Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My Kind of St. Patrick's Day

We had a very large pot luck at work today. I work with a very imaginative group of people and St. Patrick's Day is one holiday that most everyone seems to rally around. The food that my coworkers contributed was fun. Things like green cookies and green rolls. Green pancakes and corned beef Rubin sandwiches that were made on griddles brought in special for the occasion. Ooey gooey, sticky pasty treat after treat after treat.

I brought in a huge green salad with black beans, tomatoes, corn, celery and my Cheezy Southwestern Dressing. My sugar-free, flour-free work buddy brought in gorgeous cut fruit.

And that's all I ate.

It was no biggie.

And I need to share with you the profound relief that I feel this evening as I write this.

I hope that I remember this St. Patrick's Day. The one where "green food" meant a big salad for lunch and steamed kale for breakfast and not a Shamrock Shake from McDonalds.

The one where it was easy.

The one where I felt great.

The one where resisting foods that I did not want to eat caused me no stress at all.

And I really have a lot of people to thank for that, not the least of whom is my mentor, Chef AJ. She helped me to understand the power of vegetables.

It's way more than a tool for weight loss. It's my experience that eating a lot of vegetables is a brain healing phenomenon.

Are you following Chef AJ's advice about vegetables? How is it affecting you?

Was this St. Patrick's Day different for you than past ones?

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