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The long road

As 2012 comes to an end in less than 10 hours, it is a great time to look back at all that you have accomplished over the past year.  There will be time enough for putting together lists of resolutions for 2013.  I wanted to share a quick story that illustrates how traveling down the long road of healthy living has really taken Meghan and I to somewhere new, somewhere we would have said on day one we could not imagine being at.

 

At first it may seem like a long road to reach your goal.

At first it may seem like a long road to reach your goal.

The other night Meghan and I were out shopping.  It was getting to be dinner time and we decided we would swing into a place we used to like to eat at before we started our pescatarian journey.  We were seated and took a look at the menu.  The good news was that there were still items on the menu we could order.  We placed our order, essentially an order we would have placed before.  When the food arrived, we realized how far we had come.  It just tasted like reheated frozen food.  Neither one of us cleaned our plates.  And at the end of the meal while we may have been somewhat full, we were certainly not fulfilled.

When I tell people that I don’t eat beef (or chicken) most people say something like “I could never do that.”  Well, when I started I was not sure that I could do it either.  I used to be a big burger fan.  In fact, I will admit that I am looking forward to the Mohegan Food and Wine Fest 2013 where I plan to indulge in a Bobby Flay slider.  But when I go out to eat now I am not drawn to the burger section. And as an at home cook, I try to find ways to bring those great burger flavors into other meals, such as portobello or homemade garden burgers, even kicking up a grilled cheese sandwich can be an exciting challenge.

So, when you sit down and think about what you would like to accomplish in 2013, don’t let the “I could never” get in your way.  It is a long road to where you want to but you need to get out there and explore it.  And along the way you may hit some bumps, you make a wrong turn or two, but when you finally get there, the journey will have been well worth it.

But when you get there, the journey will be well worth the effort.

But when you get there, the journey will be well worth the effort.

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One comment on “The long road

  1. Donna
    December 31, 2012

    Peter (and Meghan), Thank You! You have inspired our entire family to take the ‘journey’ and to lean into vegan’ish living! What people need to embrace is that it’s not an ‘all or nothing’ kind of lifestyle, it’s not a religion and you aren’t going to hell if you enjoy that Bobby Flay slider! It’s about being mindful in respect to where your food comes from and being mindful about what you are putting into your body. Okay, that latter part I’m still working on :). But, seriously, a year ago Christmas Eve we had the discussion about your journey and although we had already given up beef, it inspired us to try more, and learn more, about eating a more plant based diet. David now eats more than just peas!! Happy New Year! Cannot wait for the Mohegan Sun Wine and Food Fest!! Love to you both. Donna

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