“Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.”
~ Mattie Stepanek
This is a striking thought to me today, as I begin a new way of being with me. It’s not complicated. It’s relatively easy to accomplish. It is a tweak, for the better, of how I eat and what I eat: vegan nutrition. This is an investment in me, in my well-being, in my health, in my future.
Both of my daughters are vegan. Both are motivated by moral reasons and also for how the nutritional choices make them feel in their body. Their skin and hair are glowing, their weight is optimal, their minds clear and quick. So I am familiar with the benefits and the reasons for being vegan. I’ve even dabbled a bit over the years, and yet I have remained a carnivore.
My youngest daughter recently returned from a weekend away with her high school sweetheart and his family. The mother has been diagnosed, 2nd time, with stage 4 cancer that is pretty much all over her body. Upon my daughters return, she shared a bit of the conversations she had enjoyed with her beau’s mom, one of them being about a book that she has found inspiration in for better health. My daughter thought I too, could greatly benefit from tweaking my nutrition for better health and peace of mind and picked up the book for me.
It’s hard to argue about goodness when there are no negatives and the good news is coming from someone that loves me and wants the best for me in life; so here goes, making a positive shift to caring for myself in a deeply moving way, through my nutrition and becoming vegan.
Timing couldn’t be better, really, what with me beginning anew in other ways, too! Earlier, I took time to clean the pantry and the fridge, giving away and discarding what wasn’t particularly good for me anymore, and so there is room (figuratively and literally) for this good nutritional food in my kitchen!
I began by reading and finishing the Kris Carr’s book, Crazy Sexy Diet and wow am I a believer now! The whole premise just makes great sense for clearing my body of the not so good stuff and putting in the best stuff for optimal operating efficiency!
I began to fill in the pantry and the fridge with the good healthful ingredients and then I prepped my food for the coming week. I used several of the recipes in Kris Carr’s book as guidelines and wow, the flavors in these vegan dishes really packed a punch! I whipped up a Southwest Black Bean & Roasted Potatoe vegan burger! I had to try this one right away so topped it with guacamole and salsa, and it hit the spot! I love egg salad and there is a recipe for Tofu Eggless Salad, and let me tell you, this has the taste and texture of egg salad; yummy! I made a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Capers, which is simply delicious!
Meal prep for the following week is essential to success when changing behaviors or implementing something new and with my busy weekday job, this will save lots of time! Hopefully having the meals prepared and simply better food and snacks where I’m likely to go looking when I feel the need to nosh, will help me remain on track!
My daughter leaves for 6 weeks traveling through Europe. I plan to take this time to embrace this new lifestyle and be a bit of a changed woman when she returns!