This Valentine’s Day, I’m trying really hard to love myself as well as I love others. Every day is different, and sometimes it’s a struggle to be kind to myself.
But self love is an important gesture.
So today I encourage you to be kind. Even if it’s one thing, find something about yourself that you love and own it. Write your own self a mental love letter. Even if you want change, make peace with who and how and what you are right now.
Love yourself like you love your very best Valentine. Because you’re totally worth it. <3
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One of the wonderful things about my New Year’s goal to eat vegan, is that it’s forced me think ahead and be more creative with my meals.
Eating a plant-based diet means that you have to be a bit more choosy about where your food comes from — and that exactly the kind of motivation I needed to start this year off.
As a result, each weekend I now visit a local produce stand (Hi Iovine Brothers!) to pick up as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible, at just a tiny fraction of what a comparable basket would cost at Whole Foods. By buying dried beans and grains in bulk, and getting fresh items from a local source, I was able to save a TON of money.
In addition to making a ton of soups, my crockpot and rice cooker have also seen plenty of use. Why? When it’s 10 degrees, I have no patience to wait around trying to cook a hot meal when I get home; by taking just 5-10 minutes to prep before work, I can just come home and a healthy dinner is already done.
This hearty vegetable-packed chili was one of those meals.