Between Snowmageddon and whatever bug had taken residence in my respiratory system, I was more than ready to get out of my house on on with life this past week. I took lots of pictures so let’s do this slide show style. 🙂
My soul-sis and ride or die chick Jamie of ImPerfect Yoga &Coaching was in town and we linked up at Lululemon. She knew I was sick of being sick so she bought me a grand slam from Arden’s Garden (a local juice bar). What is a grand slam you might ask? A shot each of lemon, wheatgrass, cranberry, and ginger. Pure and potent stuff. Just what the doctor ordered! Thanks sis!
Now, I’ll spare you the details but let’s just say that I fought my way into Lulelemon’s Research and Development program for fitness professionals. Normally, I might let something like a 15% discount go (okay that’s not even true) but if you know anything about Lululemon’s prices you know I did what I had to do! Here is a really cute number that did not make it home with me.Even with the 15% discount I just couldn’t do it. I felt like Olivia Pope in it y’all!
I was feeling so good I went straight to the gym and ran 2 miles. Sweet sweat and tears that felt good! The next day I decided to do it again! This time I was running next to a lovely lady name Phree (pronounced Free..love it!) She is one month into her goal to lose 40 lbs. I love it when I see folks still in the gym in February! She has a no excuses motto so she was not offended when I hacked up half my lung running next to her. She actually had her own little nostril number going on. That’s called dedication folks!
I headed into the city for back to back business meetings at R. Thomas (hey- you have your board room and I have mine… don’t judge!). Three Big Bangs later (not all for me of course) and the Garden Project is picking up steam. More about that later but me and Jan’s plan to get the world to eat their veggies is coming together nicely!
I also discovered cashew cheese. Now I am not big on eating foods that are designed to replace other foods but this was calling me from the menu. Perhaps it is because I went without dairy the entire month of January or maybe because I am fully committed to humanely processed meat products. Whatever the case, I wanted to try this ‘alternative’. I’ve tried the cheese ‘style’ product Daiya and although the taste was okay, I just could not get past the processed food aspect of it. What I did recognize in the ingredients was not terrible, just not nutritionally dense. Therefore I couldn’t see it as a long term solution. I decided to see if cashews could pick up where feta left off. Well not exactly. It is distinctly not cheese. BUT is was yummy. Especially with pears! It has the texture of a pimento cheese and a smooth, creamy taste. It was also quite filling.
I came home, did my research and created my own. This is how I made it:
- 1 1/2 cup raw cashews (soaked for at least 2 hours prior)
- ¼ cup filtered water
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 Tbs. lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbs. homemade Kombucha (you can use 1 Tbs. raw apple cider vinegar or 2Tbs of white wine)
- 1 Tbs. dijon mustard
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Added all ingredients into my Vitamix until it got thick and creamy. You can let it harden in the fridge for a day for a firm consistency.
Friday was a return to yoga. I hadn’t practiced in two weeks but my body got right back in the flow. I decided to set up shop in Whole Foods after class. Totally busted by my yoga teacher Hope. She snapped this picture on her way out.
And then I met this gem of a lady who was passing by named Yvonne. Turns out she has been doing yoga and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for many years. At 70 years old her skin is clear and free of wrinkles. Amazing. She told me that when your spirit is pure it shines through. She felt drawn to me… I felt the same way about her! Did I mention she is from Savannah, my hometown? I almost guessed it when she sat down. Something about us girls from the C-Port!
Here is one for the road.
Jamie (said soul sis above) and I did silly selfies of ourselves in our Lululemon wear while I “worked” and she got ready to teach yoga. Good times.