When it snowed last week, I exclaimed with excitement, “Winter is here!” But my enthusiasm was matched by nobody. Quickly, I was reminded that winter is still weeks away, and while the days are chilly and dark, winter is actually not here yet!
While many look to winter for an opportunity to escape, I feel just the opposite. In summer, the heat is inescapable. I wilt on each run and for as active as I want to be, I question whether the heat will bring me down. But in winter, I love to bundle up and overcome the elements. The woods are tick-free, so perfect for long quiet walks with my dog. The kitchen smells incredible from the aroma of roasted vegetables, long-cooked soups and stews and sweet and delicious baked goods. My snowshoes beg for freshly fallen deep snow, and the mountains call me to throw my skis in the car and spend the day cruising the flats and weaving my way over and around the moguls.
This season, that gives me such a high, also gives me plenty of peaceful quiet time indoors to reflect. And in so doing, I am left feeling incredibly blessed and grateful for the people and organizations that work year round to assure a sustainable and healthy future for me, my family, my community and our environment. Giving Tuesday may be officially behind us, but I would be remiss if I did not encourage you to join me in giving back this holiday season. This is just a small sampling of local and national organizations near and dear to my heart that depend on our generosity to continue to do the work that they do.
Please share your favorite organizations in the comments section of this blog so that we can bring even greater awareness to the important work that they are doing. Each gift helps assure that all will be able to…
Eat clean and live well.
I don’t think my computer has remained off for four days (let alone consecutive days) since it was in its original packaging!
That was my Thanksgiving gift to myself – I shut off my computer Wednesday morning and didn’t “restart” until Sunday night. I’d like to report that being unplugged was glorious and peaceful, that it made me more present and mindful, but in fact there was a kind of nagging and even a slight feeling of guilt that hung over the experience.
In those four days, I prepared and hosted our holiday meal, I ran a road race, I spent time with my family, I read magazines and books (the actual paper kind!), I organized, cleaned and basically did exactly what I might have done (or attempted to do) had I been connected. I made a centerpiece from cuttings from our yard, appreciated the special sparkle and warmth of our holiday table, and breathed in the beauty of the freshly fallen snow. But all weekend long I felt the noticeable discomfort of being unplugged. I couldn’t believe that it actually required willpower to stay away. And as I suppose is always the case, as I was trying to kick the habit, everywhere I looked were people with the very same addiction!
It may take me all week to catch up on email, and I’m late posting the winners of the Black Friday Cookbook Giveaway, but I’m committing myself to unplugging more often and encouraging others to do the same. If we unplug together, will we all be able to take back our time off and rediscover the peacefulness of each moment?
Maybe being unplugged is a practice like meditation. I’m not sure if being unplugged can ever feel like the healing stillness of meditation, but I plan to practice it more and find out. I hope you’ll join me (but not so much that we don’t continue to connect here!).
A final congratulations to the winners of the Black Friday EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL cookbook giveaway!
Thank you all for being so understanding of my unplugged vacation and may we all continue to…
Eat clean and live well!
Towards the end of today’s interview with Terry Walters, she says,
“Eating clean is not a diet, it’s about having the knowledge to make good choices.”
That’s exactly what I love so much about Terry, and why I’m so excited to share her new cookbook Eat Clean Live Well with you today. She doesn’t worry about labels (although all the recipes are vegan and gluten free), but instead is focused on understanding the importance of healthy, sustainable, seasonal foods, and sharing that knowledge with the world. In today’s episode, we have a great discussion on clean foods and how to help children understand the importance of healthy eating. We also dive into some of the unique ingredients she loves cooking with most.
As mentioned in the episode, Terry was generous enough to share her Stuffed Butternut Squash recipe with us (perfect for Thanksgiving!)… click here for the recipe.
Here’s what we talk about in this episode:
- Why Terry thought it was important to write a book about clean food
- Teaching your kids to eat healthy
- Everything you need to know about the clean ingredients Terry likes best
- The truth about soy (and why it should be fermented)