I’m so glad the weekend is here, I did not want to get out of bed Friday morning thanks to a mediocre night of sleep. For some reason I woke up around 2 AM and had a hard time getting back to sleep. Not like me, I blame this week’s stress and possibly fighting off a cold. I had to sit through a long webinar/meeting yesterday morning and was tempted to doze off in the dark. My boss brought doughnuts for it, a nice gesture I guess, many of the guys in our group indulged in 2 or more while the only other girl and I in the group avoided them. In the past, I’d refuse one because of weight worries and not wanting to be in a bad, guilt-inflicted mood for the rest of the day for eating one. Now it’s because I’m armed with more knowledge of why they’re bad, not wanting to put that in my body and I know there are simply amazing raw desserts I can make in minutes that taste better when I am craving something sweet, I don’t feel deprived at all. The sickening sweet smell of maple icing did nothing for me in terms of temptation. Besides, I had to save splurge room for the amazing raw chocolate cake I’m making this weekend to take to my sisters.
I had lunch with my mom yesterday and got to listen to her vent about her nursing job. I have a lot of respect for a woman in her mid-sixties that can still work as a full time nurse in a high stress environment. But what’s sad is she gets many patients 15+ years younger than her with terrible, debilitating health conditions requiring constant care. What’s worse is hearing her and the doctors point-of-view for the ones that are self-inflicted. First of all, I have a lot of sympathy for these patients, how horrible to be in such a condition when they should have many good years in front of them to look forward to. And how scary it must be to be stuck in a hospital not knowing what the future holds. It’s exactly these kind of patients that drove another nurse to pursue a career in teaching and spreading the importance of a raw diet, the same teacher that first introduced me to the diet last July in an introductory class she held. Speaking of which, I’m going to a raw dessert class of hers this weekend and can’t wait to see what else I can make that taste better than cheap doughnuts. :-)
On that topic, I watched Thursday’s Dr. Oz show where he had another intervention for Carnie Wilson and I gotta say she is not a pleasant person, but more of a stubborn ox not willing to make the needed changes in her lifestyle to improve her health. She spent a good part of the bit arguing with Dr. Oz, making excuses for why she eats poorly. The biggest problem in Carnie’s lifestyle is she absolutely won’t prepare her own food, everything is take-out, fast food or eating out because she “has a very busy schedule”. Dr. Oz wanted her to start preparing her own food and food for her family more to know what she was eating and appreciate it more and she was completely unwilling to do this. It’s a dilemma and in my sister’s case, the idea of cooking more and changing her shopping habits is daunting when she’s already juggling so much.
I have a pretty packed weekend on top of the raw class that includes a dinner gathering at my sister’s to fix her virus-infected laptop, a Whole Foods shopping trip and a long to-do list that I surely won’t get to everything on. It started with an exciting Friday evening of shopping at Target and relaxing at home with hubby, then crashing early – woohoo! But, I got some new Burt’s Bees lipsticks and hand cream to try now that I’m on a natural cosmetics kick, a new product line for me to try. Have you ever tried anything from Burt’s Bees?