Be one with your ingredients (feel their essence, thank them for their
Observation isn’t enough (taste each color, touch all scents, talk to your broth).
No (healthy) relationship is unilateral (mind your food and it’ll feed your flesh).
“Edible” is as crucial as “Beneficial” (when choosing how to spice things up).
Brewing is a ritual of trust and of knowing (understand what you’re cooking).
Roasted bones and veggies add extra oomph to broth (in case you’re wondering).
Other individuals will always have other opinions (listen to what works for you).
Try different things (this is good advice for bone broth and for living).
Herbs add the magic touch (when spelling bone broth).
- for Poets and Storytellers United--Writers’ Pantry # 86: Words Never Die. If you are not interested in my Pseudo-Intermittent Fasting Challenge, feel free to skip the rest.
31 Weeks of Pseudo-Intermittent
Fasting: The Planning Stage
Wed, Sep 1st – Tue, Apr 5th
(so I’ve already started *cough*)
1: Do Research, Come Up with a (realistic) Goal/Plan,
Collect Battle Gear – try
to figure out what you want out of this
How many pounds do you wish to lose? How often will you exercise? Talk to your
doctor. Get a journal, and search for other tools that might help (i.e.,fitness and health calculators, exercise gear, calories info…).
Weeks 2-5: Pay Close Attention to What You Eat (and keep a record) – you don’t need to become the strictest of calorie counters, but you should have an idea of how much you eat, when you eat it, and how the food makes you feel. The best way to do this is to keep a journal. Any notebook will do. Or, you can purchase a fancy food journal.
Weeks 6-8: Exclude Any Food that Has Caused You Discomfort (record this too) – this is one of the reasons why keeping a journal is so important. In order to put aside foods that are killing your gut, you must know what said foods actually are.
Weeks 9-11: Try Reintegrating Excluded Food You Don’t Wish to Give Up Completely – if some of the foods that make you sick (bloated, nauseated, sluggish, or worse…) happen to be foods you really love, this is the time to try to reintroduce them into your diet. This should be done slowly, starting with tiny portions, and one food at the time.
Week 12: Review Weeks 1-11, Create a Healthy (and realistic!) Weight Loss Plan – so, now that you know your food and your body a bit better, craft a detailed plan to lose the extra weight. I wouldn’t try to lose more than 1 pound per week (but that’s just me).
Weeks 13-31: Follow Your Weight Loss Plan until the Desired Weight (or significant body comfort) Is Achieved, then Create a Weight Maintenance Plan – I wish to lose 19 pounds, so I’m giving myself about 18 weeks. However (and I’m sure you already noticed this), if you’ve been watching your food closely and exercising from the beginning of the challenge, it’s very likely that you’ve already lost some weight. After you reach a point of comfort, adjust your nutrition and fitness plan to maintain said comfort.
* although I am sharing this with everyone, the “you” in this post is mostly me. Feel free to ignore parts or all of it. Add to the number of weeks or reduce the number of weeks. This is what I’m choosing to do. You should choose what works for you.
* here is my Bone Broth Recipe, for those of you who asked.
* best of luck. I will (most likely) share weekly updates on Instagram, and write a full post here at the end of each stage.
I love your acrostic! Not so much the idea of being as disciplined as you with the weight loss – but hurrah for you for your true commitment.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the recipe. (A long time ago I used to use bacon bones to make pea and ham soup for my family.)
I can't say that I totally enjoy the idea of being as disciplined as I must be when it comes to eating. But I've had so much practice--with Crohn's disease--that restricting what I eat has become so much easier, nearly normal.Delete
And now I have bacon bones in my mind... I feel my discipline doing a whole lot of twitching, lol!Delete
A beautiful bubbly poem!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Vandana.Delete
A recipe so tried and true, passed from generation to generationReplyDelete
Good (and helpful) things tend to survive time...Delete
Less is best and soup broth is from the cauldron of magic.ReplyDelete
A skillfully created piece with lots of beneficial information. Love the idea of "drinking your bones" in your beautifully stitched art. All the best with your pseudo-intermittent fasting.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Khaya.Delete
Oh, so you DO make your own bone broth! I read your recipe with interest and I love your poem about bone broth! May your broth make you nice and healthy!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Debra. Things are already getting better. And the chunkaliciousness is starting to melt...Delete
Looks like a good and sound strategy. All the best!ReplyDelete
btw, great acrostic poem. :)
Yeah. I talk to my food when i am cooking alsoReplyDelete
It just makes sense!Delete
I enjoyed reading this.ReplyDelete
Oh I just love how you added "spellwork" to your verse. Brilliant XXXReplyDelete
What's a recipe without a little (or a lot of) magic...Delete
Love acrostic poems.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Rall.Delete
I love that you are so generously sharing "the plan." Great post and as you know I am in. Printed out the Acrostic ... on my fridge!!!!ReplyDelete
That's a well done acrostic. I wish you wonderful success on your quest for improved wellness!ReplyDelete
Thanks a million, querida Rommy!Delete
Hmmm. Makes me hungry for a good pot of vegetable soup!ReplyDelete
What a mouth-watering acrostic!ReplyDelete
Sip, sip... yum!Delete
I'm checking out your recipe for sure! I've been trying to become more cognizant of the things I'm eating and why and when. I have a tendency to eat when I'm bored so now it's a glass of water first to see if I"m actually hungry. Now the kids have gone off to school I'm down 8lbs just because I'm not cooking for two teens. I really like the T in your bone broth poetry. Try different things. Sometimes something new is just the thing to spice things up.ReplyDelete
I hope you do try the recipe. And I so understand not having to cook for teens bringing down weight. One of the hardest things I've found, when it comes to having to eat a restricted diet because of IBD, is that it's really hard to cook things I can't eat. It took me a very long time to (almost) get used to it.Delete
Brilliant plan..a magical recipe of harmony for new healthy adventures in well-being..looks fantastic Magaly. Love the visual poetics to match..especially those lovely patterns of red stitches in the page...love those!Thanks for inspiring...shine on my witchy kindred.ReplyDelete
Thank you, my dear Victoria. So glad you like it, because I had so much fun putting it together.Delete
P.S. I hope your Autumnal Equinox celebrations were glorious!
Wow! I love this post. I have to agree it is brilliant.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much!Delete
I asked the Universe and my question was answered! LOL! Thanks my friend! Big Hugs!ReplyDelete
Bwahahaha! I thought you'd get here eventually. 😁Delete