Oh my goodness, well, the time has come and I’m eager for it and excited to begin the journey of WFPB. Say what? Most of you know what it is but for others it is the Whole Foods Plant Based diet. Bali and I have gone on and off a vegetarian and, sometimes vegan, diet for years. However, now that I’ve turned 50 I feel that my health needs to be the biggest focus.
I’ve been studying my books and watching cooking vlogs, making a grocery list, and watching inspiring stories of others who have gone before. So far I plan on making those carrot dogs I hear such raves about and the nut free vegan cheez.
I have a work out routine for the morning, the dogs and kids get walked later morning, maybe yoga a few times a week for the ol’ back. I’ll be learning a ton of new recipes so as not to get bored. The kids will eat this way plus extra good fats and what ever else they crave that is clean and wholesome. Bali and I will be hard core for a few months and then go from there.
Now, let’s talk about that womb room. Bali painted the back wall, we put up curtains and did some decorating with what we had in the house. I’m pretty happy with it now.
Isn’t that better?! Someone said Mediterranean and it inspired this so thank you!
Back to the diet. I ordered a new Hamilton juicer. I had one that lasted 10 years and worked great. I watched this inspiring video of a father who juiced every morning for years and despite being over 300 lbs, he had great blood pressure and cholesterol. I prefer making smoothies to use everything but I have to admit juicing makes me feel beyond fantastic.
The house is in great shape with all the cleaning and purging. Now I need to focus on other things. I have work to do to get the garden ready for a winter marinad. I want to dump compost and horse manure (without wood chips this time) and just keep adding things and let it all rot and stew this winter.
I finally found the story of Jeong Kwan on Chef’s Table, a Zen Buddhist nun in Korea. Her story is lovely and her ways are soothing. Her garden inspired me completely. She lets it grow almost wild and organic, trusting in the sun, earth and water. I want to do that. Just let my garden find its way, adding good things and having faith that nature knows exactly what to do. We will do a no till garden in the Spring and over the winter we will add leaves and compost and maybe some chicken fertilizer and lime in the Spring to add back what is missing. Then over time we just add natural things and let it do its thing.
I’m going to focus on the cooking. Arjan says I need to step up my game. My food has become dull. He is right. Time for new things. There are so many good cooking videos YouTube to be inspired by. Fresh is what we all crave. More natural and fresh.
I was reading When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron, but to be honest I am getting bored. The beginning was interesting. She talks about facing fear, not running from feelings, surrendering to the many deaths that occur as we heal and change. Now she is going into meditation and I’m ready to move off the cushion and go do a chore (which is the problem, I’m sure). I’m more a walking meditation kind of gal. I do it over washing dishes or sweeping the porch.
The book I find very pertinent to my situation to date is Essentialism by Greg McKeown. It is this in a nutshell; nothing is that important, find what means something to you and focus on that and only that, let go of everything else.
Maybe that isn’t the whole message but this is a good book. It makes me think and I’m eager to read it daily.
I think about my life and how many things I have going; homemaking, mothering, homeschooling, being a wife, tending to old and young dogs, blogging, the channel, writing, researching, learning, gardening…you get the point. I go to bed at night and wonder what is the most essential besides the obvious of my family. My family is the most essential. But for creativity I need one thing and I still can’t decide what to focus on. Once I do that I can let go of all else. Or does every creative thing I do combine with homemaking? Is everything linked and compliments each other?
Who knows. Anyway, for today I am going to make carrot dogs and homemade vegan butter for the family.