Since the results from my transformation started to become physically apparent I’ve had bucket-loads of requests for more detail on the exact meal plan that got me to where I am.  If you haven’t read the series of posts I wrote detailing my journey earlier this year, please note that this meal plan was developed to heal my adrenal glands.  One of the side benefits of doing this was that I turned on my fat-burning hormones and healed my metabolism at the same time.  Result!

I split my plan into two sections – week days and weekends.  I’m hardcore on week days.  I find it saves a lot of time and effort, and is way easier to stick to if I don’t have to think much during the week when I am full-on at the day job.  Being prepared also prevents a lot of the food hi-jacking that can occur when you’re stressed, busy, or faced with cupcakes and other *inSANE treats in the employee kitchens and cafes.

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Here’s what my week days look like in the food department:

Monday – Friday

Breakfast – Hard Core Green Smoothie, plus all my vitamins and supplements.

Lunch – Large salad of 100% non-starchy veggies + roast chicken, smoked salmon, or hard-boiled eggs.  Choose your lean protein of choice.  I pack my own lunch every day.  It takes 5 minutes to throw together the night before and then I just grab it from the ‘fridge as I head out the door in the morning.  I used Heinz Salad Cream for my dressing – it’s from England and I have loved it since the first time I remember eating it as a child.  The fabulous Dr. Mike sends me Salad Cream care packages to keep me going.  Stud.

Dinner – Soup from Eat Smarter! Soups – favorites include Bacon and Brussels Sprout Chowder, Salmon and Leek Chowder, Clam Chowder; with sautéed veggies or salad if still hungry.  I make a big batch at the weekend and eat it all week so when I get home I just re-heat and slurp it down.

Snacks (if hungry) – handful of hazelnuts or macadamia nuts.  Most days I find I do not need a snack.

 

At weekends I tend to go with the flow and cook since I have more time.  Weekends are also where I get a lot more variety in to keep my mouth super-happy.

Saturday / Sunday

Breakfast – Egg dish (typically 4 eggs) at home or a *SANE Big Breakfast Adventure.  I love to eat eggs for breakfast on the weekends, I think because it reminds me of Sunday breakfast when I was growing up – we always had a cooked breakfast and it was my favorite meal of the week.

Coffee – Usually black, but sometimes I’ll treat myself to a cappuccino.

Lunch – Soup from Eat Smarter! Soups or a large salad of 100% non-starchy veggies + roast chicken, smoked salmon, or hard-boiled eggs.

Dinner – *SANE dinner from one of my recipes, lean protein with sides from Eat Smarter! Smoothies and Sides, or, when I am in recipe development mode I’ll eat whatever new *SANE dish I have created.

Dessert – *SANE Ice cream from Eat Smarter! Ice Creams.

 

Your mileage my vary depending on various factors such as where you are starting from, what your goals are, what your work schedule looks like, etc., but at the very least this should be a good launching-off point for your own plan.  In terms of quantity – I ate until I was full at every meal and found that this kept me satiated until the next one.  In terms of beverages – water, green tea, peppermint tea, and coffee on weekends.

 

Note: While the food I chose to eat was a critical part of my transformation, check out all the other things that I did to heal my hormones and metabolism.

Happy Eating!

 

 

 

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  • Susan - I’m just curious but why do you opt for lean protein? I noticed that some of your smoothies call for non-fat yogurt. Are you avoiding fat for a reason?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Susan – we love healthy fats! The reason we use non-fat Greek yogurt (or other dairy) and lean proteins is to increase the protein content, not to reduce the fat content. We definitely don’t avoid healthy fats. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Yossi - Doesn’t Heinz salad cream have rather a lot of sugar and canola oil in it.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Yossi – Salad Cream has rapeseed oil and some sugar in, so it’s not the healthiest dressing around, but it apparently didn’t stop me from burning fat – probably because of the tiny amount I used in comparison to the enormous pile of veggies. It made eating all those veggies far easier for me, so that’s a great thing. I am not advocating it’s use to others, I am simply sharing what I ate.ReplyCancel

  • Emily from Quorn - Meal plans are such a great way to keep on track diet-wise. Great tips! Hope you can make it out to our event in August. We’d love to meet you and see what you think of our productsReplyCancel

    • carrie - Emily – thank you so much for the invitation. I unfortunately have another commitment on that date, but appreciate the invitation.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica - Hi Carrie, I love your story and the video with Jonathan on how you healed your body – you’re looking even more absolutely fabulous! I’m ready to go hard core – I have quite a few food sensitivities which are challenging but I guess that means I do have plenty of healing to do! Question please – in the video, Jonathan mentioned you healing your body over the 3 months…but I’m wondering – do you think your healing actually began when you started eating SANEly way back when, albeit not hard core, but was not yet visible and then it showed externally with your weight falling off when you reached critical mass point coincidentally just as you went hard core but healing can actually take quite a length of time? Sorry it’s such a long sentence, I hope you get what I mean! Thanks for your inspiration/encouragement. Cheers, Veronica xReplyCancel

    • carrie - Veronica – I am sure that you are right! Thank you for all your kind words.ReplyCancel

It’s been terribly sunny here in Seattle of late.  Quite lovely.  Makes eating fresh salads much easier in my book.  Talking of salads, while I was mooching around Trader Joe’s the other day, swooping up armfuls of baby spinach and bagfuls of shaved Brussels Sprouts, not to mention the cavalcade of cucumbers and torrent of tomatoes, I got to thinking about how we store all those non-starchy veggies we get to eat every day.  I wondered if some of you are struggling with space in your ‘fridges when you might not need to.  Not only do some fruits and veggies fare better out of the ‘fridge rather than in it, there are others that fare better in the ‘fridge when some other types are kept out of it.  Storing your fruit and veggies correctly has the benefits of freeing up space in your overflowing ‘fridge as well as helping to keep them at their prime longer.  Good news all round.  So here’s a few tips for keeping your veggies fresher longer.

Tips For Keeping Your Veggies Fresher Longer | Carrie BrownSo I thought it might be helpful to jot down a list of where to keep what for optimal storage.  I have included things that are not the lowest carb fruits and veggies in the forest because depending on where you are in your journey and how your body responds to things you might be consuming some of them, but I’ve marked them with a + to remind you that there are lower carb choices.

 

Tips For Keeping Your Veggies Fresher Longer: Refrigerate

  • Apples+
  • Asparagus
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrots+
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherries+
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes+
  • Green beans+
  • Green (spring) onions
  • Leafy greens – spinach, lettuces, kale, chicory, endive
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms (in a brown paper bag)
  • Squash+
  • Zucchini

 

Tips For Keeping Your Veggies Fresher Longer: Do NOT refrigerate

  • Avocados
  • Apricots+
  • Bananas+
  • Citrus fruits
  • Garlic
  • Kiwi
  • Melons+
  • Onions+
  • Pears+
  • Peaches+
  • Pineapple+
  • Potatoes+
  • Tomatoes+

 

Another simple way of remembering what to keep where is to think about the produce department at your grocery store.  They tend to keep everything in the right place because they want the produce to carry on being it’s best for as long as possible.  I realize some of these may not seem natural, but give it a go.  I think you’ll be surprised.

So whip those tomatoes, onions, and avocados out of the ‘fridge, free up some space and keep everything fresher for longer.  Score.

Need fresh, nutritious and delicious ideas on what to do with those veggies?

 

 

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  • Michelle Ricci-Koch - Thank you so much Carrie Brown. Extremely helpful and I have enjoyed several of your recipes! Thank you :))ReplyCancel

  • Denise - Hold the phone… Did you just say pineapple is SANE??? I gave up pineapple, one of my favorite fruits in the world!! Does this mean I can have it back??? It goes so well with strawberries!!! (Although we buy them already out of the wrapper, so to speak, so they do have to be refrigerated at that point…)ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Denise – pineapple is not the SANEst fruit in the world but it’s not the inSANEst either. It has the same carbs as strawberries, but slightly more sugar. I wouldn’t eat a lot of it, but I wouldn’t avoid it entirely if you love it. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Drew Thompson - Hi Carrie:

    You know how small the fridges are here in the UK so by necessity I have to keep most of my vegetables outside of the fridge. So we may have small fridges but we also have Lakeland – with great ideas.

    I bought two items from Lakeland that I love:

    Lakeland Stayfresh Longer Vegetable Bags
    http://www.lakeland.co.uk/1092/Lakeland-Stayfresh-Longer-Vegetable-Bags-20-x-23cm-x-20

    and

    Lakeland Vegetable Preserving Bag
    http://www.lakeland.co.uk/15837/Lakeland-Vegetable-Preserving-Bag

    Carrots – I find that carrots in the fridge get soft and bendy. If I make sure the carrots are totally dry and then put them into the Stayfresh bag and then into the Preserving bag they can last still crunchy for over a week. When they come out of the bag they are a little bit slimy on the outside but you just peel that off anyway and the inside is still crunchy.

    Courgettes – Same storage as carrots and they last for two weeks, but no slime.

    Cauliflower – Same storage as carrots, remove the greens, dry it out and then in the bag for over a week.ReplyCancel

  • Steve - Just a couple of thoughts on the points made by Drew. You may remember that long long ago in a distant galaxy far far away ;) I worked in both supermarkets and a wholesale Fruit & Veg merchant.

    Potatoes: NEVER refrigerate and keep in extremely dark, dry conditions to make tham last longest (inhibits the root growth)

    Carrots: Also best kept in dry conditions, dark is good too but not as important as with spuds

    Supermarkets (now, not when I left school) in the UK (and probably elsewhere) DO refrigerate or “chill” carrots and potatoes before display which is bad news. If you can’t afford, or simply can’t find fresh farm grown veggies then always when you get them home, bring to room temperature and dry THOROUGHLY before putting away. In the right conditions potatoes can last for months. It probably helped that they used to come with the soil still on them :)

    “chilling” by supermarkets keeps potatoes & carrots looking good in the short term, but causes the rot you find sometimes because of the damp.

    It’s the only way to get the best mash ;)

    SteveReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I’m a little confused- I’m reading the calorie myth book right now and peaches/apricots are on the list of sane fruits?? I’ve seen several posts here that mention peaches in particular as not SANE? Could you please clarify? Is there a way to get maybe a graphic/chart that plots these things out on a “very sane to not really sane” level since some are saneish and others are more black & white?ReplyCancel

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Day: Sunday

Agenda: Great SANE food, great company, relaxing couple of hours.

Location: Hollywood Tavern, Woodinville – an American roadside tavern.

Weather: Sunshine!  A tad chilly and a few clouds, but…sunshine!  I’ll take it.

Cuisine: Upscale American diner fare with a focus on fresh, local ingredients.

Famous for: Fried Cauliflower. No, seriously.  It’s what got them a spot in 425 Magazine. Big Breakfast Adventure  |  Hollywood Tavern  |  Carrie Brown

Server: A tall, lanky lass with intricately braided black hair that had us all fascinated.

Breakfast Buddies: Wendi the hilarious and excitable lawyer, and her daughter, Olivia.  Wendi is one of the kindest people I have ever met.  Shirt off her back kinda gal.

Menu: Almost entirely inSANE, and apart from a few interesting vegetable sides just about everything needed substitutions.  Luckily, they were totally down with substitutions.  I should mention that this is the only place to date that has charged me to sub out a salad for the fries.  That was disappointing.

Food: Fried Cauliflower (but of course!) followed by The Hollywood Burger (sans bun), plus bacon, sautéed mushrooms, and with a Tavern Caesar salad instead of the fries. Big Breakfast Adventure  |  Hollywood Tavern  |  Carrie BrownBeverage: Peppermint tea.

Seating: Cute little table for four right underneath a window overlooking fields of green.  It’s in the country, and the view was delightful.

Decor: Distressed wooden tables, a collection of antique thermos flasks, more lampshades than a lighting store hanging from the ceiling , eclectic mis-matched china, fire-pit in the courtyard.  Easy-going, unpretentious style.  Get’s real busy on a Sunday lunchtime.

Summary: Relaxing atmosphere, good service, and great food if you can get past all the ginormous plates of *inSANEity on the menu without faltering.  Just looking at the vat of Mac ‘n’ Cheese made me think I was going to have a coronary.  And not because of the cheese. Big Breakfast Adventure  |  Hollywood Tavern  |  Carrie Brown

The After Party:  Home to meet Harley and Rosie the cats before heading off to Redmond for a trough of sugar-free hazelnut latte that while completely delicious I started to regret about an hour after I had chugged it all down.  The less I drink cows milk the more it affects me when I do.  I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that the joy of drinking it just isn’t worth the 4 hours of bloating misery and other unmentionable side effects.  Darn.

After a considerable time putting the world to rights nestled in a cozy corner at Victors Celtic Coffee Co., Wendi inveigled me to take a trip down to Bellevue Square – oh holy heck of a mall – to avail her of some equipment so that she could commence production of her very own scrumptious SANE ice cream.  It’s been 2 ½ years since I have been to Bellevue Square.  A churner and 3 melamine pouring bowls later, we wandered around Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn ooohing and ahhhing at all the ridiculous prettiness and Easter pastels.  The milk in that latte made me want to take a long nap on one of Pottery Barn’s massive, squishy, cushion-ladened sofas.  I am so not a shopper.  Once the impromptu shopping expedition was over we wended our way back to Redmond for a lovely stroll down the river, being dodged by a stream of runners, roller-bladers, and dog walkers.  We admired the ducks as they splashed in the mud puddles on the waters edge.  Despite all the human activity it was a truly tranquil hour.

It was a lovely, relaxing, nurturing day.  The two-hour agenda turned into an almost all-day affair as we allowed it to just unfolded as we went along.  And it was awesome.

Whatever makes you feel good, do more of that.

 

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  • Heidi - Question for you what is the best SANE way to order a coffee when out at like a Starbucks? If you want a latte or such? I never know what is right whole milk, FF Milk? I sure wish SB had almond milk. Any information would be great I am so confused the few times a year I want a special coffee what is best. ThanksReplyCancel

    • carrie - Heidi – I order sugar-free hazelnut latte (whole milk) when I go to Starbucks. I don’t do it that often, but that’s what I choose when I do. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

If you haven’t joined the SANE and ECCENTRIC Forum over on Facebook, you might want to hop over there.  Apart from the lovely *SANE community making you feel right at home in the world of *SANE living, and the endless tips and tricks, you’ll also bump into Dr. Mike Keen.  Dr. Mike is one of the doctors on the forum, and he is a really, really good egg.  Mike also appeared on our CreativeLive Course, all the way from sunny England, although given it was November it might not have been that sunny.  You can watch him talk about his journey here.

Now retired from his medical practice he freely devotes a portion of his days to spreading the word about how to eat and exercise smarter, volunteers for The Samaritans – a British organization that provides a 24*7 helpline for people in crisis, and supports his wife, Wendy, and his daughter, Jessica, in their respective creative pursuits.  He’s a busy bloke!  Mike’s wife, Wendy, makes amazing stuff out of glass, while Jessica is busy launching her career as a music artist – she has an incredible voice and released her first song – Wolf Cry – late last year.  They sure are a talented family, those Keens. 29603_10151261363402781_1163774032_n

Dr. Mike is doing great work in England helping others start their *SANE journey.  Why is he so committed to his *SANE lifestyle?  Read on.  Here’s his own journey to eating smarter, exercising smarter, and living better.

“As a Family Doctor (British General Practitioner) for 32 years I also worked in diet clinics in the 1970’s. Their income came not from their successes, but from the failures who kept re-attending. In the back of my mind I knew there had to be another way to lose weight and maintain the weight loss.

Fast forward to 2013 – I had not been attending to my own weight which had ballooned to 255 lbs. I felt fat, unfit, and lethargic. I started Googling ‘weight loss’ and ‘maintaining lost weight’ rather than yoyo dieting, which I had done for over 40 years. I landed at Jonathan Bailor’s website and it made perfect sense. So I embarked upon a journey that involved not dieting, but eating MORE in a smarter, evidence based way.

The weight started to come off.  I wasn’t hungry – strange that I could eat more and lose more – it defied conventional weight-loss wisdom. I also found links to Carrie Brown’s metabolically balanced, fat-burning recipes including ice cream and soups. I bought myself an ice cream churner, the book ‘Eat Smarter! Ice Creams’, along with the new-to-me ingredients and made the most delicious SANE chocolate ice cream I had ever eaten in my life.  And I love ice cream! I ate this 3 times per week and continued to lose weight. So I bought Carrie’s soup cookbook next, ‘Eat Smarter! Soups’ and started to eat the most delicious, taste bud teasing concoctions – and I continued to lose weight whilst feeling fully satisfied.  I am never hungry after a SANE meal.

I started spreading the word amongst my overweight, unhealthy,  pre-diabetic friends. They had been told that if they lost 15kg (at least 30 lbs) that their decline and slide into full Type 2 Diabetes would be halted, and may even reverse. So far we have had amazing success with their blood work reverting to normal, along with fat being lost safely and them, like me, feeling energised and no longer having the spectre of Diabetes looming over their heads.

All this time I continue to lose weight and so far I have lost 47 lbs using Jonathan’s website and Carrie Brown’s amazing food ideas. I am very proud to say that I am now on the SSoS / Calorie Myth team as a medical advisor – a very challenging and stimulating position.  We all do what we do for free because we want to change the lives of as many who will listen and try the new way of eating and exercising.

I must admit that when I first started my *SANE journey in April 2013 I was as sceptical as could be – but the spectacular results are plain to see and feel.  I have lost 47lbs, my body fat has gone from 40% to 16%, my waist from 42″ to 35″, and my clothes size from XXL to M.  I am now 60, do my eccentric exercises every week and eat an abundance of healthy foods.  I wholeheartedly endorse this smarter approach to eating and exercise – the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating!  Welcome to much healthier living!”

Mike Keen MB BS LRCP MRCS
SANEitizing the UK
Family Doctor for 32 years, yoyo dieter for 40 years, *SANE success story in only 7 months, 47 pounds lost and counting!

 

GO, Mike!  What an inspiration!  And THANK YOU for all you do for the Sane and Eccentric Community and The Samaritans.  You ROCK.

 

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Don’t tell anyone, but I think I left this topic until last because rejuvenation has been {by far} the hardest part of my transformation to get my head around.

My whole life I have been running along at breakneck speed, getting stuff done.  It’s what I do.  I am always busily engaged in something productive.  My definition of ‘productive’ has never included watching movies, reading books, walking in the park, hanging out with friends, watching TV, playing games, napping, lying on the couch staring at the ceiling, listening to music, or sunbathing.  No.  Productive to me has always meant re-modeling the kitchen, building furniture, writing cookbooks, developing recipes, writing blog posts, shooting images, driving somewhere, the day-job, helping others, installing vertical blinds, cleaning, digging in the yard, or doing any number of other actively useful things.  Relaxing has never been a core competency of mine.  I would even go so far as to say I don’t know how to relax.  For me it is a case of feeling I am not good enough if I am not busily engaged in something useful.  Intellectually I know that is ridiculous – we all have huge intrinsic worth – but emotionally I feel like I have no value if I am not contributing in some way.

And then my adrenal glands went on strike and my world came to a screeching halt.  Most days when I got home from the day-job I barely had the energy to climb the stairs in order to go to bed.  There were several days when I thought about camping on the blue leather couch in the living room under a pile of blankets instead.  Mr. McHenry would have loved that.  I quickly realized that it’s hard to be productive when your body simply refuses to get up and go.  This, of course, drove my brain completely nuts.  But once Dr. Bizzy had figured out what was ailing me I recognized that rest and relaxation were a major part of the prescription for getting my adrenals back online.  Enforced inactivity.  Eeeek! 1239442_637336416286800_1607325988_n

Having a body that wasn’t able to function was my biggest ally in learning how to relax, so as strange as it may seem I am very grateful for this experience.  I have learned how important it is to get adequate rest and rejuvenation and I am even learning to look forward to relaxing.  I cannot believe I just typed that.

Here’s some of the things that I started building into my life in order to give my brain and body the rejuvenation it needs on a regular basis.  Some of these things I have covered in other recent posts, which just goes to show how marvelously integrated all the various pieces of our lives are.

  • Once a week I walk to the coffee shop with my bestie for a large mug of green tea and some girlie natter.  That’s 50 minutes of healthy walking, a huge pile of anti-oxidants, some wonderful support, and a bunch of giggles over the course of 2 hours.
  • Once a week I do a restorative yoga class.  75 minutes of calm, mindful, relaxing peace.  I never knew being still could feel so good.
  • Twice a week I workout for 15 minutes to strengthen my body, switch on the fat-burning hormones, and get a “runner’s high”.
  • I started viewing weekends as time for rest and rejuvenation instead of an extra opportunity to work.  I work hard enough during the week.  I am now using weekends for well-earned R ‘n’ R.  This is such a dramatic change for me and I admit I’m still a bit lot lost.  I should point out that I include pottering in the garden as R ‘n’ R although some of you would consider that work.  I find growing and nurturing things very therapeutic.
  • I started meditating for 15 minutes a day, usually right before bedtime, but sometimes first thing in the morning.  Nothing fancy, no complicated mantras, tying my legs in knots, candles, incense, or tasseled pillows.  Just a comfy chair, eyes closed, and focusing on my breathing.  Amazingly rejuvenating.
  • I read before I go to bed every night instead of being online checking email.  It might be only 15 minutes some nights, but it gets my brain to switch gears, and I am getting through books that I’ve had on my bedside table for years!
  • If I make myself a cup of coffee at home I’ll go sit on the couch and hang with the ‘kids’ for 15 minuets instead of drinking it at my desk or slurping it between tasks.  It has brought new meaning to the term coffee break.  15 minutes can be amazingly reviving.
  • I started The Big Breakfast Adventure.  How often do we say to people, “Oh we must grab coffee and catch up!!”?  And then 3 months later we hear ourselves exclaiming that exact phrase to the same person because we still haven’t had coffee.  And I’m talking about people that we love and want to be around.
  • Some Saturdays I’ll walk – or perhaps more accurate would be wobble – over to Starbucks after my eccentrics at the gym, order a large green or peppermint tea, find a comfy chair in the corner, relax, and people watch for half an hour.
  • If I am working at home and the sun is out, I’ll take 15 minutes to sit in the sun and watch Mr. McHenry and the gang chase insects or play in the grass.  It’s like re-booting your brain and clearing out all the clutter.
  • On weekends I’ll curl up on the couch for a few hours with a positive, uplifting read, a pile of cats, and a blanket.  It took me a while but I am finally OK with spending some of my weekend this way.
  • I shut my computers off at 8pm at the latest on work days, which gives me an hour to relax, take a long, hot shower or bath, or whizz through a few home or personal tasks before I start my pre-bed routine.  I find that getting a few short tasks done every day during the week really frees up time at the weekend.  Doing tasks in little chunks feels a lot less like work than doing chores for several hours in one hit.
  • I stopped reading the news.
  • I started reading good books.  The kind of books that inspire, uplift, encourage, and make you look at the world (and yourself) in a positive light.  You know – all those ‘woo-woo’ books in the self-help and motivation departments of the book store.  Books like The Seven Habits, The Four Agreements (favorite. book. ever.), The Road Less Traveled.  You get my drift.  Books that let me know I can.  Books that make me excited about life.  Books that make me feel good; particularly about myself.
  • I started being more selective over who I hang out with.  Positive, supportive, uplifting, joyful people – yes!  Negative, unsupportive, critical, draining, unhappy people – not so much.  Of course, everyone has bad days – I am talking about people who are chronically negative and unhappy.  You can’t help people who don’t want to be happy, and they don’t help you, so that’s a lose / lose  all round.
  • I created a few positive mantras for myself which I focus on here and there throughout the day, especially if I notice I am feeling a little tense or not my bubbly self.
  • I’ll take 10 minutes here and there to visualize happy outcomes, joyful feelings, and favorite moments.  Things that make me feel good.  Doing this can change your whole day around if it’s not going in quite the direction you’d like.  Doing this when you feel great just makes everything feel even better.
  • I put ‘Do Nothing’ on my to-do list and schedule.  Our best ideas come when we are not working.  They come when we are playing, out in nature, having fun, doing nothing.  Create some space for your brain to go wherever it feels like.
  • I spend a few minutes every day reflecting on all the things that I am grateful.  Gratitude makes you feel good.  1785_464287816952280_458903415_n

The hardest thing for me in all this is not the doing but in how I think and feel about doing them.  I find it easier and easier to do these things on a regular basis, but I still struggle mentally with not feeling productive for every minute of every day – even though I know from the last month or so of doing these things that they are highly productive, just not in the way I am used to thinking of productive.  They are highly productive in that they cause me to be more productive with the rest of my time.  Doing less some of the time = being able to do more the rest of the time.  A refreshed and rejuvenated brain and body can do more in less time.  For me it’s a mental paradigm shift, but that shift is happening faster and faster the more I experience the results of some relaxation and rejuvenation.  The irony is that in being forced to do less, I have been able to help more people through this series of blog posts about my recovery.  Had I not had this experience I wouldn’t have been able to write about it.  It’s a funny old world.

Now, stop reading this and go get some R ‘n’ R!  Then come back and share with us what you do to get relaxed and rejuvenated.

 

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  • Susan - Many great ideas. I plan to incorporate some of them into my life.
    Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Reisler - Best blog post ever! Thanks Carrie for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Allison Sherman - Such a great post. Did you find it freeing that you actually had to take time for yourself? Like when people asked something of you and you said “Nope, can’t. Gotta rest. Doctor’s orders”. It’s like we don’t give ourselves permission to relax until we can point to a professional telling us we have to! I guess either way you get there it’s a good thing.

    I have experienced something similar since my adrenals also took a bit of a vacation (not anything like yours, though). I know that the kids get home from school at 3:30 so every day around 2:30 I think “Gotta get to the couch!” And I spend 45-60 minutes on the couch reading the news, playing scrabble, chatting with friends via text and sometimes taking a snooze. It’s my time and I love it. Helps me be more focused when they do get home. Thanks for all the ideas. I’m an extrovert so my energy comes from people interaction so texting friends is good for me! :) And my goal for 2014 is to read all the Harry Potter books. I’m starting book 4 now. It’s been fun to read something so imaginative and different than all the diet books I used to read.

    A question about your eating… now that you’ve dropped a bunch of sizes, do you find yourself saying “Oh I can have that treat a little more now” and falling off the SANE wagon a bit? Seems like anytime I make a little progress it’s a slippery slope back to the inSANE world. Just curious if your eating mindset has changed.ReplyCancel

  • lee adley - Carrie can I use almond rather than coconut milk in your hardcore green smoothie?ReplyCancel

  • Isabel - Carrie, your open-ness regarding your difficulties is incredible. Your post on depression, on your brain trying to kill you, I have never read anything that put it so succinctly. I have lived with depression most of my life (up and down like a toilet seat as they say – I’m an expat too :) and never could explain it, how it felt, to those that matter to me. I have bookmarked that particular blog post so next time I am asked I will say – read this, this is how it feels.

    I applaud your courage – writing about it, living with it, and having it under control.ReplyCancel