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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jumping Through a New Hoop; Breakfast!

For you dog owners, you know how hard it is to teach an old dog new tricks. You say something like "Go fetch!" as you throw a stick in the air and the old pooch looks up at you with a look that says "F.O!" while they sit there as if they are master of the world.

Well, people are sometimes that way, too.

I'm seeing an acupuncturist. She is trying to teach this old dog, aka moi, some new tricks. For example, she is having me eat breakfast each morning, and it isn't just ANY breakfast, it is a bowl of hot steel cut oatmeal and an egg. Not instant oatmeal. Not rolled oats. Steel cut oatmeal.

"F.O" was the first thing that popped into my mind when she gave me my new instructions. Then I thought "I can do this! I can train myself to like that slop".

I have been trying to incorporate this new food into my morning regime. I first tried the breakfast steel cut oatmeal plain. Then I added fruit. Then I added nuts and sugar. Then chocolate. Some eggs, spices, butter, and flour. I baked it so it looked and tasted like a cookie. I was proud of my creativity.

My acupuncturist said I was BENDING the rules. So now I'm back to the slop.

Each weekend I cook a huge vat of the stuff and put it in the fridge so I can take out some each morning and zap it in the microwave. I tell myself how this is making my body feel fab.

And ya know what? I think it is working.

This old dog has learned to jump through one hoop. I know it is just one, but that is a start! And at my age, it is pretty remarkable.