When was the last time you ditched your plans to run errands, or time out with friends, and instead, stay in and play in the kitchen?
Let’s face it – we live in a chronically, work-overdosed society. Yes, this includes spending time with friends and family. If you schedule your time in your agenda and block off time for people who are important to you, then you are scheduling time to do something. Sure, it’s great to spend time with people we love – but it’s equally important to take time off for ourselves.
Many of us don’t schedule blocks of time in our agendas for ourselves, but it’s so crucial to our overall well-being. How can we RAWk out, have an up and happening social life and keep on dancing to life’s beat when our own rhythm is off its natural, centered tempo? I don’t know about you, but I need a beat I can live by – not one that throws my health off track.
Now, what can we do with this time off for ourselves? Well, why not rent a movie you’ve been dying to see, maybe use a natural spa product (like a facial mask or foot soak/bath). Maybe you just want to cuddle up in your jammies and jam out with your favorite magazine in bed. Or, for those who need to reduce stress by being active and don’t already have physical activities in your schedules, why not hit the gym, go for a run, walk the dog, or join a local fitness class like yoga?
The important thing is to schedule time for yourself, at least 60 minutes each day. It may sound like a lot, but trust me, your mind and body will thank you for it. The next step is deciding what you want to do with that time. Of course, some prefer to decide this in advance, while others prefer to decide it when the time off for oneself arrives. Either way, keep a list of things you’d like to do for yourself so you’re not left feeling lost, frustrated or confused when the self-lovin’ time does arrive.
What’s on my list? Several activities, including playing in the kitchen. Sometimes, I even ditch my plans to head to the kitchen when I’m feeling inspired – or just really craving a dish that I haven’t eaten since I went raw.
A few days ago, that dish was general tao. I haven’t had that in so many years – I can’t even count them! As you may know, I like to keep the use of nuts to a minimum, but for this dish, I had no choice. The ‘chicken’ part turned out ok, but it still needs work. The traditionally fried crust which I tried with seeds and sprouted grains, also needs work.
However, I managed to whip up an amazing raw vegan general tao sauce, which is thick and creamy, so it would make an excellent salad dressing too. Mmm, it was SO good! (Insert drooling image of me here!)
My dad absolutely loved it when he took a quick taste – in fact, he couldn’t stop talking about it and he asked me to make more. But wait! He took things one step further. He actually told me (he didn’t ask) that he’s going to hire me as his personal chef. LOL! My oh my, what an amusing man.
To be fair, I know he’s being serious. Of course, I absolutely love that my positive energy, love for raw foods and compassion for others vibrates in the form of energy around me, and that in turn, it makes others want to eat more raw foods.
And now, I want to pass this ridiculously delicious, nutritious and simple recipe on to you! All you will need is a blender (I used the Magic Bullet – no fancy brand names are necessary).
Want the recipe for the raw vegan general tao sauce/salad dressing? No problem! Please take one minute of your day to do these four, super simple things and I will e-mail the recipe to you within 24 – 30 hours. Yup, that’s pretty delicious.
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