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Good morning! I came across this video when researching something for an article I’m writing and just had to share.

Lettuce see what the day holds!

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Perfect day to announce…

that I am changing my lifestyle.

After a lot of thought and consideration, I have decided to adopt the vegetarian diet. While I considered myself a “flexitarian” before (eating a mostly plant based diet with meat on occasion), I am embracing the vegetarian lifestyle with fervor.

Why is this the perfect day? Today is World Vegetarian Day and October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. The North American Vegetarian Society is even doing a contest with a pledge to be a vegetarian for one day, one week, or one month. Check it out here: http://www.worldvegetarianday.org/pledge-vegwin/

Why now? I grew up in the midwest where consuming meat was an unconscious norm and just continued that lifestyle without thought. When I lived in Boulder during my 4 years at the University of Colorado I became more aware  of the vegetarian diet, but it really wasn’t until studying nutrition years later that I recognized its benefits. Also, several films (including Food, Inc.) only made me more aware of the treatment of animals that we consume.

While this change will be difficult, especially with the holidays coming up, I am very lucky to have a supportive husband who does not mind eating vegetarian meals that I cook. Though, he isn’t totally sold on the idea for himself … yet.

I will be blogging about any trials (because, let’s face it, changing lifestyles can be hard), continue posting recipes and nutritional information, as well as discussing any other information about vegetarianism that may apply.

Will you join me? Will you sign the pledge, even if for one day or one week?

5 Things I Love to Eat (rarely), But Would Hate It If You Knew

1. Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream – all of them are great, but I especially like Sticky Toffee Pudding and Toasted Coconut Sesame Brittle

2. Sonic XL Coney Dog – I hate hotdogs, but for some reason, this one I can stomach.  Must be the addition of chili and cheese.

3. Cookies and chocolate and cakes and desserts of all kind.  I have a major sweet tooth mouth. 

4. Diet soda, more specifically Coke Zero or Coke Vanilla Zero- I know, I know, not as bad as regular soda, but it really is so bad for your teeth and stomach and appetite.

5. French fries – very rarely do I indulge, but when I do, I make sure I get good ones, like Arby’s curly fries.  Yum.

 

Honestly, this list helped me realize that with the exception of sweets, I really don’t eat all that bad a majority of the time.  Now if I could figure out why my hips and thighs hold on to those rare foods, I would be golden. 😛

I love Flickr


I have been uploading some photos tonight to Flickr, my new photo catalog. And I just love it. It is so easy to upload, organize, navigate and blog with! Currently I am blogging from Flickr as it automatically connects to WordPress.

This is a photo of Mandy and me at her mom’s Academy Awards Party this past Sunday. I love Mandy like a younger sister. She is 13 years old and has been coming to my Bible Studies for the last couple of years. She has been such a blessing in my life. She has taught me how to love unconditionally and to be a better person. And I know she is going to be GORGEOUS when she is older and will make a great fashion designer (if she truly does follow that dream).

Just a small example of why I like Flickr – it’s easy to post a pic like this to my blog and tell you all about it!

A sabbatical from Facebook

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent.  There are many different interpretations of how Lent should be celebrated, but for me, it means that I give up something that has taken over my subconscious, time and attention. I give up something that may seem monumental to me, but in terms of what Jesus Christ gave up for us is nothing.  However, by giving up that thing, it helps me to refocus my heart, which is what truly dictates my words and actions. 

So this year I am giving up Facebook.  Why?  Because I am obsessed!!  Mostly with the games (Word Twist, Scramble, and Biggest Brain), but I also have a desire to read everyone’s status update.  I think I spend about an hour, sometimes more, a day on FB.  It’s taking time away from my husband, my dog (who I could be walking more), my studies and with God – whether in prayer or reading. 

Last year I gave up The Nest – an internet chat board that I frequent.  I was finding that I wasn’t able to disassociate myself from the site for days at a time, that I was bending my morals to fit in and that I was glorifying some people more than I should have.  Plus, I needed to spend more time with my friends that I had a deeper connection with.  It was so worth it – now I have a healthier view of who I am and more confidence in the things I truly believe in.  I still frequent the board, but am not as obsessed as I was before (I had to read every single post and refreshed the page about every minute!!). 

So here is to a refreshing and renewing experience of the heart and mind!! 🙂