The point of this blog? Getting there. Next paragraph. Keep reading. :)
I've been thinking a lot about oil pulling (still doing it, still loving the benefits I get from it) and this has led me to think about more natural alternatives for health, healing, and general well being. Don't worry, I'm not "going hippie" on you. However, I have been giving some deep thought to what I eat. Especially with my recent weight gain. I'm attributing it to stress eating and lack of exercise. But, also to WHAT I eat. So much of it is processed garbage.
Thus, I'm working diligently at making changes. Eating "real" food and less "fake food. Food less processed. Food without everything removed from it - like fat or sugar - and other less healthy things added into it.
I'm also using more olive oil, coconut oil and butter for cooking vs canola oil or spray oil (propellent anyone??) when I need added fat. Have I stopped using canola completely? No. I will probably always have some around, but the more I read about it, the more I believe the others are better alternatives.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are also getting top billing in our diets. I'm baking more of our treats vs buying cookies, etc. I even make hamburger rolls when I plan ahead. They are tasty! Homemade pretzels, while time consuming, are incredible. Just a few minor changes. When I find the local farmers market (next weekend, I hope) I plan to start buying vegetables there. Fresh, local, home grown vegetables. Yum! I can't wait.
Speaking of buying local, I am so into supporting local businesses vs chain stores. Small Mom and Pop places from cafes to furniture to clothing. I think these places are what keeps each town unique and special. Plus, it's fun to find them. Do you patronize your local shops too or do you stick with the chain places?
Coffee: Oh yes. A wonderful cup of Gevalia is at my right hand. It keeps me going. It is flavored with the fake sweetener, but has a splash (seriously, just a small amount, maybe 1 TBSP) of real half and half - no fat free stuff - in it. That's another small, but wonderful change I've recently made. :)
Are you considering any changes? What are they?