Bah, I just got sick! It came out of nowhere too. That’s the downside of being a student. Flus and colds rage around campus like wildfire and if you catch the head, you might also catch the tail, which SUCKS. Probably wouldn’t have happened if I ate raw foods more, but I do the best I can.
Awesome news! I am going back to Cartagena, Colombia again this year, with a nonprofit organization for impoverished children. These kids are SO amazing. They are in such destitute situations, yet they are the some of the bravest, kindest children I’ve ever met. I am currently making a blog about them and the trips. The trip is $1,100 and last year I managed the foot the bill myself, although this year I am trying to hardcore fundraise!
I am also going to update on here while I am in Colombia. It will be absolutely impossible to stay raw or even vegan. Colombians eat meat with every meal, as it is part of the culture. Vegetarianism they have heard of if they’ve come in contact with Americans, but they don’t understand it. Most Colombians wouldn’t even be able to wrap their heads around the idea of veganism. I am, however, going to stay away from milk and cheese. I will eat eggs if I absolutely feel I must. We work in 96 degree and above heat with 100% humidity and we go all day long. If I feel like I am not getting enough to eat in the morning, I will eat eggs. My health will come first in a choice between eating eggs and going hungry in the heat. I am also considering eating fish if it is offered to me. Last year we went to an island on the weekend, and they served freshly caught fish… there was no vegetarian option. It was the best damn fish I ever had, hands down. My goal is to stay 85% vegan and try to eat as much fresh, tropical fruit down there as I can. My god, the mangoes and the avocados! The first time I had these 2 delightful fruits was during last year’s trip to Cartagena. The mangoes were fresh, sweet, juicy… the perfect cure for the heat. And the avocadoes… they are “Hass” avocadoes and they were the size of Florida avocadoes! When I came back to America I wondered why the avocadoes were so small, haha!
On Saturday I will post the link to that blog. Until then!
Kayla (a Friend/Coworker) and I at a Gator Game!
So, true to my word, here is a picture of me at a gator game! This isn’t a picture from my first gator game, that one was hotter than the Sahara and I left early to go home.
I have lots of bills to pay and I had to drop a class because I wasn’t doing so well in it, and my university might introduce block tuition (woe is me!), but…. life is good. Reading books on yoga, raw, holistic nutrition, and Daoism, is changing my attitude and habits. I am trying to eat mostly fresh fruits and veggies, as well as green smoothies! I now own, and have read, Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. The protein chapter absolutely amazed me… it was simple, so easy to understand. Animal protein is long, complex chains of amino acids that the animals’ bodies built from the grass/grains that they ate. The grass that they (are supposed to) eat is made up of simpler chains of amino acids. Which would be easier for your body to break down, the long chains from the meat/dairy or the simple chains from the greens? The greens, obv. Awesome! Amazing! So crystal-clear. How come this isn’t explained in every article/book that explains where vegans get their protein from??
I read the Tao of Pooh and I am trying to change my attitude, mostly while I am at work. It gets extremely frustrating to serve ungrateful people who think they’re being healthy when they order nonfat and sugar free who are constantly on their phones or crackberries talking loudly about their personal/business lives who thinks their latte just magically appears in front of them and that I’m not a human being with feelings who makes that latte. I just need to realize that that is the way things are and to accept them and go with the situation I am in. I am work to pay for my education to be in less debt. These people I serve may not be as compassionate as I am, nor as informed in the area of nutrition but I am there to give them the best damn latte they’ve ever had and hopefully make their day a little brighter. Do I think they reach the end of the day and remember me and/or their latte and think of it as one of the highlights of their day? No. But why should I care? The moment where I made their latte and handed it to them is over. I tried, it didn’t work, I keep going. I keep being happy, I keep making money, I keep striving. I go with the flow. If I can’t do something I really want to do… I change what I want to do. Or accept that I can do what I want to do later. I’ll quit rambling, though 😉
Tonight I am making raw stuffed bell peppers, a cross between a recipe on goneraw.com and Ani Phyo’s raw cheddar cheeze made from sunflower seeds. I’m getting my meatatarian dad to eat it! (He’s gonna love it he just doesn’t know it yet 😉 ) Pictures from my day and from dinner later!