”Grilled” Sweet Potato Salad

This recipe asked us to grill our sweet potato. Well, we don’t have a grill, so we used our panini press. It turned out just perfect. The salad contained corn, avocado, beans, bell pepper, green onion and I added some spices too. It was really a treat, especially on a hot evening. This will be a favorite for sure.

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Om,

Renata

Happy Herbivore(s)!

Well, here I am again, with another project! Are you excited? This time I will be posting about our journey with the Happy Herbivore.We have decided that we are going to do the Happy Herbivore meal plans and post it! There are some delicious meal plans and we are very excited to be trying them, and seeing how the progress goes. Each day I’ll be posting at least one photo of our delicious meals and the progress of our health as well. I’m super excited to be doing this with my husband and I hope you all enjoy the ride. Our hope is to do this for the next six months, with some planned time off for birthdays and holidays…and even then I think we can still maintain a healthful plant-based diet.

 

For those of you know do not  know about Happy Herbivore I encourage you to check it out. HH is a great resource for easy, healthy, compassionate meals that taste great!

Here’s a photo to get you started…

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Om,

Renata

Tiruvannamalai

So I’m sitting here at The Dreaming Tree on my birthday dinner enjoying the nice breeze from the fan and listening to the bells off in the distance for some procession happening. We have been in India for two days and are slowly beginning to acclimate. Here are some things….

1. I saw my first dead body today…in a funeral procession walking down the main road. She was strapped to a table like structure on a moving car with people all around walking and ringing bells. A loud boom went off and the man we were speaking with explained that it was a cracker (firecracker).

2. It’s hot. I mean I knew it would be hot but I didn’t expect the muggy nature. It’s sticky but wonderful. And the cool marble floors in the ashram feel lovely. As does sleeping without blankets.

3. The Indian head bobble is amazing. It is truly wonderful to see the smile spread from ear to ear in concert with the wiggle of the head.

4. I’m kinda tall…

5. The ashram food is freaking delicious. But what I never thought is would be eating off of a banana leaf with my fingers. It’s an art form I have yet to master.

6. There are lots of wild dogs…and cows…and cow poop.

7. People remove their shoes to go into most places. Businesses and religious places. This is fine…and I even believe in the reasons for it. However, one should not walk through a main temple a noon on the first day in India. Why? Your feet will be burned to a crisp. And everyone who you thought might be watching you because you are a tourist…is definitely watching you as you run as fast as you can from each shady part to the next.

Soooo much more to come!

Namaste y’all… I don’t want to be late for dinner!
Xo

no gym?

As the days grow nearer I am bombarded daily with the list of things to do..Get copies of this, confirm reservations here, get your last vaccination, oh! and don’t forget to go to the gym!

In fact this last little part is what has me spinning lately. I mean…7 weeks without the gym? What’s a girl to do?!  I imagine I’ll do just fine after I get into the swing of not having the daily routine of an elevated heart rate. And, my muscles will surely be limp noodles by the time I return, right? Well, at least the sweating part won’t be a problem. From what I understand…it’s a bit warm in India. 

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Among other lessons during this trip, one for me will certainly being one of ‘letting go’. There’s nothing I can do about not working out and eating fried foods (eating anything raw is pretty much prohibited by the travel nurse)…So, I guess I’ll just look at it like I’m getting a head start on my Thanksgiving Thighs :)…After all, I truly am very thankful for this journey!