Learning to be kind to myself

I wrote yesterday about our week of moments that have changed everything, and it seems the ripples will continue to spread for some time to come. One of the minor casualties has been my attempt to take better control of my health – especially my diet. A week of ferrying relatives, shuttling back and forth to hospitals and taking meals around everyone else’s needs has really taken its toll.

But I have some respite!

My boys have gone away for a few days – up north for some father-son time at the beach.
Although my guys are incredibly easy-going about food, it still feels really liberating to have three days of only me to feed.

I’ve decided to base my meals around what’s in the garden and am thinking spinach and sorrel soup for dinner tonight and roast butternut squash with sage tomorrow. We also have lots of bell peppers and herbs so salad lunches are looking good.

One of my goals is to totally avoid all grocery shopping, so meals could be really interesting!
I’m looking forward to this; not only for my physical health, but also because already feel more relaxed knowing that I don’t have to fight my way round the supermarket, or try to come up with meals that please everyone. I can eat what my body wants – when it wants it.



the moments that change everything

DSC07372It has been a week of moments.

Some – like the Boston Marathon bombing, the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas; or the earthquake in the Sichuan provence of China – are moments of public as well as intense personal tragedy. Wholly unexpected events which – quite literally in these cases – have torn worlds and lives asunder, leaving not only those directly involved, but the rest of us also trying to know what to do and how to respond. What does it mean? Why did it happen? How can we help?

While bomb blasts and industrial explosions are outside of my personal experience (earthquakes I know about), I cannot but share in the anguish and pain and sorrow and anger of my global brothers and sisters who have either lost those they loved and held dearest, or who must now build a much-different life because they, family members or friends have been injured or have become homeless.

And perhaps my empathy is stronger this week because my family too has experienced moments that have changed everything. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime #2

Another day, another juice

Another day, another juice

This is today’s lunch. It’s apple, carrot and beetroot and I’m drinking it through a straw because I’ve been to the dentist this morning and now have a brand new filling and a crown, not to mention a mostly numb face and a big hole in my bank account. On balance, I preferred the small holes in my teeth.


Weekly Photo Challenge – lunchtime: Why do they call it a fast, when it goes so slow?

Juice ingredients; apples, celery, mint and a little ginger.

Juice ingredients; apples, celery, mint and a little ginger.

This week I’m trying to do a juice fast to see if a) it helps me lose some weight, b) weaken my caffeine addiction and c) somehow, magically stop the pain I’m in from endometriosis.

Apple, mint and celery juice, with a little ginger and a squeeze of lemon. Yum.

Apple, mint and celery juice, with a little ginger and a squeeze of lemon. Yum.

So for the Weekly Photo Challenge, here’s today’s lunch juice. Not sure about the medicinal properties, but it tastes really nice.