Adding LIFE to your years and years to your life!
I was just catching up on blog posts here and realizing that this month it will be 3 years since I went raw. It's kind of cool.
Right now I would define myself as a raw vegetarian - I am raw but also eat raw eggs and raw cheese (not sure if I would drink raw milk if it were easily available and legal). I started putting 2 raw quail eggs (they are very little!) in smoothies a few weeks ago after talking with the woman who sells grass-fed eggs at the farmer's market. I didn't think I could do it, but I felt so much better after that I am now having them every other day, and find it just makes me feel more robust and sturdy, without the subtle we-must-cleanse-now feeling I would have when I ate fish or boiled eggs, and makes it easier to be 100% fruits and vegetables the rest of time. I think I will eventually probably phase out the cheese.
This week I start to coach two moms I know in going raw. They are going to come to my place for an hour a week and get the basics on making the transition.
My second-hand vitamix broke, which was very sad. I went and bought a 12 speed oster which is what I had before, which is okay. But I have to start a vitamix fund because I miss it!
A big breakthrough (that took a while) is that I am actually exercising now...not necessarily a lot but I do something everyday, maybe yoga, maybe hooping, or going running with my daughter. I am trying to inject doing different kinds of unusual-for-adults movement into my everyday activities (like crawling), because I'm starting to understand a few things: lots of low level motion throughout the day is better than rigorous exercise for an hour and then sitting all day, and we retain our movement abilities through a variety of movements that vary our relationship with gravity. It's actually the novelty factor in the movement that helps the body stay functional - you retain the adaptability to be open to and handle a wide variety of physical possibilities.
I'm looking into this thing called MovNat which stands for moving naturally and in nature - you climb trees and jump across rivers and stuff. Some of you might like it, although it seems like part of the paleo fitness trend. I like the vibe of the founder Erwan Le Corre - he stresses function over esthetics. I am planning on doing a few sessions with a personal trainer who specializes in MovNat in the next few weeks. It's so not a 'me' thing to do and I'm mildly intimidated but I enjoy challenging myself :). And this doesn't seem like part of gym bunny culture, which I am allergic to, lol.
It's so true that making change has a relationship to identity - in order to exercise regularly, I had to start changing my image of myself and find a way to stop resisting my associations with exercise or athleticism.
It reminds me of something I read about children learning to read - that they have to start seeing themselves as a reader in order to start reading. It has to find some resonance with their sense of themselves. I think all major life changes are preceded by removing something internal that stands in the way, and mostly it's how we think about and talk to ourselves.
An old friend I had as a teen would call this type of thing "practicing being not-myself" and I always got a laugh and a kick out of that thought. I think it gave me permission to have fun with trying things that are new and totally out of character for me, and that has come in handy. To evolve, we have to play. :)