I used to be a hard core “inside the box thinker”. I only really started thinking for myself when I was in my 20’s. Before then I lived and thought by what society told me. My whole thinking “outside the box”, started when I went travelling with my awesome cousin Joel. We went to Europe for 6 weeks and at first, I thought I made the biggest mistake ever. I remember walking all day, trying to understand the languages, looking for our hostels in a foreign language and being exhausted after walking all day. I cried and I remember telling Joel “ I can’t do this, it’s just not me.”
I was outside my comfort zone then, and at that time I could not see outside the box. I could not be in the moment, my narrow way of thinking consumed me and I missed out on so much at the beginning of that trip. Then something changed, I don’t recall when it happened but I started thinking differently; for myself, without the ego and without the outer world in my head.
I saw the possibilities; I saw how other people lived and how happy they were just doing their own thing. I saw that there were so many ways to live your life. That is when I started to think about how I really wanted to live my life, instead of how society told me how to live my life.
I realized that, if you truly want something, if you truly feel it and if you truly work hard for it, it will happen. The more authentically you live your life, the more you live your truth; things will just happen. You have to trust the process and you have to truly feel it when you visualize what you want. You also have to be willing to accept your path and accept who you are.
I have had a couple of moments so far in my life, that when I chose to look outside the box, listen and truly feel, the universe has always provided.
I chose to start my own business when I had no idea on how to run a business, but I trusted myself and truly felt how it would feel if I did live and work on my own terms. I chose to wake up for work no earlier than 8am. I chose to work 4 days a week and have 3 days off. I chose to have more than two weeks of vacation a year. I chose to have a lifestyle where I had the time to think of others instead of being so busy in my own life. I chose less instead of more. I chose to move my cat and I to Mexico to be with Aaron and develop a true relationship. I chose to sell my condo and rent or house sit to be mortgage and debt free. I chose.
All of these decisions have brought me here, to my life as of now. I have an amazing husband, I'm healthy, I love my family and I have my Honey and Vanilla.
I never wanted a website and I never really wanted to share my ideas because I didn’t think they were valuable. Maybe they still aren’t valuable, but I have learned and am still learning, that that is not the point. The point and question is, am I living my truth? Am I following my own path? Do I love what I do?
As you may or may not know, I have been trying to figure out a way to help people cook more at home with whole foods. I think that many people feel that cooking and eating whole foods is boring, tasteless and pointless. I tell people that cooking can be quite simple and rewarding, but most people roll their eyes and laugh at me. They say its simple for me because I am a Red seal chef. Well, that is partly true, it is easier for me. But I think these days there are so many cookbooks and cooking shows that complicate the shit out of cooking and it does not need to be like that. I promise.
So this is why I decided to implement my “outside the box” thinking, to how I write my recipes and my articles. If I can teach you how to take one simple nutrient dense ingredient or nutrient dense dish and turn it into one or more, simple nutrient dense dishes, by looking outside the box; then I have accomplished a great goal of mine.
I want you to be able to prepare something for dinner and then see the other possibilities from what is leftover. Or see that every time you make my basil pesto to use as a pizza base, that there are so many other things you could do with one simple, nutrient dense spread.
Every recipe I write has a "Cook Outside the Box" at the bottom of the page. This is to help you become creative and realize that cooking can become quite simple if you just look outside the box. If you make spaghetti sauce, ask yourself, what else could I do with this? If you have a couple of tasty spreads or salsas in your fridge, some fresh vegetables, a couple of protein sources; the possibilities are endless.
I would like your time in the kitchen to be more of a pleasant challenge than a hassle. Hopefully you will become more connected to your food and realize that cooking at home with more whole foods can help balance not only your body and mind but your life as a whole.
Cooking and thinking outside the box= Living for yourself and making your own choices
How to start incorporating more whole foods into your life? Click here: Whole Foods Lifestyle
Bon Appétit! Till next time.