After creating my calendar, yesterday, I realized how close "the day" was. I truly took recognition that there would be zero consumption of caffeine. zero. Like, none.
Excuse me while I wipe away my three-year-old-temper-tantrum tears.
Okay, seriously, I can do this! After temporarily wallowing in my own selfish needs (coffee is a need. Right?) I realized just how much I really needed this fast. As silly as it sounds, my morning coffee and each meal that follows is the brightest part of each day. I'm slightly obsessed with food.
Yesterday, I did okay. I started mental preperation, increased my water intake, ate less, and continued planning.
That was until dinner.... I caved. I was so hungry! I selfishly indulged in a full take-out meal and large sweet tea.
The fast hasn't officially started. So, there's that.
Today, I only had one small cup of coffee and a light breakfast. I will do this.
Peace, love, and willpower.
You know how some people select a single word to describe going into a new year? I think that's a thing. Right?
Anyhoo, my word is going to be in the form of a hashtag. I'm sure my kid's would explicitly descibe just how very lame this is, but I'm going forward with it. Because, I'm a mom and what I say goes. (insert childish raspberries here.)
So, what's my word for 2017?
By the end of the year I'm always full-heartidly ready for a change. 2016 has actually been pretty darn good. I can't really list many complaints. However, I have my own personal battles. I'm sure many of you relate. Because of these things, I've decided to follow along with my church in a Daniel Fast. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Maybe I'm the odd (wo)man out here. In short: it's a spiritual journey to reset your mind, thoughts, body, and soul. That's what it will be for me anyway.
I wont get into it too much because everyone's journey will be completely different and it's meant to be a personal journey.
In good-ol-blogger version I'm taking you along! I encourage you to do a little research and see if it's something you would like to do with me. We can all use a little personal support!
I'm starting my fast on Sunday, New Years Day. With anything, planning always makes for a smoother journey. So, today I sat down and sketched out some meal ideas, recipes, grocery lists, and I made out a menu for Week 1.
I started off simple and used things I've made plenty of times before, not to over complicate things.
Here are the basics of a Daniel Fast:
The Daniel Fast Food List
All fruit – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.
All vegetables – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.
All whole grains – amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, and whole wheat.
All nuts & seeds – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds; unsweetened almond milk. Nut butters are also included.
All legumes – canned or dried; black beans, black eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas.
All quality oils – avocado, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, and walnut.
Beverages– distilled water, filtered water, and spring water.
Other – unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk; herbs, spices, salt, pepper, unsweetened coconut flakes, seasonings, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, soy products, and tofu.
Foods to Avoid on the Daniel Fast
All meat & animal products – bacon, beef, buffalo, eggs, fish, lamb, poultry, and pork.
All dairy products – butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogurt.
All sweeteners – agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, brown rice syrup, cane juice, honey, molasses, raw sugar, syrups, stevia, and sugar.
All leavened bread & yeast – baked goods and Ezekiel bread (if it contains yeast and honey).
All refined & processed food products – artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, and white rice.
All deep-fried foods – corn chips, French fries, and potato chips.
All solid fats – lard, margarine, and shortening.
Beverages – alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, energy drinks, herbal tea, and tea.
In other words: lots of really great, amazing, delicious foods....
except a few of my absolute life's joy: coffee, tea, cheese, and bread. This is going to be difficult. Good thing I've got the big guy on my side. I'm going to be calling out his name time and time again during this.
Want to join me?
Peace, love, and trouble in the horizon.