Today is Homemade Shampoo Day Three and I still mostly like the results. I do find that my hair doesn’t appear to be as shiny and the colour seems to have darkened a bit but it’s falling out less (YAY!) and still looks clean. According to Ray it still smells the same as always and according to a coworker it smells like really sweet candycanes. LOL! After having done further research on homemade shampoos, I’m going to change my recipe a bit. Most “recipes” indicate to “wash” with baking soda and then rinse with dilute apple cider vinegar (ACV). This might work alright for people with strong, thick hair but as someone with thin and somewhat weak hair, that pH shift and opening and closing of the follicle all the time isn’t awesome. So, this weekend I’m going to switch to a more neutral pH recipe and go with just coconut milk and aloe vera. I really like the idea of the natural cleansing so I’ll stick it out for a while and see how it goes. And, whether you’re interested or not, I’ll keep you posted! 😉
Last night was my “personal evening” to watch my own television or what have you. I decided to re-read my book, Paleo Solution. I’m not sure why I felt compelled to do that but as with all things, if you listen to yourself, good things happen. On the very first page of the book, this review caught my eye:
“Now you will finally look, feel and perform as well as your genes will allow.”
That was like a frigging fireworks show on the page, bells and whistles were going off, lights were flashing: “…as well as your genes will allow.”.
Tara wrote a comment on my blog the other day about how she’s never known someone who digs as much as I do and I will fully admit that I listen to and try to interpret every nuance of every little thing. Which can be exhausting. I was food-logging for a few days because I thought maybe I could find something that wasn’t agreeing with my body and then I whipped that food log duotang into the recycle bin last night. Ray dug it out and asked why I wasn’t doing it and my (rather crabby) answer was that it doesn’t matter. I have already given up SO MUCH in my diet and my life (foods, treats, most alcohol, time, energy, money) and I simply refuse to give up anymore. So maybe eggs or peppers are causing me inflammation. At the moment there is nothing that I would be willing to do about that. I loved toast. Gone. I loved baking. Never do it anymore. I loved bananas. Rarely eat them. I could use the simplicity of ordering in sometimes. Never in a million. I like wine in the evening. Cut WAY back. I’m on the border of having eliminated enough things that I am approaching the elimination of enjoyment. I’m staying here. I’m happy here. I like the food, I’ve got the prep/cost/planning pretty much down to a science, we’re in the very top of the population as far as quality of food and quality of life/health. I’m staying here. With eggs for breakfast every day and roasted peppers and mashed potatoes and huge scoops of cumin and paprika in nearly everything I cook. I’m staying here.
I don’t have any more time, any more money or any more desire to change anything. Yes, I’ll cut back on my intake to lose 10-15 pounds but I’m not changing anything else. I’ll go to the gym when I can and I’ll walk the dog and I’ll bike to work and I’ll continue to cook our every meal. But this is it. This is my pinnacle and I will now fully declare that I’m fine here. I think I could change and shift and cause myself all sorts of heartache…..and that very little would happen. I’d still be bouncing around in this general area but having to put in a tonne of extra work for little extra benefit. You want to know why else I’m staying here? Because I actually think that “here” is as good as my genes will allow. I could weigh less, yes. But my skin quality, body comp, hair, nails, attitude, health stats, life……this is as good as my genes will allow. I’m here.
Regarding my sore body, I’m still going with my plan from the other day, serious hydration, no sugar and very limited alcohol, supplementing with gelatin and Omega 3, walking, stretching, core work and eventually yoga. I’ll use our gravity board more and ice and lose those 10 pounds noted above. Maybe everyone has some level of daily discomfort (do you?) or maybe I am hyper sensitive to my body. I just keep thinking, what if I change everything and do the AIP and eliminate all those foods and then something else crops up….or worse yet, it only sort of works. Then what? When I have next to no room left to make any modifications, what do I do? When I have no more enjoyment, no more flexibility, no more fun?
I’m choosing to go with staying here….this is it……it’s who I am……