I have found myself trying to get grounded. I am not sure when exactly I lost my sense of grounding, but it has been quite evident to me for some time, so I have been paying particular attention to it lately. Being outdoors really helps me to feel grounded. Sitting in the garden in the backyard when it is quiet and peaceful, spending time in the forest or by the ocean fills me up and nourishes my soul!
I know grounding is a very important part of my healing process as I move through the process of grief and loss. I find when I am taking the time to be mindful and grounded it takes a lot more to overwhelm me, and I am more able to go to a place of gratitude.
I have also shifted my focus on a physical goal, an overnight hike with my sweetie. This will take a bit of preparation for me, both in regard to getting the right gear and getting physically ready. Getting out walking is a good start, but I have a long way to go before I am ready.
This past weekend we went down to Victoria to get away from home and just focus on rest and relaxation. I find when we are at home all the to dos are staring at me and I find it very difficult to not get either overwhelmed and nothing gets done or I get on the to dos in an unbalanced way and end up tired for the work week ahead. So we got away and did just that rested and relaxed. On our way home we took the scenic route through Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan. I love this beautiful Island we call home!
So I am nearly at the 3 week mark of wheat free, dairy free, refined sugar free living. The first two weeks were so hard! The greatest struggle for me has been dairy. I miss yogurt and cheese!!! I knew greek yogurt would be very difficult for me to cut out because I find it helpful with my IBS issues. I have decided when I reach the one month mark I will reintroduce my one daily serving of yogurt. I am looking forward to having my overnight oatmeal back once I reintroduce greek yogurt as I can eat it wherever and don't need to warm it. I find myself struggling with breakfasts on the go and lunches. I get so bored when I eat the same things over and over again and that seems to be what lunch has fallen into. This way of eating requires so much prep, which doesn't always fit with the pace of our life. If I am home for the weekend it's not a problem at all because I can use Sunday as a prep day and get veggies cut up for the week, a batch of quinoa ready for on the go, and prep done for a couple of breakfasts and dinners. The problem is that we go away a lot on the weekend, which leaves me scrambling for work lunches that week. Luckily there is a cafe around the corner from my workplace so that if I just can't get it together I have a go to place that works with my eating plan.
My favourite meal of the day is dinner! Oven roasted veggies are a regular thing around this house. I love nothing more than tossing veggies of all varieties in olive oil, sea salt, & pepper and roasting them at 425. This time I did a portobello mushroom, cauliflower, zucchini squash, and asparagus. Alongside half of a baked yam with black beans and corn tossed in lime juice and cilantro, a generous dollop of cashew cream, and a sprinkling of green onions.
Quiche is a quick one for me that I will default to when I know I can throw it together and not eat until the next day. If I know I won't have much time to get home and put dinner together I make this the night before and just warm it up. I have no recipe I just throw these together, and doubt I ever make it the same twice. This time I sliced sweet potato with my mandolin for the crust. I sauteed mushroom and spinach along with zucchini squash. I mix together beaten eggs and almond milk and pour it over top. I used a mix of Italian seasoning and herbs de provence, sea salt, & ground pepper. This time I also added some black pepper chevre.
On to a couple of Pinterest recipes that have been on our table lately...
So I have an amazing husband! One of the many things we share is a love of food and excitement to try new recipes. We have gotten into a habit of me sending him a recipe I find on Pinterest and what appeals to him he makes. I often stick to our usual rotation of recipes and then he changes it up with a new Pinterest recipe. This really seems to work for us, and more often then not has great results!
Thai Cashew Coconut Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce. This pin has become a new fav for me! One of my favourite things about it is that the only part you cook is the rice, so you can get it all prepped and have it 2 days in a row with minimal effort. This will be one we have time & time again I am sure. We did cheat on this recipe this time around as we had ready made peanut sauce in the fridge.
This week was a real score on the Pinterest recipes as this was another hit that will be a fav for years to come, Sloppy Lentils. This recipe is one of those throw it in the crockpot and walk away recipes. We served ours open faced on toasted gluten free Portofino hamburger buns. It probably would have been good with a salad, cut up veggies or even some roasted veggies but I was so consumed with the yum factor the sloppy lentil was the only thing on our plates.
Pizza is one of my favourite go tos and I will put pretty much anything on pizza! I made this one with a Kinnickinnick gluten free crust with homemade hummus as a base. I added sauteed brussel sprouts, mushrooms, and steamed asparagus, with a light dusting of Daiya Mozza shreds, and a sprinkling of Italian seasoning.
We got home from our weekend getaway and were very hungry after spending a lot of time in the car, so we opted for a very quick dinner. We bought a plain Daiya pizza (which has a gluten free crust), and added mushrooms, olives, spinach, & artichoke hearts. I will admit I was a bit nervous as I think there is a fine line with Daiya where it goes from good to not so good. If I m honest I think this crossed that line. I would use it in a pinch, but would not seek it out.
So I have managed to get through nearly 3 weeks on the new eating plan, getting more physical activity, and focusing on getting more grounded. I have definitely slipped in my yoga practice, and will shift my focus to getting back on my yoga mat. I also want to keep up with the walking. We went for a walk through the Cowichan Estuary which is a lovely walk that skirts Cowichan Bay. Walking has been a great shift to getting more grounded & connected with the outdoors. I feel so full and rejuvenated when I am walking in nature.
If you water the root of a tree, the whole tree is taken care of. But if you forget the root and care only for the branches, you cannot keep the tree alive. ~Swami Satprakashananda