Real Food Rehab

No rigid rules, labels or dogmas.... just REAL food, for your body, mind & soul!

These things are real. These things are important.

It's almost like it never happened.  My life instantly sprung right back to where I left off, like a rubber band snapping everything back to it's place:  My family.  My fur-kids. My job. My health. These things are real.  These things are important.  

I'm not alone.  People care about me.  People love me.  They depend on me and appreciate me.  These things are real.  These things are important.

Change is in the air. I am itching to get my garden in.  (Really snow?  Again?  C'mon now.)  As I walk Hope McPuppypants through the monsoon-like storms we've been treated to, I see the signs: a tree in bud, a daffodil already in bloom in the snow.  It is coming.  I feel the soft breath of Spring on my cheek, the whispered promise of carpets of green blades and a riot of flowers laughing for the sheer joy of being.

I have settled in to making the live food for the boy and me.  Time is still a challenge, although I'm getting it down.  Money is an issue, but what is more important than what we put in our bodies to build our very cells?  Not much.  I still don't love food prep, but oh, mama do I love that boy.  Nurturing him feels like REAL mothering.  The stuff that counts.  The stuff that lasts long after the kale chips are gone.

Morning is smoothie time: smoothie to drink and oatmeal with smoothie poured on (yum.)  And my favorite: live breakfast cookies made of almond butter, dates, raisins, oats and cinnamon.  Lunch is collard wraps with pates and match-stick veggies for him, a big salad for moi.  Snacks are fruit and fruit leather and veggies and dip.  Dinner is broccoli salad with cashews, or cauliflower masala, or kale salad with avocado or tomatoes stuffed with pesto.  My favorite: tostadas made with the corn chip recipe and piled high with "taco meat" (nut pate seasoned like taco meat) lettuce, tomato, salsa, and avocado and cheeze sauce (orange bell pepper, cashews and nutritional yeast.)

The rules: I eat live all week, and I can have anything I want on Sunday.  Yes, anything.  Even that.  But the thing is, I don't even want it.  If I did, I'd have it and be done.  But I like how I feel.  I don't want to feel like crud on Monday.  I don't want to feel like crud on any day.  

Life is more than what you eat.  Life is what you do and who you love and who loves you.  These things are real.  These things are important.

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Comment by Supermom on March 29, 2012 at 5:50pm

In a Cleanse Stephenville talk and emotional healing demonstration, Arttemis Keszainn taught that "Love Stays". If someone we love chooses to leave, love stays. If someone is not the best match and we choose to leave, love stays. I think that means that being someone filled with love, from and endless source, spills that love onto those around her, and continues to flow with love, no matter what others may choose to do.

I love that you said, "I'm not alone.  People care about me.  People love me.  They depend on me and appreciate me.  These things are real.  These things are important."

Comment by Sheryl Valentine on March 29, 2012 at 4:15pm

I love you Heather ~ the great thing about your rawmance is that it opened you up to wanting that...Keep your heart open ~ you are Love!

Comment by Marjorie Burnett on March 25, 2012 at 4:27pm

All I can say is please write and blog often...I have seen you on here often before, but through your rawmance, I realized what an interesting and talented person you are. I really enjoyed reading about your eating plan, gave me new ideas! Keep on keepin on, you are a treasure!

Comment by Supermom on March 16, 2012 at 10:18pm

Heather, I love to read and re-read your beautiful stories. I am always moved by your humor, insights, captivating phrasing, and warmth. I love it! Words like: "Yes, anything. Even that." makes me feel like you are reading my mind and pulls me in further. Please put together a book idea and get it written and published. If you already have published books, then please tell me the titles!

Comment by Healthy Kiwi on March 16, 2012 at 3:02pm

I love the sentiment in this post, all the very best to you Heather. We are moving into autumn here but its Saturday and I am grateful for blue skies to enjoy this day and two boys to nurture!

Comment by Silmiriel on March 16, 2012 at 1:49pm

Heather, you've been on my heart since your last post... people do love and care about you, and that *is* what's important!  :)  Hugs to you, Mary

Comment by Michelle K on March 16, 2012 at 12:34pm

you are soooo loved!

Comment by Supermom on March 16, 2012 at 11:03am

Cheryl, that was profound! That is something I need to meditate on immediately. I think I had that turned completely around. Your comment about loving yourself enough to give yourself the best care ever reminds me of the airline emergency instruction to put on your own oxygen mask first.

Comment by Cheryl Till Ⓥ on March 15, 2012 at 9:00pm

Once you love yourself enough to give yourself the best care ever, you really don't need any other love, but just in case, sending you bunches of love and blessings!!!

Comment by angela usher on March 15, 2012 at 6:03pm

What's not to love about you Heather?  And your food sounds divine : )

Angela XXX

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