I know it’s been awhile. Actually, it’s been around about 6 months since I’ve written. But, now that I’ve actually got a computer (as opposed to a laptop I could barely be bothered to set up because it was so slow), perhaps I will actually write. My commitment to eating a plant-based whole foods diet has deepened since I last wrote. Last I wrote, I was still eating animal products fairly regularly. Though we hadn’t bought meat into our house for around 6 months, any chance I had I would eat meat when I went out. I just couldn’t give it up. Now I’m flirting with veganism. I haven’t had any meat of any kind since December 31st 2012. I am however, having trouble giving up eggs and dairy. Purely because when I go out or eat at friends places I don’t want to be a pain in the arse. Only time will tell.
At the end of last year I had some tests done. Routine, living-with-type-one-diabetes tests. At the same time I had to pick up a script from the doctors. I asked the doctor, who was not my usual doctor, to have a tell me my test results. I wanted to know before I saw my specialist, so at the very least I would have some time to come up with excuses as to why my HBA1C wasn’t great. But not the case! This new doctor was so excited about my results, he exclaimed over how perfect everything was. Now this may not seem like much to anyone, because really none of my tests were too terrible beforehand (slightly high cholesterol etc), but it’s nice to know that the choices I have made in terms of my diet are working. It’s also nice to know that after living with Type One for 5 years now there are no complications. It made me more committed than ever to eat the way I do.
One of the things I love about eating plant-based is being able to reduce my insulin. Both my basal and bolus rates have decreased. Sometimes, I don’t even need to bolus for a meal. Sure, I have my struggles. I get high BSLs after some meals for no particular reason but on the whole everything has been so much more manageable.
Something Sam and I tried over the past month, was Happy Herbivore meal plans. They are great, I’d highly recommend them. Although we have decided to stop (for the moment at least), they were so helpful. I loved having a shopping list that was so detailed, I loved knowing what I was going to eat for the next week and I loved having a plan (no wonder people always call me ‘Little Miss Organised’). Some of the meals we will continue to use for the rest of our lives, especially the Tuna Salad, Eggless-Egg Salad, Pot Pies etc. I also have learnt some great low-fat ways of cooking. There were a couple of reasons we stopped using these plans: we got a bit tired of a few of the same ingredients used repeatedly and we always ended up with too much leftovers because one of us wouldn’t be home or the meals were too big. I think the main reason was though, I missed cooking, like real cooking.
I have been spending a lot of time thinking about what’s to come in my life lately. My future just keeps popping up everywhere. Two instances occurred just this week. On Monday, I decided to defer my masters. The main reason was I didn’t want to do Employment Relations as a career so I didn’t want to spend $30,000 on it. On Tuesday, I had a meeting with the CEO of the company I work for. He introduced this concept of ‘BE, DO, HAVE’ to me. This wasn’t foreign to me, as I have heard many people in the company talk about it before but never has it been addressed to me specifically. He explained to me that:
Be = What do you want to be?
Do = What do you want to do?
Have = What do you want to have?
He asked me what my be, do haves were. I of course said I had no idea. Now, I have to email them to him once I’ve thought about it. I still have no idea, I told myself I’d really sit down and think about it this weekend. I don’t even really know what I want for my future. Tentatively, my BE = I want to be a successful and regarded Executive Assistant. My DO = I want to lead a healthy lifestyle. My HAVE = I want to live comfortably in a house of my/our own, with a family and with a career that I am happy with.
Very white picket fence stuff.
Enough of that. My Coconut-Citrus Bread is ready to take out of the oven so I’ll leave you with a few photos of things I have been cooking lately. Perhaps one day I’ll add recipes.