I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 2 - Reduced Gluten and Dairy Diet

Failing failing failing. Ugh. Today is day 2 of my attempt to eat without gluten or dairy. Last night, after the kids went to bed, I felt hungry. The hunger that you feel when you remove things from your diet but don't adequately replace those things with satisfying alternatives. So I made myself some Triscuit and cheese "sandwiches." Several of them. So I decided that every day is a new day, and I would start again today. So I put out a bunch of things for the kids to munch on this morning, including cheese sticks. And of course I suddenly realized that once again I was failing my attempts without even thinking about it. AGH! Okok, so I stopped eating the cheese and ate other things. But darn it, this is hard! And so now I'm tired, itching, AND feeling guilty. Blak. But onward............... I shall try again.

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