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Note: For the summer months this blog will publish bi-monthly. The vegan husband’s post will continue to publish monthly.

 

5/22/16…

Saturday…

8:30am…

Our sweaty, dry wick gym clothes had been, just minutes before, peeled and carelessly tossed into the rotund metal bowl for a date with some suds.  With our sportswear preparing for a spin, we were ready to start our happy, post workout, day.

For this girl that meant only one thing, time for one big fat morning meal.

The vegan husband and I were positioned vertically parallel to one another, minding our P’s and Q’s, as we had a task to complete. With weapons in hand, our knives were running roughshod over the breakfast greens. When I looked up to see if the vegan hubby was putting the pedal to the metal, er, I mean, when I looked up to take a breath of air, I immediately noticed the recurrent color making its presence known on our plastic cutting boards.

We were in the beginning stages of prepping our concoction and splayed in front of us were purple carrots, purple cauliflower, and (purple) red cabbage.
It was a Monet in the making.

The purple haze was both exciting and completely coincidental. Separately purchased during the week, the carrot was bought at Trader Joes, the cauliflower at Wegmans and the cabbage at our local grocery store.

I have brought this haze to your attention not to preach about the benefits of these periwinkle provisions, although you can read about it here, but to counter a statement made by a popular CSCS/Youtube enthusiast that has many (close to a million) followers.

I’ll keep him anonymous. The reason I doth protest is that he recently went on a rant about the ease of following a healthy food plan.

I disagree.

If it were that easy we wouldn’t have an obesity epidemic. I look around in my gym and I see people beating themselves up on the cardio equipment day in and day out and their body compositions never change.  I know triathletes that are overweight. I have friends that practice a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle who are overweight.

It can be a challenge to follow a healthy food plan. There are temptations all around us.

The ice cream station at our annual vegfest gathering has the longest line.
A Dunkin Donuts “restaurant” locator search shows eleven franchises planted within a five-mile radius of our suburban home.
Currently, www.Oreo.com displays fifty-nine Oreo products available for purchase. How many varieties of these cookies do the executives at Nabisco need to line their pockets?
Domino’s pizza recently debuted a zero-click ordering app. Just download the app and link it to a pizza profile where you have an “easy order” saved. Open the app and your pizza is automatically ordered. Clicking has become such a daunting task, no?

In the USA, we often consume processed junk food during social occasions, for emotional reasons, out of boredom, in times of stress, to show our love, for financial reasons and for social acceptance. Ever suggest sneaking raisins into the movies when everyone else in your group wants to smuggle a cargo of chocolate? It’s not pretty.
Rarely do we eat for nutritional reasons. “I’ll just have a few extra leaves of this dino kale because my vitamin K level is running a tad low”, said no one ever.

It is possible to follow a healthy food plan but it requires knowledge, diligence and consistency.

Our Monet moment was a result of practicing this life style over a period of years. It has become second nature to purchase those purple vegetables.

We don’t aim for perfection and we have our junkie moments, but we are able to maintain our health through hard work.

This style of living becomes habit-forming and gets easier over time. Keep practicing!

 

Do you have a favorite purple colored veggie or fruit?  Please leave a comment…

Purple Haze songfacts

 

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