On June 5, 2015 I stopped eating meat. This was not intentional. I have done this 2 or 3 times in the past “just because”. Once was when I was pregnant and I literally only wanted Honey Nut Cheerios and green grapes. Another time was in culinary school. We were making veal stock and to see these baby calf bones cut up, killed my heart. So this was nothing new…. so I thought. I took this time as an opportunity to optimize my health. My knees were hurting. My back always hurt. The time was NOW or never. Summer was the peak of my consulting so I was running around on average 5 hours a day. I made 6 green smoothies and Froze them. Took 1 to work everyday and drank it while I was running around. After about a month I felt better. I weighed myself and realized I had lost 20 lbs! I found a picture in a dress I had worn last year for my birthday and the difference was finally noticeable to me. Thanks to this social media age we are in- I noticed pictures say more! I had previously lost up to 40lbs but never “noticed” the difference and would get discouraged. This time when I noticed the 20lbs fell off I took measurements and pictures. I’m not 30 lbs down and trying to maintain it and go further! I started taking chondroitin and glucosamine for my knee and it worked immediately. I also take B12, daily vitamin and recently incorporated Biotin to try and get my hair longer. Another thing I found and loved was a product by Garden of Life. It is a wheatgrass powder. I combined one scoop with water and ginger crystals. Now of course you dont notice what things do until you stop. When I stopped making my wheatgrass drink I got sleepy earlier, more sluggish and my mind was not as sharp. Here are 50 reasons why you should incorporate wheatgrass into your diet. I hope I have inspired you to try it!
On December 6 PBS posted this video about a local Chef ensuring all of her food is locally grown! How amazing is that. A place known for its Sugar Cane… that started Domino Sugar!.. is now trying to get back on the map as organic and growing. I mention this now because there is a very important little fact in this video that otherwise I wouldn’t have known. There was a cargo ship that sank carrying food to the island. Why is this important? Because as of yesterday all Floridians thought they were in heaven when thousands of cans of Cafe Bustelo washed ashore! After I research some more I will write another post on how the government actively offers incentives to landowners to not cultivate their land and not produce food.
On November 19, 2015 City Hall held a Puerto Rican Heritage celebration. This year they honored artist Manny Vega and “The Voice of New York”, Angie Martinez with their day. Angie has been a pillar in the hip hop community and for those of you that saw Brown Sugar she asks the ever famous question.. When did you fall in love with hip hop. Angie took a turn last year, as did fellow Boricua Fat Joe, and went healthy! Angie helped write a book on making typical Puerto Rican food with healthy alternatives.