With a new determination to post twice a week, Tuesday for herbs and Thursday for wellness, I paused to take a look at my own wellness. After writing my Wellness 101 Workbook in the spring of 2015 I was right on board. Exercising the way I wanted, eating well, sleeping well. Well, I am not doing great right now.
I’ll admit it, I am a personal trainer that is not in shape. It has been a long time since I thought I was in shape for a significant amount of time but I was getting back on track last summer and fall. This winter has shown me that I am quite attached to the outdoor nature of my movement habits. I am taking this week to re-boot.
I am traveling right now to a personal trainer conference and I am going to take this opportunity to get outside and get my exercise in. Being in a lovely environment, south of where I normally am, will be a great opportunity to inspire me to get going when I get home where it is cooler still.
My nutrition has also been crazy. I am telling everyone here that I have a commitment to being vegetarian for the month of April. I am starting TODAY! I am not choosing to be vegetarian for ethical reasons, I always purchase ethically raised animal products from local farmers whenever I can. I am choosing to be vegetarian for a time to re-set my body and bring back in my techniques of getting protein and nutrients that are generally more healthy.
I used to have lots of beans and sprouted grains for protein and supplement that with meat but recently that has not been the case. I have also noticed myself having more sugar and while I am not focusing on that yet, I will be moving towards removing sugar for a time to also re-set my body to a healthier state that will be more stable.
I am not doing this as a diet because I know that I am not reducing calories, fat, or anything else someone might be ‘dieting’ to reduce. I am focusing on eating high nutrient plants to give my body more energy with the vitamins and minerals that I feel that I have been lacking with having animal protein rather than a higher amount of protein that I will need from plant proteins for my same energy needs.
I will keep you all updated as I work on increasing my exercise and go vegetarian for a month. I am starting, while traveling, on including more sprouts, nuts, and lentils in my diet. Most of my meals this week will be in a hotel room and some of them will have stoves and ovens but not all. I was able to make a salad with lots of sprouts and nuts today and for the evening I was able to purchase a vegan split pea soup, Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Vegan Split Pea Soup Gluten Free, 2.5-Ounce Cups (Pack of 6). I have had this quick soup before and I love it because it has 16g of protein in 1, 260 calorie serving. If I want a high protein, vegetarian microwave soup that is also gluten free, this is the one I will always go for.