I love to watch cooking shows. You can discover great vegan recipes even on shows that aren't necessarily vegan. For instance, this morning I found the following kale recipe on Aarti Party, a show featuring the latest winner of the Next Food Network Star, Aarti Sequeira. I like her show because her recipes feature Indian ingredients and spices. Indian food comprises many vegetarian dishes that are delish! I plan to try this one out as soon as I can get a hold of some sweet mangoes. You can find this recipe here. One more thing, the recipe calls for honey but I plan to substitute agave nectar to make it truly vegan.
Well, the results are in for vegan week. I lasted 5 days; going out with a friend on the weekend tripped me up or rather I allowed it to trip me up. I'm not beating myself up though. I did better than I have so far and feel I could make a full transition. I will continue to eat as vegan as I can, as often as I can. One thing that will help is joining a CSA with my co-workers. Three (hopefully four) of us will share a share. With all that fresh produce coming in it's bound to help me stay on course. Look for further developments soon.
I am in the last half of my vegan week experience with Linda Howard, who organized this little adventure at her blog. To reinforce the changes, Linda includes intermittent conference calls with particpants where you get to ask questions, share recipes and voice concerns. I've been doing pretty well, not perfect, but not bad. Instead of going on automatic pilot when I'm ready to eat, I actually stop and consider what to have. After a stern conversation with myself (angel on one shoulder, devil on the other), I usually end up eating the right thing, certainly more often than I've done in the past.
I think it would be a good idea to start a meetup group with this theme in mind of discovering good vegan places to eat, sharing vegan recipes, doing physical stuff--hiking, swimming, yoga, etc. We could call it Jazzy Vegan Sistahs. Hmmm...
The fact that I haven't been on this blog since July is evidence enough of how much (or rather how little) healthy thinking I've been doing. My doctor said something to me recently that gave me pause and has had me pondering (vs. thinking) ever since. She said, "I can't make you love yourself." Whoa! From the way I've been eating and not taking care of myself, it seems I can't make me love myself either. Not sure about the reasons but I'm ready to explore and to make the lifestyle adjustments that have eluded me for so long.
But I don't just want to look into eating healthier, although that's a major part of it. No, I want to look at the whole package. That includes meditation, exercise (aerobics, yoga, swimming), positive thoughts, positive attitude, everything that contributes to wellness. So I'm starting the journey again with the intention that this time the changes will stick. See you on the other side.