I live with an uncontrollable love for food. As far as will power, it’s something I am trying hard to do. Regardless, if I put up a fight with myself or not, when I end up scarfing down a bunch of sweets, or a hefty plate of pasta, or a giant, carbful, cheesy/meaty breakfast spread, I kind of hate myself after.
I don’t know about you, but I like to indulge in things that are delicious, and, I like to feel good about myself after. That being said, I bring to you…
For those of you who know me outside of this blog, maybe you already know about me becoming a licensed Zumba® instructor, and the reason why I became one. Maybe it’s crazy, but I really need to throw myself into situations to get to where I want to go.
I could totally go to Zumba®classes on my spare time, but just as easy as it is for me to talk myself into eating something unhealthy, I can talk myself out of working out. But, when I imagine teaching others and leading others to a healthier life, that’s where a spark strikes, and that’s when it easier to get motivated to take build my physical strength.
It’s not just about working out, though. After I practice my playlist, I am ten times hungrier than when I’m just my normal hungry self. But, when I reward my hard work with nutrient-dense meals, I get full fast, and I stay full longer. It’s always a challenge to turn down a favorite treat, and sometimes I can’t do it, but when I do, it’s only a win-win at the end.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean I, or you, have to suffer with boring salads and nose-plugging smoothies; there’s a whole world of flavor in wholesome ingredients.
I had an opportunity a couple of years ago to stay in The Bay Area for the summer, and my experience there with food was life-changing (see photos below). The house that I lived with ate no meat, so all of our meals were plant-based, and let me tell you, I never ate so damn good.
A lot of what I know how to cook comes from what I learned at the dinner table in Berkeley. I was also more than lucky to be a short walk away from an incredible grocery store called Berkeley Bowl, and I was excited to live in the middle of a swarm of restaurants of all different cultures; people tell me I’m like a sponge, and there’s a lot of juicy stuff on the West Coast.
Why am I choosing to only provide vegan/vegetarian meals? Well, that has to do with my belief in energy, and how energy is transferred from one being to the next. Do I think chicken is delicious? Yes. Do I hate thinking of life being taken away from a creature, even if it’s “just a chicken”? Yes.
The truth is, everyone is different, and we all have our feelings towards different things, but, when I eat meat, I feel guilty. I’m not telling you to stop eating meat, but, me personally, I am a sensitive creature that aims to live with peace at mind, so, not consuming pain certainly can’t hurt.