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After a week like this week, I am emotionally drained and in a funk. I promised myself I would find something good about today and climb out of this mental hole I am in.
On my way to work, I walk past a coffee shop. It is an awesome little coffee shop and I am tempted to walk in every day. I need to get back to eating better, so I swore I wouldn’t stop in for a morning coffee (with all the frills), but for some reason I just walked right in. I didn’t even think twice.
There were 3 or 4 people in there plugged into lap tops or readers or some sort of electronic morning news source. I walked up to the counter and was greeted by one of the ladies that is rarely in when I am in the store. I ordered my usual (though I don’t even know the name of it) and waited, all the while eyeballing the chocolate chip cookies in the case next to me.
About a minute after arriving there a woman came in and stood in line behind me. I moved over a little so she could see the menu board and share the counter. I caught a few sideways glances and managed a small smile in her direction. She was a little older, auburn hair and friendly eyes. And based on the greeting she received from the clerk, she was a regular as well.
My order was presented on the counter, and I slumped. It was not my usual order. The woman placed a cup of coffee on the counter, iced. And a jug of soy milk. It wasn’t what I usually received. I was confused and expressed my confusion gently. I am no coffee aficionado, and had no idea that what was on the counter in front of me was my usual order, just in two parts. Once it was figured out, and I was happy again, the lady next to me announced her order and informed the clerk that she would be paying for my order as well. Who does that?? I asked “why me”, and she said because she wanted to.

I have to admit, I nearly cried. In fact, later on I did a little (and I am tearing up just trying to type this out). I am an emotional mess this week, and some little random act of kindness just did me in. I don’t know why she felt the need to pay the $5 for some strangers coffee and breakfast snack. Did she see the pain in my eyes, or the hole in the knee of my pants and thought it would be something I needed. Or was she just paying it forward. Did she know money was tight and this little coffee treat was my last purchase of the ‘eating out’ type that I would do until next payday? Did she know that just yesterday I sat at my desk crying after writing my latest blog entry? Doubtful, but maybe she just sensed I needed someone to brush past my life and prove that people are good and kind, and to teach me a little lesson about being so self absorbed. Yes, my problems are big.. to me. But others have much worse to deal with.. much much worse.

Did I learn something from this Coffee Fairy? Yes I did. Thank you Coffee Fairy! I just don’t feel like the “thank you” I said in the shop was even close to enough. You didn’t just buy me coffee, you taught me something. I hope I run into you again someday, and maybe I can buy you a coffee too.

Now it is my turn. I will do my best to keep this good feeling going, and will be on the lookout for someone who needs a helping hand. Happy Friday to the Coffee Fairy and to all the lovely ladies at Star Co. Coffee.


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Yesterday was my typical every other week BIG grocery trip. The one where I buy the main food stuff, cleaners, meats, etc. And once a week I hit the local Sprouts for produce, milk and the things we run out of regularly. But this one wasn’t to Sprouts.. it was HEB.

I have nothing against HEB. I like it there for the most part. It’s the only place I know where I can see a doctor, buy fresh made sushi, deodorant and a new BBQ grill.. all in one place. Seriously, this place is like a mall.

But that isn’t the point to this topic. The point to this topic is hard to explain.

Over the last three years or so I have changed many things about my life. I added a child, I added some health issues, I cared for a family, and the choices I make in the grocery store affect everyone I care about. My choices have to be well thought out or my family could suffer.

Let me explain. Last year I watched a documentary called Food Inc. It was very eye opening and .. well, it was horrible.
That is where my problem began. My problem: I just can’t buy the crap at the grocery store anymore. So.. I go to the store with $200 to feed my family, but only come home with $113 dollars worth of items. I WANT to buy the hot dogs and have a cookout in the back yard, but I just can’t get my hands to pick them up. I know what is in them now. I know how they are processed, I know a chemical in them has been linked to cancer. I KNOW this stuff.. and now I JUST CAN’T DO IT. I can’t feed my child those things. I CANNOT buy a Tyson chicken product to save my life. And don’t even get me started on Monsanto. Just the name of that company makes me want to vomit.

I cannot believe that the USA has allowed such horrible things to happen to our food. Not only our food, but the most (supposedly) natural basis to our food system.. our produce and our meat. SHAME ON YOU! Shame on our government, Shame on business people everywhere that support this type of production.

There are other documentaries and articles. Right now I am reading the China Study. I’m sure when this is all over with, I will move my family to a virgin piece of land and only feed them what I can grow sans chemicals before all the bugs eat it. We are all doomed.

Next time you visit the Evil Empire (what the Hubs calls McDonalds) consider watching Food Inc. first. You might change your mind about a lot of things. I know I did.

Visit your local Farmer’s Market!! Support local growers and humanely handled livestock. What you put in your mouth today WILL effect you tomorrow. KNOW what you are feeding your children.

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I woke up this morning feeling defeated, but made a juice, went to work and kept on moving. This is a life journey, not a fad diet or some short-lived experience. Just because I had a fajita taco last night doesn’t mean it’s over. It just means I have to keep moving towards my goal.
I am no superwoman, but I am determined to get my health in check. But I have to say, I feel awesome. No matter how many times I screw up my plan of action, I am on the way to feeling much better and looking great.
Today I am back on the wagon and doing well. I may have another meal someday soon.. but if I do eat solid foods, I will eat well. Nothing will get in my way.

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I would really truly love some input on this subject. What affect does a gallbladder have on weight loss. And.. what affect does missing a gallbladder have on weight loss.

I was reading this site: http://www.juicefasting.org/detox.htm
So, you get to Stage 5 in the reading and you see a bile dump performed by the one and only.. gallbladder. Well, that seems to be a very important part of .. well, expelling waste.

What happens to those of us who had it removed by some surgeon once upon a time because he thought he saw stones inside of it?

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Last night was the hardest so far in this trek for better health. I wanted to give up. I wanted to throw in the towel and go out for enchiladas. I wanted to just crawl in bed and sleep for 3 days. But I didn’t do any of that. And today, everything feels better. Easier you might say.

Yesterday looking at the finances, The Hubs and I talked about how expensive eating better is. And it is! I wish I could say that it wasn’t, but I would be lying. The cost of eating fresh/raw fruits and veggies (in juice form) can average 12-20 dollars a day. It is taking a financial toll on our very shaky budget. But we know it is for the best.

I have to say, the hardest part so far is the detox. The headaches came and went fairly quickly which I am very happy about. But the soreness was (I hope) at it’s peak yesterday. It was the worst feeling. Laying in bed last night tossing and turning just trying to find a comfortable spot to rest in. My legs were the worst (today it’s my back). Like the feeling of large bolts running through the marrow of my bones.. and then expanding. Not just the joints.. but the leg bones also. Now that I think about it.. the worst spots were where I have had fractures in the past. Hmmm… strange.

But I am in this for good. This is day number 11 I think. But to be honest, I have lost track. Lets just call it 11 days. So, 11 days of raw fruits and veggies for the most part, and day 4 of a raw fruit/veggie juice fast. My body doesn’t even miss the process foods I used to feed it. I don’t know how long the juice fast will last. Possibly a few weeks, maybe a few more days. Or maybe I will alternate food and juice. Each day is a new day.. we shall see. Lets just hope the pain goes away soon. I look forward to feeling better 100% soon.

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I am down 16 pounds!! This is the best feeling. I haven’t had another of those weird fatigue episodes like I did last week, thank God. I feel amazing.

I have no idea where the 16 pounds went, but good riddance! 🙂 Only 19 more to meet my goal!

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Lost.. as in the TV show. I was a fan, I have to admit.. well, until the final episode. But tell me this Batman..how the heck did Hurley stay big and bubbly through the whole show? (he was my favorite by the way)

Papaya, Mango, Pineapple, Coconut.. and Fish when they were lucky. Really?
I have been on a 95% Raw food diet for 10 days and lost 10+ pounds. No way in Holy Hell would Hugo still be large and in-charge after even 1 season.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

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