Sometime last summer we made a shift. It was a shift in the way we think. A shift from the training we always believed was fact and conventional wisdom for all. A shift from a performance-based perspective into a long-term perspective. A shift as central to our traditions and friendships and gatherings and community as almost anything else in our lives. It was a shift in food.
Food, in our family, often times (ok, almost always) finds itself at the center of our events. What we eat when we gather with friends, the tastes that touch our tongues as we sit shoulder to shoulder with family, the sights and smells of the perfect food display, are as central a part of the experience as the people themselves. We think about it, discuss it, plan it. We shop and explore and labor. We prep and set out and sample. And, it’s all worth it. Food and the way we experience it sets the stage for gathering, for being together, for connecting—all aspects of life that are of the most high importance and value to us.
So, when we made a change in how we eat, it was not lighthearted. It was not a decision made in a silo. It does not only affect our plates and health. It affects our life.
And that was just it—the affect on our lives—that turned us and convinced us we needed an adjustment. It all started with this movie, recommended to us by our good friends, a Physician and PA, who told us one day that they have decided to eat less meat. Huh? But, their medical-based perspective and cool natures led us to explore. A third of the way through the documentary, D turned to me and said, “But, I don’t WANT to be a vegetarian,” because we were convinced. Convinced that we needed to make a change.
We did not just drink the kool-aid straight. As anyone who knows us might imagine, we followed up the documentary with additional research, thought, and prayer. As I have mentioned, we do not take our food lightly. But, we also do not take our health lightly. There is life-altering cancer and heart disease in our family, affecting those who are closest to our hearts and to our genes, and that means something.
So, we have made the plunge into a whole foods, plant-based diet. Based on our own research, values, and priorities, we have taken an H-family spin on it which allows us flexibility within structure. So, now, we eat as whole as possible, as plant-based as possible. (And, incidentally, as wheat-free as possible based on a previously discovered and unrelated allergy). I could go on about our whys and hows and thoughts and decisions and details, but I won’t. If you are interested in our basis, final decision or 5-page whitepaper on the subject (just kidding), let me know. Happy to share.
Turns out that this change has also opened up a world of discovery and creativity for me. Perhaps that is another part of this that energizes me to pursue it. And, on Saturday morning, our little family of three-turning-four benefitted greatly. Deliciously-fall and pumpkiny-delightful tastes of a relaxing morning.
Pumpkin maple pancakes, cinnamon baked apples, warm maple syrup, and creamy hot lattes. Really, not much better than that to set the stage for connecting and relishing our time together.
And all squarely within our shift.