. But you can’t click through to leave comments, right?
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on Snowstorm! by Dot =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    I do take good care of myself, and that is a point of great frustration for me….that I walk so much, stretch, eat with care and I am 100 pounds overweight….my knee is complaining, and in 3 years I have only gotten 26 pounds off…I want to be able to go and do and enjoy….so many are screaming at me that I am too heavy….getting back on the horse….

    Dot,
    Blog feed on Kindle yes….make comments NO….but one can on iphones…and blackberries…

  13. Jannie funster Says:

    I wanna see Invictus!

    I wanna eat 5 tangerines!

    I love Traditional Medicinal’s Throat Coat tea! I’m out of it just at the moment tho.

    I wanna run naked down the street at midnight! Oops, tmi. :)

    I want you to be super happy and healthy! I am so impressed with your raw diet!! I really am. But is if just drudgery to follow it?

    xo
    .-= Jannie funster´s last blog ..Wacky! (This’ll Explain A Lot) =-.

  14. Patricia Says:

    Invictus is great Jannie…try to see it in the theater it is so large

    I forgot about tangerines

    Raw Vegan is not hard – it is very energizing for me and I so love great tea.

    no naked, but I was able to do 2 3mile walks today – knee is progressing.

  15. meggin Says:

    Michael Polan’s books, *In Defense of Food* and his newest book, *Food Rules* are pretty much what needs to be done to be healthy. This could be the new healthcare reform!
    :) I am down 55# and a much happier and healthier ME.
    Happy New Year!

  16. Patricia Says:

    Happy New Year Meggin,
    I see your lovely pictures and know that you have lost quite a bit of weight and you obviously feel wonderful.

    I reviewed Michael Pollan’s books and read 26 more on food and nutrition for my November posts. And in Food, Inc Pollan describes how one can vote with their food dollars.

    Since our family has always shopped and eaten organic and locally – plus grown our own and because I decided in August that I needed to do something different to gain health – I took his work and went a step further with Dr. Furhman’s book Eat to Live – eating vegan raw and working with working with some new folks is finally making some difference for me…for which I am very grateful.

    Thank you for your good comments and for dropping by…I miss seeing you

  17. Jannie Funster Says:

    You got me beat with your 2-3 miles. I went a mile yesterday, but it was joyful! And cold.

    xo

    And have a lovely raw vegan week-end

    xo
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Funny Typos, “Like A Bord on A Wire,” 14 =-.

  18. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    You also ran….with joy that is great….I am walking slowly to try and get my knee to relax and not go stiff again.

    I have to go long to make up for not so intense…