Brian Tracey describes 'your frog' as your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don't do something about it. It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment (Tracey, 2007).
I eat meat. Again.
Yes, five weeks ago I reintroduced meat - fish, chicken, and a little red meat - into my diet. And you know what? I'm really happy I did. I neither believe in "diets" nor calorie counting, but I firmly believe in listening to my body, and my body alone. With an impressive library of holistic, fitness, and healthy recipe books, sometimes it's easy to believe what others deem as 'optimum health'. And it very well may be, for them and a select readership. Sometimes we search outward for answers, when we need to seek inward.
Naturopath, I made the decision to eat animal protein again. After various tests and weeks of detailed food journaling, it was clear that my hormones were imbalanced, muscle quality was low (especially for the amount of weight training I do), and protein sources (an abundance of legumes, grains, tempeh) wasn't enough.
More specifically, stimulating sugars such as cacao, legumes, and excess grains are not only are hard for me to digest, but they slow down my workout recovery, muscle quality, natural detoxification process, and overall energy levels.
It was time for a change.
Inspired by Paleo and customized with my ND, I reduced the following foods: legumes (especially chickpeas), lentils, oats, dried fruit, and natural sugars (dates, cacao, agave, high-sugar fruits). Due to various levels of intolerance, I also eliminated the following foods: wheat, rye, unsoaked nuts, unsoaked oats, cow dairy, and soy products (expect for organic tempeh and miso).
I happily introduced more fish, organic eggs, organic free range chicken, and endless veggies, both raw and cooked. Reducing my beloved bananas, mangos, and cacao energy balls has been the most challenging, but for now it's what I need.
An average day looks something like this:
- Breakfast - smoothie (protein, almond milk or water, 1/2 avocado, blueberries, chia seeds)
- Lunch - Two poached eggs, steamed spinach, and tomato chutney
- Snack - Fresh veggie juice (carrot, beat, ginger, celery), 1 scoop protein + water, or veggie sticks
- Dinner - Grilled chicken with sweet potato fries and steamed broccoli
Every day is a little different.
Mantra: I am flexible and allow room for creativity, growth, and change.
With spring in full bloom, my transition compliments the beautiful season of rebirth and new beginnings. I'll be honest, cultivating a new path, routine, and kitchen inspiration hasn't been all daises and sunshine. After I decided to eat animal protein, I promptly bought two chicken breasts, from The Organic Meat Specialist. However, as I unwrapped the uncooked slabs of meat - with vegan cookbooks glaring at me - I felt defeated. Where did I go wrong? I worked along side many specialists, read every book under the sun, and attended a slue of vegan workshops. In the midst of squeezing lime and rubbing cumin onto my new dinner - chicken breast with steamed spinach roasted red peppers - I realized that I did everything right. A vegan diet simply did not work for me and my needs. I honoured this fact and carefully did a 180 turn.
My number one health goal has been and always will be optimum health. If eating a little meat will help achieve my health goals, then light up the barbecue!
After five weeks of my omnivorous ways I feel lighter, stronger, and more satisfied after a meal. With a range of new supplements, I'm healing my body on a cellular level. It's an exciting transformation, even after just over a month.And I continue to embrace the changes with open arms.
I feel better after 'eating my frog'. It wasn't so slimy afterall.
Love and light,