This week I took a vacation from work. Although I find my work fulfilling and rewarding, everyone needs a vacation and I'm no exception. I thought about going somewhere during my time off, but sometimes I find traveling more stressful than it is relaxing so I decided to make this vacation a "stay-cation".
This past week I've been going to the beach and spending a lot of time meditating, which is something that I need to consistently do in order to reap the benefits.
I also took a few day trips to my favorite towns on Long Island and ate at my favorite vegan restaurants (I might write a separate blog post on that!). This past week I also explored some nature preserves, attended a powwow, and visited a farm that I used to work at many summers ago.
While I was relaxing on the beach this week, I decided that I was going to stop drinking coffee for the remainder of my vacation (and hopefully keep this up when I go back to work). I made this decision because I notice sometimes when I drink too much coffee (which can be as little as 1-2 cups per day), I feel really anxious in my stomach-- like an annoying, uncertain gut feeling related to nothing in particular which lasts about an hour or two after I've overdone it with the coffee. I've written about my history of insomnia and sleep disturbances and I know that having any caffeine affects my sleep cycle greatly. I'm hoping that I can keep my cravings for coffee at bay. Tonight my plans include going to a coffee house, so this should be interesting. I'll give an update soon along with some more info on my favorite vegan restaurants. For more personal updates and (almost) daily food pictures, you can follow me on instagram @vitaminvalentine 🙂