Today was better than yesterday (though not by a lot), so I opted to try to keep it that way by taking a day of rest. No walking, no extraneous work. Just puttering around the house, spending time in the kitchen, and reading. Lots of reading. Good for the soul, good for the mind!
I was up early after a deep (but still interrupted) sleep. Last night I read further in the book It Starts With Food that I should be eating breakfast within an hour of waking up, so I made a good effort despite not feeling terribly hungry. I did eat a somewhat later dinner last night, which is not a good idea, but I’m still trying to figure things out.
Breakfast had me full and satisfied for hours, so I did not feel like snacking and did not have lunch until later.
The highlight came at dinner time when I ventured into the land of butternut squash. I’ve never cooked one before, so I had no real idea what I was doing. (Reading vs actually doing something = two different things.) I decided to cut it in half and bake one half while cubing the other. Then, for dinner, I made beef with cabbage and tossed in some chunks of the cubed squash, saving the baked for tomorrow. YUMMY!
I hate cooking, by the way. Or, at least, that’s what I’ve always said. Mostly because cooking takes me away from…everything else. Because I’m not always so good at paying attention to what I’m cooking and sometimes…cooking kind of requires that sort of thing. But I’ve really been enjoying making meals lately.
Plus, after I made my own breakfast this morning, I made some for my daughter before her long day at work. And while she and my husband are not following a Whole30 or paleo diet, I am loving the idea that I can still incorporate some of the things I’m learning into helping them eat healthier. For example, I cooked my daughter’s eggs in coconut oil instead of margarine (which I’m tossing out, by the way) and instead of offering her toast, I added avocado. She ate it all up and I’m sure she felt satiated through work (she also works in a restaurant – same as me – so she knows how hard it is not to just eat pizza and breadsticks every day). Every small step helps!
I needed this down day to just relax because my life, like everyone else’s, is very busy and full. I think I’ll begin taking Sundays again as a complete day of rest to recharge my body and my mind.