I promise I will actually share some kitchen creations again (starting tonight!) – I’ve been doing quite a bit of running around recently, and my knives and cutting boards have sadly been neglected. Last night, I enjoyed dinner courtesy of Beam Green, the raw food community I was happily invited to by Gena last month.
When I arrived, I immediately found the lovely Danielle and hit up the buffet for vegan sushi, raw zucchini lasagna, and other assorted goodies. I may have returned for seconds.
The evening’s speakers consisted of Gene Stone, a writer and founder of the Manhattan dairy free ice cream shop, Stogo; Gil Jacobs, a highly knowledgeable cellular cleansing specialist; and David Philips, an expert spiritual counselor on Kabbalah.
I settled down to listen with green juice in hand (a bit different from my last glass of a similar shape!). I later won a gift certificate to Liquiteria, which is wonderful, as their juices are both delicious and expensive. Now I get $20 worth!
Like the last meeting, I left with many thoughts running through my head. [Although we were all a bit distracted by the bombshell that this was the last Beam Green meeting ever. No explanation as to why!] One comment, however, stuck with me, from Gil Jacobs. His words:
“Find the daily experience that works for you.”
One of the main reasons I enjoy a life full of whole foods is because the options seem limitless. I find excitement in anticipating the produce that will next come into season; I find joy in combining and experimenting with different foods and flavors. My lifestyle is not strict. It is not work. It’s fun. Otherwise, I don’t think I could live it.
It doesn’t end with food. I’ve dabbled in different forms of exercise, and I’ve kept my mind open to learning about health-focused lifestyles (high-raw, for instance) different from my own. As my knowledge grows, my philosophies develop, and that constant state of being a work in progress is what makes this life a true joy to live.
Jacobs stressed that if one is counting the days until the torture of a healthful life is over, then something has to change. It should never be painful; it just requires some experimentation to find the mix that works for you.
If we open ourselves to walks of life, to eating styles, to dogma foreign to our own, it may be uncomfortable, strange, and different. But if we never take the chance, we’ll never experience the beauty of personal growth and change. Missing out is too much of a shame.
I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to miss my sample of Stogo’s coconut milk ice cream. I love my healthy life.
What delights you about your health style?