super salad

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Sometimes I beat myself up over where I am professionally, because my mind is too far in the future of where I want to be, dream of being.
And then I stop to remind myself that anything you want to master, anything you wish to truly be good at, is a never ending process...a practice.
It's chalk full of mistakes, and snafus.
A whole lot of angry rants, bursting frustrations, at times a bottle of white wine with tears streaming down your face, or the crazy mad laugh where you wish you could just lock eyes with someone, so for ONE instant someone would know you're reeaaalllly fuckin serious. And yes, quite crazy most of the time.
Predominately all of the time.
Un-crazy?...2% of the time.

Work has been a big clusterf$@k (I'm sooo getting there...) and for those of you who are questioning this cluster - trust me, it's an ongoing battle, AND I see more light at the end of the tunnel than I ever have before. Yay for hats with flashlights attached. I picture myself as a miner of sorts. Looking for that exact thing. And no, it's not perfection, it's just perfect for me.
Because I'm tired, tired, tired of so much the same. So much herding and status quo, so much 'standard' and 'the way it is'. So much of everyone JUST-LIKE-EVERYONE-ELSE.
Compromising what truly fills your heart.
I want to be different, in the way I know that I am.
This is not a journey for the light-hearted.

I say this all the time to people: You get what you pour into ANYTHING.
Be that your job, your health and fitness, any and all of your relationships.
Yet most of us want everything, for nothing.
Is anyone willing to put in the hard work?

I know, I KNOW I am on my way.
Pieces are falling together and what looks like ruin is the road to transformation.
As I stood today over the counter top, compiling all the ingredients for this Super Salad, it dawned on me, how easy this was for me. Foods in their simplicity, where they came from in the ground, where they're going in the body. An appreciation and respect for something we need, that we're given, often take for granted and the absolute power foods hold in all their simplicity.
It wasn't always this way...

I began, somewhere. A loooooong time ago.
The gym after school.
Making my own food.
And then non-stop workshops, books and trainings. I have immersed myself into everything mind/body/spirit. Fascinated with this ONE instrument that is possibly the best investment right under our noses.
The greatest gift we have ever been given...
Our body.

An ode to celebrate this wonderful and amazing gift shall we? Annnnd because my mom always wants more simple salad recipes (with awesome photos...ahem...) :)
Here's to one mother of a SIMPLE salad - a powerhouse of nutrients.

the salad

a few handfuls of arugala
a handful of spinach
5-6 stems of lacinato kale (they also call it dinosaur kale)
half of an avocado
1 large beet that I baked in the oven for about 30 minutes in olive oil, sea salt and pepper

however may tomatoes you'd like :)

the dressing

olive oil
apple cider vinegar
maple syrup
...just play around to taste. Less olive oil than vinegar and less maple syrup than well...everything :)

*you can add feta, walnuts and perhaps a fruit if you'd like, like pear would work well

You have no idea how good this is for you. No excuses.
jodi renée

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