I’m back in the USA. Arrived home, safe and sound, on Thursday afternoon, but just now adjusting back into the US Pacific timezone. I had a fantastic trip – successful from a work front, and extremely successful on a fun/friend front.
- I reconnected with a bestie – I was able to hang out with Smiles, one of my best girlfriends ever. She was my partner in crime may years ago. She was the reason for one of my greatest trips of all time – my trip to Australia (and to Hamilton Island) in 1996. I know, a lifetime ago, but at the same time, unforgettable.
- I connected with a new bestie – Sporty Spice. I was able to get to know her before she started her world travels, but I was lucky enough spend more time with her down under. I love me some Sporty Spice! She is so funny, so insightful, creative, interesting. I can’t wait for more time together!
I know, I know, I’ve already said all of this. But it was a great trip, it felt too short, I would have loved to stay longer, and I look forward to my return trip in April.
What I’ve not shared is my current obsession with health. I know I said in my Yacht Body post that I’m going to go the no-alcohol route, but that was before watching 3 movies on juicing and vegetarianism.
- Vegucated – great documentary on 3 meat and cheese loving individuals take a 6 week vegan challenge. Also showed some shocking videos of slaughterhouses and compelling facts about farm animal cruelty.
- Fat Sick and Nearly Dead – amazing documentary (available on the website, Netfix, and Hulu) on the lifestyle and medical transformation attributed to juicing.
- Food Matters - medical experts weigh in on the lack of nutrition and natural healing education and support in the medical community as well as the growing dependence on pharmaceutical drugs (which I personally love) and expensive medical treatments. What I learned is that there are many alternative therapies available, the easiest of which is choosing healthier foods to put in your body – “You are what you eat”.
After watching these documentaries, I truly believe that alcohol is the least of my concerns. I need to be focused on a plant-based diet… not only for my health but to also save animals from undue torture (be careful, I got about 30 seconds through the video and couldn’t go any further). I do have an appointment with an allergist to figure out my stomach issues. I’ve met with my doctor to review my medications (I take sleeping pills, constipation, and pills to help manage my recurring panic attacks).
I can say, that I’m honestly sick to my stomach about the farm animal cruelty right now. I think that I can get my Yacht Body AND contribute to making a difference in an animal’s life (Alicia Silverstone is a spokes person for Farm Sanctuary in the US and even Aussies have their own sanctuary anyone want to do a volunteer stint with me?). If I could save all the animals I would – they deserve better than to be created solely for the purpose of consumption IMO. Anyone who knows of a farm that saves animals, please post it to comments. I’d love to see how many active sanctuaries we can provide links to on this blog.
With my new-found purpose, I am going to focus on living a healthier life and saving the animals, one diet (mine) at a time. I will post my weight loss, blood pressure, and bad cholesterol test results when I get them. If I don’t show significant progress by April 1st, then I have 1 more month to cut out alcohol and anything else necessary. I WILL HAVE my Yacht Body by early May… Please provide any advice, links to education recourses, or vegetarian recipes… I’ll take it.