Last week I introduced you to a challenge I took on. If you missed it, read all about it here. Well, it has been a full week and three days since I last consumed any animal product. I have lost five pounds, my face is clear, and I feel fantastic. I have decided to extend the challenge to three months instead of just the one.
Compassion. I changed my name to Annen in November (Dayna is my legal name but will be changed soon). Someone was using Annen as a Zen Buddhist name meaning “Quiet Compassionate Mind.” I loved the name and the definition the person gave to it; my end goal is to cultivate compassion, everyone from the members of my family to my clients and even to the people who piss me off driving (pretty much anyone with a license). To build that compassion I believe I need to extend it to all living things.
Trying new things for the health of it. I am very picky. This makes it difficult to sustain any kind of way of eating for a long period of time. I am determined to become healthier. I embraced hypnosis to help me embrace new healthy things and overcome my texture issues and general pickiness. Since then I have tried dragonfruit, starfruit, parsnips, leeks, veggie burgers, and cashew cheese. Oh yeah, and beans!!!! And avocado! I even swallowed a cooked mushroom without vomiting! I am trying many new and healthy things.
Digestion. Still good. Need I say more?
Blood Sugar. My blood sugar has been fantastic and self-regulating.
Mindfulness. This style of living has improved my relationship to mindfulness. Each day, I must consider my activities for the following day. If I am working then I need to pack sandwiches and snacks and prep fruit and veggies for the day. If I am meeting people for lunch I must go online and check out our meeting place to see if there are vegan options or if I need to bring extra prep. I check ingredients – this may seem tedious but I find myself choosing things that are healthier. I enjoy the thought put into vegan living. I am having fun talking to people and exchanging recipes and ideas.
Connectedness to others. I am having a blast sharing recipes and finding people willing to try the various vegetarian restaurants Detroit and Ann Arbor have to offer.
I am choosing to do this challenge for the next few months. This means I will continue eating vegan strictly and without deviation except for the following circumstances: 1. A client brings something to session for me (I will not insult a client by turning down a baked good or drink) 2. I find myself at somebody’s home who would be culturally offended should I turn down something offered to me.
What’s Your Challenge?
Once again, I invite anybody reading this to choose a challenge of their own. I do not mean specifically a food-related challenge. Is there something in your life you have been struggling with that a challenge may help you with? Try a month of something and see how it feels!
- By Annen Weber, LLPC