I am very excited to capstone my year of personal exploration with a lengthy trip to Asia. I have maintained a consistent Ashtanga practice and have practiced yoga nearly everyday since March of this year. I plan to deepen my practice in India. It is amazing how in tune with your body you become with daily practice and introspection. I have also taken to chanting, meditation and breath work, all of which have helped me maintain a healthy lifestyle this past year and will help me going forward.

My company, The Radical Larder LLC has gone completely vegan for the past year! And will remain vegan or very plant-based going forward. One thing I understand and yet also don’t understand is why non-vegans generally disregard something that is stated as being vegan (more later). I make food that happens to be vegan, and I don’t really go out of my way much. I ate animal products a year ago and have found the transition to plant based quite simple. Bottom line, if people don’t stop consuming as many animal products as we do as a species (rates growing especially in the developing world), our environment will be destroyed beyond repair. This is a pivotal time in climate change to choose less animal products and more plants. It’s not only better for the environment but also better for your health and overall wellbeing. There is no compelling reason not to make a change. You could say flavor…and since I am saying eat less, you’d still have that component to enjoy and possibly relish even more viewing it as a luxury item to be enjoyed once in a while. Think of the time and process it takes to get a burger, for instance, onto your plate. Cow grows for about 9 months, is slaughtered, meat is processed and then ground. Close to a year? Now think about getting a carrot onto your plate. Plant the seed, let it grow, harvest, about 2-4 weeks. Focusing on things that take less time to get to your plate is a great start to reducing animal product consumption.

I am proud to announce that I haven’t been drunk this year. I will have a beer or cocktail every once in a while but getting wasted is a thing of the past. Wasted=waste of time, waste of life, waste of energy. I am not someone who has an addictive personality but I have seen, attracted and spent time with lots of people who are addicted to substances largely to my disappointment. Because all I want is genuine connection. I am still working this one out.

I have just recently discovered the power of essential oils and am excited to start sharing their power with others. Since I am a yoga instructor (certification pending), I am able to weave these powerful oils into my guided practice to the excitement of participants. I am excited to grow my knowledge/use of these tools in my own life and in the life of others.

This is the first of a series of blogs that will take you along on my journey to Thailand and India. Check back for new posts along the way!!

Thank you, Namaste, Much appreciation that you are reading this.

Radical Larder