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Turning over a new leaf

Last week when we did our grocery shopping, I came across an amazing sale on produce. In addition to that, my grocery list and menu for the next two weeks had minimal meat on it, as you saw yesterday.

My husband struggles with weight, and he asked me to stop making desserts. This is hard for me, as I have a big sweet tooth,  but he is more important to me, so I intend to. I can still get sugary satisfaction in the form of fruit, and it’s better for me, too. He lost a great deal of weight before just from no longer eating meat, or eating very little of it, so I decided that was the next step.

Add in that my mom is nearing kidney failure, and while she doesn’t live with me, I want to support her dietary needs as much as possible, both by having dinners on hand that she can eat when she comes over, and by not making foods that tempt her when she makes conversation by asking what we had for dinner.

The change, just from adapting over the weekend, is phenomenal. I don’t know about anyone else in the family, but I feel so much better. We’re not eating convenience foods (although I am still working to cut out soda for myself), we’re not eating nearly as many carbs, our calorie count is way down, and our vitamin intake is way up because we’re not eating crap. I feel so, so much better. Even after only sleeping for 5 hours, and being interrupted in the middle because the hubby came in from work and asked about my day, I feel amazing. My body feels good. My mood is stable. I’m content.

Of course it could also be the yoga I started doing again. I felt so relaxed when I went to bed last night! I’m sure that helped me get as much rest out of those five hours as possible. I refuse to exercise in front of my family, because I am bashful about it, but I can’t wait for them to go to bed so I can do it again!

I love how great I feel. This is motivation to keep on going indefinitely. Hopefully our pocketbook cooperates. In the meantime, if you have any inexpensive, non-processed meatless meals to share, I’d love to hear about them!

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