Over the last 17 years, we have been through numerous dietary shifts in our life, including several years of vegetarian eating until Zoe went through chemo and then all she craved was meat. So back we came to the land of the meat eaters. We have been talking about returning to a vegetarian diet for a while, but after watching a documentary Forks Over Knives, we decided it was healthiest for us and our desire to lose weight and eventually be able to come off all our medication to go vegan.
It's been a slow journey, but like with anything we do, when we decide to do it, we just do it. So the past few days we have eaten as much of what we had that needed to be gotten rid of.
This morning, we started this next phase of our journey. It is not just about changing what we buy, how we prepare it, what we eat, but an inward journey to learn more about ourselves, think about what these new choices are doing for us and how much our life is going to change
So this morning, I found myself experiencing the textures in my oatmeal in a way I had not before. I have never really liked oatmeal before, except in my baked granola bars. However, this morning it tasted differently. For lunch I made us a kale and strawberry salad. I found myself thinking about how much I love Zoe and our lives as I was massaging the kale. What a blessing to be able to massage love into every piece of Kale we would be eating. The strawberries, which I sliced on the Pampered Chef Quick Slice, seemed sweeter then ever. After drizzling the dressing on the salad, I found myself tasting the brightness of the lemon in the dressing and how it blended with the sweetness of the strawberries. Tonight I am making lasagna for us with two kinds of tofu and no cheese, something I have never done.
This is not just a vegan journey, but a faith journey. It is about me letting go of everything which separates me in often times subtle ways from the Ultimate. So today, I not only open my palette and health, but my heart to different relationships with spirit.