Why Do I Do What I Do, When I Know What I Know?
This is a quote that I happened upon when I was a teenager. I don’t know who said it and my quick google search came up empty. So, if you happen to know who said it, I’d love to know too. Please do share!
This quote has been on my mind for a while now. It applies to so many aspects of life. Parenting, spiritual, in relationships and communication, nutritional, the list could go on and on. It can be applied to any and all knowledge that we have gained and yet, struggle to implement.
The last week has been super busy and we have eaten out more times than I’d like to admit. Is being busy a good excuse to eat junk? No. It is what happened though. Ugg.
It culminated yesterday when we woke the kids 2+ hours early and set off to join the mushroom foray. (Yay wild mushrooms!) What did eat we for breakfast? McDonald’s. (I’m hanging my head in shame.) What did we have for lunch? Ikea cafeteria food. Not much better. (At least my choice had organic mushrooms in it. Not the ones we found obviously. We did find TONS of oyster mushrooms BTW.) What did we have for dinner? Nothing. Why? We were all sick.
Was this because of the food? Yes and no.
Ireland started the day out with what we thought was car sickness. It wasn’t. Poor kid. She acted completely fine except for when she was puking her guts out. (3 times, all in the car. Yuck.) This started prior to our nasty breakfast.
I feel badly that we continued our day! But we didn’t realize she was actually sick until Eme got sick later in the afternoon. (By then she was over it though.) He, unlike Ireland, was miserable.
My stomach was upset, but, I’m pretty sure that it had more to do with the food.
Dave is a major sympathy puker, so, we’re lucky he held it together, but food was not something he wanted to think about.
This is why none of us ate dinner.
I woke up this morning feeling like I had been hit by a truck.
A great big semi.
No. Scratch that.
I woke up this morning feeling like I had been hit by a train.
And I slept almost 10 hours last night!
I was terribly stiff, my muscles ached, my back hurt, I was exhausted, and I had brain fog- really badly. So badly, that I was seriously almost in tears trying to figure out how to configure the hoses so that I could fill the stock tanks. (I’m farm sitting.) I dragged hoses around for a half hour before getting them connected in a long enough ‘daisy chain’ to reach said stock tanks. I kept ending up with ends that wouldn’t connect. My body hurt just walking, so pulling the hoses around hurt even more and finding that the ends wouldn’t connect because they were a) the wrong end or b) dented beyond fitting together, was almost more than my fogged and tired brain could process.
About halfway through the day I was wondering why I felt SO awful. I had been attributing it to how early we had woken and how much we walked/hiked yesterday. But, it didn’t seem right that after spending the day doing things that were good for me (hiking, being in nature) that I would feel so terribly.
Then I realized.
The food. UGG. It was the food.
I generally eat fairly healthfully. I don’t buy processed foods. I make from scratch most of what we eat. Many of our meals are paleo and everything I cook is whole foods based. (I do have an issue with ices cream and chocolate. I have a hard time avoiding those. I’m working on it.)
So, the fact that we’ve eaten out quite a bit this week is not normal and I am really paying for it.
In light of this, I realize that I need to do better.
I read this article today on The Paleo Mom. It’s a guest post by Eileen from Phoenix Helix. In it she talks about her Daily Symptom Tracking Journal and outlines a LOT of “how are your feeling” questions to ask yourself and to journal daily.
I’ve decided to do this. I feel like it will motivate me to eat in the way that I know I need to be eating but haven’t been. Plus it will give me hard proof that eating well = feeling well. Even though I already know it does. But since I have this whole, “Why do I do what I do, when I know what I know,” issue going on, I need the proof to stare out at me from the pages of my journal.
I’ll keep you updated as well, but, I’ll keep the nitty gritty stuff (like my “digestive changes”) to myself. You’re welcome.
Are you having a hard time fully committing to a healthier lifestyle even though you are sold on the benefits like I am?
Join me in a small challenge.
I am committing to planning out my family’s meals for this week and making them. (I realize that it is a small goal, but, it is a doable one. I can do anything for 7 days, and so can you! I can commit again next week.) I will make everything from scratch. NO processed foods.
I’m also committing to journaling how I feel based on Eileen’s Daily Symptom Tracking Journal.
Tomorrow, I plan to write out a full menu for the week and go shopping. Hopefully my brain will be in at least semi-working order so that I can accomplish those (not as simple as they sound) tasks.
Wish me luck, I have a feeling that I’ll need it.
I’ll share my menu with you tomorrow.
If you decide to join me, I’d love to hear what you are eating and how you’re feeling! If you blog, please share the link in the comments! Or you can leave comment here on my blog or on my FB page if you don’t. I’d love some support and to support you!
Also, on an unrelated note, I’ve seen a “60 posts in 60 days” challenge floating around on Pinterest.
I’ve decided to accept.
This is post #1.