Tuesday, September 28, 2010

rebuilding my temple

i'm writing to you from the beautiful outdoors today. unfortunately this makes me slightly paranoid, because my friendly street perusers may be tempted to come and swipe this here computer. i digress.
i have been busy learning a lot about nutrition. i go to a class every week called rebuilding the temple. it's led by my friend paul who literally rebuilt his temple (he lost 100 pounds) and is a walking example. he's a great teacher too, i highly recommend this class. i've learned so much. for instance i now use this instead of this when i'm cooking. i've been eating a ton of this. my favorite breakfast treat is faye greek yogurt with a spoon full of peach preserves + organic peanut butter. i mix in some cinnamon and shredded coconut and i'm a happy girl.

{love this shop}

did i mention i've lost 20 lbs? i have completely cut out refined sugar and most grains and i feel amazing. sam and i allow ourselves one free meal a week and i now realize the definition of a treat. i look forward to planning out what i want to eat. my last favorite meal involved banana pudding ice cream!

right now i'm drinking green tea and reading this. i've decided i really don't want to read or watch anything that doesn't nourish me. i feel like i have been living on a diet of brain candy and it leaves me feeling pretty sick. not that i don't think it is fun to indulge in trashy tv, i just don't want to do it every night! hello dancing with the stars i'm talking to you.

i'm still chipping away at this. sam and i visited 2 churches over the last 2 weeks and feel strongly that we want to call trinity our home. the sermon this past sunday was really incredible. it was about simplicity and i just feel called more and more to focus on the basics and to stop wanting so much. we were instructed to do an exercise of gratitude where we go through our closets and donate whatever doesn't make us truly thankful to have it. read: do i really need five cream flowy tops? NO.

© copyright homemade grits


The Hasslers said...

We have a lot of friends that go to Trinity and love it. They also all love their small groups. My husband went there some during college and really liked the sermons.

Congrats on cutting out refined sugar. I know it must be hard at first.

Stacee said...

Trinity is my home church and I absolutely love it. We've been attending for over a year and couldn't be happier!
And congrats on all of the above changes! It's a great reminder that we need to be making wiser choices about what we eat.

Claire Kiefer said...

Wow, you sound like you're doing amazing, and this makes me realize how long it's been since I've talked to you. I need your secret. I don't want to give up grains, I like them too much. :( Plus, it's harder when you're veggie. You're always beautiful, though, plus or minus 20 pounds.

Lindsay Széchenyi said...

This is awesome. I've been thinking so much about diet lately (a lot about giving up grains and refined sugar) and how I need to make a big change. Please share more recipes and things, even if it's just small stuff like your yogurt breakfast! Congratulations :)
<3 Lindsay

Hiking in Stilettos said...

Love this. I am so glad to hear you as happy and healthy as you are. What great examples you are for sweet Til!

I have been feeling/doing a lot of the same things. Cutting out refined sugar and grains has me feeling pretty incredible. Kev and I also cut out dairy and eat a modified version of the Paleolithic diet.

I wish I lived closer so we could yoga and read and cook together.

Miss you.

Bridget said...

c.s. lewis is a genius- and 20 lbs?! thats impressive, go you!

Your Southern said...

Very inspiring post! Thanks for sharing.

Kristen Daniels said...

I'm curious how coconut oil, which is a saturated fat, is a better choice than olive oil? Please explain. Good job losing 20lbs.....I've been battling the "newlywed 19".

jdavissquared said...

That's awesome! Congrats on the 20 lbs. I'm working on loosing a few myself. I think it's important to scale things back and simplify. Otherwise, the important things get squeezed out.

Katie Weber said...

Laughed out loud when I read about the street perusers:) You are awesome - so proud of you! I want to hear that sermon about simplicity. Do they have them online?

blueeyedfreckle said...

hey leslie! I am so proud of you losing 20 lbs! must feel fantastic!! cutting out the refined sugars really does the trick for me too. I can't cut out grains though.

as far as religion, I am glad you like your new church! Too bad you didn't want to become a Mormon with me;) we have lots of inspiring "sermons" but they are always given by members of the congregation, which is great. you get to learn from each other. anyway, happy for you and your renewed self!


Laken said...

Wow.. that is so inspiring!

Down and Out Chic said...

wow, you go girl! it sounds like you're making lifestyle changes as opposed to just dieting which is the MOST important thing.

someone asked about coconut oil in a previous comment. i've read a lot about it and understand this it's supposed to be really good for your digestion, skin and hair. i used to cook with it and may need to revisit that again. i'll take the tropical oils any day over soy and corn oil but i do love my olive oil too!