The Transformation: SANE Eating

When my adrenal glands decided to go on strike at the end of last year I already knew that my eating needed some work.  Knowing the right things to do and putting those things into practice can be two very different things, especially if you are chronically stressed and can’t think straight.

There’s a difference between *SANE eating and not eating *inSANE foods, and that difference can be big.  Let me explain.  When you don’t eat *inSANE foods you avoid sugar of all kinds, grains, highly processed oils, most fruit, and starchy foods.  Staying away from those things is awesome for your health.  BUT.  It’s not the same as *SANE eating.  *SANE eating means focusing on nutrient-dense foods containing water, protein, fiber, and whole-food fats – and I mean ALL of those things, not just some of those things.  That difference between *SANE eating and not eating *inSANE foods is where I had inadvertently got off-track.

I was definitely not eating *inSANE foods.  If you’ve read The Calorie Myth it’s impossible to see *inSANE foods the same way as you used to.  And when you regularly spend hours with The Bailornator it’s pretty hard to look *inSANE foods in the face again, let alone let them past your lips.  So it wasn’t eating *inSANE foods that was the problem.  Rather it was not focusing on *SANE eating.  It can be easy to think we are doing everything right by not eating *inSANE foods, but that’s not always the case.

There were two things that had unwittingly derailed me in the *SANE eating department:

      1. I was skipping a lot of meals altogether.  Not out of conscious choice to try and reduce the amount of food I was eating, but because of my exhaustion and ridiculous schedule.  I was often too exhausted when I woke up in the morning to get up early enough to eat breakfast, and then, the number of days I had time to run and grab something from the café at work for breakfast was rare.  Lunchtime would roll around and if I hadn’t had the energy to pack something before I left the house, the chances of me getting a long enough break to head down to the café were almost zero.  Then my schedule regularly had me getting home so late that I was simply too tired to make dinner.  I never skipped all three meals in the same day, but there were far too many days where I skipped two, and every day I skipped at least one.  As Jonathan has repeatedly told us, “Starvation is not healthy” – whether it’s intentional or not.  Skipping meals also completely messes with our metabolism and ability to burn fat.
      2. I wasn’t eating anywhere near enough non-starchy veggies.  When I did eat, the water and fiber parts of *SANE eating were missing more often than not.  Not because I don’t love veggies – I do.  For me though, protein and fat is much easier to grab on the go than non-starchy vegetables are.  Veggies require some preparation, while beef jerky is ready in the time it takes to pull open the packet.  If I had time to eat breakfast at work it was protein and fat heavy – scrambles, omelets, bacon and sausage being the only options other than the usual array of starchy, sugary *inSANEity.  The café at my day job just doesn’t have a lot of veggies floating around at 7 am.  If I did manage to pack a lunch it was usually some protein grabbed from the meat drawer, some non-fat Greek yogurt, or cottage cheese.  Dinner more often than not comprised of more protein from the meat drawer, yogurt, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs.  It wasn’t just lack of physical time, it was also a complete lack of energy or desire to do anything other than sleep when I got in the door.

After finding out that my adrenal glands were on a go-slow I scampered home and did some research.  Funnily enough I learned that the best diet for supporting your adrenal glands is what we call *SANE.  No surprise there then.  I also learned that when you eat is critical to supporting your adrenal glands function, so the first thing I did was get serious about eating 3 meals a day.  NO. MATTER. WHAT.  Eating good food before 10 am is vital – skipping breakfast had to stop, even though I rarely wake up hungry.  My adrenals were depending on me to send some good energy coursing through my veins as soon as I swung my legs over the side of the bed.

The other thing that happened that forced me to become laser-focused on *SANE eating was that after I got my stress and sleep under control, and started doing my eccentrics and interval training every week, my appetite tanked.  Given the small amount of food I could consume at one sitting, I had to focus on eating super-SANE in order to get enough nutrients into my body.

Those two things – needing to eat breakfast and having a very small appetite – led to me developing The Hardcore Green Smoothie.  It takes a couple of minutes to make, is not huge, and is about the *SANEst thing you could possibly drink.  Making this smoothie is the first thing that I do every day after my feet hit the floor.  It also gets 6 servings of non-starchy veg inside me before I’ve been awake for 15 minutes.  Just drinking this smoothie every day increased my overall *SANEity dramatically over where I had been.

I now eat lunch and dinner every single day.  Somewhere between noon and 1 pm you will find me eating a bowl of scrumptious SANE soup or protein with salad, and somewhere between 6 and 7 pm I’ll be guzzling down some protein and delicious veggies.  On the odd occasion I feel the need for a snack I eat a handful of roasted hazelnuts or macadamias.  Now I am focused on *SANE eating, as opposed to just not eating *inSANE foods.

Now that my body is in fat-burning mode – and I have fat to burn – my appetite is reduced, so there is no room for other SANE treats.  Once my appetite increases again I will simply add some SANE treats on top of my current regimen, but what I am doing now has become my new baseline way of eating.

So what made these changes possible?

  • Making a commitment to myself.  I determined that eating 3 meals of highly nutritious food every day was critical to my recovery and long-term wellbeing, and I made the decision that this was non-negotiable.
  • Refusing to leave the house in the morning before I’ve had a Hardcore Green Smoothie, or at the very least making it and carrying it out the door with me.
  • Grocery shopping twice a week instead of once every other week, so I always have fresh veggies (especially all that spinach!) in the house.
  • Focusing on getting protein and non-starchy veggies first, and then filling in any gaps with whole-food fats.
  • Having stuff ready in advance for the work-week.  Pre-cooking a pile of turkey or salmon burgers, hard-boiling eggs, making big batches of my soups, cutting up veggies in advance – either to eat raw or be ready to cook.  Having proteins and veggies ready to go mean I eat even when I don’t have the time or energy to cook.  This little trick may horrify some of you, because I am after all supposed to be the chef around here.  I am unrepentant.  I’ve started adding pre-cooked chicken pieces to my Trader Joe’s shopping list.  Now you very well may think that’s being lazy, but if I come home late at night I know myself well enough to know that I am not going to start cooking.  Having some pre-cooked chicken and salad ready in 2 minutes is *way* better than not eating, stuffing down something *inSANE, or swinging by the drive-through.  *SANE eating when you are tired is infinitely more important than feeling morally superior for cooking the chicken yourself.  So these days I always have some pre-cooked chicken on hand for such occasions.  Whatever makes it more likely that we will do more *SANE eating is what we should do.

The two things that had the biggest impact for me in terms of making these changes were 1) recognizing that I had inadvertently got off track, and 2) making a commitment to eating 3 meals of highly nutritious food every day.  Once I got my head sorted out with those 2 things, figuring out what I needed to do came easily, and putting it into action was just practicing until they became habits.  Now I don’t even have to think about food, yet I am eating healthier than I ever have.  Not to mention that less things to think about = a more peaceful life.

If your fat-loss has stalled, it’s worth a look to see if you are erring on the side of not eating *inSANE foods rather than *SANE eating, or skipping meals too often.  A little tweak could make all the difference.

 

*SANE™, inSANE, SANEity – terms used in Jonathan Bailor’s books, The Smarter Science of Slim (out of print) and The Calorie Myth.

What does SANE mean? Click here.Want more scrumptious recipes? Click here to check out my SANE Cookbooks!

Susan - Thank you for sharing. I am a single person and I tend to eat the same thing several times a week. I cook but it’s very difficult to create just one portion of something. I do freeze food into serving portions though. I don’t like to shop for anything so the thought of grocery shopping twice a week is not appealing but maybe that is exactly what I need to do.
Again, thanks for sharing.

Terry - Wow…I have my eyes and ears open now. I have been eating pretty SANE but have not been eating with purpose. Thanks for the wake up call! I have my marching orders now. I need to be purposeful in my eating.

Thanks, Carrie.

Pat Otto - It seems so counterintuitive to eat when you are not hungry. I would make your soups then blend them to be able to drink down more at a time. Now warm weather is here (in Florida – 80’s already) so soups aren’t as appealing. I have not been able to chug down blended salads – tastes to me like eating grass clippings – also there are lots of blogs that say don’t eat raw spinach or kale, only cooked.
Good point about not eating insane – but not eating Sane either – that has been me. Thanks for the post. I will make and effort to get back on the (veggie)wagon.

Betta - Hi Carrie,
Thank you so much for your recent posts, “magically” they came at the right time. I have been listening to your podcast and reading your blog since last October, and thanks to you and Jonathan I finally felt really well. Unfortunately after my dad’s death a month ago, I felt off the wagon…. Your posts gave me the motivation and the strength to pick up where I left…. Thank you!!

carrie - Susan – I don’t like shopping either! However, the benefits of always having fresh veggies in the house have far outweighed the negatives of nipping into TJ’s for 15 minutes twice a week to grab them, so I just do it.

lee adley - So the amount of spinach in this smoothie is equivalent then to 6 potions of green veg??

Shannon - I know this struggle. I have my work week down. For me, it is the weekend because we are usually running out of food. If I want to go out on a Friday night, the weekend is messed up because I haven’t bought groceries yet. Plus my focus is on my children’s events (baseball, etc). I’m starting to realize that I might have to plan twice a week rather than once.

If this mom, family of 5 and all boys, can get her whole family to eat SANE, I know you can do it too. Planning ahead is the key to success.

carrie - Lee – I say 1 oz spinach = 1 serving

carrie - Shannon – planning really does make it SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much easier to reach our goals!

Pam - Carrie – your message was SO TIMELY! I realize that I have been doing exactly what you said for the exact reasons you stated. Easier to grab a protein/fat serving on the go than to grab veggies – time for me to start making those smoothies AND more soups. I’m really new to SANE eating although I’ve been listening to the podcasts for a long time but have never really committed to a completely SANE lifestyle! I have been avoiding ‘inSane’ but not eating totally SANE. So, WOW thanks for the inspiration – again :-)

Lori - Carrie, I found myself doing the same thing. I’m lucky that the cafe in my office building makes amazing omelets chock full of onions and green peppers. And the omelets are so big I can never finish the whole thing.

One of the things that has become my savior is the veggie steamer bags in the frozen food section of the grocery store. My freezer gets jam packed full of them and I bring them into the office on Monday to keep me going for the week. Every afternoon – between lunch and before I leave, I pop one of them in the office microwave and bam – 4 servings at least – depending on the veggie of the day. I top it off with a little Kerrygold butter and I’m happy, though it is tough not to overdo the butter. I figure if a little butter helps to get the veggies in – I’m ok.

Monica - The pics of the soup and the salad look Amazing. . . recipe? :))

Susan - Could you post a recipe for salmon burgers please.

carrie - Hi Susan – the Salmon Burgers that I refer to are from Costco – they come ready made. I will get to a made-from-scratch Salmon Burger recipe at some point, just cannot tell you when. Hope that helps!

Noor - Dear Carrie,
First – thank you for sharing your lovely recipes and experiences!
I found this particular blog very personal and interesting because I struggle with weight management due to cortisone production. I have a rare autoimmune condition – Addisons disease. Basically, my immune system attacked my adrenal glands and destroyed them. I have to take cortisone replacements every day for the rest of my life. I used to be able to eat anything I wanted and maintain a healthy weight. Now, I just need to smell a piece of sweet or indulgent savory and the kilos pile on.
I have been trying to follow the SANE lifestyle but struggle to do it properly because I also have to follow the FODMAP diet and can’t eat many of the vegetables you use in your recipes. I have not seen any results yet and I have been trying to follow SANE eating as much has possible for two months now. I think that is because every time I get sick, I need to increase my cortisone intake and I gain weight rapidly even though I watch what I eat.
As you also had trouble with your adrenal glands, do you have any advice for me? Is it possible for me to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight without gaining so much every time I need to increase my cortisone?
Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Jared K. - Great post, Carrie.

The distinction you make is SO important, and it’s very easy to get lost in our modern society that says “I don’t want to read. Just tell me what I can and can’t eat”.

It’s not only the absence of bad stuff that helps us be more healthful. That’s only one part of the equation.

It’s just as (if not more) important to add in the nutrient dense foods.

As Jonathan would say, please keep the “knowledge bombs” coming. ;-)

carrie - Noor – I am in no way qualified to help you with your condition, but you might like to connect with the Drs over on the SANE and ECCENTRIC Facebook forum: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SANEandEccentric/ Hope that helps! And keep on keeping on!

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Evelyn - Carrie,
Thank you so much for continuing to inspire me (and everyone else of course). I read your comment about being a poster person for Jonathon and had to laugh. Actually, the fact that it’s taken you awhile to get down to the weight you wanted is JUST the poster child he needs. I’m sure all of us have got stuck at some point and the fact that you found ways to continue your weight loss journey is a huge advantage for all of us. Personally, reading your article gave me encourgement to continue to eat healthy and to look at other areas of my life which need some tweaking.
I’m happy that you are finding new-found peace Carrie. As for creating new recipes, I wouldn’t worry too much. You have given us SO MUCH I’m sure we can all find more than enough to keep us going.
By the way, LOVED your cookbooks!!!
hugs,
Evelyn

carrie - Thanks for all the love Evelyn!!!

SANE SWAG! (Updated!)

Just dropping in to say, “Hello, lovely Calorie Myth’ers!”

I hope your week is going brilliantly.  I come bearing tidings of great joy.  Following a bevy of requests, I’ve been doing a different kind of creating for you over the last couple of weeks: SWAG.  Better than that: SANE SWAG.  Because going SANE is just funner if you have some SWAG to brighten life up, to help keep you on track, to motivate you, to amuse you, and otherwise inspire you to keep moving forward towards the SANEst version of yourself.

There’s mugs, t-shirts, water bottles, journals, hoodies, magnets, even baseball caps and aprons.  You can go directly to my little store here (US) or you can get a preview of all the goodness by visiting this page.  Not in the US?  I have set up stores for you in the following countries:

US    |    CANADA    |    UK    |    GERMANY    |    SPAIN    |    FRANCE    |    AUSTRALIA    |    NEW ZEALAND    |    BRASIL

I have also put an easy link in the menu bar  above under “STORE” so you can easily find everything again.  I hope you love it all.  I hope it helps you on your journey.  I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

Have something you want but don’t see it?  Want your favorite inspirational quote on something?  Have a great idea for something different?  Let me know and I’ll create it!

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The fine print: It’s true. I make a 5% commission on sales, which while giving me just a small amount per purchase, all adds up to help keep the lights on and the wheels turning over here on this blog – and keeps it ad free.

Get yourself some fun stuff and in doing so support your favorite (?!) SANE chef!!  Every little helps, and I cannot tell you how hugely your support is appreciated.

Whatever makes you feel good, do more of that.

 

 

 

*SANE™, inSANE, SANEity – terms used in Jonathan Bailor’s books, The Smarter Science of Slim (out of print) and The Calorie Myth.

What does SANE mean? Click here.Want more scrumptious recipes? Click here to check out my SANE Cookbooks!

SANE SWAG!

This post was updated and replaced with this one.

 

The second version is SO much better!

 

Happy Friday!

*SANE™, inSANE, SANEity – terms used in Jonathan Bailor’s books, The Smarter Science of Slim (out of print) and The Calorie Myth.

What does SANE mean? Click here.Want more scrumptious recipes? Click here to check out my SANE Cookbooks!

Fi - Love lOve love!!
Just went thru to order tee, magnet, hoodie, mug…. But as I’m in uk, shipping came to nearly twice as much as the goods!!!! So I’m afraid, Carrie, I won’t be able to order! But, I do love them!!!

carrie - FI! You can!!! I set up a local UK Store for you: http://www.zazzle.co.uk/CarrieBrownBlog?rf=238386382098264295 Happy shopping! I also updated a new post with links to all the local stores. Hope that helps!

Fi - Awesome!! Off there to order now!! So cool!!
Can we get the ‘screw the scale’ design on magnet/tee too? And how about something with ‘resistance not reps’? X

carrie - The new products should be live tomorrow, Fi!

The Transformation: Yoga

I’ve often wondered about yoga.  For the most part, in my little world at least, it has fallen into the category of exercise, so while I was fascinated by it I wasn’t actually going to do it.  The hot yoga or Bikram craze was particularly unsettling.  Who in their right mind would want to hold their body in strange positions that make your muscles scream in a room heated to 105 degrees filled with a boatload of groaning people dripping with sweat for 90 minutes at a time?  NOT ME.

For the last 6 months the very thought of adding ONE. MORE. THING. to my life was enough to make me want to close the blinds, lock the doors, switch my phone off and hide behind the sofa with at least one cat, possibly two, with my hands over my ears singing “La la la la la la”.  Then I was thrown off the merry-go round in a most unladylike fashion and had to take stock.

I needed something to help me relax, stretch my muscles, increase flexibility, and most of all quieten my mind.  Once the frenetic pace of my life stopped back in late January I found things about yoga popping up in front of me constantly.  Everywhere I looked I saw yoga, and when things start to consistently appear in my life like that I generally sit up and pay attention.  Plus, you know, The Bailornator does yoga, and since I hang on his every word – or at least an awful lot of them – I thought I should at minimum take a peek to see if it might benefit me.  My therapist beamed when I mentioned to him that I was thinking about yoga.  That made 2 out of the 3 most influential people in my life giving yoga the thumbs up.  I took it all as a sign.

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Contrary to my long-bestowed label of ‘exercise’, one of yoga’s primary benefits is the alleviation of stress, and heaven knows I needed some of that.  Turns out that practicing yoga helps control your body and your mind.  Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines resulting in a peaceful body and mind, stress management, and relaxation. It helps increase flexibility, muscle strength and body tone. It improves respiration, energy, vitality, and sleep.  Yes!  Please!  I could get on-board with all of that.

At first, being the shy, retiring type, I gravitated towards DVDs that I could use at home, alone with only a handful of four-legged friends to snicker at my antics, but as with doing my eccentrics I realized that there is power in putting it out there and committing to joining a class.  A class also offers the right environment for yoga – everyone is doing the same thing, lights turned down, soft music playing, and there’s nothing to disrupt the flow.  I can only imagine how many seconds I’d be lying on the floor or holding some intricate pose before Mr. McHenry or Dougal felt obligated to wander over to see if I was OK, try and get under the mat, climb on my lap, or swing on my pony tail.  Shutting them out of the room would be an option except then I’d have 12 little furry feet poking under the door or frantically pawing at it like the house was on fire.  Since the gym where I do my eccentrics offers a restorative yoga class one evening a week at no cost to members, I was all in.  Restorative yoga focuses on holding poses and breathing rather than doing anything energetic.

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My first class was a revelation.  MY BRAIN WAS QUIET FOR 75 MINUTES ! ! ! ! ! ! !  I am certain I am remembering accurately when I say that is the first time that has ever happened, other than when I am on a road-trip – driving solo through the wilds of Montana or Wyoming, Utah, California or some other wondrous landscape; outside of that my brain is always working on something, and it was high time it stopped for a re-boot.

What I’ve found since doing a yoga class every week is that I am able to consciously turn my brain off with more and more ease whenever I feel the need.  Shutting my brain off regularly gives me more clarity, more peace, more creativity, and more brainpower when it’s on.  It’s like everything else that’s *SANE – quality, not quantity is what gets us the results we’re after.  Yoga has enabled me to effectively rest my brain, which has lead to more high-quality thinking and less low-quality thinking.

On the physical side I’ve found my flexibility increasing rapidly, as well as an improvement in muscle tone.  Given that I am doing eccentric exercises weekly I can’t tell whether yoga is contributing to my muscle strength or not, but even if it’s not, I’m mighty happy with all the other things it has brought to my life.

Now that I have been to several classes and the poses are not so new to me, on evenings when I feel like I could use a little rejuvenation and relaxation I’ll spend 10 minutes doing some yoga right here at home.

It always helps.

 

PS. As with anything new involving your body, it’s wise to check with your Dr. before starting yoga as it is not without risks to some people with certain health conditions.

*SANE™, inSANE, SANEity – terms used in Jonathan Bailor’s books, The Smarter Science of Slim (out of print) and The Calorie Myth.

What does SANE mean? Click here.Want more scrumptious recipes? Click here to check out my SANE Cookbooks!

Sarah - You’ve *almost* convinced me to give it another try. In the past I’ve found it boring (I love resistance training – call me crazy) . And haven’t found an inspiring instructor :(

doug spence - I just use yoga for balancing my muscles and posture. I’ve never tried to use it for the mental aspect.

I do love yoga, though.

Maree - Hello Carrie,

I would not miss my Yoga class. I have 70 minutes or more of being in the “Now”. I am concentrating so hard on getting that pose just right, there is no time for “monkey mind” activity. I am a lot older than you and my flexibility is becoming a real challenge. Yoga helps and instead of feeling tired I always feel rejuvinated after I have finished the class. It doesn’t matter that sometimes I can’t get my body to do some the poses. Other women in the class are in the same boat. But, by the end of the year, I reckon I will be able to do most if not all poses. I repeat – I would not miss my Yoga class!!

carrie - Sarah – I thought the same thing for the first half of my first class…BORING!!!…but by the end of it I felt so revived from the lack of mental stimulation and focusing on my body and breathing that I was converted!

carrie - Congrats Maree! How awesome!

carrie - Doug – it was the opposite for me. I did it for the mental aspect and am now discovering the physical benefits!

Matilda - I’ve done yoga at home, but it’s nothing like doing it in a class.
I have actually tired Bikram yoga. I must admit I was uncertain how I would go in a hot room for 90mins but I was surprised. Yeah it’s hot (but it helps your muscles), and you sweat heaps, but the time goes by so fast, and I feel awesome afterwards in my body and in my mind.
I must go back and do another class. Thanks for the reminder.

Big Breakfast Adventure | Joule

There ain’t nothing quite like hanging with a gal pal over glorious food and brilliant conversation on a cold and drizzly February Sunday morning.  Especially if that brilliant food is made by someone else and all you have to do is show up.  I’m really good at showing up.

I’m also behind, for those of you who noticed that I just said ‘February’ in a post dated ’27th March’.  I am leaning towards blaming my trip down to California for the backlog of Big Breakfast Adventures, although having been back for 5 weeks now that seems a bit of a stretch.  I maintain my stance that glorious food on a Sunday in February is awesome – whenever it is I finally get around to writing about it.

I arrived early.  So early Joule’s doors were a good 20 minutes from unlocking.  Wendi was late.  A good 30 minutes after Joule’s doors were flung open.  She had a great excuse – the 520 bridge was closed.  If you know Seattle then you’ll know that when they close the 520 bridge the trek to get across Lake Washington is not short.  But let me tell you – Wendi is worth waiting for.  She is the funniest lawyer I know.

Perched on my bar stool at the Chef’s Counter I supped on peppermint tea while watching the chefs busy themselves preparing brunch for the hungry hordes that descended moments after opening.  If you want a seat at Joule, come early.

The Big Breakfast Adventure  |  Joule  |  Carrie Brown
Sunday Brunch at Joule is decidedly different to your average brunch.  There’s a list of dishes on the menu – several of which are *SANE – but also included is helping yourself to the communal buffet, and as we soon discovered, Joule’s buffet is a revelation.  Fresh veggies everywhere!  Hurrah!
The Big Breakfast Adventure  |  Joule  |  Carrie Brown
Hello, Kale Salad!
The Big Breakfast Adventure  |  Joule  |  Carrie Brown
Hello, Shrimp and Cauliflower Salad!
The Big Breakfast Adventure  |  Joule  |  Carrie Brown
Hello, Coconut Milk & Citrus Salad!
The Big Breakfast Adventure  |  Joule  |  Carrie Brown
I decided on the Omelet with maitake mushroom, Chinese celery, and truffle oil to accompany my pile of vegetable *SANEity from the buffet.  One of the most interesting meals I’ve had in quite a while.
The Big Breakfast Adventure  |  Joule  |  Carrie Brown
Wendi opted for the Pancetta with bacon, breakfast sausage, and apple salad.  I had toyed with the idea of the bacon, too.  As it turned out I got to share some of Wendi’s since she added scrambled eggs to her plate and found she couldn’t tuck away all the bacon as well.  It’s good to have friends.

I am entirely enthused about our visit to Joule.  The food was fantastic, and I didn’t have to change a thing to reach my goal of a lovely *SANE plate of fodder.  The staff were a delight, the atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming.  Plus there was Wendi to inject witty and enlightening chatter to the mix.  What a great Sunday brunch!

As we were getting ready to depart Wendi asked me if I had ridden the Seattle Great Wheel down on the waterfront.  I hadn’t.

“Let’s go ride it!” she squealed.

Never mind the drizzle or the vestiges of snow left from earlier wintry offerings, it was a beautiful ride soaring high above the city and the Sound, it’s slow, gentle pace making a very relaxing and peaceful moment in time.  A brilliant reminder to sit back, breathe, and take a look at the big picture every once in a while.

Then there was a steaming mug of peppermint tea at Starbucks before heading to our homes for whatever else Sunday had in store.

Eating good food, connecting with good friends, and riding the big wheel even though you don’t have children.  Whatever makes you feel good – do more of that.

 

*SANE™, inSANE, SANEity – terms used in Jonathan Bailor’s books, The Smarter Science of Slim (out of print) and The Calorie Myth.

What does SANE mean? Click here.Want more scrumptious recipes? Click here to check out my SANE Cookbooks!

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