Soooo I’m super excited about something… I get to give a speech on the health benefits of a plant-based diet to a room full of people! Ha! Now how did this come about? I’m not famous, I’m not published…yet ;) … and I’m not going to a Vegan conference. lol. In one of my business classes I have to give an informative speech… on whatever I want! I have 7 precious minutes allotted to me, and actually required by me, to fill with whatever topic I so choose. So of course I chose something health related, something food related, and specifically something me-related :) The tricky part is going to be making the speech spicy with pizazz and not bore my omnivore audience. The words Vegetarian and Vegan are usually judged pretty harshly so I think I will shy away from using those words in my introduction. I am calling my speech The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet. I have to use outside sources of course so I think I will start with The China Study and go from there. Super excited about this and actually looking forward to the hours I will probably spend outlining, drafting, re-drafting, researching, practicing, re-drafting and practicing again…something I will only spend 7 actual minutes discussing. HA.
I had a wonderful Valentine’s weekend. I ate lots of yummy foods and although I spent a majority of the weekend finishing up moving I also had some quality time with loved ones. My 2 favorite men came into town to help me with moving weekend–my sweetheart boyfriend and my absolutely wonderful father :) After packing and hauling furniture all afternoon I introduced Dad to a green smoothie! He is a bit of a health nut himself so dare I say he was more than impressed with the idea of putting greens into smoothies and swears he’s going to start doing it. I talked to him a bit about Raw Eating and juicing and he seemed pretty interested. I hope he goes home with enough curiosity to delve further into the subjects. Dad even made a delicious veggie dinner for me this weekend: grilled asparagus with lemon, roasted sweet potatoes, squash and beets, baby field greens with raw veggies and yummy garlic bread–I was impressed!
Unfortunately I did not have a true vegan weekend :( I have been so good (vegan, organic and lots of raw) to my body for the past 2 months. I have been slowly adapting to a vegan diet and it works wonderfully for me when I cook for myself and have a normal controlled schedule. Unfortunately, life is not always normal nor controlled, ha! A’int that the truth. I hate the fact that I gave in. Grrr… feeling annoyed with myself but I was in such a time crunch with things that some processed foods and a bit of dairy snuck in. Oh yeah, I also had a slice of non-vegan key lime pie. yummmm was it good. Was it worth it? Eh, not really. However, I did notice I got a bit of a sugar high from it and then had a mild crash later on. I really believe that sugar does weird things to our bodies. Am I agonizing over it? No, because for me that is just silly and puts me in mental stress-mode. Instead I’m picking myself up, brushing myself off and starting tomorrow fresh and clean. :)
Oh yeah, I also
passed aced my first accounting exam–score! That was a big stress relief let me tell you!