This past week, I watched the farm where I used to live. The plan was to build a fire for old time's sake. But alas it never got cold enough. That didn't stop me from chopping a shitload of wood though!
What is it about splitting wood that I love so much?
According to My Fitness Pal, it burns over 300 calories an hour.
It's also dangerous. It's also a craft.
I'm small and not very strong. How well I split totally depends on how high I lift the maul, and how well I keep my eye on the log. It's not so much muscle strength that cracks the wood. It's how high, how far, how fast and from where the maul comes down on it.
Growing up a bespectacled skinny allergic-to-everything nerd, it blows my mind that I can split wood. So every time I lift that maul over my head, I'm thinking: RAWRRRR!!! I'M SO AWESOME! RAWWWWRRRR!!!!
Couple a great, all-body exercise with something that soul-satisfying - and you've got a great high.
Here are some other current faves of mine...
Licorice root has been very soothing for me lately. Whenever I drink too much coffee or cranberry juice, this stuff coats my tummy. It also helps quell the farts!
If you've followed this blog, you know that over the past year, I relapsed and started smoking again for the first time in ten years. Over the past two months I've been working on quitting. The problem is my bowels get addicted to cigarettes. I can't go #2 at all. That means IBS-C.
Triphala has been a great help in keeping things moving. I take two pills before bed. The very next morning, I am cleansed. This is no senna. This is a very gentle cleanse. It doesn't hurt the tum or guts.
Everybody knows I love my kombucha! IBS-wise, Kombucha helps me deal with elevensies and afternoon tea time. It fills me up like a snack! Anytime I feel tired or sicky - the booch fixes it.
The new booch with chia is my new BFF. The protein in the chia gives me such a wonderful jolt of energy. The fiber in it makes me go #2. And if you didn't know this already, #2 is the key to beating IBS-C. The more #2s, the less IBS-C.
Look! The Clif bar people decided to grow a pair of balls! Finally! They have given us a gluten-free, soy-free, dairy free date bar. And it TOTALLY puts Larabar to the test. Basically, these things are what Larabars USED to be. They taste wholesome.
...Nommed while writing this post!
What are your current fall faves?
What autumnal stuff are you nomming?
What are your current IBS-fighting tricks?