Sketchbook Project: Releasing My Faeries

This post follows on from: Childhood Memories

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There comes a point in every artist’s life when she or he must release their creations out into the world. This can be tough to do, as you immediately open yourself up to potential judgement. I am at a point in my life where I really don’t give rat’s backside about other people’s opinions, but there certainly was a time when I did.

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The big challenge for me is my attachment to the work, especially on projects that have taken weeks, if not months, to work on. Such is the case with my Sketchbook Project Faeries. They are not simply illustrations; each one has developed a personality and place in my heart.

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I actually completed the project a month ago, but the sketchbook has been sitting on my desk. Well, today I parceled it up and sent my faeries into the wild. The only reason I was able to do so, was because the Brooklyn Art Library came up with a new project to distract me: The Canvas Project. Clever clever Brooklyn Art Library. Clearly, they understand the psyche of artists.

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Dearest Sketchbook Faeries,

I hereby bless and release you. May you bring as much delight to others, as you have to me.

My sincerest gratitude,

~ Eliza

P.S. You can view the Sketchbook in its entirety here: Sketchbook Project 2018

Keto: What the heck is it?

This post follows on from: It’s Not About Weight.

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So, what exactly is Keto? I have had this question asked of me many times since I started sharing Hubby’s and my journey. Well, let’s begin with a nursery rhyme:

Jack Sprat could eat no fat
His wife could eat no lean
And so betwixt the two of them
They licked the platter clean

The problem with this nursery rhyme is the illustrations show Jack as a skinny fellow and Mrs. Sprat as obese. This is what we all grew up with and this is what society tells us is our fate if we go the way of dear Mrs. Sprat.

Except it turns out that fat doesn’t make us, well, fat, sugar does. By eliminating most, or for some people all, fat from our diet we are doing our bodies a huge disservice.

Well, I don’t eat dessert, Eliza. 

Me, neither. In fact, I drink my coffee black, never drink pop, never eat processed out of a box food and rarely drink alcohol. And yet, since entering into full blown perimenopause, I was getting bigger and bigger and bigger.

From what? Carbs, my friends. Over my almost 55 years of life, my body has been using glucose (aka sugar) from carbohydrates as fuel, but my aging (gak!) body can’t keep up and that glucose is being shoved out into fat cells. Not to mention all the other horrible symptoms I list in my Not About Weight post.

The Keto Diet trains your body to use fat as a fuel source instead of glucose. In the absence of glucose, the liver turns fatty acids into ketones which become the body’s fuel source. This is a perfectly healthy way to provide fuel to your body. In fact, it has been used for over a hundred years to diminish epileptic seizures.

What does this mean in terms of food? It means eating a heck of a lot more healthy fats, moderate protein, and low carbohydrates mainly in the form of green veggies. I will expand upon this in future posts, but this is the gist of it.

I suspect that our plump Mrs. Sprat was eating fat AND carbohydrates. And Mr. Sprat? Just because he was a skinny little fellow does not necessarily mean he was healthy.

Me? I feel PHENOMENAL!

~ Eliza