Yep, it's official: we've been hit with an all-mighty stomach virus.
Currently both James and Josh are down for the count. This is James's first experience with throwing up, which is no fun for anyone involved.
So if I'm a bit MIA this week, you know where I am: Either holding a hand, bringing juice, or cleaning up!
By the way, whenever this bug does pass us, I've decided to go on a diet.
No, stop freaking out, I'm not dieting to lose weight! While dropping 5 pounds wouldn't kill me, that's not the intended purpose of dieting for me.
Maybe I should call it "lifestyle food restriction" instead, but that's just a mouthful when I'm really just on a diet.
I've found that my emotional ups and downs usually correspond with how well, or how bad, I'm eating.
I've known this for a long time, since college in fact, when I realized that 3 candy bars a day definitely doesn't keep the doctor away. Quite the opposite in fact!
Depressed and confused by all the conflicting things I was experiencing at the time, I went on a major diet overhaul and cut out all sugar, carbs, and processed foods from my diet.
I did lose a lot of weight, but I also gained a very clear understand for how interlinked my mood and attitude is with the foods I eat.
Josh and I have periodically dieted together and we even did a video blog on it last summer.
Way back in July before this blog ever started, Josh and I went on a 21 day diet and detox developed by my Father-in-Law, Chet Day.
Again, my reasoning for the diet was not to lose weigh (though I did lose 10 lbs), but to feel better and get focused about what I wanted. The inspiration for this blog really came after the experience of making videos every day and realizing that I would love to do the same thing with quilting.
But living permanently on a diet like that is not really feasible. It's an excellent detox diet to clean your body out and start over from square one, but not something that I would be willing to live on.
So instead I'm going to try this new Paleo diet, which is based upon what we think our hunter/gatherer ancestors lived on thousands of years ago: meat, vegetables, and fruits.
The great thing about this diet is I could see myself living on it permanently. Trust me, I don't have the makings of a radical vegan or vegetarian within me (no offense to those who are!)
I like meat and eggs too much for that, which is funny because when most people meet me, they assume I'm a vegetarian! Weird...
With this diet the major cut will be processed foods. Anything and everything that comes in a package, wrapper, or bag has to go. It looks like I won't be finishing my 6 boxes of girl scout cookies anytime soon...
This diet also cuts out sugar and alcohol, two vices that make up way too much of my current diet.
What do I hope to accomplish by living on a food restricted diet?
Mostly stability. Vegging out on Cheetoes and Coke only makes me feel bad, and those bad feelings effect my productivity and self esteem.
No, not all life is about being productive, but I find if I can't enjoy my work, the rest of my life, and family suffers for it.
It's also a nice excuse to slow down a bit and take life easier. What's the rush? Why do I always feel like I'm running behind? It's just all in my head!
So that's what I'm planning to start this week. Hopefully this stomach flu will pass me by. James is already showing good signs of recovery and is asking for applesauce and bananas.
We'll see if I'm not cleaning them up again later...
Let's go quilt (or veg out on the couch and stitch binding)!