Gorgeous sunsets, thought-stirring history tours, and my dad: things in Charleston.
I went to Charleston for a work conference, and I had a chance to stay with my dad while I was there. When I wasn’t working, I was able to catch a beautiful sunset while walking on the harbor, I went through downtown on a walking tour, and I ate one of the most interesting, delicious meals: Curried zoodles with cucumber, avocado, and mango – yeah, it was awesome!
I’m the type of person lately who wants to know what EVERYBODY is eating. I’m convinced what people eat tells me who they are and what they value. Honestly, I’m nosey! BUT the more I read about food and nutrition and lifestyle and the more I test out foods — the more I’m finding that different diets and plans and lifestyles work differently for everyone. So here are a few points of what has been working for me recently.
- Food is an investment in my health, so I fully acknowledge that I may be spending more on quality and fresh foods.
- Cooking my own food IS fun, and I like knowing what goes into my food.
- Avoid oils, if at all possible. If not, keep in mind the oils I’m consuming during the day.
- Avoid refined sugars and refined flours, if at all possible. My sister and I went a week without eating refined sugars, and let me tell you – it was life-changing and mind-opening!
- The Nutritionfacts.org and/or Dr. Gregor’s daily dozen is a great way to focus my plans for eating throughout the day. Also, the daily dozen has done wonders in shifting my brain from thinking “how can I eat less” into “have I eaten enough”!
- When I’m hungry or looking for a snack, I am to choose a whole food plant option over something processed.
- Fiber is the new protein!
An awesome coffee/frozen almond milk/date smoothie in an awesome free Indy Fuel Hockey cup. It is such a great pick-me-up for after-work and pre-anything else I’m up to in the evening.
This weekend, a group of friends went down to the Garden of the Gods wilderness area of the Shawnee National Forest. We went in hopes to go camping, climbing, and ultimately to experience the 2017 solar eclipse right in the middle of the path of totality. When we came down from our campsite (about a three mile hike into the River-to-River trail) for water on Sunday, we soon realized that it would be a bad idea to leave the Garden of the Gods parking area in order to go climbing. Instead we ate a nice lunch in the picnic area, hiked through the observation trail (amazing!), and enjoyed the views and stars over a valley at our campsite. The eclipse was incredible, and certainly an experience I will remember for the rest of my life! We had the perfect spot on a bluff at our campsite to truly experience the wonder of a total solar eclipse.
Another great part of Monday, August 21 – birthday/eclipse s’mores! I purchased all of the fixings to make vegan s’mores on my birthday (August 20), but mistakenly failed to place the s’mores into the car with us (queue tears). Fortunately, for the benefit of all, my friend Bobby was meeting us later in the weekend and picked up a pack of vegan s’mores! They were such a treat, and the coolness from the eclipse sure made the s’mores extra tasty!
Recently, I’ve enjoyed a green smoothie (my morning companion), a breakfast salad with sweet potato and blueberries (and other items), cookies and cream vegan coconut ice cream, and oatmeal with blueberries and peanut butter.