Hey plant lovers! Today’s plant power theme is purple! How are you getting your purple in today?
I had grandeur plans of giving you a simple, tasty eggplant recipe in honor of purple day. But when I opened my fridge, the eggplant that I’d purchased was mushy and beginning to grow some lovely green mold. Fabulous. I don’t have any other purple foods in the house outside of a container of Trader Joe’s dried figs with a cute and quirky purple label.
So, that’s all the purple I’ve got for ya today! Although, if you do have eggplant on-hand, I highly recommend making my Eggplant-Chickpea Overstuffed Peppers. It’s a winner. But for now, I’m going to get all spiritual on you and relate it to our #plantPOWER challenge. Ya ready?!
Three #plantPOWER-ed Commandments
If you’re going all plant-based like Kasey for the month of October, cheers to you! That is amazing stuff and you should be so proud of yourself. If you’re not going all plant-based and are simply adding more plant-based foods to your life, cheers to you! You are #plantPOWER-ed people and your bodies are healing and thanking you every day.
After year one of my transition to a plant-based lifestyle, I felt more connected to myself. I felt like I was doing good things for myself and for this gorgeous planet because I was living well and living productively. I could think better, my skin was glowing, my hair was growing at lightning speed. But most importantly, I got to know myself – my true self – better. After some soul sister introspection, I began to realize that was a direct result of three principles: three #plantPOWER-ed commandments..
I call plant-based foods honest foods. It is easy to be a junk food vegan. Potato chips, oreos, certain breads,white rice, white pasta – it’s all vegan! The key to living an honest vegan lifestyle is eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds abundantly – that’s when miraculous inner transformations occur. And that is what #plantPOWER is all about! Plants literally power us through our days. We feel full of abundance and love because we’re choosing foods rooted in love, from the roots of Mother Nature herself. That’s honest living at its finest!
Be a Light
When we eat honest foods and feel that abundant love and joy rushing through our bodies, we are able to be a light to others. We can spread the light of plant-based foods not by preaching but simply through our example. Our presence comes through as a result of the choices we’ve made. It’s a domino effect. You eat plant-based foods —> You feel abundant love and joy —> Your mind is clear and you are creative –> You are happy and compassionate —> You spread that happiness and compassion to others. Our choices directly effect our light!
In living a plant-based lifestyle (and any lifestyle, for that matter), it’s important to be you. Taking any lifestyle to any sort of extreme is never healthy for our bodies or our minds. That’s why it’s important to recognize how it can work for you and work against you. For instance, after really getting the hang of veganism and knowing the ins and outs of every aspect of the lifestyle, I decided to go all raw as an experiment. I loved it…for about seven days. Then, I missed cooked foods. I yearned for them, actually. This girl loves her roasted squash and Brussels sprouts! So, I figured out my balance – what made me feel abundant – and now happily enjoy a mix of raw and cooked foods every day. I also live by the principles that coffee will be in my life on a daily basis and ice cream will be in my life on a weekly basis. It makes me feel abundant!
I encourage you to ask yourself a simple question with a complex answer: What about #plantPOWER has made me feel abundant? Write down three things that come to mind. It’s important to realize what works for one person will probably not work for you. We are all here for each other to inspire and help one another grow on our own personal journey to abundance. That’s also what #plantPOWER is about – to help make you find the abundance in plant-based living and to make it work for you!
Question of the Day: How has #plantPOWER taught you a lesson of abundance?