Eating for Remission

I am still eating super clean…which for me means no flour, no wheat, and no sugar.  I am actually fine with this.  I still believe that eating this way helped me go into remission for my UC a few years ago.  Well, it has been almost 7 months and I can’t seem to get back into remission.  And this really sucks.   I do not want to take a scary medication, or go back to those sexy enemas, so I am slowly weaning myself off dairy.  I hate that I have to do this.  Cheese is awesome.  So, so awesome.   So is Greek yogurt.  And I don’t even want to talk about coffee with almond milk instead of half and half.

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Salsaritas burrito bowl:  chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, red onions, and cilantro.  (no beans/rice/cheese/sour cream)  I am so ready for this March Project 12 to be over so I can eat elsewhere!

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Jeannie-O Turkey sausage with onions and steamed cabbage.

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The worst picture of the most delicious breakfast ever.  Veggie burger with fried egg on top.

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Turkey breast, fresh avocado and hot house tomato slices.

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Boiled egg, avacado, and barely choked down the coffee with almond milk.

I am focusing on protein, healthy fats, and vegetables.  I am not eating much fruit and by the way I really miss Diet Coke.  Does the craving ever go away?

 

Find your Fun Aunt Kacy

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My mom brought me this little refrigerator magnet about a week ago…it is no secret that I love Namaste and everything about it.  I even had it tattooed on my wrist.   I know my mom sees me as loving, smart, creative, and beautiful.   I have written about judging others before…but how about how we judge ourselves?

What if we all saw ourselves the way our mom sees us?

 

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Then this happened….My sister-in-law posted this picture on my timeline yesterday.  She was scrolling through her Facebook feed and this popped up.  (This is one of those pictures where you have to spot what is wrong.  I saw nothing wrong except for the fact that I wasn’t invited.  Apparently, I was not only invited, but that is me in the picture.)  My nephew, Stephen, who is 7-years old,  saw the picture and asked his mom what beach Aunt Kacy was visiting.  I immediately told her to buy that boy a pony made of Legos or marshmallows.  Friends were commenting…”Kacy, you look great!”  I had to tell them it wasn’t me.  That it was actually my evil un-aging, tan, skinny twin-bitch that I now hate.  (Though I am still contemplating making it my profile picture.)

My immediate response is self-doubt, negative self-talk, and basic self-bashing.  Whatever.  I wish my body looked like that.  I want my skin to be that smooth again.  Too bad I am not that skinny.  I wish I didn’t have wrinkles.  These stretch marks are horrible.    I could never pull off a belly button ring.  That young thing doesn’t have a care in the world.

But Stephen, bless his heart,  doesn’t see any of that.  He doesn’t see the stressed out me who worries about her parents, her children, paying the bills, and her own physical health.  He doesn’t see that anxious me who struggles to get things done so her family will be happy.  He doesn’t see the me who loses sleep worrying.   He doesn’t see the me who feels so unbelievably lost sometimes.

He sees me as fun-Aunt Kacy, who is young and doesn’t have a care in the world.   He sees me as fun-Brody and fun-Kadyn’s mom.  He sees me as fun-Uncle Daniel’s wife.  He sees me in the summer making sand castles.  He sees me as the ultimate sandwich maker.  He sees me delivering freeze pops to everyone on the beach.  Why wouldn’t this fun-Aunt Kacy be at some beach, worry free,  looking 20 something with a rocking, tan, body?  Why wouldn’t fun-Aunt Kacy have a belly button ring at 35 years old?

Start to see your self through someone else’s eyes. Maybe a loving grandparent, spouse, your children, your best friend.  See the light and the peace in you, so that you can see the light and the peace in others.

Find your fun-Aunt Kacy. 

Namaste.

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What is The Lunch Project?

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 The Lunch Project believes all children should have a chance to succeed and that education is the key to prosperity and growth for individuals and communities. We further believe in fostering a sense of philanthropy and global awareness for families in the United States and Tanzania. The Lunch Project’s goal is to provide long-term financial support to enable Tanzanian mothers to cook and serve a nutritional meal to schoolchildren in Tanzanian primary schools so children will be better equipped to learn.  (Read more HERE)

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I had the opportunity to meet the amazing Rebecca Wofford, founder of TLP,  when she came to Matthews Presbyterian last Sunday.  Hearing her presentation really hit home.  This is so simple.  Why haven’t  I done this with my children?  Why haven’t I rallied up my wine drinking book club to go in on a lunch for 900 students?

I had heard about The Lunch Project before from my friend Katie, and also my friend Christine.  (Christine is the same genius friend who also taught me lessons in car grooming.)

Katie, a fellow blogger actually went to Tanzania!  (her story)

Christine got involved with TLP through her children’s school.  I love the idea of getting kids involved.   Here is what Christine had to say:

So, I first learned about the TLP through the kids’ school (Antioch Elementary).  They have done a fundraiser/educational event for a few years .  The first year (2011?) Students could buy Lunchskins (reusable baggies) and proceeds went to TLP.  I heard/met Rebecca speak and present at the school that year and was just so inspired by her ability to answer the “call” she was hearing.  As a teacher, feminist-y, and mom–this just hit me in all my passionate areas.  

The next year (I think) I decided that sponsoring a lunch was a no brainer.  The kids could be part of the process by donating some of their own money and they were so stoked when they saw the Tanzanian school kids holding the sign (it’s on my Facebook page under “charity”).  (I spend $85 at dumb Target without blinking an eye, so this seemed money so well spent.). My consumerism had so disgusted me at that point.  I have been working diligently since at buying less…
This year (2014) kids at our school did a “Dime a Day”to raise funds.  Basically, encouraging students to bring loose change. This was just last week. 
I brought TLP to the attention of our PW and we were able to give a nice donation this year.  TLP has such a low overhead that the money goes directly to the students.  The PW donation is how I came up with the idea to have her speak at church. She has no speaking fee (yay!) and it’s mission/education/justice oriented, which lines up with MPC values.

Kids get it.  They get that these students in Tanzania are hungry.  They get that these kids do not have nourishment to get them through a day of learning.  They get that even loose change adds up!

$85.00 feeds 900 students for a day.  It’s that simple.

Want to sponsor a lunch?  CLICK HERE!  Get your whole family involved.  Show them the pictures on the website.  Make the corn porridge and let your kids taste it.  Talk about how they cook on an open fire instead of a microwave.

Kids learn how do be adults by watching what we do.  We can be the greatest role models by taking simple steps towards teaching empathy, kindness, and love.

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Kids at church tasting the corn porridge that the Tanzanian students eat every single day.  Once a year, for a special holiday meal,  they get red beans and rice.

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