Holiday in Texas
Wow, I’ve been a bad bad blog writer. I went to see family and friends in Arkansas and Texas for the last 2 weeks, and just didn’t find the time to write. I did however do video reviews of all my favorite vegan restaurants which will be featured this week! I got a chance to catch up with old friends and make new friends, Natala from Vegan Hope and I hung out a few times. It was so great to meet her and hear about her amazing story. Check out her blog here!
It was 17 degrees in Arkansas where I went to visit my mom and brother. I haven’t seen weather like that in forever! It was sunny and 65 when I left Los Angeles, but it was good to experience some real winter weather. The highs in Dallas and Austin were between 45 and 55, which wasn’t as excruciating. I got to see my brother and sister who I haven’t spoken to or seen in 15 years! Also, met my 3 nephews and niece who I’d never met before. They were good kids. My whole family eats like crap and their health is severely suffering. It’s really hard for me to go back home to see them in such poor health. It really breaks my heart.
I try to walk the talk and be an example for those around me. I owe it to my clients and those flirting with plant-based diets to take care of myself and show how amazing the vegan life can be. I went to a club with a few friends in Austin where Red Bull was sponsoring a big event with dj’s. It was awesome because I never go out in LA. My close friends and I don’t drink and have no desire to hangout in bars, so it’s hard to rally up the troops to go dancing. There was all kinds of press at the event, one photographer was going around taking photos of people holding Red Bull cans. He approached me to take my photo and I told him “no thank you”. He was like “You don’t have to drink it, just pose with the can”. I said no way! That would totally ruin my credibility as a natural food chef and educator. I realized just then how much responsibility I have to be the best I can be for the movement.