Tuesday, December 29, 2015

30 day Green Smoothie Challenge

I just put up all the info HERE.

I've been reading Dr. Greger's book, finished it actually.  After doing so I concluded that we're eating really well except we need to eat more fruit. We've coincidentally fallen off the green smoothie wagon so when I found out about this 30 day challenge it was a no-brainer.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Doggie TM Update

The dogs love the treadmill. If it's open they'll run in and sit on it hoping we'll turn it on. I gave up putting all four of them on together because there's really not enough room.  I also didn't want to mess up their habit of walking in heel position. So one of us walks in front and they walk in heel. Eventually we'll get rid of the leads but I also don't want to mess up their habit of walking with a slack lead.

They all have different TM personalities. Reilly will usually get right down to business, slipping quickly into pack drive with his tail and head down. Fionn is next closely followed by Hutch. Fionna likes to play around, running ahead, riding back, she's like that outside as well. The video is silent but we typically play music and talk to them while we walk.  What's their favorite music you ask? A brisk Irish fiddle piece closely followed by Loreena Mckennitt ballads. What can I say? They're Irish Jacks!





For comparison can find their first session HERE.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Unexpected Christmas Gift

Several years ago a coworker gave me a cutting of a Christmas Cactus. It was teeny tiny, just two segments. It's grown into a small but healthy plant but has yet to bloom.... until now!

This week I noticed that it has light colored buds. When she gave it to me she was unsure what color the blooms would be as the plant that the segments had come from was gifted to her and hadn't yet bloomed.

I have a Christmas Cactus that blooms red in the same window. Due to the natural light it actually blooms at Christmas. I consider those blooms a gift from Mother Nature. These new blooms are an extra unexpected gift and I'm ridiculously excited to watch them grow and wait for them to bloom so I can see their final color.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

It's a Wrap!!

This morning I finished my T-Tapp 10 day Bootcamp. Originally I planned on doing T-Tapp Tempo Total Body plus some extra T-Tapp moves each day. I ended up doing First Step WO 1, First Step WO 2, and Senior Fit. Because those workouts are so long I didn't do any extras.

Now I move on to T-Tapp every other day for 14 days. On the other days I'll do two T-Tapp moves and either rebound or do really easy Firms, like the Basic workouts. I want to be able to push my T-Tapp workouts hard so easier traditional workouts are necessary. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

T-Tapp Bootcamp

I'm doing one. :) Today is actually Day 8 of a 10 day Bootcamp. If you're not familiar with T-Tapp you might be scratching your head and wondering what I'm talking about, so allow me to explain.

T-Tapp Bootcamps aren't what most people think of when they think Bootcamp. Basically a T-Tapp Bootcamp is when you do a T-Tapp workout for a run of days. 4, 7, 10, or 14 are most common. Back in the day the rules were strict and you would use only certain workouts. Personally, I was born to fly in the face of rules so I use whatever T-Tapp workout I want to.

I'm currently using the streaming workout, First Step Workout 2. I did a brief review of it HERE.

This Bootcamp is part of my hybrid T-Tapp Model's Blitz/Firm 90 Day Rotation. So far so good!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

T-Tapp First Step Workout 1 and Barre Warm-up

I reviewed this workout HERE.  I'm using it to complete the bootcamp that is the kickoff of my T-Tapp Model's Blitz/Firm 90 Day hybrid rotation. You can find out more about the specials HERE.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Overnight Oats

We tried THIS recipe for the first time for breakfast this morning. It's amazingly simple to make and tastes terrific.  Her website recipe is for one serving. I doubled the Chia, oats and almond milk and it made two to three servings depending upon how much fruit you add. You could also add dried cranberries and raisins or other dried fruit instead of fresh fruit. We also sprinkled ours with a tablespoon of raw sunflower seeds.  Delicious,healthy and satisfying.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Moving Toward Minimalism

At this point applying any word that has "minimal" as a root to our life would be a joke. We still have too darn much stuff.

But we're getting there. Every week another box of donations for our recycling center goes out the door and our possessions decrease by a bit.

It really is true that letting go of excess encourages you to let go of more excess.

Less IS more!

Monday, November 23, 2015

16 reasons why JRTs are the WORST indoor dog breeds EVER!

THIS brief article gave me the biggest chuckle this morning! Hope it makes you smile too! Remember that grinning is anti-aging face exercise in the form of joy!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Walking While We Can

The last two mornings have been beautiful and sunny but the temperatures have been in the 20s. Yesterday it occurred to me that our dog walks are going to get shorter and shorter as the weather gets colder and the days shorter.

So I ditched my rotation plan for the time being in order to use that time for longer morning walks with the dogs. Our afternoon walk start time has already been pushed back to 3 pm from 4:30 pm due to the earlier sunset.

I know I'll still get a couple T-Tapp sessions into my week and a little rebounding.

What can I say? You have to grab opportunities before they disappear.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Exercise Your Face?

In the past I've been faithful to facial exercise for a while and I do think it made a difference. The thing that always stopped me was time. It's hard enough to find the time to bend, tuck, stretch and strengthen your body let alone find a half an hour three times a week for your face!

Then a friend mentioned Eva Fraser and mentioned that her method takes very little time to accomplish.  This picture is Eva at 80! So I did what any bargain loving woman with a mission would do. I did an internet search and then visited amazon for a used copy of her book!

Well the book arrived and the exercises do take only minutes to accomplish. 
Interestingly enough some of the beginner exercises are variations on a smile.
Maybe I'll just work on doing more things that encourage me to smile. Sounds sensible.

Seriously though, here's Eva in a video. Pretty interesting lady.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Two Dogs on a Treadmill?

I put up an initial video of the dogs walking on the treadmill HERE. They've really improved even though they've only used it a few more times when it was pouring rain all day. Fionna doesn't even need a safety harness though one of us always stands by for safety's sake.



I'm pretty sure we could eventually get three of them on at once but four would probably be pushing it. And four dogs and a cat at the same time? Now that would be just plain crazy. ;)


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Batch Cooking with the Happy Herbivore

Erin asked me to talk about batch cooking and how I go about it.

The meal plan actually makes it pretty easy. If you go to THE WEBSITE you can get a free sample meal plan and see what I'm talking about. When you subscribe to the meal plan you also have access to a video showing Lindsey batch cooking.  The first time I batch cooked it took me forever but with each subsequent week I get better and better at it. I also keep streamlining my kitchen setup. Here's my current routine.

On Wednesdays I download and print the meal plan for the following week. I'm a geek and will admit I can't wait to see what I'll be making and we'll be eating so I can't wait for Wednesday to dawn.

I print a separate copy of the grocery list, the ingredient batch cooking list, the ingredient prep list, and the once a week cooking order.

On Thursdays I tidy my fridges - I have two - one counter depth and medium sized and a dorm sized as well. Then I go through the printed grocery list and cross off anything I already have in my fridge, freezer, or pantry. As I follow the meal plan longer and longer I'm finding that I'm better prepared and cross off more and more. I add any extra produce and household stuff to the list. I also read through the recipes to see if there are changes I need to make to pull the recipes into Eat To Live compliance. This all sounds like it would take forever but it's actually pretty quick and easy.  As for changes, an example would be that when a recipe calls for ketchup I use tomato paste instead to avoid extra sugar. I can get Ketchup with no added sugar but tomato paste is cheaper and the end result is just as good.

On Fridays I do my grocery shopping and batch cook things like beans and whole grains. If I'm going to need a cup and a half of black beans I'll cook a pound and freeze the extras in one cup portions. That way the next time I need black beans I'll just pull them out of the freezer. My Instant Pot makes this process simple because I don't need to soak the beans before cooking. I just put them in the IP, cover them with water, set the IP and walk away. In about an hour I have perfect beans. Brown rice is even faster!

Saturdays I do my cooking marathon usually while doing laundry at the same time. Doesn't sound exciting? It isn't but the excitement comes each night at dinner time when I don't have to cook.

Before I start cooking I set up my kitchen. I have a cutting board next to the sink. I fill a dish pan with warm soapy water so I can wash up as I go. If I'll need the food processor I set it up now. I also set up my 360 Cutter. I got mine for much less as part of a now discontinued bundle but this thing is worth every penny! I found THIS KNOCKOFF but I'm not sure how long it would last. I really don't need to use the Ingredient prep list because I can dice an onion or squash or slice vegetables in no time. I just set it up and put a big stainless steel bowl under it and consider it my chopping station.

Once the kitchen is set up I begin cooking. I use the "Once a week cooking order" sheet that comes with the meal plan on Wednesdays. I pretty much follow it as written though yesterday I threw together the last recipe as the next to last recipe was simmering.

When you first start doing this your inclination is to do only one recipe at a time but eventually you find yourself simultaneously making 4 or even 5 recipes at the same time and that saves time.

I also recommend doing clean up as you go. That way you end up with a full fridge and a clean kitchen when you are done.

Basically, that's it! I hope it makes sense. If you have questions please feel free to ask them. I don't consider myself an expert yet but I'll try to answer them.






Saturday, November 14, 2015

Curly Girl

After a year of Deva cuts and products
This was three days after washing.
I thought I had done a review of this book and of the Deva hair products and the Deva cut on Serendipity! but a search didn't turn anything up.

THIS BOOK, THESE PRODUCTS, and a Deva Cut by a certified Deva Stylist was the best thing that has ever happened to my hair!

In my current avatar my hair is curly-ish but my oh my what I had to do to get those curls and after about 6 hours they would begin to fall. In part that was because of the coating traditional products leave on hair.

These days, thanks to my cut, products and styling techniques my hair has more curls, styling it takes minutes and the abundant curls stay all winter.

Dry cold is the enemy of curls but I just got THIS Deva set for Winter and it's fantastic! I thought the coconut cream would be too heavy but I can just use less and it really locks in the moisture.

The biggest change for me was not shampooing daily. What a time saver! I shampoo 2-3 times a week and in between simply wet my hands, turn my head upside down, scrunch and go.

Another crazy factoid. I'm 60 but don't color my hair. My healthy eating reversed my grey hair to the point of just a few blowfish looking strands. Freaky, eh?
This was after cut number 1
I was still coloring my hair too.

Friday, November 13, 2015

What if you combined....

The T-Tapp Model's Blitz with The Firm 90 Day Rotation and then simplified the whole thing in order to provide flexibility while avoiding over training?

I'm thinking of doing this very thing. I have some concrete approaches and just need to flesh it out on paper.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Serendipity!

That's the blog attached to our massage therapy website. I'm trying to keep the posts there more about Therapeutic Massage and Restorative Exercise and the posts here more personal. Sometimes the two intersect. For those times I'll share under the label of Serendipity!

I'm starting new series of posts on Serendipity. I'm calling it the "Fixing"  series. It will deal with the positive aesthetic body changes that often accompany improved body alignment. In other words, those pudgy inner knees you dislike could very well be connected to your knee or hip pain. They may also magically melt away (along with the pain) once you become better aligned. If you're interested in reading the you can follow the first link above.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Quick Check in

I've been MIA because life has been busy but I thought I'd do a quick check in.

I've continued my switch up rotation and have been enjoying it. I'll probably switch things up again this coming week. I have to flesh out the plan.

I want to make note that when I list multiple DVDS and fitness activities I am only doing 15-25 minutes of each. My "workouts" (I think of them as play.) Never exceed 50-70 minutes total. The dog walks are extra but usually don't exceed 2-3 miles total, rarely 4.

We're still loving the food plan. Later today I'll shop, make some beans for the freezer and for this week's recipes. Friday evening and Saturdays are busy days around here!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Switch up!

Saturday I had an urge to do Calanetics - another oldie but goodie - it felt wonderful and left me sooo relaxed! Yesterday I decided to switch things up. I did T-Tapp UB, Joyce Vedral's Quick Quartet UB and a Bellicon Warm-up that bounced out my tight spots. Today I did T-Tapp PBS and T-Tapp Twist as a warm-up then Hit the Floor in the morning and then a Charlene Prickett low impact aerobics session on my Bellicon after dinner.  Also 12 one-on-one sessions with the dogs. Extremely time consuming but so much fun! They are doing so well! It's a ton of fun to train them!!

Friday, October 30, 2015

T-Tapp Bootcamp

It seems my new rotation, now almost a week old, has prompted me to do a T-Tapp Bootcamp of sorts.

I had planned to do a slight switch up next week but find myself wanting to hang with this rotation. I haven't decided for sure but think I'll keep some elements and switch out other elements and revisit this week's plan later. Exercise is helping me to keep my sanity right now. Actually, it always helps me keep my sanity. Exercise and believe it or not greens, lots and lots of greens. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Loving this rotation!

Yesterday I did T-Tapp LB, a short but intense rebounding session with an emphasis on high tuck jumps where you jump high, tuck your feet up and then "stick" the landing for a LB emphasis followed by two dog walks.  I finished with Balance Ball LB.

This morning I was up before 5 to do T-Tapp Torso and a short Core Rebounder set followed by a dog walk. Drum roll pulleez! All four dogs walked together, side by side. I'll try to post a. Pic later. We're on our way to their follow-up session with the trainers. I'll do Balance Ball Abs later tonight.

I woke up this morning excited to realize today is the day that the meal plan for next week comes out! So fun to see the new recipes

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I'm on the Ball

I started my new rotation yesterday. I'm starting out with T-Tapp, balance ball and rebounding and of course the ever present dog walks.

Last night I did T-Tapp arms, a short rebounding segment with one pound weights (they were too light but who knew ahead of time?) And balance ball upper body. It was a nice light workout but starting out with the T-Tapp pre-toasted my arms.

I plan to use LB and torso variations of this combo for the rest of the week and then possibly morph the rotation by changing the dvds.

I can do it together or break it apart depending upon my day. Speaking of day, this one needs to get rolling! Have a good day!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Time Crunch

The end of any month is always a busy time for me, this month exceptionally so. It feels great to know I've got healthy meals for the week prepped and ready to roll. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The dogs are Loving the Treadmill!

This morning dawned windy, cold and rainy. The dogs went out to do their thing without issue but when the time came for morning walks it was pouring. That means treadmill walks for each dog. I was really surprised at their excitement when they each discovered the treadmill set up. They ran right up and jumped on.

I previously posted videos of three of them on the treadmill HERE. The above picture is Fionn on the treadmill this morning.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Oldie but Goodie

Yesterday was crazy busy. When I was finally able to breathe I decided to pull out an old VHS tape. (Yes, I still have VHS tapes!) I was sure I described a rotation using these tapes along with T-Tapp on an old blog but I can't find it. [Scratching head]

The Balance Ball Fitness DVDs (or my case VHSs) with Susan Deason are beginner to intermediate in difficulty. These aren't the DVDS to chose if you're looking for a killer workout. They are a great choice for a lighter day or when you're looking for a pleasant wind down to your day.

That's exactly how I used the abs vhs last night and it was wonderful!

Friday, October 23, 2015

True Hunger VS Toxic Hunger

According to Dr. Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live, true hunger is felt in the throat and upper chest. Those stomach rumblings, gurgles and "hunger" pains are actually toxic hunger. Dr.Fuhrman says that the symptoms of toxic hunger are related to our body detoxing from SAD (Standard American Diet) food.

For the longest time I tried to feel true hunger. I tried to force it by not eating until I felt it. That did nothing but leave me with a vague sense of fatigue.

It's only been in the last couple months that I felt it, first fairly regularly and now quite reliably. I've come to the conclusion that you can't force it. When you're ready to feel it you're going to feel it.

Since increasing more variety I'm also experiencing more subtle grades of hunger. I used to either be hungry or not hungry but now I'm noticing that if I think about it when hunger first strikes I'm just a bit hungry and when I feel that way a small portion of food will satisfy that hunger. This is not snacking for the sake of snacking but responding to hunger when I know it will be 4-5 additional hours until I'm able to eat a meal should I ignore my slight hunger.

Another hallmark of true Hunger is that food tastes wonderful! I find this to be very true when I eat in response to throat hunger, even if slight but again I'm not sure you can force yourself to experience this.

Finally, for me salivating at the sight or thought of healthy food is a dead give away that I'm hungry. I have actually had my mouth water when I picked up a beautiful head of romaine in the grocery store and yes I was hungry at the time.

Have you ever experienced throat hunger? 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Checking In

I'm designating a label for times when I basically just check in with no real new info.

Yesterday I did two longer dog walks, about a mile and a quarter each. DH did the pm dog walks while I did chair massage at a local health fair. Before I left I managed to do my detox workout consisting of 15 minutes of Kundalini Yoga, 20 minutes of an old Leslie walk and jog and the first section of the Lastics DVD. It was a good choice given the fact I was doing three hours of chair massage. I upgraded the Leslie DVD to more jogging and instead of sidestepping I jumped to the side, trying to jump down into the mat, sticking the landing on one foot for a balance challenge. Kind of fun.

Last night we enjoyed a delicious spaghetti squash/bean recipe with homemade tofu "mozzarella slices." It was really delicious!! One problem I'm having with this meal plan is that the food is so good that I want to make it again but an entirely new list of recipes dropped into my inbox yesterday. It's a good problem to have. LOL!

I mentioned dog walking above. We have 4 Connemara JRTs and a cat. If you haven't read my previous blog you can catch up with them HERE

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Just Right Weights + Cardio + Yoga

Last night I didn't know what to do. I wanted to do a FitPrime but wanted something light.

I used the time method and chose Just Right Weights+ Cardio + Yoga as it's 37 minutes long.

Anna is quite engaging in this workout. The cardio is basically marching in place so I took that to the rebounder, also took the balance to the rebounder. There's not a ton of yoga and you can go heavy on the weights though I didn't. In the end it was, pun intended, just right.

This is an out of print DVD that will only be available while supplies last. I ordered it from Fitness Favorites.

What a difference dietary variety makes!

We are really enjoying the Happy Herbivore meals we've been eating! It's not even been a week but I've noticed a few changes.

1. I really look forward to my meals knowing that there is a new recipe waiting for me to try rather than something I've eaten a hundred times before. 

2. Looking forward to my meals totally eradicates any desire to snack between meals. I really WANT to be hungry when I eat in order to fully enjoy joy my food.

3. I have no desire to eat nuts and seeds. I have to make it a point to get my 1 ounce a day. I think this as a result of my over the top meal satisfaction. 

4. I automatically get my starchy vegetables, whole grains or a combo of the two.  I tended to forget these or strangely, feel guilty for eating them. (The proverbial Fuhrman Forum wisdom seems to be that if you aren't at goal weight you have no business eating starches. Note that I said, forum wisdom. I personally don't believe this is Dr. Fuhrman's intention, well at least going by his books it isn't. Thank goodness for Chef AJ who taught me that Starchy vegetables are not the enemy! 

Bottom line? I'm feeling really deeply satisfied with what I'm eating these days.



Monday, October 19, 2015

Psyched!

What a lovely day I've had!

I ate a wonderful variety of healthy food that left me feeling totally satisfied. Not stuffed, or even full but completely and utterly satisfied.

I worked with the dogs. I did 6 dog walks and 8 dog massages.

Tonight I did T-Tapp Minimax 1. That's a very old out of print upper body emphasis workout. The emphasis is on arms but by holding your stance deeply you get quite a lower body workout as well - all in 19 minutes.

Then I did 20 minutes on my Bellicon using the Starbound DVD. I ended with 20 minutes of Yin-style Yoga for the hips and legs from the Mimi Solaire DVD. I say Yin-style because it isn't true yin but it is deliciously slow. It all felt great.

Before I worked out I went through my DVDs and VHS tapes and considered different variations of my current fitness rotation. I came up with a bunch! I can't wait to try them!

I call my current "The Blast From the Past Rotation" because I'm using segments from old or even out of print workouts. Basically the rotation lines up like this.

1. T-Tapp plus optional rebounding and/or flexibility
2. Kundalini Yoga, Rebounding or T-Tapp, Flexibility
3. Non-T-Tapp Workout plus optional rebounding and/or flexibility
4. T-Tapp plus optional rebounding and/or flexibility
5. Kundalini Yoga, Rebounding or T-Tapp, Flexibility
6. Non-T-Tapp Workout plus optional rebounding and/or flexibility
7. Yin Yoga or rest

When I put segments together I choose 10-20 minute segments. That way the workout is only about an hour long.  Currently my non-T-Tapp workouts have been Fit Prime workouts. In the coming weeks ill keep the same rotation but switch out various other types of workouts to go with T-Tapp.

It was so nice to pull delicious food out of the fridge and put together meals that had already been prepared. I'm really liking this!

Happy Herbivore

Yesterday I did my first Batch Prep/cooking session. I've previously made double batches of Fuhrman recipes and frozen half. I've made jar salads. I've had a loose plan for our weekly meals but never set out to thoroughly cover our bases for a different meal each evening.

How did I do this you ask? I cheated. ;)

The problem with flying by the seat of your pants where meal prep is concerned is that, unless you have fantastic cooking skills, you end up eating the same things all the time. My family never complained but in my heart I knew they'd appreciate more variety.

So after seeing it mentioned on the ETL forums, signing up for a free sample meal plan and discussing it with DH I signed up for the Happy Herbivore's meal plan. You get a weekly meal planner with recipes for each dish. You also get a grocery list, a list of foods to batch prep and instructions for easily cooking a weeks worth of meals in a few hours.

The meals are vegan but aren't totally Eat to Live friendly. It's super simple to make them ETL friendly though because they aren't far off. At first glance I wondered if our vegetable intake would suffer. After yesterday's prep/cook-a-thon I'm comfortable that by adding a large leafy salad to dinner, tucking in some cooked greens somewhere and having fruit for dessert we'll be good to go.

We're genuinely looking forward to trying a new meal each night.

Between the ETL 6 week guidelines, Chef AJ's concept of eat to the left of the red line and now these recipes I feel like I'm slowly but surely developing a way of eating that works for us. I'm also building skills in the kitchen. I'll put any recipe we love into my Paprika app and eventually I'll be able to use it to make my own weekly plans and shopping list.

The other thing that's great about the meal planning site is their forum. It's not fancy and I haven't posted yet but it's upbeat and people are celebrating enjoying good food!

Finally, the portions for the recipes are generous though the calorie count is low so there's ample room for me to add in my salad, steamed greens and fruit. The plan allows those seeking weight loss to add in two 100 calorie snacks and still stay within 1200 calories. The weekly PDF you receive provides a list of seasonal examples. I don't count calories and I don't snack but having a ball park idea of what this plan provides reassures me that I won't be gaining weight that I don't want to gain.

Having all this healthy food prepped and ready to go allows me the freedom to easily shop then cook once and clean up the kitchen and not think about it until the next week.

Now I need to go thank the two folks who made the suggestion on the Fuhrman forums!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

You can't go back.....or can you?

I realise it isn't a case of putting in an hour of gym time and being "good to go" healthy and fit. We need more than an hour of movement daily. We need to be moving throughout our day. Notice I said moving, not exercising.

The thing is, I love a good exercise session, especially if it's set to good music. Maybe you can't take the dancer out of me. Maybe I'm too old at 60 to reform. Maybe at 60 I'm just comfortable with my likes and dislikes. I tried only doing corrective moves, walking barefoot and working on hanging and squatting movements for  close to a year. I missed my good old exercise sessions so I'm reclaiming them but with a little difference.

I'm mixing and matching in order to get a variety of movements over the course of a week - and enjoying it! But, I'm not necessarily ordering the new stuff that's out. I'm going with the tried and true older stuff from my past along with a few newer offerings. A DVD with multiple short chapters is a beautiful thing!

I recently did a DIY Move to Detox rotation and enjoyed it no end. That rotation along with receiving a new 49" Bellicon rebounder as an early anniversary gift got me started in this direction - and I'm so happy it did!

That rotation blossomed into my current rotation. More on that later.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Glow!

I used to journal at www.Fuhrman.com. I got to a point where I wanted to simplify and food was one of the things that Nutritarian eating had complicated. It wasn't that it couldn't be simple. I was just making it complicated.

This journal represents a break from that complication. It's not that I couldn't continue to journal there but most of what I would be journaling doesn't pertain to food and those forums are mostly about food. So here I am.

This journal feels like a big, empty, echoing room that needs to be decorated. lol

I'll finish this first post by quoting the signature from my old ETL journal because it pretty much sums up my feelings about food these days.

Choosing nutritionally excellent food all the time is of primary importance because it allows me to live the life I'm meant to live - A life filled with love, joy and contentment - A life where I get to be in control. 
But eating, now that's not important at all. I don't need to even think about it much. Making it a big deal only serves to distract me from the joy of life. I get hungry, I eat. It's really that simple.