So, a few weeks ago we had a visitor over for lunch who had some very strict dietary needs. He was to not eat lettuce and he could only consume a strictly vegan diet.
What was I to do?!?!? I had never prepared vegan food before, nor did I want to make our guest sick!
So I searched the internet and found three recipes that I thought our guest would enjoy, as well as the 20 other people coming to eat lunch too.
I felt great about each of these dishes, and they all tasted good enough to actually eat and leave our company feeling satisfied. Ironically, our special visitor ended up eating the green salad I had prepared for our other guests, as well as 2 white rolls that contained butter and milk?!?
When I saw this, I was perplexed at first, until I pondered for a moment how our visitor visits a different part of Central America three weekends every month, and during these visits, he must eat meals prepared by varying cultures, economically demographics, as well as varying levels of food preparation education.
The fact that our visitor ate my salad and rolls taught me that he felt comfortable with the food I prepared, so he was able to make those foods an option as well. Plus, my food is very much “United States” food, so he probably knew from experience what he had available to him and took the opportunity to eat it.
Although the experience was a bit stressful, looking back on it now is teaching me that I need to take care of myself as much as this visitor does for themself. I need to be careful with my body and respect it much more than I have been.
My body isn’t invincible, it is very mortal. And if I want to keep using it to its fullest, I need to respect its limits ; especially with waterfalls – right kids? (A story for another day. )
So, here’s to a new year of learning to take care of this 43 year old body of mine! I hope to see many new and positive improvements in my daily choices, as well as increased health, strength, balance, and resilience.
Happy 43rd Birthday Wendi! 🎉 I love and appreciate the person that I am and I look forward to the person that I am yet to become!
I hope that you enjoy the recipes that I found. The one below is my favorite! (with a few changes listed that I made to suit my family’s taste buds).