Wellbeing Starts In The Kitchen

July 17, 2023

We’re changing the way we think about wellbeing. Because wellbeing starts in the kitchen. That’s how you ultimately get to Gorgeous Wellth.

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I haven't always been this excited about good food. In fact, I was probably a lot like you, frequently tired of the boring meals I tried to create for my family. Then I had a wake-call ... three times ... and I started looking a whole lot closer at what it really means to be wellthy!

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I grabbed my iPad and headed to the kitchen. It was my favorite time of the day.

See, for me, making dinner for my family isn’t a chore. Instead, it’s a chance to meditate. For me to get in tune with who I am and what I want to put out into this world.

I pull everything from the pantry and refrigerator: eggplant, couscous, an onion, a handful of spices. I slice. I mix. I pour.

The smells waft from the pan. I stick a spoon in, carefully blow, taste.

Mmm,” I hear not only from deep within, but intuitively, from the pan. “This is where wellness starts …

And I know it to be true.

You can’t go fast …

I had a conversation with a friend who had recently celebrated a BIG birthday. A lot’s changed in her life, and she was giving more time to her eating habits. She’d been progressing towards plant-based for some time. But now she was ready to go all-in.

“I’ve had great results so far. I want more. How do I bring plant-based quickly into my life starting now,” she asked with excitement.

I smiled and looked into her eyes. I remember this stage well. Slow down, I replied. Take it slow. Take it one day at a time. Just remember this is the start of the rest of your life.

Sounds almost counterintuitive, doesn’t it?

You’re ready to go plant-based. Why not go all-in?

It starts with habits.

Imagine, for a moment, a pantry filled with all the things you love or that make your life easier. Boxed dinners. Packages of cookies. Sauces and condiments galore.

But you’re moving to plant-based – you swipe it all into the trash, go shopping, and restock your kitchen with new.

Then you have a particularly rough day. You just want comfort food – your comfort food – whatever that means to you.

You go looking. It’s not there. You head to the store. (Or pick up the phone.)

Because in your heart, you’re attached to old food, old ways. You haven’t developed a new pattern. That takes time.

Plant-based is a practice. It’s a journey, not a destination. You can’t suddenly BE plant-based as if it was a place to be.

Instead, it’s something to strive for. To reach out and learn what it means.

Plant-based should just be nutritious eating

I wish there weren’t a need for “plant-based.”

I was walking with a friend recently. It was a warm morning, and we’d walked in the open sunshine for about a mile. A small puddle had formed off the side of the path, and his dog lapped at the water, looking for relief. “They say dogs can smell good from bad. I trust his judgment,” he said as we waited for him to finish.

Animals in the wild are known for intuitively eating. They instinctively know good from bad. They avoid things that will hurt them, take in medicinal plants when needed, and eat what helps them.

If humans ever had that, we lost that centuries ago. With so much opportunity at our fingertips, we eat what tastes good, not what’s good for us. And Big Ag and Big Food have taken advantage of the situation, creating more BAD food than we should have.

Even what’s “good” is being modified and changed to the point where it’s unrecognizable compared to what our grandparents or great-grandparents ate.

Plant-based isn’t a diet or fad. It should just be about healthy eating. We eat real food that’s good for us too.

But that’s all off the table, thanks to almost 40,000 different products being on the shelves of the average American supermarket. Most of it is made from ingredients we can’t pronounce and definitely shouldn’t be consumed.

But here we are …

We’re go go go, constantly looking for ways to quelch the hunger within. We’re hungry. We go through the drive-thru to satisfy that urge. Quick. Fast. Get it done. Check it off.

And that’s led us to where we are today. Life is run by checkboxes. Where’s the enjoyment? Where’s the sensuality?

Because that comes when we take time to move into each day. We don’t have to know what’s going to happen to start. We just wake up and carry on. Dealing with every minute as it ticks by.

We can and should make choices. Be present with what we do. Erase appointments from the schedule to allow things to happen at their pace. Take it slow.

It doesn’t have to be plan, plan, plan. Some things are better off moving forward with one small task each day.

Go to lunch with a friend. Take off the watch. Who cares how long you’re there sharing in each other’s moments?

Want dinner? Head to the garden and pick something ripe and full of life. In a pinch, walk into a great market and select something from the produce aisle. Then contemplate – what can I do with you today?

How will you make me feel?

I feel it.

Women across the globe are changing rapidly. We’ve learned a lot in these past three years.

To ask better questions.

To dig deeper for the answers.

To say YES to truly important things.

To push aside things that no longer matter.

I feel that when I slow down.

I grab a tomato, fresh from the garden. I slice. I place it lovingly in a bowl.

I follow it with cucumbers, green peppers, a little garlic. Olive oil. Sherry vinegar. Salt and pepper.

Marinade for the day. Blend it up for a gazpacho dinner I can’t wait to eat.

I focus on quality. I focus on flavor.

I focus on nutrition. I focus on what it will do for my health. For my family’s health.

If one thing is for certain, it’s that nobody cares for our health quite like we do internally. We don’t have to accept the status quo. We don’t have to do as they say.

Instead, we can focus on better eating, better food. We can find the Gorgeous bounty right here, waiting for us to consume.

Make today the day you opt for REAL food. You’ll love what it does for you.

Happy Eating!


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