30 Days Into My “Plant-Forward” Transitional Lifestyle

Happy July, my friends! I am so proud of us all for surviving the first half of 2020. Wow. Has it been a year or what?! As the fresh produce season in Michigan is in full bloom, I thought now was a good time to write about the last thirty-or-so days of my transition into a “plant-forward” lifestyle.

Over Memorial Day weekend, G and I visited his brother and family in Iowa. While there, we happened upon The Game Changers on Netflix and it struck a nerve inside me. I had been wrestling with my current health and felt like I simply wasn’t doing enough. Enough for myself, enough for my future, enough for my family, enough for my world. As I watched The Game Changers though, it was as if a candle had been lit inside me.

Continue reading “30 Days Into My “Plant-Forward” Transitional Lifestyle”

Tending To Life, A Gardener’s Approach

I spent Sunday morning weeding my garden. Though the garden is relatively small, it took close to two hours to fully de-weed and groom the space so my vegetable plants have their ideal room to grow. As sweat rolled down my back, I relished in the physical exertion of the work and started to think how similar Life is to a garden.

Aspects of Life — relationships, business, spirituality, personal mindset — are like a garden, ripe with potential to bloom into something spectacular. All are essential parts of a healthy livelihood.

As with a garden, though there may be prospect of future blossoms and delicious produce, the probability for weeds to also take root. Sometimes we allow those weeds into our lives, whether they be in the form of misguided advice, distrustful people, personal faults, or any other negative force. If we are not careful, those weeds may begin to overtake what once was a thriving and happy space.

For too long I mistook those weeds as indicators of something being wrong in my Life. It has taken me time to see the weeds for what they truly are though: opportunities to show how much I truly care for the beautiful parts of my life. Weeds, just like negativity in life, are going to grow. With hard work, nourishment, and a watchful eye, though, even the most weed-filled garden can be pruned.

Cheers to a more nurturing and caring lifestyle, my friends!

Vegan Egg Rolls

Servings: 12 egg rolls
Time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pkg Vegan egg roll wraps (I use Nasoya)
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 cups cabbage slaw
  • 2 Tbsp tamari sauce OR coconut amino acids
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Sweet chili sauce, for dipping
  • Chives OR green onions, for garnish
  • Cooking oil as needed (I stick with EVOO)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat skillet with enough EVOO to simmer ginger until fragrant
  2. Add cabbage slaw and cook 2-3 minutes, stir in tamari/amino acids, remove from heat
  3. Allow to cool before scooping about 2 Tbsp of filling onto 12 egg roll wraps
  4. Fold wraps: bottom corner over filling, then fold in side corners, and roll to wrap tight. Brush top flap/corner with water in order seal.
  5. Heat oven to 400°F. Place rolls on a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray. Lightly brush rolls’ tops with EVOO and bake until golden brown (about 10-12 minutes.)
  6. Serve with sweet chili sauce and chives/green onions.

Intentional Look Into My Emotions

With the abundance of time the world seems to be allowing me, I’ve been taking time in the mornings to meditate. This meditation has been crucial for my overall mental well-being during this challenging year. I’ve been searching my soul, talking with God, and reflecting on my well-being with deeper intention. I am a firm believer that my purpose on Earth is to share God’s grace and become the best reflection of His goodness as possible. My morning meditations have been eye-opening to areas I see a need for more effort and work to reach the ideal person I wish to become.

Continue reading “Intentional Look Into My Emotions”

It Really Is This Simple: Calorie Deficits

It doesn’t take rocket science to understand when you eat fewer calories than you burn, you’ll lose weight. This phenomenon is known as creating a calorie deficit. As you can see, every popular (and unpopular) diet actually works due to this key component: eat less + burn more = lose weight.

I covered the basic facts of calories last month, but since I spent yesterday talking about my nutritional goal to hit a calorie deficit in order to lose weight throughout the next few months, I thought it might be helpful to learn what exactly that means.

Continue reading “It Really Is This Simple: Calorie Deficits”