Archive for December, 2011

New year, new me


So, it’s December 31 (as you may have noticed), and tomorrow begins a new year. I’ve spent the last week and a half on a journey across the South, but tonight I am home, sitting on my couch (in its new and improved location), watching Husband put together his brand new telescope. 🙂 I feel as if I am missing something. Oh, right. A drink!

Beer on coffee table. Check.

Husband and I have big plans for this year. The goal? Get our shit together. That’s it. Neither of us are very organized or good at planning, so we are striving to improve that. We spent most of the day today organizing and cleaning our house, so that we will have a fresh start. We have also spent the last few days trying to come up with an appropriate elimination diet plan for our family. We want to get our internal shit together too, if ya know what I mean. We have been reading info from Dr. Mark Hyman* and Dr. Robert Lustig*, as well as others, and starting tomorrow (for at least two weeks), we are no longer eating eggs, dairy, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, citrus, tomatoes, and most beans and grains. We plan to keep it simple for a while, then begin to add foods one at a time to see which ones we react to. I will maintain vegan and gluten-free, but I’d still love to eat corn and soy occasionally if possible! Basically, I’m going to have to become an even more creative chef. Fortunately, I welcome a challenge. I want to become as healthy as possible. I figure, I don’t necessarily have genes on my side, so I need to do everything in my power to modify my environment in order to increase my chances of feeling my best for the longest time possible. Of course, I could get hit by a bus next week, but at least I’ll feel good stepping off the sidewalk.

*Dr. Mark Hyman’s 7 steps to ultra wellness! Click here

*Dr. Robert Lustig – look for his video, “Sugar, the Bitter Truth” on YouTube


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The guest house


Something I need to internalize-

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi ~

(The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)

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PC episode 2

I want laundry for Christmas! 🙂

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Three down


Three car trips down. One to go…

Julian has been such a great sport on this epic trip of ours, but I think all the home-hopping has definitely confused him. After our drive from Atlanta to Asheville today, we finally pulled up to Cayanne and Juna’s house. As I turned the car off, announcing we had arrived, I hear a voice chirp “Mimi! Mimi!” from the backseat.

I was sorry to disappoint, but after I explained where we were, he seemed to accept it. Walking towards the front door, J shouted “Noona (Juna)! Noona!” With a little blending, and some jumping on the bed, J seemed to feel right at home.

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Maca mama

20111227-210119.jpgI have recently discovered a wonder powder.

No, it is not cocaine. Or any other form of recreational drug, for that matter. My wonder powder of choice? Maca! As far as I know, maca is a root that comes from Peru. It is known to boost energy and vitality, and it is sometimes marketed as a natural Viagra. Maca rocks.

Thankfully, I have also recently discovered a yummy way to eat maca (because in my opinion it really doesn’t taste so yummy when mixed in most foods). I make maca balls! I would write out the recipe, but I never measure ingredients, so here is a general idea. It’s a mixture of my peanut butter ball recipe and an online friend’s maca ball recipe.

Peanut butter and/or
Almond butter
Raw cacao powder
Raw honey
Coconut flakes
Cacao nibs or chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients. Refrigerate, then roll into balls. YUM!

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Too exhausted from Christmas and Chanukah fun to write much…

Some highlights –

My mom and Frank are engaged!!! YAY 🙂


J was super excited!


Julian LOVES his cousin Evie!


Tonight was Japanese Steak House night. They are not very vegan-aware, and J was mildly afraid of the fire play, but we had fun. 🙂


Tomorrow, we are headed back to Asheville!

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Wean me gently


A poem I received from my secret Santa (through my online tribe) today:

I know I look so big to you,
Maybe I seem too big for the needs I have.
But no matter how big we get,
We still have needs that are important to us.
I know that our relationship is growing and changing,
But I still need you. I need your warmth and closeness,
Especially at the end of the day
When we snuggle up in bed.
Please don’t get too busy for us to nurse.
I know you think I can be patient,
Or find something to take the place of nursing;
A book, a glass of something,
But nothing can take your place when I need you.
Sometimes just cuddling with you,
Having you near me is enough.
I guess I am growing and becoming independent,
But please be there.
This bond we have is so strong and so important to me,
Please don’t break it abruptly.
Wean me gently,
Because I am your mother,
And my heart is tender.

(unknown author)

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