Give a [gal] a fish and you feed [her] for a day. Teach a [gal] to fish and you feed [her] for a lifetime.
Today I was given an amazing gift. My friend Robert, a macrobiotic counselor, made a house call this morning to go over my diet and make some revisions. Currently my doctor has me on a fairly strict diet to starve a slight overgrowth in my GI tract. This meant going off of all sugar and most starches and taking a hiatus from my vegan diet. It also meant eliminating any foods that might be triggering a leaky guy - soy, corn, caffeine, alcohol, fermented foods, and gluten (dairy was already out of my diet). Daily meals have consisted of small amounts of non-gluten grains (like brown rice and quinoa), lots of green vegetables and salads, select nuts and seeds (sesame and almond for the most part) and some organic chicken, turkey and wild fish.
Despite eating foods with higher amounts of protein and eating more greens than I had been as a vegan, I was low on energy and not meeting caloric intake requirements for my half-marathon training. So I eased up and was only running once a week. Robert, being an avid runner, wanted to get me back on the running trail, on track with health and with just simply feeling vibrant again. And what an inspiration he was.
He rolled up to my street with three bags of goodies: a tailor-made list of 7 different breakfast recipes, generous samples of various grains to try, supplements to consider, samples of protein powders, and a couple new brand products to add to my diet. We went over all the recipes and samples and then started to cook. He made 5 recipes in less than an hour:
The foods were delicious and the lessons were invaluable. There's something so special about a person sharing his time, knowledge, and experiences to help improve someone's quality of life. And it came at a much needed time. I felt like one lucky duck today. Thanks Robert!