Posted in Uncategorized, tagged snack on September 30, 2010 |
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I’ve admitted it. Some days I struggle mentally with the difficulties that chronic pain has introduced into my life.
But I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking.
You see, I believe that the mind and body are connected in more ways than we can possibly imagine. If your mind is thinking scary, sad, or resentful thoughts, your body isn’t going to feel it’s best. I know firsthand that when I am having a hard time mentally, my level of physical pain is much higher. Fixating on the negative hurts me. So I don’t do it.
That’s not to say that every day is perfect or that I hold unrealistic expectations for myself. I’m probably not going to wake up tomorrow morning ready take a few laps around the block. The important thing is that I keep in my head the possibility that things will get better. I don’t let myself use the words “can’t” or “never”.
Positivity doesn’t mean that you don’t see the negative. It doesn’t mean that you don’t recognize the limitations of the current situation. It just means that you see the hope, the possibility, that things won’t be like this forever.
And you view small achievements as big steps.
Yesterday’s afternoon snack:
Shredded wheat with almond milk, flax, and peanut butter.
Jam of the day: Gorillaz “Feel Good Inc.”
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged breakfast on September 29, 2010 |
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Yesterday I started things off with coffee and this:
Apple and peanut butter.
Then I gave myself a little challenge! With the pain in my legs, I’ve been afraid to go for a walk outside for the last few months.I guess my biggest fear was that I would get away from my house, my legs would crap out, and then I wouldn’t be able to get home. But given my recent successes in physical therapy, I decided to give it a try yesterday. Nothing too crazy, just a ten minute jaunt around the block.
Well guess what? I did it!
It feels good to know that I was able to not let my fear hold me back. Yes, it was uncomfortable. Yes, I had to ice down my legs when I got home. But I did it anyways. And crunchy autumn leaves under my feet made me such a happy girl.
I rewarded myself with the rest of Sunday’s pancakes.
Whole wheat pumpkin pancakes topped with Julie’s peanut flour paste and banana slices.
Other nibbles from yesterday…
Refried beans with a whole-wheat spelt tortilla.
Roasted delicata squash with almond butter.
Broiled tempeh with pumpkin and almond butter.
FYI: It’s perfectly acceptable to have roasted squash as a snack.
ALSO, today’s jam is perfect for “kicking through the autumn leaves”. So do it!
Jam of the day: David Gray “Babylon II”
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Exciting news - I am almost at 2mph on the treadmill in physical therapy! Whoop whoop!
And I love fries!
(but more on that below)
Pumpkin banana protein oats with flax and peanut butter.
Tofu and eggplant fries with ketchup.
I have had to buy smaller eggplants to try and curb my consumption!
Dun dun dun, first product review on Coffee and the Paper…
After dinner last night, I polished off this box:
Nature’s Path Organic Flax flakes
What I liked: This cereal had a good fullness factor (for me, that means it lasts me 3-4 hours). It had the right touch of sweetness, and it didn’t have any overpowering flavors. This made it a great mix-in with other cereals. I liked it with puffed kamut!
What I didn’t like: It got soggy really quickly, which wasn’t a problem when I was eating it plain or with almond milk. But the soggy factor does NOT make this a good choice for yogurt messes or ice cream toppings.
Now what am I going to have for breakfast?
Jam of the day: The Flaming Lips “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1″
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