First of all, thank you for all of your amazing comments and heartfelt support on yesterday’s vlog post. If you’re at all struggling with binge eating or feeling a lack of control around food, I encourage you to open your heart to a new way of thinking and watch it! We are all here to support and love you every step of the way. Remember that we are never weak. What makes us weak is an illusion inside of our heads – an illusion that is blocking the innate strength inside of us. Don’t be afraid to unleash what’s already there, baby!
Every morning, I receive an email from Mastin Kipp and his team over at The Daily Love. As part of my morning spiritual practice, after my morning meditation, I open my inbox and click on my new Daily Love email. There’s always so much inspiration and good vibrations coming from it. Such an ideal way to start the day! It’s perfect balance between gaining my own perspective (meditation) and receiving inspiration from others (The Daily Love). Anyways, coming off of yesterday’s post, I was so happy to see this quote in my inbox:
Can I get an AMEN?
One of my personal triumphs was learning to say “thank you” to my eating disorder – beating it with love. It has allowed me to pursue so many paths and has helped me realize my passion for helping others find self-love through spirituality of their own understanding and through eating #plantPOWERed food. Those dark times allowed me to, eventually, come to my knees and surrender myself to a power greater than myself to guide me in the direction the Universe wanted me to go. I have learned not to desire to erase the dark times but to embrace them, knowing there is a lesson and a divine intervention occurring at that very moment. Don’t erase it – embrace it! What was your surrender moment? I’d love to read about it!
One of my favorite things is making a menu work for me. Yeah, I know, I’m a waiter’s dream customer.
Once in awhile, though, I love going to a restaurant that is not seemingly vegan-friendly. I love chatting with the waiter and figuring out what can be modified. Fact: there’s almost always avocado available. If there isn’t avocado available, there are usually nuts, seeds, or beans lurking around somewhere. You just gotta ask!
Yesterday, I went out to dinner with Matty and his family to Skipjacks, a local fancy-schmancy seafood restauarant. While perusing the menu, I was thinking of my seafood mavens: Meg, Cait, Lori, Michelle, Sara, and Lindsay. They would have been in heaven! I was so inspired by them that I eventually caved decided to try some of my own.
…NOT! That will never happen. Ever.
Unfortuantely, there were no beans, nuts, seeds, or tofu to be found at Skipjacks. There was, however, a bibb lettuce salad with avocado, radish, and lemon-thyme vinaigrette. I also ordered a side of roasted potatoes in an olive oil and herb blend. Nutrition fact of the day: Did you know that white potatoes are one of the richest food in potassium? It’s true! And, aside from vitamin A, their nutritional properties are very similar to sweet potatoes. So, don’t fear the white potato just because it’s white. Okay? Okay.
The above meal was incredibly fresh and delicious, though I was missing my protein. Regardless, the company was beautiful and it was so nice to chat with everyone. I was a bad blogger and didn’t take any pictures – too wrapped up in the fun. Next time!
In terms of snacks, as of late, I’ve been favoring veggies and nuts. Just using Mother Nature’s finest ingredients!
These are the best nuts on the planet (that’s what she said?). It is so difficult to find raw mixed nuts that are not insanely expensive and/or loaded with peanuts. This Trader Joe’s blend has no peanuts and it chock full of cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans. I like to purchase additional raw walnuts and make a homemade nut mix with the TJ’s nuts. My favorites are the cashews and Brazil nuts!
Roasted veggies with nooch sauce are another go-to snack of mine lately. I love roasting butternut squash and Brussels sprouts and drizzling nooch sauce (2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, 2 Tbsp water, lots of garlic powder, and 1 tsp. dijon mustard) over them. So divine. It’s like veggie alfredo!
I’ve just realized how random this post has been. Bless you if you’ve finished it and your head is not spinning. Just keepin’ it real.
P.S. – Tomorrow is the last week of #jadorelavie4sandy! Make sure that you get your email submissions in by tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m.! Keep tweeting and Instagramming with #jadorelavie. Those small moments of joy are worth mentioning for your spirit!