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開始不吃動物製品, 原起是為了健康,  也為了環保. 這些之前道理都懂, 遲遲沒有付出行動是因為覺得, “我每天早上都吃吐司加蛋, 我不想放棄蛋阿!" “我不想放棄吃魚阿!" “我好喜歡拿雞湯當湯底阿!" 直到年底旅行, 回家前一天在鳳凰城的一家二手書店隨手拿起Dr. Neal Barnard的書 (之前就看過他的TED Talk), 越看越發現, 其實能吃的東西很多. 之前覺得不能放棄的食品, 也有很多健康的代替品, 就這樣, 隨著2018年的開始, 我也漸漸走向 “plant base diet." 牛牛也很支持這樣的選擇, 因為 “我還是能吃饅頭和麵包." 他這樣說. 🙂

“與其注意不能吃甚麼, 要看能吃甚麼." 因為心態的轉變, 所以不覺得吃有太多的不習慣. 反而積極地去尋找不曾留意的食材, 每天都發現簡單又健康的食譜, 迫不及待地要試試.

年初的家族聚會, 去的吃到飽餐廳是跟去年同家的. 那家餐廳有名的是中間有個蒙古烤肉的大鐵板. 本以為會沒東西吃, 驚喜地發現其實在肉類區之前他有一個蔬菜區- 我愛吃的香菇米粉包心菜花椰菜都有. 以往這些都被我當肉的裝, 這次變成主角, 裝滿滿的一大碗. 最棒的是, 吃完覺得很滿足也不覺得稱.

小孩的飲食我們不強迫. 他們依然吃漢堡, 吃魚. 我也隨緣, 上周去朋友家作客臨時被留下吃晚餐, 太太做了義大利肉醬麵, 我們甚麼都沒說, 依舊吃下肚. 但肉醬方面有特別節制, 也刻意地多吃了幾盤女主人準備的青菜, 還學了一道 – 炒kale with shiitake mushroom. (我一直都不知道怎麼吃kale, 生的對我而言太難嚼了)

進入plant based diet 已將近兩星期, 目前很喜歡, 早上起來不會特別飢餓, 但也不會有 “前晚的食物還沒消化完"的感覺. 另外還有幾個完全意想不到的好處:

  1. 我開始買比較多的水果, 小孩放學一回家吵著肚子餓就有得吃, 不會去翻零食.
  2. 做菜的時候不用再擔心生肉衛生的問題.
  3. 清洗碗盤時不再那麼黏膩. (Dr. Barnard也提倡減少用油, 因為吃的乾果蔬菜穀類已提供人體需要的油的分量.)
  4. 廚房的垃圾桶不再那麼臭.
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When the kids were little, I thought that I was taking care of them and having the total control of their lives. As they grow older, I haven’t changed, but they do. Constantly.

I notice that when I get impatient with S, she is also not happy with me. Unlike when she was little, any conflict between us can be easily solved with a hug and a kiss, she would shout down responding to me even I plead for forgiveness. Impatience is a bad habit of mine, but I need to learn and grow with my kids, so we can have healthy communication.

Yesterday, after dinner and exercising in my room, I heard the laughter from the kids’ rooms as they were playing with Auntie. They see Auntie about once or twice a week and every time she is here, they have fun. I was trying to think that what I did with them the night before- I can’t think of any. Our weekday routine after work: I am in the kitchen preparing dinner while N plays Lego in his room and S reads books in her room; after dinner, it’s their screen time; after screen time, it’s wash and brush time, and then they go to sleep. I really didn’t spend much time with them during weekdays.

I want to change that. Even though I need “Me" time after work, I know that I can spend at least 15 minutes with them- either is playing with them after dinner, or talk to them when they are ready for bed. So at least they have a “Mommy and Me" time everyday.

So my goal for tonight- let them have screen time while I preparing dinner, so we can play after dinner.

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2018

In 2018, I am:

  1. continuing to simply our life
  2. working toward not eating meat; as of 1/8/18, I am on a plant-based diet
  3. learning to make warm food with the instant pot
  4. learning to make delicious salad (as of 18/18, probably not as I like my food warm and restaurants have great salad sections.)
  5. 申請多一點圖書館證
  6. 一個月聽一本有聲書
  7. 一個月用水彩畫一張圖, 從youtube找靈感, 畫S的baking creation, 幫N完成他的畫作
  8. reducing our trash. working toward zero waste home

Currently:

 

 

The power of now

The power of habit

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang (Audio Book)
21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health  by Neal Barnard (Paperback)


Wish List

Forks Over Knives  (Documentary)


已讀/

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown (audiobook) 10/18/18
麻理惠的整理魔法 10/16/18 中文. 圖書館借. How it changed me: 我現在回家都會把包包清空, 之後需要的東西放在盒子裡, 不需要的東西收好或是丟掉
Practicing the Power of Now by eckhart tolle 9/15/18. How it changed me: 非常喜歡, 可以列為 “the book that change my life" 之一. 正視我對死亡的恐懼和練習我對當下的專心. 已經借了第二次. 將來會重複地聽
一個人住第幾年by高木直子(漫畫)9/8/18
The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey (audiobook) (8/25/18)
Morning Routines (7/21/18) How it change me: I cancel my alarm clock in the morning
13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do by Amy Morin (Audio Book) (7/14/18)
The happiness project (skimmed)
The new minimalism
Miso Hungry (on Amazon videos. we watched with the kids.) (5/21/18)
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (audio book; stopped at “Exercise") (5/6/18)
Soulful simplicity by Courtney Carver (5/1/18)
The gentle art of Swedish death cleaning by Margareta Magnusson (4/20/18)
Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a f*ck by Sarah Knight (audio book; only the beginning. felt very similar to her TEDx talk)
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg (audio book)
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (audio book)(3/28/18, 6/12/18)
The Magnolia Story (Audio Book) finished 1/12
Everyday a Friday (audiobook) by Joel Osteen. 1/26
My Beloved World (Audio Book) 1/6
California Typewriter (Documentary) 1/6/’18

p.s. 如透過連結購買, 我會從Amazon得到小小的回饋金.
pps. 目前以上的有聲書我是從圖書館借的. 實體書則是透過二手書店購買.

My vision board. Made 1/13/18.

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2018/1/4

after 30-minute screen time….

N: I’m bored.

M: It’s okay to be bored. I want you to be bored.

N: You are mean. Why do you want me to be bored?

M: It doesn’t have to be exciting all the time…. (continue my explanation.) Do you want to play Marco Polo?

N: Yes

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