Sunday, October 24, 2010

Looking Forward to 64

Yesterday I was invited to lunch at my friend's so I could meet her mother. Of course I loved her mother. She is a lovely woman who reminds me of a modest and unassuming Martha Stewart. She lives on 40 acres in Alabama, has raised 14 children (!), and has been on a plant based diet for 30 years. It was such a treat to ask her about how she managed to go plant based (for health reasons) at a time when doctors were telling women that formula was more nutritious than breast milk. I admired the fact that she made such a huge change at a time when no one - I mean no one! was eating plant based.

I asked her how her life would be different if she didn't change her diet and she said she would be dead. What a loss! She has 36 (!!!) grandchildren! They would miss her and she would miss them. She has beautiful skin, a bright shiny smile, sparkly eyes, and a young healthy body. She was quick to laugh and knows just about everything about nutrition. And the meal she made! An amazing "salad" called Gado Gado from The Moosewood Cook Book (which I just happen to be borrowing from my neighbor right now) was so fresh and exciting I want to make it for you all!

She gave me a little pep talk and told me to post more often and include pictures. OK. I will. And after meeting her I look forward to being her age. Delightful.

For Maxine: a picture of some of my local, organic CSA peppers that I froze this week to use in stews this winter!


the wrath of khandrea said...

robin. i wish i had a little ESP line right into your brain.

today my family was all fawning over cheese, and i said, "i have a friend..." and i told them about you. they said, "there's no way you could eat without meat and dairy. you would run out of stuff to cook!" little do THEY know! jeesh. i'm still a proponent of lean white meat and moderate dairy, but i have increased our fruit and veggie intake, and everyone eats it happily. i think you have motivated a lot of people to at least make subtle healthy changes in their diets. so kudos.

Linda said...

14 kids, wow!
I bet she could write a great vegan cookbook!