Thursday, June 28, 2012
Gulp. That is all I can say. In less than 72 hours, I will leave a job that I have loved for more than eight years. I loved it so much, that I only called out sick once during that time, and I wasn't even sick...my sister was visiting me, and I wanted to spend time with her. I am looking forward to a new adventure, but I am not going to lie, I feel just plain sad. So much so, that I can easily cry about the heaviness in my heart. My tenure at Whole Foods Market is the longest time I have ever spent at one job in my entire life. Turns out to be an eighth of my life...wow.
So, as I pack boxes, unload piles of paper, the one thing I have been doing is "counting my blessings." Of the myriad of experiences and benefits, the best, hands down, was the gift of attending an Engine 2 Immersion. I got to spend a week in Austin, Texas, immersed in the practices of Engine 2, and learning to become plant-strong. It might sound cliche, but my Immersion changed my life, forever.
My autographed, dog-earred copy of Engine 2 is starting to get a bit weathered, because I refer to it all the time. I am an inventive cook, so while the recipes are very good, I prefer to experiment and tweek as I go. Being plant strong, for me, is a cleaner way of being vegan. Nothing processed. No oil. No salt. No sugar. All clean and pure food. And, it is delicious! I spend loads of time prepping food for my plant-strong life. And, I guess that I will now have more time on my hands, I will be cooking up a storm in my plant-strong kitchen.
It's all good, but I am feeling a little sad today. Time to go and steam some kale and make some oatmeal.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
You may have a traditional citrus fruit "juicer," but these metal squeezers pictured are the B-E-S-T! The juice comes out in mini-torrents! Make sure the one you buy is metal, as I recently used a plastic one, and it snapped in mid-use. These cost about $8.00.
Limes are my go-to dressing. Great source of vitamin C, and packed with loads of properties (check out this website for more details [http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-lime.html)]. I prefer them more than lemons. And, everynight, here's the dressing I make for my nice, big salad.
-Juice of two limes
-One half cubed avocado
-Garlic powder, to taste
-One half finely minced shallot
Put it in a jar, and shake until the avocado looks like it is mashed. Pour over salad.
Traveling? Going out for lunch? Just throw a lime in your purse, and you are good to go.
Happy Tuesday! And, don't be a sour puss!
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