So, this morning I woke up to this outside my window:
March, you are such a tease. But honestly, I love a good tease. This is all a part of spring’s grand seduction scheme. She knows how to create an air of anticipation. She knows she’s got us holding our breath, on the edge of our seats, waiting for the curtain to open, desperate to catch a glimpse. Hmmm sounds familiar. (Yes, the title of this entry is a punny play on “striptease”. I know I’m classy, no need to tell me so.)
Today was a special Monday because I happen to have the day off. I could enjoy the wild winter by staying inside. I honestly love being able to keep in tune with the cycles and seasons and all systems were not go today and I had the luxury of being able to observe it. I’m grateful! I knew it’d be a day to make food, read, write, drink tea, whatever I fancied. Today I listened to Trio II songs on youtube, sang along, and created some seriously tasty dishes.
Like I mentioned inmy last entry, I recently kept a food journal and noticed what made my body feel great and what didn’t. The food journal wasn’t about cutting anything out, or adding anything into my diet. It was observing what I normally do and eat, and how it affects me. Now that I’ve come away with some clearer ideas on what my body needs from me, I’m stepping it up a bit. And I’m having so much fun.
I made a big ol’ pot of vegetable quinoa stew, inspired by the lovely “Me-me” Sowder. This had every kind of vegetable imaginable: carrots, celery, onion, garlic, green beans, sweet potatoes, kale, cauliflower, corn, broccoli, tomatoes, and daikon radishes (some of these veggies were leftovers from last night’s dinner which you can view here). Whew! Added some quinoa & seasoned with good ol’ salt and pepper, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary and basil.
Above the bowl are some cucumber slices topped with this awesome flaked almond salad — I yoinked that recipe from this Oh She Glows post.
For dinner I noshed on some more of the above but made this whole foods, vegan mousse the main event:
Um, yum, right? Avocado, banana, strawberries, chia seeds, coconut milk (though it was honestly mostly coconut cream), cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa powder, a splash of bourbon, and some coconut flakes & sunflower seeds (I thought of the seeds post-picture taking) on top.
All of these recipes are vegan. In my last entry, I wrote a little bit about coming to that place. I have no rules for myself, no impositions. It’s simply naturally where I’m gravitating when I prepare my own food. Ironically enough, I recently made whey, cream cheese and yogurt for the first time. I was giving dairy another go round to see where I was at — and I turned into a big congested mess. I love yogurt, but after eating it for about a week, I had to admit it wasn’t quite working out how I’d planned. I got congested, my head felt heavy and foggy, and I was developing a cold. Not worth it!
But how grateful am I that I followed my desire to try it?
Why? Well, because I was really listening this time. When I got this cold that just wouldn’t shake (and I rarely get sick! so when I do it’s very noticeable to me) I knew I needed to reduce / eliminate my dairy intake to help me get over it. It gave me that nudge to take things a little bit further. Since I’ve begun embracing this, I followed my body’s desire to buy some amazing produce, and I’m on a little bit of a food high right now.
I am taking steps to support myself and my health. I know that there will be days when I wish I could just take a pill instead of create a loving meal for myself. I know that this excitement I am feeling right now will not last forever. And yet, that in no way diminishes the appreciation I have for this moment in time. It honestly makes me delve more deeply into that appreciation. It’s a feeling that’s entirely linked to the name of this blog, The Root of the Root. I named it that because I want to approach everything as much as I can from that rooted place, understanding it takes a while for those roots to settle and grow, but when they’re firmly planted, it’s so profound. It’s not about ego or appearances or anything of the purely surface level focus, it’s about a natural unfolding. And we can only inhabit that natural unfolding in each of our own, individual, due times. A bit like this spring, eh?
And so with that, I’m off to bed. Stay cozy, folks!
Join me next time when I discuss face yoga. (Yep. Face yoga. I know. I’m ridiculous. But in an awesome way, right? You know, I really like parentheses. It makes me feel it’s an editing-free zone. Well, this is really dragging on. Cutting myself off now…goodnight!)