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delighting in the daily experience.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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?

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beam green.

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the monthly meeting of Beam Green, an eco- and health-conscious community that I learned about through Gena.

The group meets each month in a cozy sunroom at Tavern on the Green, reached through a long and winding passageway of mirrored walls.  Exiting the tunnel of reflections into the warm, sunlight filled space felt instantly comforting (as did the plethora of green juices that Gena directed me to upon entering).  I had to rush to the meeting after a long day, and my “dinner” was a packed almond butter sandwich – but I had a feeling I’d manage to get my vegetables in once I arrived.  I was right.  🙂  Can every gathering please have a healthy spread like this one?

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The instant Mary Boehmer, the community’s founder, began to speak, I knew I was in good hands.  She shared a member’s story, who mentioned receiving ridicule from co-workers after attending a meeting with a cupful of green juice.  Without spreading rhetoric or pushing philosophies, the healthy habits became contagious all on their own, and slowly other workers began to arrive with their own juice cups, reaping the benefits of whole foods.  If you read my recent post on food confidence, you’ll understand how dear this tale was to me.  So often people jump to criticize the health-loving.  Staying true to what we believe manifests itself both mentally and physically, and that dedication to ourselves is by far most important.

The evening’s agenda consisted of three speakers, representing the book Clean Plates NYC, the Green Depot, and Green Grass Life.  I was greatly anticipating the speech from Jared Koch, the author of Clean Plates NYC, as his health philosophy echoes mine almost identically.  

Of the many enlightening comments he related to us, three struck me in particular.

  • “Nutrition is foundational to our existence.”  The statement is basic, yet it is lost on most of our society.  Nutritional education is a blip in school curriculums, and with the demand for chemical supplements and medicines to cure our ailments, the building blocks within food have been forgotten.  This has to change.
  • “Perfection is not the goal.”  I am a perfectionist.  I’ll admit it without hesitation.  That tendency has gotten me into many troubling situations in the past.  Much as I’ve learned form Gena, Koch encouraged us to make conscious, mindful decisions that honor our individual desires.  A universal diet doesn’t exist, and berating ourselves accomplishes nothing.
  • “Our society is overobsessed with calories and quantity, rather than quality.”  Why else would supermarkets be overstocked with 100 calorie packs, New York restaurant menus covered in calorie totals, and nutrition labels topped by calorie amounts?  What an interesting concept it might be to have one label, with one criterion: real, quality food/ not real, quality food.

Skimming through Clean Plates, I adore how accessible it is – this is not a guide only for the health-obsessed; it is a handbook directing everyone to the freshest, tastiest cuisine in the food capital.  Tabla is in there!

I also learned quite a bit from the other speakers (did you know one shot of wheatgrass is the nutritional equivalent of five pounds of salad?  I didn’t!).  Over and over, throughout the evening, I was overwhelmed by the plethora of reasons to eat whole foods.  I heard stories of vanishing illnesses, renewed energy, completed triathlons, disappearing cravings.  I know this to be true:  I spent college lusting after Starbucks pastries; now I hunger for kale and bananas.  Obviously there is something to this way of life.

When Koch took the microphone, he asked us why most people choose to eat healthfully.  The responses were varied, and to my delight, he had to continue asking for more responses before finally hearing what he deemed the most common motivator: “to lose weight.”  I’ve said it often:  health is about so much more than size.  The group in that room last night was dedicated to their futures, their nourishment, and the way they felt.  It was wonderful to witness.

Thanks again to Gena for allowing me to be one of her guests.  It was great to meet her in person, as well as spend time chatting with my fellow travel-loving blogger, Danielle.  I had a fantastic evening!


I’m curious: what is one benefit health and nutrition have had on your life?

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