– Karen Maezen Miller
When I was completing my 200 hour yoga teacher training, we were gifted participation in a 3-month whole food cooking workshop. The same woman also does a 30-day vegan workshop. I was in the midst of that last Spring when I became pregnant with S. This explained my fatigue more than the elimination of meat and dairy and I immediately jumped off the wagon in case my change in diet would affect the baby (I knew it likely would not, but you’re oh so careful when another life is in your hands, or womb). The program is now running again and a dear friend has gifted me a spot. It officially started 2 weeks ago, but I’ve just caught up on my reading. I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet. And I’ve not eliminated meat or eggs from my diet. I’m already off dairy because of S’s tummy. I didn’t feel like I was ready for a “cleanse” and I’m already pretty tired, so I really didn’t feel like I could eliminate meat and eggs while breastfeeding. Also, my first CSA pickup is this week and in addition to the fruit/veggie share, I signed up for 3 lbs of meat, yogurt, milk and bread. I’m only committed to the dairy and meat for 4 weeks, but the fruits and veggies will continue through October! As I dig into the literature that comes with the 30-day vegan, I remember how great the program is even beyond the recipes. Just looking at Heather’s photos and reading her words (quotes, book suggestions, etc) puts you in a calmer frame of mind. She just makes you want to be a better person – a better eater, a better mom, better yogi, better to yourself. In short, the program literature inspires.
In his book, Integrative Wellness Rules: A Simple Guide to Healthy Living, Dr. Jim Nicolai tells the story of John Wooden (legendary basketball player and coach), and a note written by his father that he kept tucked in his wallet for years and years.
Seven statements as a credo for his son to live by:
1. Be true to yourself.
2. Make each day your masterpiece.
3. Help others.
4. Drink deeply from good books.
5. Make friendship a fine art.
6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
7. Pray (ask) for guidance, and give thanks for your blessings every day.