What a wonderful meeting of friends old and new this past meeting at Touchstone! We welcomed a few members from the Windsor group, met some new faces and caught up with established members. Thank to everyone who could come out and for sharing in an insightful conversation around eating away from the house in summer. Our key takeaways were: (1) plan ahead - pre/post eat and travel with non-perishable snacks (like dried fruit, nuts/seeds, etc) (2) offer to bring your own food to gatherings of family/friends, (3) connect directly with the chef to inquire about options for events such as catered parties, showers, etc, and (4) you're worth it! Choose your health over your comfort, and you won't regret it! And you just might be surprised at how receptive people are to trying new recipes that are WFPB (so bring some extra or portion your own plate if that's all that you can eat!).
As you make your way through summer, navigating situations where it may be harder to stay WFPB, be kind to yourself. Your mental health is just as important as you physical health, and it's important to remember that we are all imperfect humans just trying to do the best we can for ourselves and our loved ones (and maybe other beings and the planet too!). You will make mistakes. It's 100% okay. Sometimes it's okay to choose joy and connection, even if it comes with a dietary 'mistake.' Know that every moment offers a new opportunity to make the next decision that nourishes you. So go out and enjoy these warmer, longer days, and if/when you need to reset or remind yourself of the beauty of whole plant-based foods, just grab the nearest piece of fresh fruit, close your eyes, and revel in its sweet deliciousness. The simple joy of appreciating nature's candy can be just the thing to bring you into the moment and back on your health-focused path. HAPPY SUMMER, y'all!!!