So many parts of my life are due for a serious reboot. My health. My photography and jewelry making. This blog.
As far as my health is concerned, I had every intention of getting on the right track last year after my breast cancer diagnosis. But after the third round of chemotherapy, I hit a wall. A big brick wall. Up until that point, I had been walking every day and eating really well. And then that wall. I didn’t even put up a fight.
Not long after the fourth (and final) round of chemo, I started six weeks of radiation, which brings with it increasing fatigue and stress. It would have been easier to cope with all of it if I had only kept walking. The exhaustion was more than I could handle.
After treatment, my trademark procrastination kicked in. Even when I was feeling better, I didn’t stay focused on exercising and eating well. I went through several starts and stops and never stayed dedicated. So here I am. Weighing more than I ever have in my life.
I decided that I need accountability to get back on track and stay on track. Even if that means going totally public during my journey. Totally public on a seldom-visited blog. Where I have disabled the feature that automatically pushes posts to Facebook. Hey. They’ll still push to Twitter. It’s a start.
I’m giving myself the same advice I would give to any other person in my situation: You can only move forward from here.
Wish me luck.
In addition to my new lemon water ritual, I’ve started drinking matcha tea, which has some pretty amazing health benefits. I was apprehensive to to try it, because when I drink regular green tea, I prefer it to be flavored with something else, like ginger and honey. But because it’s so good for you, I really wanted to try matcha.
The proper tea-to-water ratio is about 1 teaspoon of matcha to 2 1/2 ounces of hot water. I started with the recommended amount for newbies: 1/4 teaspoon of tea, and I used a full 3 ounces of water. I was surprised by how much I liked it, and within a few days I increased the tea to 1/2 teaspoon to 3 ounces of water. I like that ratio, and I’m not sure when or if I’ll increase to the full teaspoon.
There are several grades of matcha, from the finest of ceremonial grades, which can cost more than $60 for 20 grams (yikes), to much more affordable grades that can be used for making smoothies and lattes. I’ve been drinking a “teahouse” grade, which costs around $17 for 20 grams at Whole Foods. Twenty grams will normally yield 10 bowls of matcha, but I get 20 bowls out of it.
The health benefits are the same for all grades.
I’ve been enjoying the very Zen ritual of making matcha, and I’m looking forward to exploring more kinds of tea, especially loose teas. If you have any recommendations (preferably organic), please leave a comment or drop me a line.
Last month I bought a copy of Best Green Drinks Ever. I had a feeling it was going to be a great book when the woman behind me in line at Target told me how much she loved it.
One of my favorite recipes so far is this cocoa-blueberry-kale number. It sounds weird, I know—but it grows on you.
Whey to Go!
Slightly adapted from Best Green Drinks Ever
1 cup nut milk of your choice
1/2 cup frozen berries (blueberries or mixed berries)
1 cup kale
1 scoop chocolate-flavored whey
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 scoop (45 mg) stevia extract (I use Trader Joe’s)
3 ice cubes
Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend well.