March 25, 2015
Every year for lent, I give up meat for 40 days. Lent ends on Easter and typically that’s the day that I resume my meat eating ways.
Well, this year, there’s a slight change in plans come lent.
After a lot of thinking, praying, researching and talking to friends and family, I’ve decided to give up meat permanently. I am going to give a Pescatarian lifestyle a try.
Now this wasn’t an easy decision for me as I am from the Caribbean and meat is a HUGE part of my LIFE. Ok, I’m being dramatic but meat is a big part of a lot of my meals, so this isn’t going to be easy for me, but I believe it’s so necessary for my overall health and well-being.
You might be wondering, “What’s a Pescatarian”? A Pescatarian is like a vegetarian with the exception that Pescatarian’s eat fish and eggs. I absolutely couldn’t give up fish and eggs, hence why I’m choosing to be a Pescatarian vs. vegetarian.
Below are my top three reasons why a Pescatarian lifestyle works for me:
- Since finding out I have PCOS, which is partly a hormonal issue, I try to reduce my overall consumption of anything that can elevate my already wacky hormones, like meat. Reducing meat has been really helpful with minimizing some of my PCOS symptoms. Due to my PCOS, I had already started to decrease my overall meat intake, so the change to meatless hasn’t been super hard yet.
- I have mentioned this before, but weight loss is a key part of helping with PCOS. Since finding out I have PCOS, I have lost 20LBS. Since not eating meat for lent I have lost more weight and I find that the weight is coming off faster once I stopped consuming meat.
- Lastly, I feel AMAZING. Honestly, when I don’t eat meat, I have no indigestion or heartburn or upset stomach like I sometimes do when I would eat meat. I just feel better and the way I feel now is how I always want to feel.
I can’t wait to share my Pescatarian journey with you. I know it’s going to be a series of highs and lows, but I’m excited and ready to do what I have to do to feel awesome!
Are you a Pescatarian or vegetarian? If not, do you know anyone in your life who doesn’t eat meat? What advice would you give to someone transitioning to a meatless diet?
March 23, 2015
Who’s ready for the week? ME! Happy Monday and hope you had a wonderful weekend.
My weekend was uneventful which is just how I like it sometimes. On Saturday, I woke up way to early (thanks to my little one); I exercised and spent much needed QT time with my hubby and daughter. My daughter had her first mini-recital; she and all the other dancers were so adorable as they tripped over each other in their little tutus. We weren’t allowed to record or take photos during the show BOOOOOO (every parent was losing their mind about that rule, including myself). But we survived!
Now onto “my weekly wishes” and goals for the week, I am excited about this week because it’s the first week in a long time where in between work and life, I may actually find sometime to devote to ME. I don’t have a lot of after work commitments this week, which makes it easier for me to do things that I want to do when I get home.
- EXERCISE: For the past few weeks, my exercise schedule has been so inconsistent. I went from working out 4-5 days a week to maybe 1-2 times a week. This week, I am committing to a 4-day workout week. I’m doing T25 today, zumba class on Tuesday, T25 on Thursday and then zumba on Saturday.
- EARTH DAY: I am working on something special for the blog in celebration for Earth Day. This week I have to finalize a lot of the plans and details.
- BIRTHDAY PLANS: My birthday is next week and I have no clue how I want to celebrate. My sister asked me last night if there was anything special I wanted to do and I couldn’t answer because I honestly haven’t even thought about it. This week, I am going to put some thought to my birthday day. I may not want to do anything big.
Have a wonderful and productive week.
What are some of your goals for the week?
I am participating in the Weekly Wishes link up hosted by Melyssa of The Nectar Collective.
March 17, 2015
The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” goes well beyond raising children. In life, I have found that I can’t survive life without the love and support of my village. My village consists of my family and friends who pick me up when I’m down, laugh with me in times of laughter, help me see clearer in times of confusion and mourn with me in times of mourning.
The first three months of 2015 have honestly been an emotional roller coaster for me. I started the year with the loss of my cousin. Losing him was just a huge blow. I think about him all the time. There isn’t a week that goes by where he doesn’t come to mind. I’m definitely getting better with dealing with the reality that he’s gone, but I can’t help but tear up when I think about him. Both of my parents have recently had surgery and I’m dealing with a lot of stress and pressure at work. Lastly, personally I’m learning to deal with PCOS and going through some other things that sometimes have me a bit down.
Now I share all these things not be Debbie downer.
I honestly am sharing this as a testimony to the power of spirituality and to the power of a village to help you deal with life.
With all that I have going on, I have found comfort in dealing with everything thanks to the amazing people that I have in my life. I am super blessed by my family, all of my cousins, aunts, uncles and siblings. My heart is full by the closeness of my circle of friends. The unexpected text messages and phone calls and visits from my village have made the pressures of life bearable.
In addition to my village, I am learning day by day to let go of what I can’t control and leave in the hands of god. I have taken the term “let go and let god” to heart.
Today, I just wanted to take sometime to acknowledge and thank my village for all that they do. Without you, my life is incomplete. THANK YOU!
Do you have a village of people that you rely on?