Okay, I have to confess this was supposed to be posted in honor of Father's Day, but I got busy and a friend needed me and well, now it's a week late. But, I wanted to to make sure I got the message out and share some of the habits I've seen from my dad over the years. Now that I'm older, I can truly appreciate what I've learned simply from watching and knowing my father.
We celebrated my dad's 75th birthday a couple of years ago. It was a wonderful time. It was a surprise birthday party and his friends came from near and far to celebrate with him. He was truly surprised and so happy, the happiest I had seen him.
My father doesn't look like a 77 year old man, nor does he seem like it. My parents drive all the way from Florida to Pennsylvania every year. The fact that they can make this trip back and forth safely, is a testament to how my dad lives his life.
And so, if you're ready to learn what my dad has known all his life, then read on.
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! There are a lot of people who have great ideas for businesses, but not too many of them take it to the next level. Your reading this means you're ready to stop thinking and start doing, so Yay you!
Second of all, it isn't as scary as you think. When I first started Wonder Curl, I was unemployed with very little money in the bank. I did a lot of research to find out how I can get my business started as cheaply as possible. It's been 8 years since I started and there have been so many great services that are now offered that I didn't have. This makes starting a business even easier.
Since becoming a plant-based vegan, I have become what I like to call a nutrition enthusiast. While I am not a certified nutritionist, I would spend a lot of time listening to plant-based doctors' lectures and researching online the information they share. I then like to take what I have learned and share it with everyone around me. Unfortunately, I find that not everyone is ready to learn and stick to analogies and their beliefs, rather than listen to the research I have gathered.
One of the greatest arguments I hear from meat eaters is that there is no one diet that fits all. And while I will agree that we are all different and certain foods can affect us differently, physiologically, we are all the same. We don't see some rabbits that eat meat and some that eat vegetables. All rabbits are herbivores because their bodies have evolved to eat plants. I apply the same argument for humans. On the inside, our bodies are all the same.
When I realized I had a gluten intolerance, I was sad at the idea that I wouldn't be able to eat good bread anymore. When I tell people that I don't eat gluten, the first thing they say is "I could never give up bread". Well, I didn't give up bread, so much as bread gave up on me.
If I ate anything with gluten, I would succumb to fatigue, bloating and suffer from a migraine. Once, it was so bad that I was bed ridden for a few days. A gluten migraine is not to be taken lightly! I remember feeling like someone was hammering a nail into my eyeball. With a normal headache, I would be able to sleep it off. A gluten headache stayed with me all day and all night for days. DAYS!
I became vigilant about staying away from gluten, and with good cause. Even a small taste would cause me some discomfort. All of that changed when I read that true sourdough bread could be the answer for us gluten-intolerance sufferers.
Veganism is on the rise and this couldn't be a more exciting time to be a vegan. It isn't surprising when you consider Uber stars such as Beyonce & Jay Z going vegan (even if it's temporarily) and promoting the lifestyle on their platforms. We have more people wanting to take control of their health. However, while many people thrive on their newfound plant-based diet, others fail and go back to eating meat.
There are many reasons why people fail as vegans and think that it isn't for them, but I'm going to discuss the main reason why I believe most people don't make it.
Are you making full use of all the food in your kitchen? You know, all those vegetable scraps that you toss into your garbage can? The onion peels, the stems from broccoli, the garlic that's starting to regrow. Don't throw them out, instead, store them in your freezer to make vegetable broth!
I was buying and storing so much vegetable broth because I like to use it to add flavor in lots of my recipes. To give rice and quinoa some extra flavor, to thin out soup. I was using tons of it, and spending money and throwing out perfectly good vegetables. How counter productive is that?
One of my goals for 2018 was to reduce my carbon footprint. I used to think that simply separating plastic and paper was enough, but I didn’t realize how my consumerism truly affected the environment.
After the trucks pick up our plastic, where does it really go? In my mind, I would imagine those milk jugs, plastic bags, etc. would turn into a nice park bench or a hair brush. I was wrong. After reading an article on NPR, I learned that the US exported half of its recyclables and nearly half of that went to China. Well, China has recently put a ban on 24 kinds of solid wastes.
Carra-what? If you're not paying attention to ingredients in your food, then you might not have heard of carrageenan. But, carrageenan is widely used within the food industry and even called a 'natural alternative'. You can find it in processed foods including organic & vegan food.
What is carrageenan?
Carrageenan is derived from an edible red seaweed. It's used in food as a thickener and a stabilizer. Think about how some of your drinks never separate, or why the texture of your ice-cream is so smooth. You can find it in everything from coffee creamer to yogurt.
Everyone knows that they should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but with today's lifestyle, we find it to be akin to a mission impossible.
According to health.gov, the recommending daily servings are 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day. To help you figure out what a serving is, they break it down as such:
It appears that we have all survived another year! We have seen the most trying year so far politically that at times I had to go on a news cleanse and just turn off the news channels, social media and turn on some calming meditative music.
We all have different ways of coping with such a crazy news cycle and for me, it was about connecting with myself spiritually, continuing my vegan food evolution and embarking on a zero-waste journey. How does this help me cope? Well, it gives me something else to obsess over and feel like I'm making a difference in the environment as well as my overall health.
Scarlett is a business owner and lover of pretty things. She started this blog to share some of her witticisms and favorite things.