After getting everything ready for Dan to go to work this morning I decided to take a little time to relax and do a few things around the house. I needed a little me time after yesterday. I spent time straightening up and making my to-do list for today. I probably should have not included everything that I needed to do because seeing it all in one list is a bit overwhelming.
Next I decided to make myself a very healthy smoothie this morning for breakfast. I don’t recommend that most of you try this since it tastes very “green” if you know what I mean. It is healthy but not something most people would enjoy drinking. I would never feed this my husband in other words this would not go over well with him. ;-)
Here is what I included in my smoothie: 1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds (for calcium and healthy fat), 1 tablespoon white chia seeds (for omega 3’s), 2 ½ cups frozen strawberries, ½ cup frozen wild blueberries, 2 cups shredded kale, 2 cups water and stevia to taste. I don’t normally add stevia to my smoothies, but this one got a scoop and the smoothie still tasted very healthy. This smoothie is ridiculously healthy containing: 328 calories, 14g fiber, 10 g protein, 20,800IU of vitamin A, 380mg vitamin C, 400mg of calcium, 140mcg of folate, and 1100mcg of vitamin K. That is why I drink things like this even though the flavor is not my favorite thing. Sometimes I just feel like I need something uber healthy and this was one of those mornings.
Remember a few days I ago I was lamenting the end of summer? Mother Nature obviously got the message. Not only was it 95 yesterday but it was 97 today. Clearly summer is not ready to give up without a fight. It is nice to have a few more warm days before we head into fall.
Lunch today was an appetizer plate of leftover cooked brown rice from the refrigerator topped with the beans in curried beans in tomato sauce and few cashews. I love having leftovers in the refrigerator. It makes packing Dan’s lunch and grabbing something quick for me very easy. If you aren’t cooking “intentional leftovers” as I call them I highly recommend the practice. It makes life much easier for me.
This afternoon I had a little time to relax and decided to watch something on Netflix instead of reading. Many years (actually decades) okay I was fortunate to get my undergraduate degree from a liberal arts college. There I was “forced” to take classes I never would have otherwise elected to take on my own. Two semesters of Philosophical Anthropology were required for graduation and oddly philosophy become one of my favorite subjects in college. This is why today I watched a DVD called “Examined Life” which filmed a number of different modern day philosophers talking about various topics which appear to be of their own choosing. Some of the philosophers are fascinating and really got me thinking. If you are interested in the subject of philosophy this was a thought provoking piece.
Watching this film causing me to reflect on something I read earlier in the week which I wanted to discuss so I can hear some of your views on the topic. Specifically I read a piece that stated that veganism is only about an ethical mindset and is not about health. The author went on to say that people that are vegan for health should call themselves something other than vegan. I pondered this idea for a few days because I think it is more counterproductive to veganism than anything else. If someone is considering a vegan lifestyle for health reasons the impact is the same in terms of the reduction of suffering and death of animals. However if these individuals who were contemplating veganism but decide to stay omni because they don’t feel welcomed into veganism the impact is more not less suffering and death.
Why do people feel the need to categorize and label things and set up distinctions between “us and them”? Any thought that starts with “those people” is obviously judgmental and probably flawed. What do you think of this idea? Does it matter why someone comes to veganism? I think the positives that come from this lifestyle change are vast in terms of both less human and animal suffering. Why should it matter how someone becomes who they are? I can’t wait to hear what you have to say on this topic. ;-)
Since Dan is trying to hit his deadlines it meant I was on my own for dinner tonight. I made myself a simple salad which contained: ½ head of shredded romaine, 1 Roma tomato, ¼ cucumber, approximately ¼ cup of Muir Glen roasted marinara sauce and ½ of an avocado. To go with this I had a large serving of cardamom scented warm slaw.
This morning I had to make brown rice while I was making Dan’s fresh juice and breakfast so I could pack his lunch. Tonight I decided to make more “intentional leftovers” for tomorrow and Friday. I made a baked veggie dish to serve over warm chickpea mash. Since I haven’t made photographed a proper serving I am going to post that recipe tomorrow. The picture above was my “sample” to make certain the flavors were just right. ;-)
Time for me to sign off and get a few more things accomplished before Dan gets home. Talk to you all again tomorrow. I hope everyone had a good Wednesday.