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I don’t know what it is like where you live, but in Seattle people drive like idiots.  Not a day goes buy that you don’t encounter some nimrod making a jack ass out of himself behind the wheel.  Now, I can’t say I am totally immune of the occasional buffoonery, but I generally think that I drive carefully with the appropriate amount of aggressiveness and a general awareness of what is going on around me.  And really, that’s all I ask of others.

I simply don’t understand why people find it so difficult to follow the simple rules and courtesies of the road.  It’s really not that difficult.

  • When you come to a yield sign, that means you have to slow down and look both ways to see if there is a car coming.  If there are no cars and only if there are no cars it is OK to proceed.  If there are cars present then you need to STOP and wait for the appropriate opening.
  • On the same theme, if you are taking a right turn on a red light this acts in a similar way to a yield sign.   Everyone moving has the right of way before you, even the people taking a U-turn at a designated U-turn light (yes that means you, you rude Genesee oil truck driver who nearly ran into me this morning).
  • If you are a slow driver DO NOT cut someone off when pulling out into traffic from a driveway or yield sign.  We all know what kind of driver we are, act appropriately and with thought to those driving around you.  Much like life, a little common sense and courtesy can take you a long way.
  • When merging onto the freeway, you are suppose to enter traffic going the freeway speed limit.  Pay attention and plan your speed ahead to make sure that you can enter traffic without disturbing the flow.  And for God’s sake, do not stop in the middle of the on ramp.  If you plan ahead and use your brain this will very rarely be necessary.  With that said, if you are in the slow lane and someone is trying to merge, get out of the way.  If you slow down or speed up just a little or change lanes if the next one is open this makes merging, which can be a scary undertaking sometimes, a lot easier for everyone.  
  • If you are sitting in traffic, let a car in and if you are in that lane that is still zipping along, get in when the opportunity presents itself.  Don’t be a greedy ass hole.
  • Please use your hands free devices.  Even months after the law was passed here, people are still talking on their phones while driving.  I swear every third car has some oblivious jerk chatting away.  This would also include, I would hope without saying, reading the paper, texting, putting on makeup and other generally non-driving related activities.

I could just go on and on and am kind of glad I started this list, because now when someone does something that drives my blood pressure through the roof while driving I can come here and add it to the list.  I would encourage you to do so as well.  I sure feel better.

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This reading deals with our biggest flaw, the one thing that can undo us.

The Setup

This card will use the card determined in Reading #1 (for me, The Hermit) using numerology to find a corresponding fool in the deck.

These fools include the pages and knights of each suit as well as 0 The Fool and  XXI The World.

The Hermit corresponds to the Knight of Wands

Tarot Reading

The Answer

You are a fool for the truth.  You are a slave to your never ending search for the true meaning in things.  People don’t really get what your about.  This is a journey you must take by yourself.  Get away to sort things out and look out for those things that wil hold you back.

The Cards

I am going to examine both card and combine there meaning to get a little more insight.

The Hermit

My Take:  The Hermit represents looking inward for answers.  Taking time away to get a new perspective.  Seclusion in order to focus on accessing those parts of our mind not usually available to us.

The Card: Self imposed isolation.  Self examination in order to gain wisdom.  The hermit’s lantern sheds light on the furthest recesses of his mind.   Sometimes this energy can turn into escapism.

Knight of Wands

My Take: Knights are not cards that generally show up in my readings so I am not really familiar with them.  This card seems rather aggressive.  An armored knight ride a fire breathing dragon and waves a fiery flag.    Words that come to mind: combative, pushing an agenda, keeping others at a distance.

The Card:  Knights are about doing.  This night is headstrong and impulsive.  He is extremely focused on his cause, a champion for his latest obsession.  But what cause he champions today could be very different from that which he champions tomorrow.  A task at hand requires intense focus and dedication to realize success.  Put the plans in motion.

Reading Analysis

It never ceases to amaze me how the cards can nail it time and time again.  I am a very self-reflective person, always striving to understand myself better.  I thrive in environments where I get to delve deeper and figure out the intricacies of how and why things work the way they do.  

I tend to prefer quiet solitude, almost to excess at times and I do use it to escape.  A few weeks ago, my therapist and I were discussing my tendency to run and hide when I start to feel that I am not performing to a certain standard or feel vulnerable.  This is a pattern for me that has repeated itself throughout my life, leaving me feeling like I can’t trust my decisions or commit to anything in a really meaningful way.  There have been some exceptions and they usually involve places where I feel very successful.  But usually it ends up that these places that I am successful are simply really good hiding places.

A good example of this is my college experience.  When I started at the University of Washington, I was pre-engineering.  My class load was really tough and I didn’t feel like I could keep all the balls in the air at a standard that was good enough.  I am an A student and getting BS just wasn’t good enough.  I would go to my professors and they would tell me how great I was doing and that these were weed out classes and meant to be intimidating, but that I was doing very well and shouldn’t worry.

But, I couldn’t deal with it.  I found a way to justify to myself that I needed to choose a different major.  I chose well and have an amazing experience and my best friend as a result of this decision and I wouldn’t necessarily take it back, but I ran away to a safe place where I knew I could be successful, and I was.  Very.  And then I ended up screwing that up too.

Even being a stay at home mom was an escape for me.  The world got to be too much and I retreated and what a safe, non-judgemental environment I have created for myself.  No one to answer to but myself, how convenient.

Good thing I’m in therapy right?

My weakness is that I get trapped in my head.  I over think things and freak out and run away and hide when I feel vulnerable.   My current cause – to figure myself out and slay the demons and grow into a better and more productive person who trusts herself and others more.   And in true knight of wands fashion, nothing can get in my way right now.  The difference is that I am determined to see this one through.  This has been really hard and extraordinarily scary, but I keep at it.

I have been thinking lately that a weekend away by myself might be a good idea and the Universe keeps pointing me in that same direction.  I think I will start to explore this in more detail.

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Having a large and healthy breakfast is a challenging  undertaking, especially if you want to be quick and not eat the same thing every day.  I have come up with several ideas, one of which is this french toast recipe.  It only takes a couple of minutes to make and provides all The Gabriel Method requirements – Protein, omega3 and live food.

Sprouted bread makes really tasty french toast.  Very satisfying and you can’t tell the whey powder is there at all. Yea!

French Toast

1 serving

1 slice of sprouted bread
1 omega egg
2 T organic milk
1 T ground flax seed
1/2 scoop unflavored whey powder
pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
2 t organic butter

Wisk the egg, milk, flax, whey and nutmeg together until there are no lumps or bumps.

Melt the butter in a frying pan over just more than medium heat.

Dip the bread into the egg mixture, flipping and allowing it to soak up as much of the egg mixture as possible.

Place the bread into the pan and pour any remaining egg mixture on top, trying to keep side spillage to a minimum.

When nice and brown on one side flip and brown on the other side.  Then turn down the heat to medium low and continue to cook until the center is semi-firm to the touch.  

Place on a plate and top with a large pile of berries or another favorite fruit.  Drizzle a little pure maple syrup over the top and enjoy.

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A word of caution.  I have been generally cranky for the last week, so please don’t take my crotchetiness as a sign that this isn’t working.  In fact, I think that it is working quite well.  I have been working with my therapist with some things that have welled up some residual anger I am working through, but I also think my body might be going through some sort of detox process as well and this I know makes me cranky.

I really really want to weigh myself.  I can’t help it, the scale just calls to me.  I have put it away, but just because it is put away doesn’t mean I can’t go and dig it out.  It is only the thought that I may get on the scale and that same number will still be there that is keeping me from it.

I do know that all my pants are too big.  I am going to go shopping for new jeans on Friday.  We’ll see how it goes.  Unfortunately, I think I am now in between sizes, which totally sucks.   I hate shopping for pants almost as much as I hate shopping for swimsuits which I only hate half as much as shopping for dresses.  Did I say that I am not built like anything they use as a model for making clothes?  

I feel like my body has been battling itself this week.  Some of this is due to my own personal weaknesses and others is a sign that this program is working.

I have learned that I am not very good outside of my routine.  We had house guests this last week and I did pretty good through the first part of the day, but then as the day progresses, I would forget to drink water or take my supplements.  But, Monday morning came and I got right back on schedule and I guess that is really the important part.

The change in the kinds of foods that I am craving is really the most shocking thing to me.  We went out to dinner on Saturday night for a friend’s birthday and instead of ordering heavy carb-laden food, I ordered a small filet and a salad.  I did eat a little bit of an appetizer and several glasses of wine, but compared to how I would have indulged, this was  a big step.  The most surprising part was that this is what I wanted.  The thought of mashed potatoes or french fries was really not appealing at the time.

I am finding that in the afternoon my body is getting really confused.  This has always been the time of day that is most challenging for me.  I get really hungry, usually for sweets and then overindulge in random things around the house because I can’t find the perfect thing to satisfy this particular craving.  

This last week though, I have still been getting the feeling of hunger, but I can’t nail down what it is I’m hungry for.

 I go through my head…

sweet? no.  

Salty? no.  

Hmmm.  

Maybe I’m not hungry?  

But, I feel hungry.

I drink a glass of water and feel better for a few minutes.

Then, it creeps back in.

So, I must be hungry, but nothing sounds good.

It’s pretty frustrating.  Like right now, I am writing this and can’t stop thinking about what I can eat.  What I should do is have a good healthy snack, but that just sounds gross.  

I am hoping that this is part of the evolution and the hunger and ambiguity will dissipate soon.  

I also found out that I am having problems with my visualization cd.  Last night I actually stayed awake for a while into the cd and at some point before it was over, it just stopped.  I don’t know how long this is been happening or if it ever worked correctly, so that is discouraging.  I need to determine if this is a battery issue or an issue with the cd I burned before I go to bed tonight.  I did notice that my battery charger light wasn’t on when I went to get new batteries last night (yup, stopped half way through with new batteries).   

I have been very faithful about my body and next day visualizations before bed and right when I get up and find that the next day visualizations are really helping my productivity.  Balancing freelance work at home with care for the fam with all that that entails and trying to find time for myself in there as weel can be pretty challenging, but I seem to be handling it better and better each day.

During my visualization I focus on the large items that need to get done the next day, making sure to note that things will come easily and obstacles will be easily and effortlessly overcome.  I also make sure to include that I will remain calm and patient with the kids and enjoy all the little moments with them and that I will have adequate time to accomplish all that needs to be done as well as time to relax and take care of myself and have quality time with my kids and husband.  A lot to ask out of a day, but it is working.  Don’t underestimate what is possible.

I find the body visualizations a little more challenging.  I have my picture torn out of a yoga magazine of my perfect bod and I can see all the qualities in her that I want to have, but when I close my eyes I still see her.  I am finding it very difficult to visualize myself looking like that.  It’s a worth thing I’m sure, so I just paste my face on her body and keep trying.  It will come.  I am worth it and worthy of living the life I dream of in the body I create (Whew, I can say it out loud).

Overall, things are going pretty well, although not as great as I was hoping.  I am very impatient with this type of thing.  I constantly need to remind myself that this is a life change and it will take time and that each day I am learning and growing and taking steps in the right direction and that is what this is really all about.

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Having two kids with birthdays four days apart was a really bad idea, not that we consciously decided to do it that way.  Whatever you do, don’t try to get pregnant the same month more than once.   

As a result of this momentary lack in judgement, April is crazy crazy crazy.  There is Easter and the grandparents visiting back to back and double birthdays to plan and shop for. 

We did try to down play it this year with just a small family gathering for Ian and a fairy extravaganza for Ada and her four closest girlfriends, but it doesn’t seem how simple we try to make it, it still involves a lot of stress and energy.

I would never want to deprive my kids of anything, but this is only going to get more complicated as they get older.  There has to be a way to avoid having to do back to back birthday parties for the next 10 years, as it is both emotionally and financially challenging.  Would I be wrong to limit them to big parties every other year and a family party on the opposing years?  It seems fair to me, but I don’t have siblings and so I don’t have an understanding of how that might play with them.  Anyone have any good ideas?

This last week, I was feeling very overwhelmed by the whole thing and being generally cranky.  I even had an angry day and have had a hard time sleeping, which I haven’t encountered in a while.  I talked to my therapist about it yesterday and she thinks it is probably just some emotions that were brought up in therapy last week (we had kind of a break through session) that I didn’t have time to deal with and process appropriately because of family coming into town and Ada’s party and such.  We did some work to integrate some of it and I feel a little more centered this week, so that is good.

With all that said, the look of joy on Ada’s face as she bounced around for three days in anticipation of her friends coming to celebrate her birthday with her was worth every bit of stress and tiredness.  She just beamed and sparkled through the whole thing. 

With Ian turning 2 this week, I can’t wait to see him realize for the first time that everyone is singing for him and dig into a piece of chocolate cake with reckless abandon.  Priceless!

Now, if I could just get rid of this kink in my neck.

I have been exploring new foods and ways of eating as part of The Gabriel Method.

This salad has become my favorite lunch.  It is hearty and filling, dare I say comforting, and chock full of nutrition.  It is also highly customizable.  Get creative.

When using the Gabriel Method, we ask three questions before preparing a meal.

  1. Where is the assimilable protein?
  2. Where is the Omega 3?
  3. Where is the live food?

The protein in this meal comes from the chicken (make sure to use free range or the chicken doesn’t really count) and also from the raw nuts/seeds (they must be raw – roasted doesn’t count).

The Omega 3 is found in the ground flax seed (grind it fresh for maximum potency) as well as the sprouted bread croutons. The sprouted bread I use is loaded with seeds and flax. Not all of these breads are high in omega 3. Make sure to check your particular brand and style.

For live food, I use organic dark greens for this salad as well as other organic veggies. I also keep a live basil plant (available at the grocery store in the produce department) in my kitchen window. This is a great way to add vitality to your meal.

Keeping an herb garden is a great way to increase vitality in your food, save money and add a punch of flavor to your food. Healthy, fun and budget friendly. What beats that?

Wilted Salad

2 cups dark organic greens
2 T fresh basil
5 medium mushrooms, sliced
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup julienned carrots
1 T flax seed, freshly ground
3 oz free range chicken breast, cut into bite size chunks
2 t olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 t dried oregano
pinch red chili flakes
1 T raw sunflower seeds
1 T raw sliced almonds
1 slice sprouted grain bread, toasted and cut into bite size pieces and cooled
Your favorite Vinaigrette salad dressing, I use Newman’s Own Roasted Garlic and Parmesan.
salt and pepper

Pile the greens on a plate. Top with toasted bread pieces, basil and ground flax. Set aside.

Heat 1 t oil in a medium frying pan over medium high heat.  Season chicken with salt and pepper and a pinch of dried oregano and saute until browned, but not completely cooked through.  Remove and set aside.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in the same frying pan over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent and starting to soften.  Add mushrooms and saute until cooked through and nicely browned. Onions should be caramelized at this point and garlic will be brown and soft.  Season with salt, pepper, oregano and red chili flakes.

Add the carrots and chicken back to pan until chicken is cooked through, a couple of minutes.

Dump all that on top of the pile of greens. Top with seeds, nuts and salad dressing.

Toss and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

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I’m watching Larry King and they are talking all about twitter. So, in their honor, I was going to go and twitter something witty to my blog, but twitter is down. Crashed by the masses. Who knew a couple of celebs on Larry King Live could cause such a ruckus.

By the way, it’s really encouraging to hear that they are using their status on twitter to do some serious good.  Ashton Kutcher challenged Larry King to a race to 1 million twitter followers. The winner had to donate 10,000 mosquito nets to the malaria cause and the loser had to donate 1,000. Ashton Kutcher won. Other celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon as well to help with awareness for World Malaria Day.

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One of the first things The Gabriel Method encourages is eating a large breakfast to get your day going.  Like all other meals using this approach, breakfast should include a good source of protein, omega 3 and live foods.  You should also take a digestive enzyme capsule before eating to help with digestion. 

So, let’s break these down a little.

Protein

As explained in the book, most of the protein sources we have available to us now are not easily digested by our bodies and the amino acids can not be assimilated and so are then converted into sugar, which is converted to and stored as fat.   It is possible that as little as 15% of the protein that we eat is being properly used.

So what protein sources are the best bang for your buck?  Well,  Jon recommends whey protein powder, which I tried and I think it is really gross.  It’s more the smell than anything and it can ruin a perfectly good smoothie.  I am going to keep trying to find OK ways to use it and I think a little practice about how much is tolerable in what things will help a lot.  

So far, i have found that adding a good amount of citrus (I use lemon juice) to a smoothie cuts the whey protein powder flavor quite a bit and adds a nice tartness to the smoothie.    I have also found that adding a little bit to pancake mix or french toast batter is tolerable.   It is not supposed to change the flavor of foods it is added to and you are supposedly able to add it to anything creamy, but it does taste and it tastes bad, so it’s really a trial and error thing.  

Other and more tasty sources of  protein include…

  • Raw Nuts and Seeds
  • Free Range Chicken and Grass Fed Beef
  • Fish, especially freshwater
  • Organic Yogurt
  • White Cheese made from Goat or Sheep’s milk

I have taken to sprinkling raw nuts or seeds on everything as a way to supplement my protein rather than the whey powder route.  Not as concentrated, but much better tasting.  I have also had fun exploring new cheeses.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

We’ve all heard the news lately about omega fatty acids and how we need to eat more fish.  In the past, our food provided us with an equal amount of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.  Now, with the way our food is processed and prepared, we now take in 20 times as much omega 6 as omega 3 which causes inflammation in the body and results in all kinds of physical ailments and triggers the FAT programs (actually “Famine And Temperature” not fat) that can cause us to retain unnecessary weight.  

Good sources of Omega 3 include…

  • Flax seed and oil
  • Omega 3 enriched eggs
  • Fish – specifically wild cold water fish
  • Organic Meat and Dairy

Flax seeds are awesome and can be sprinkled on everything without really affecting the taste at all.  The catch is they must be freshly ground for maximum potency.  I bought a  second coffee grinder for this and just grind up a little flax while prepping each meal and sprinkle it on everything.  

I also use omega eggs, which I think are also a decent source of protein.  We are trying to eat one fish meal a week, usually alternating between shrimp and fish.   We have never been fish eaters so this is a step for us.  Jon also recommends taking a significant amount of omega 3 supplements, which I have started to do this week. 

Live Foods

This just means that the food is alive and unprocessed.  Lots of fruits and veggies, preferably organic.  Add an extra serving to each meal is my general rule.

Essential Sugars

This is the carb category.  This is definitely the one I am most confused about.  In one sentence he says that bread and starches are “dead carbs” and provide no significant nutritional value, but in the next section he talks about how good for you sprouted bread is.  

Well, until I figure it out I am really enjoying sprouted bread.  This is my favorite find from this program.  It is so yummy.  I especially enjoy the kind with seeds.  It is very different than even a regular piece of wheat bread, but I have completely replaced all other bread, except for the occasional onion bun (I love these).  

Sprouted bread can be found in the organic section of your grocery store and sometimes it is refrigerated.  My Trader Joes carries several varieties and I found some local bakery sprouted seed bread at my local Thriftway that is amazing.  It  works well for toast, sandwiches and makes really amazing french toast.  Yum Yum Yum.

Table sugar and processed breads are the worst of the “dead carbs”.  Jon recommends Xylatol as his sweetener of choice.  It is pretty spendy so I haven’t gone there yet, but will probably pick some up next time I have a little extra in the weekly food budget.  Supposedly it tastes natural and can be used as a one to one replacement for sugar.  For now, I have switched to raw turbinado sugar for my coffee (which is really the only thing I use table sugar directly for).

Fruit, of course, is the best source of essential sugars.  

There are some timing issues that can be important when it comes to carbs.  Eat carbs as early in the day as possible and as late in the meal as possible.  This encourages better digestion and less left overs that can be turned into fat.

In addition to wondering about good bread versus dead carbs, I am also curious how rice fits into all this.  There is no mention of brown or wild rice, which I thought were pretty good for you.  Guess I will have to do some research or maybe I will email Jon and ask him.  Supposedly you can do that from his website.

Supplements

This is my supplement regimen each day…

  • Before Breakfast – A probiotic and a digestive enzyme.  The probiotic you take should be the kind you purchase from and store in the refrigerator, available at your local health food store.  A good all around profile digestive enzyme is best.
  • In the Afternoon – A multi-vitamin and a multi-mineral and my acai supplement.  The guy I talked to at my local health store recommended Real Food Organics Ultimate Daily Nutrition for my daily multi.  It is made from organic food sources only.  Here’s a look at the nutritional information.
  • With Dinner – A digestive enzyme and several Omega 3 capsules.  This is the omega 3 supplement that I take.  According to my guy, it was the second best one, but the top rated one was a little cost prohibitive.

How It All Comes Together

This may sound like a lot of work.  Karli and I were talking about it the other night and he was saying how he could “never do what I do”.  He is pretty picky and particular when it comes to food so some of these things might be a stretch for him (mostly the flax seed scares him I think).  

But really,  I don’t feel like any of this has inconvenienced me or is hard or that I am suffering at all. Eating a big breakfast is something that I am not used to doing and I have had to carve out time to do so.  But, I am not depriving myself of anything and once I had a system in place, all the adds, supplements and meditations weren’t a big deal at all.

I think the visualisation CD has a lot to do with this.  I usually fall asleep within the first few minutes so I’m not really sure exactly what he’s planting in there, but whatever it is I am feeling really good about this whole process and unlike all the “diets” I have tried before, I’m not missing anything.  

This is just stage one and many more changes and additions are coming, but I feel prepared and unafraid and am sure that those changes will come easily as well.

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After just more than one week on the month one plan plus adding the recommended foods where appropriate, I am already seeing my cravings change.  Less Diet Coke, more water and the other day we took the kids to ice cream in the afternoon and I didn’t even feel like having something sweet.  I more wanted some cheese and bread, maybe some olives.  Now, I did have the ice cream and it’s not like cheese and bread is so great for you, but that change in craving is a big one for me.  I have always wanted something sweet.

Now, a few days later, I don’t really want to eat the breads at all.  Last night we had garlic shrimp and pasta and I couldn’t even bring myself to eat the very small amount of pasta I put on my plate and today I took the kids to lunch and nothing really sounded good and I ended up tearing most of the bread off my meal and eating out just the center.

Something is definitely going on here.  I am finding that I still crave the sweets and carbs, but that they aren’t very satisfying when I eat them.  I am still eating them though, because depriving the cravings is definitely not the point here.  I do end up leaving food on the table though because it just isn’t really doing much for me.

Jon Gabriel claims that as we add more nutrients and help our bodies digest better, that our cravings will change and that eventually we will stop craving the food that isn’t good for us.   Although it is early in this process (this is not a short term fix, but a new healthier lifestyle), my cravings are definitely changing.  I feel differently about food and am seeing the results.

Now, I have no idea whether I have gained or lost any weight.  Jon recommends not weighing yourself for the first six months for several reasons.  First of all, as you stop depriving your body of the food it is craving, it is quite possible you will gain a little weight early on.  Second, it is imperative that you come to love yourself in your current body and weighing yourself all the time just undermines that.  And lastly, weight tends to come off in spurts and so why worry yourself with plateaus.  This part is really hard for me, I am obsessive about weighing myself.

The approach is broken down into a four month plan.  New habits take 21 days to form so each set of new habits is added for 1 month before adding more.

In month one, I am starting the evening and morning visualizations, listening to the CD before I go to sleep, taking a probiotic with two glasses of water first thing before eating anything and changing the way I eat breakfast.  I am increasing the amount of and quality of food I eat for breakfast, adding in as many of the recommended foods as possible.

In addition to this, I take an  Acai supplement and a multivitamin in the afternoon.  I also need to add a multimineral to the afternoon supplements and will purchase these this weekend along with digestive enzymes and omega 3 supplements.

This is a lot more supplements than even I am used to taking and I was already taking several of these and have been known to add a few more in from time to time.  But, I am ok with taking pills.  It doesn’t bother me and I find it a really easy and consistent way to chug enough water throughout the day, which is something I am normally terrible at.

It’s all about adding in more nutritious food that our bodies can easily convert into what it needs to run smoothly and cutting out the reasons our body might want to be fat.  I am not denying myself anything at all, not even that doughnut if I want it.

For all the details, you really need to read the book, but a couple of the major adds for me have been flax seed, whey powder, sprouted wheat bread, raw nuts and more fruits and vegetables.  Although I never would have thought I would, I am really enjoying it all.  I am loving the sprouted grain bread.  My Trader Joe’s carries several varieties and it is oh so good.  I can’t say I am a big fan of protein powder, so I have been trying to use as many other sources of good protein as I can so I can minimize using it until I figure out how to use it properly.

For me, the biggest thing has been reducing the negative thinking.  I am a ruminater.  I just hash shit over in my head like nobody’s business.  This is something we have been working extensively on in therapy and something he said in his book clicked with me and I have made major ground with this in a very short period of time.

There are more than a few things I am still confused about, but I continue to learn and change and will continue to post as I figure things out.

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I have been taking an Acai supplement for about 6 months now and I will tout its benefits all over town, but let’s get one thing perfectly clear…

This is not a diet drug.  If you believe that crap about losing 40 pounds by just taking a pill then you are an idiot, just like I was.

The fact is that I too hoped that it would be some miracle and that I would magically lose all the baby weight in 2 months.  I even combined it with a colon cleanser because I heard that worked better.  No surprise here that I didn’t lose even a pound.

But a miracle like that does not exist, it just doesn’t.  Losing weight and getting fit is about changing the way you eat and exercise and it is just as simple as that.  There is no magic pill, just like everything else in life.  It is time to grow up and take responsibility for our weight, our health, our kids, our happiness, our fulfillment, our lives.  

That’s what this blog is all about and if you want to learn more about what I am doing to take control of and responsibility for my weight then check this out.

Ok, now why is Acai so great?  Acai is chocked full of antioxidants, as much as 10 to 30 times more antioxidants than red wine.  It is also rich in Omega fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and fiber.  A super food so to speak.  These are all essential to our overall health and suprise, your weight loss as well.  

The benefits of all this is better sleep, better digestion, more energy, a more effective immune system and even a better libido.  From my experiences, all of this is a true and accurate representations of the benefits.

I used to have a really hard time falling asleep.  I did not have insomnia or anything like that but it would take me a good 30 minutes to calm my mind and body down enough to go to sleep.  I am not even remotely exaggerating in saying that since I started taking the Acai, I put my head down on the pillow and the next thing I know it is morning.  I fall asleep within minutes and sleep soundly and deeply all night long.   

My favorite part is the energy.  I take my Acai supplements in the afternoon with my multivitamin, because that is when I feel the lowest energy.  I then have the energy to get through the rest of the day and even go to the gym.  And at the gym, I feel stronger and better able to focus on what I am doing.  An the best part is that this is not the jittery energy you get from energy drinks or coffee.  You simply have more energy, simple as that.

So if you are looking for a magic diet pill, this isn’t it.  But, if you are looking for a great nutritional supplement that gives you immediate and long lasting noticeable results, then Acai might be just the thing for you.

I personally take and highly recommend Perfect Acai.  Perfect Acai is organic, sustainably harvested, freeze dried (essential to its effectiveness) and budget friendly.