Best Breath Ever: January 2018 Report
Hello co-creative friend!
Thank you for tuning in to my first monthly report for my Best Breath Ever Experiment 2018.
Recapitulation of this year long experiment
At the end of 2017, I received inspiration while watching a video from my mentor Raymond Aaron regarding eating well. I then decided I would document my 2018 experiment of consuming no processed/refined sugar and refined flours. I still permit fruit, veggies, honey and maple syrup during this one year experiment.
I am really really really curious to know the results of being processed sugar free for 365 days. Also to inspire you to do something you really want to do not matter how impossible it seems.
Each week, I provide a video report of how the previous week went, noting challenges, events, how my body felt, my upcoming week’s challenges, etc.
How was January?
Getting started was a lot of fun and excitement. I received many in-person comments as well as private messages wishing me luck as well as how interested they are in following my progress. So, thank you for reaching out and taking the time to comment; I really appreciate it!
- free pizza lunch – I was prepared with my own filling and delicious lunch 😉
- reading and interpreting ingredients on labels – was it a permissible sugar according to my own guidelines?
- daughter’s birthday parties – I survived!!!
- change in daily routine –
- quality sleep deprivation – help from melatonin a Sandman balm made by friend Stephanie,
- bye-bye bread and butter? – I met this goal for one week, but since I still had more sprouted organic bread in the freezer, I will finish the end slice before setting this goal again which will be in February
- Overeating of nuts (pistachios and cashews) and dried fruit – I have calmed down a bit now 🙂
Interesting Self Reflection
- It is more easy for me to not want something sweet than to no want pastries and bread
- If I find myself entertaining a thought that is not supportive of my goal, I quickly replace it within 17 seconds with another thought that is. For example, “I could just take a bite of this pizza crust” is replaced by “Just put it away and think of beautiful greens!” Now, thoughts are fleeting. I find they are most powerful if I act on the thought right away. So, with this example, I would put the pizza crust away because out of sight encourages out of mind.
- Sugar has many names – here are a few: high fructose corn syrup, concentrated fruit juice, dehydrated cane juice, brown rice syrup, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, raw sugar, sucrose, sugar syrup, cane crystals, cane sugar, crystalline fructose, evaporated cane juice, corn syrup solids, malt syrup (you can read more about food labeling of sugars in this simple article )
- When cutting out refined sugars and flours, I find myself wanting to snack all the time on nuts. When the nuts are not salted, I am less inclined to eat more.
New Foods/Dishes (or that I have not had in months)
- Pearl barley – I have been enjoying this in savoury as well as sweet (sweetened by raisins and some honey) dishes.
- Adzuki beans – what is your favourite way of eating adzuki beans? I loved them in a smoothie and as hung dao sa (red bean “sa”).
- Split pigeon peas – I use it to make a curry with Canadian grown quinoa.
- Smoked canned oysters and mussels in sunflower oil – never thought I would ever eat something like this, and surprisingly, the taste is “catchy”.
Challenges and Intentions for February
- I will establish a new daily routine that works for me. It will allow me the time and space to reflect, prepare and execute. I will get up earlier than 5 AM, and go to bed by 10 PM.
- Create increasingly better videos and audios – I am at the end of my podcast editing course, and entering a new one that is self directed. Let me know if you have any questions on this topic!
- I will look into and report on the significance of refined oils in our diet.
- Lunar New Year Celebration – how do I respectfully tell my family not to put any oyster sauce on my food? etc…
- Going out with friends – this one should be easier as you are in the know since the beginning of the year 😉
What are your thoughts?
You know I love hearing from you! What are you challenges? Are you sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions (if you set any)? If there something you want to do but are not doing? Do you have questions about my experiment? How can I be of service to you?
Until next time, I just want to leave you with a quote I heard from my mentor this morning:
“Success comes in cans, not in can’ts!”
P.S. Remember you can always reach out to me via private message, email, and phone. If you know of anyone who would be interested in what I am doing, please feel free to forward them this link and have them pop me a note 🙂
P.P.S. Here are the links of the videos if you missed them from this month: