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Thoughts and Cravings

Posted Apr 22 2010 11:09am

Hi friends! Happy EARTH DAY!! :D

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What do you all do to go GREEN?

Here are a couple of things that I’ve been doing lately:

  • Bring my own reusable bags to the grocery store
  • Switched over to natural cleaning products
  • Eat a mostly plant-based diet
  • Buy organic and local as much as possible
  • Walk to the grocery store and mall instead of driving (I’m lucky that I live close enough to do this!)

I find all of these things very easy to do, and feel good knowing that I am doing a small part toward helping our planet. If everyone did a little something, I think we could all make a BIG DIFFERENCE!

And in honor of Earth Day, I decided to finally invest in some Glass Straws! I’ve been seeing them pop up all over the blog world lately, and since I use straws in my juices and smoothies almost daily, I figured it was time to take the plunge!

My timing was great, too! In honor of Earth Day, Glass Dharma is running a special on their straws– Buy 1 Get 1 Free! Click here to take advantage of this AWESOME deal! I can’t wait to get my new straws!! :D

Hopefully this will be one of the last times I have to use my cheap, plastic straws:

Yep, I had the SAME smoothie again for lunch!! I can’t help it! It’s just that good. ;)

For dinner last night, though, I did try to break out of my rut:

A new salad combo! I used a whole bag of mixed greens, topped with a sliced banana and a small handful of raisins, dressed with a simple mix of lemon juice, stevia and ginger. It was alright… but I was still craving my usual goat cheese salad! What can I say? I’m a creature of habit. :D

For dessert, I had some Raw Brownie Batter :

And I might have taken an extra dip into my Artisana Coconut Butter while making it…

Coconut butter might be one of my favorite things on the Planet!! I know this lady would agree. ;)

I’ve been really good about keeping up with my food journal lately, and I’m so glad to hear that some of you have started journaling as well! I think keeping a food journal is a great way of monitoring how your diet may affect your cravings and mood. I don’t think it’s something anyone should keep up long term (you might drive yourself crazy!!) but I think it’s good for a period of time, to gain perspective.

I, for one, am having some MAJOR cravings lately, and I’m dying to know what is triggering them!! Here’s what my journal has looked like for the past couple of nights:

I’m having major cravings to binge, specifically on cookies– which is my favorite sweet of choice. What I’ve noted so far, is that these cravings come at night, almost immediately following my dinner– whether I’ve had dessert or not! Since I’ve only tracked a full 3 days, there’s really no way to know if I’m just having sugar withdrawal, or if it’s something I’m eating that is causing these cravings! I’m wondering if my body may be over-yeasted, and perhaps I should cut back on some of the fruit I’ve been eating…

You’ll notice in my “Thoughts” column last night, I thought about switching around my lunch and dinner meals– having my larger meal and lunch, and having a green smoothie for dinner instead. During my experiment with the CLEAN Program , I don’t remember having major cravings at night, and maybe it was having a smoothie for dinner that helped? Or less sugary fruits? Or perhaps it’s the time of day that triggers my craving, and has nothing to do with what I’m eating?

Like I said, I know I haven’t been using my journal long enough to REALLY figure out what’s going on, but I’m going to keep it up, and perhaps I’ll figure out what is triggering my cravings! I feel like I’m conducting a science experiment, which is funny because I hated science more than anything in school!! Go figure.

Okay, I’ve got to get back to work! Hope you all have an awesome Earth Day!!

Something to Try: Green Cleaning Recipes That Really Work!

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