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Why I Did It!

Why I Did It!

“Did what?” you may ask. Why, shaved my head, of course. My hair was, as one friend put it, “One of my defining characteristics.” I had long, shiny, luxurious brown hair that tended to curl and frame my face gently. I looked at my hair as my best physical feature and I was proud of it. I spent a considerable amount of time and money on caring for it, this bunch of dead cells that sat atop my head. All in the name of vanity. What was I covering up? What was I hiding? Who was I without those lustrous locks? And what would other people think about me?! All these and more were questions that arose in my mind when thinking about shaving off my hair. The story begins 15 years ago when I first got into scuba diving and I would look at the shaved heads of the male dive masters with envy as I painstakingly disentangled my hair from my gear, yet again, after a dive. I was attracted to the ease of it. Imagine how simple life would be without all this hair to worry about. But the vanity stopped me. I couldn’t fathom looking so weird! Years passed and the idea faded out of my existence. Then about a year ago a girlfriend came back from India with her head shaved and a look of serenity and peace on her face. She didn’t look weird, she looked beautiful and so much more like herself. Her light was more visible without any added distractions. I admired her courage but didn’t really think about taking the... read more
Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

Ingredients: 1/4 medium watermelon, cut into 1/2” cubes 2oz feta cheese, cut into 1/2” cubes 1/2 punnet grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cucumber, sliced into quarters 1/4C red onion, thinly sliced 2 tbsp fresh mint, cut into a chiffonade 2 tbsp fresh basil, cut into a chiffonade 1 lime, juiced (or more to taste) 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Freshly ground salt & pepper   Preparation: Mix all ingredients from watermelon through basil in a medium sized bowl. Whisk the lime, olive oil, and salt & pepper in a small bowl. Dress salad directly prior to... read more
Food as Medicine, Made with Love

Food as Medicine, Made with Love

Today was one of those days that I woke up not wanting to get out of bed. I was tired and warm and cozy and my cat was perched on top of my chest purring away. My alarm first sounded at 7am and I decided to skip my morning exercise and prayer ritual so I could stay in bed an hour longer. Not always a great choice but with my immune system complaining that it was getting hit by something I decided the trade was worth it. I managed to drag my bottom out from under my grandmother’s handmade quilt and start prepping for my day at about 8:10, I took the liberty of an extra ten minutes 😉 Being a self-employed health warrior my days always look different. I could be working with private clients or health coaching groups, I could be overseeing operations for Heal the Planet, I could be meeting with local food system stakeholders to discuss a South FL food hub, or I could be doing a cooking demonstration somewhere. My first job today was a cooking demo at the Margate branch of Humana Continucare. I am employed by The Real Food Academy to give healthy cooking demonstrations for their patients in their Broward centers. I love this part of what I do as I get to work with mainly older people that can really benefit from learning about the benefits of whole, unprocessed foods. Our demonstrations focus on “changing the ingredients, not the recipe”. We take recipes for everyone’s favorite dishes and simply change some of the ingredients to healthier options. Today’s menu was a perfect example.... read more