I’ve been thinking about an answer to a question I haven’t really broached yet on this blog. The question is, how do I maintain my diet when eating with others who don’t share my particular desire for plant-based eating.
Several times in the past few weeks I have had to make do with more processed foods than I usually like. I’ve made good use of the hot/cold food prepared food bar at Whole Foods. I’ve taken to carrying around some sort of snack or lunch item so that if I’m with someone who wants to get fast food I don’t have to eat it.
I’ve been having to keep my water bottle filled and on me at all times, despite the fact that it takes up space and I don’t have a lot of “trunk” space in my scooter.
And yeah, a few times I’ve “cheated”. Although usually it has been accidental. See my Checking in After some Changes post for more details.
Sure enough, I had a bit of an upset stomach the next day. Although that has been getting hard to track because I’ve had an infection flare up in my digestive tract that has been messing with me. It should be taken care of in the next week, but it still has made it tough for me to figure out what it is about my recent eating that has been problematic.
Although intuitively I know it is because my routine has been all shot to hell.
I’ve kept the elements that are absolutely necessary, but I haven’t been able to work out as often as I like or the way I like.
The other question I’ve asked myself since I’ve had the option several times (family members you can continue reading if you like, but if you’d rather not know about certain “sensitive” parts of my life, skip the next paragraph – this is an honest blog, so I’m going to be honest despite the reality that you all might not like the truth) to spend the night at someone else’s house, how to do that and still keep up my wellness goals. The one time I’ve done so, I made sure to do my meds before I left the house, I left early in the morning and came straight home to do my meds and to continue what I knew I needed to do. And of course, I packed things I knew I would need if I decided to spend the night out. But what I realize is that I can’t do it very often because it is pretty labor intensive.
Either way, with my increased social life, medical appointments, errands, setting up my new place, and generally just trying to get things done, I’ve been busy.
And frankly, I’ve enjoyed it. I think the biggest thing is to find a better way to get my exercise back on track. Just a couple times a week isn’t enough for me, and with no treadmill, I’ve essentially dropped the cardio. I need to start running again and I think I’ll start today (slowly) by running down to the Tigard library so I can get a library card there.
Overall, things are going well. I’m pretty happy. And I’m noticing that the key to sustaining this is making sure I give myself time to rest. So for the next couple hours I’m not working, I’m “offline”, and I’ll just be reading/playing a game/resting or just laying on my bed listening to music or playing guitar.
I need the decompression space, like I talked about in a previous post.
Thanks for reading and peace to you,
- Processed food is NOT the way to go (ktrmurali.wordpress.com)