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Change Is Always

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Well hey there. I haven’t been saying much, I know. There hasn’t been a whole lot going on that I thought I would have liked to share…at first. And then I thought, why not? Why not make this blog about all of my experiences, trials, and wins? So here goes.

First off, I just want to get it out of the way: I’m playing the waiting game at the moment. I’m waiting to see if I do actually get accepted into the Anthropology program I’ve applied for. I’m waiting to see if a change of pace is right for me, I’m waiting on myself to get the courage to turn that one application in and see what happens.

There is a certain security in knowing that every week you’ll have enough money to pay the bills, put some money in savings, and still have a little to play with. But then for me, there’s also a certain aspect that detests the regularity of it all. It’s not that I don’t like having a routine, it’s just that I don’t like having a routine that so thoroughly kills my ambition to be creative. Staring at repetitive data all day long, every single day, with nothing new to look at except e-mails complaining about this or that, is wearing on my highly active brain. I’m beginning to “drone” as I call it. I am competing with this killer of active brain functions with upbeat classical music and listening to entertaining books while at work, but those can only go on for so long.

On the other hand, I’ve found some fantastic information about my body and the chemicals that make me tick…errr…sick. (Insert giggle here). My detrimental substance? Sugar. A little refined sugar, even as small an amount as 7 or 8 grams per serving has my head pounding, my stomach churning, and my thinking abilities flummoxed for hours afterwards. Unless I start drinking outrageous amounts of water immediately and then take a 2 hour nap, I spend the rest of my day fighting the effects of sugar. So my solution is to slowly but surely wean my body off of sugar completely. Did you know your body has withdrawals from sugar if you go too long without it? I do now! Why? Because it’s in absolutely EVERYTHING we eat every day. Bread, tortillas, yogurt, cereal, noodles, sauces, salad dressings, even peanut butter! I spent 10 minutes staring at peanut butter at the store today, trying to find one that is sugar-free. (Schmucker’s All Natural, by the way). I spent the better part of an hour also looking for crackers or salty snacks that have 0 to >1 gram of sugar, and looking for salad dressing. I stumbled upon a really great blog (www.spoonfullofsugarfree.com) that has been a life-saver already, and I’ve just started reading it! So along with my journey to escape the “American Dream,” I’ve also started listening to my body in an active way, and now I get to experience life while also refining my eating habits, which can only be good for me. Yay to new discoveries, whether they be within or without!

 

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