Labor Day is a good time to check in and evaluate how the school year is going, now that it has been going on for a month.
We so need the shopping ban back. I'm too mindless at the moment.
As to that general poor quality: it effects my health too. Besides the obvious getting sick twice, really I need to get eating and exercise to healthier places. Enter Chef AJ (along with the other Forks over Knives and McDougall goodness). She has a lot of great ideas, and I'm enjoying her recipes thus far. It's not hard for me to be vegan. I mostly am with minimal effort. I do enjoy carefully raised eggs and hunted meat, but I can take a break at least. The no salt-oil-sugar thing seems harsh, but it isn't with some planning. (I NEVER thought I'd be saying this.) There are tasty ways to season food without the addictive components. I might even ween off caffeine and get ALL addictive components out of my life, at least for a while.
And I think I'll need the shopping ban to make sure I don't go off the deep end shopping out of control with the good cookbooks and hacks out there. Libraries, Mom's cookbooks. Make a decent Christmas list for loved ones.
Being mindless (aka out of control!) isn't simplicity. I realized when I evaluated that I haven't taken care of myself well at all. No outside time, no genuine resting, very little TM, veeeeery little exercise, recees cups. (So, yeah, I usually avoid gluten and dairy with good reason.) I can say that mostly this month I slept adequately.
Some parameters help me onto a healthy path. Mom and Dad gifted me with a fitbit--wow! That will help me see how many steps I'm really getting. They are also very supportive with my food changes as they are doing similar/same stuff at home. I don't know if this could be Eric's speed--it might just be too extreme in terms of being so different from the way he eats unless he felt a strong need. (It's not an inconceivable leap for me.) Let's not even mention the girls.
Along the simplicity vein, if you need a place to start, consider Joshua Becker's class, Uncluttered. You can sign up through tonight! (Check out this article for a code for 25% off.) He's very common-sense in his approach to things.