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  • Being obese most of my life, my life has been a Journey of Expansion (pun intended), and all those times of desparation where diets came into play were nothing more than times of drought or restriction that ultimately led to greater expansion.

    My current journey was no different--when I started--but is much different now. What I have finally come to realize is that my choice to eat a plant strong diet (using diet as a noun - The type of food that is continually eaten, not as the verb - restrict oneself to small amounts to lose weight) has not delivered me into a time of drought but into the land of plenty.

    When I go into the grocery store I am overwhelmed at all of the plant strong foods that I have never eaten before and I get excited to load the cart with all the unknowns, curious as to the creations that will flow forth from my kitchen. What is exciting, is that often times when I get home, I have to call up my good friend GOOGLE because I have no idea what it is I just bought and have no idea what to do with it.

    Take my latest food creation - Spinach and Spicy Tempeh Fajitas. Up until this week, I had never heard of Tempeh and up until this week, if you had told me what Tempeh was, I would have never bought it and definately would have never eaten it. But today (actually yesterday) I found myself face to face with a block of fermented soy beans aka Tempeh (thanks GOOGLE)!

    As I started cooking, I couldn't stop myself. The excitement continued to grow as I found more and more vegestables to throw in the mix and nearly had to leave the kitchen once I opened up the spice cabinet and began to smell and taste and imagine all of the potential flavor combinations that would deliver my newest creation to the zenith of the culinary universe.

    I honestly don't know how long this journey will last or where it will ultimately go. I would like to believe that it begins with "Once Upon a Time...", the good guy (me) thwarts the bad guy (my relationship with food) and ends with "They lived happily ever after!" but who can be sure. What I do know, is that right here and right now, it has nothing to do with restriction and everything to do with expansion.
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