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Savor It

These were amazing. Wheat flour, white flour, and oats made up the grain. Very tasty, and a healthier alternative.

These were amazing. Wheat flour, white flour, and oats made up the grain. Very tasty, and a healthier alternative.

I’ve been thinking about my health recently.

I’ve always been one to value health and wellness, nutrition and exercise – fitness in general. But I’ve always had ‘reasons’ why I could not live the way I wanted. There was always something. And, truth be told, there will always be reasons. Money. I can’t afford to eat healthy. Time. I’m just too busy to exercise, to plan meals, to grocery shop. Tired. I just don’t have the energy to exercise, to go out for fresh food or that missing ingredient for that recipe.

So what does that mean? I’m too tired to live? I’m too busy for life? I can’t afford to live? Then what the heck am I doing??

Never too busy for a lil lovin' on my baby. :)

Never too busy for a lil lovin’ on my baby. 🙂

And then there’s a different problem to busyness: eating too quickly (and let’s not forget ‘quick food’ generally means ‘unhealthy food’). My mind is going over and over the tasks of the day, and the next day, and the rest of the week, the rest of the month. I hardly taste the food, and my hand is trying to move from plate to mouth as fast as a thought is moving from forefront to background. Impossible. This leads to eating more than necessary because I’m not thinking about it: I’m not thinking about whether I’ve satisfied my hunger or not. And sometimes I blasted well liked the food and wanted to actually taste it – at least a couple bites of it. Mindless eating… This usually means I get a lil more to satisfy my taster. But it’s not healthy. Eating slower means I don’t overeat (well, less likely), I can enjoy it, and I maintain a healthier digestive tract.

Great with homemade spiced apples too.

Great with homemade spiced apples too.

I’ve been doing better with the home-cooking arena lately, and the targeted shopping. Oh, and the exercise a lil bit too. 🙂 But I have not been conquering the hasty eater, which makes me feel like a failure. And then there’s the semi-contrasting side that gets upset at hunger for interrupting my work. “For pity’s sake, I fed you [two hours/three hours] ago! Does it ever end?” What a mess. But let’s not delve into my pathology too far, shall we… 🙂

New England Clam Chowder. Albeit not the healthiest option, but still homemade. And tasted great.

New England Clam Chowder. Albeit not the healthiest option, but still homemade. And tasted great.

Today a phrase kept repeating in my mind (but not in the annoying way): “Savor it.”

So many times I treat day-to-day life the same way I do food. It’s either in my way or sped through by overthinking the future and losing sight of the present. Savor it. Savor the moments. Think in the moments. No, don’t lose sight of the future. Keep planning. But not at the expense of the present. If I enjoy it the first time, I won’t feel like I need to go back for seconds. I won’t wake up suddenly to realize my ‘bowl’ is empty and I never even tasted it. I won’t be left with vague memories of a vague life.

So that’s my advice for the day. For the week. The month. For life.

Savor it.

My lil chubby penguin. ;-)

My lil chubby penguin. 😉

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November 12, 2013 · 3:40 AM

Close, But No Soap

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I got home from work, ate, started the dishwasher, and made some soap. It’s been a long time since I’ve made soap, but I was determined. They smell like apple cider and oak. I mixed some cinnamon in and then sprinkled some in the molds before pouring the soap so they would come out with a lovely cinnamon finish. (I did the ‘cinnamon finish’ last year for my Christmas Cake soap, and it was divine. Beautiful. – I’m amazing… 😉 Haha.) Anyways, enough about me, let’s get back to..ME. (I must be slap-happy or something.)

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I’m going to be sending my soaps along with my Christmas cards this year. (I’m actually doing Christmas cards this year!) Each receiver should get a touch of fall and a touch of winter holidays in their package. I was really wanting to use this autumn scent this year and share it, so this is perfect. Plus, I get my Christmas cards out a lil early rather than finding them addressed and dated on January 2nd. “Oops.”

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As a nice touch to the day, a friend stopped by this evening with some cookies for me (Yummy!). So I’m feeling pretty special right now. 🙂

Tomorrow’s going to be busy (in a good way): Holiday Bazaar and the theatre in the evening. Should be a nice weekend with some early Holiday spirit. 🙂 Hope yours is as well!

Ciao

(I know, there really is soap…but I had to use that title. Ever seen It Should Happen To You with Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon?) 🙂

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