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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 354 :: christmas kindness

22 Dec
{baking}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

I baked tonight. Not the traditional Christmas assortment, more like the alkaline kind.

Chocolate Sweet Potato Brownies to be exact. I found the recipe on Chocolate Covered Katie. And I recommend it!  Sweet potato may sound weird, but they taste so good (and are good for you!).

Especially for someone like me who is trying to reduce the sugar in her life (again!) without losing the sweetness.

Afterall, sweetness is kind.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{bake}
#lovemore

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GIFT DAY 099 30-day gratitude challenge: day 23: greening up my diet

9 Apr

Day 23 over here of the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.

What are you grateful for today?As for me, I’m going into my first week of an official Alkaline Diet.

And so far, I am grateful for the results I can see with my own two eyes:

1) My skin has cleared up, acne dried up!

2) My energy has increased, little by little, each day.

3) My pH is more alkaline (according to those little sticks I pee on — seriously)

What all this means is I now drink lemon water out of my Starbucks cup!I love my cool cup that Justin gave me. And, while it may scream COFFEE on the outside, on the inside it’s all LEMON WATER.(which is free I might add!)  

Some have asked, and here’s the official response:

Q:  How is a lemon alkaline? I thought lemon was acidic.

A:  Lemons are acid based, coming in at around 2.0 on the pH scale. But, once a lemon is ingested it creates an ALKALINE ASH inside the digestive tract of the stomach.

So what counts isn’t on the outside — it’s on the inside.

Alkaline is considered anything above 7 pH.

Turns out adding a lemon to your water is one of the best ways to alkalinize your body. 

I am reading up on this new way of eating, which really, isn’t all that different from my previous pledge to be sugar/coffee/gluten free. In general, it means eating very little to no meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, processed foods, white sugar, white flour, and caffeine.

Here are my latest reads if you want to follow along: 

I love the recipes in these books, and as I RE-enter the kitchen (AGAIN) I am left wondering: 

WHY DO REALLY AWESOME RECIPE BOOKS ALWAYS REQUIRE INGREDIENTS I DON’T HAVE IN MY CUPBOARDS?

I swear it’s an organized coup, or a concerted effort of some mastermind group somewhere.

“We need to sell more white pepper!” I hear them calling.

Regardless, I’m not surprised to learn, after all these years, that it’s still what is on the inside that counts.

Now, where can I find some sumac, spelt flour and spirulina?

More tomorrow.

Lovemore (fearless),
Jamie
 
{Good gracious! What are you grateful for? Spill the beans in the comments section below.}

GIFT DAY 092 a funny thing happened on the way to the doctor’s office {30-day gratitude challenge: day 16}

2 Apr

Day 16 of the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge over here.

Today I am grateful for:

1) Finally seeing a doctor
2) Finally seeing a doctor
3) Finally seeing a doctor

I have spent the last month trying to get a doctor’s appointment.
Seriously.

You see, I have swelling in my throat. At first I thought I had a cold. But when the swelling didn’t go away, I freaked out. Big time.

My doctor’s office offered me an appointment in June.
Seriously.

Then I called back to demand an appointment SOONER and they put me on hold.

Seriously.
On hold.

Finally the switchboard clicked back over, and told me they would call me back after 4:45pm to schedule an appointment.

You can guess how that ended. They never called back. On a Friday no less.

Seriously.

In lieu of medical care I started acupuncture. My acupuncturist tipped me off to a local doctor and voila! I got an appointment for today.

This morning, when I entered the totally beautiful and zen doctor’s office for my 10:30am appointment I was immediately crushed. They didn’t have me on the books. No appointment under my name.

“Seriously???”
I thought about laughing, or crying, or maybe screaming from the top of my swollen throat.

Instead, I thought of a phrase from The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life – whenever anything goes out of control, haywire or just plain down the dumps, it’s best to look at it with open eyes and just say, “How fascinating.”

So I remained calm. And the woman behind the desk took pity and slipped me in for the 1pm time slot today.

How fascinating.

Finally. The doctor will see you …now. And she did.

Diagnosis: I have a goiter.

It’s sound disgusting, and looks like a golf ball got lodged in my throat instead of in a sand trap on the back nine. My thyroid is swollen up like a balloon.

So I have tons of tests to take this week, but I am so thankful that I finally have a new doctor looking after me.

Turns out she’s exactly what I need: an expert in women’s health, fertility and, GULP, goiters. {GRATEFUL!}

My first item of business, an alkaline diet. As my doctor explained to me what an alkaline diet consists of – whole foods, green juices, veggies galore – I had to hold back a chuckle.

Been there, done that.
Like The Promise 365, year one.

Back to the days of green smoothies, veggies, no sugar, no coffee and no animal meat for me.

It’s like déjà vu over here.
But this will no doubt be a very new journey.

How fascinating.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),
Jamie

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