The Garden Cafe….
Here the doors are always open
Welcoming you mind, body, and soul
That you may find a place of healing, comfort, and serenity
Embraced in a soothing lull of calm and gentle surrender
Come sit and sip on a remedying balm of tranquility
Shedding away all the layers of hardships, tears, fear
Open your heart to the changing season
Spring bringing forth new growth and transformation
Her tender disposition a refuge without judgment
Let her weave her magic and bring new hope to life
Welcome back to The Garden Cafe my lovely rays of sunshine, come sit and chat with me as we sip a brew of clari-tea, reflecting upon this changing season and the growth that has brought us here along the way.
I’ve returned to my roots of very simple clean whole plant-based foods, as I honestly had faded down a path sometime over the last 2 years where I was eating more processed plant-based foods. I made excuses for it, telling myself I didn’t have the time to balance everything, and that something had to give. While I tried to make super clean choices in the beginning in reality over time I know I became less careful…not to say that I didn’t still try to make healthy choices.
When I’ve been completely honest with myself, I prefer cooking from scratch and creating healthy and wholesome dishes for both my husband and I. Not to say that on occasion there won’t be a slightly processed food, but knowing what those ingredients are and that they are simple, clean, and from wholesome sources is the important thing. That said, I will continue making changes to return to my roots of making delicious new dishes that I can share here with all my wonderful blogging family.
That said, at the moment, my stomach and digestive tract have me on a very limited amount of spices, herbs, and the like, needless to say, it’s made an interesting opportunity for me to be more creative. So many recipes and dishes in the vegan world call for such things as garlic, lemon, and onion, which ordinarily I love, but at the moment cannot eat. I’ve been learning some possible substitutions to explore, it’s like a science experiment in the kitchen.
I’ve made an appointment with a Functional Integrative Medicine specialist. I have faith that I’ve made the right choice and that taking a different path will lead to new growth, healing, and opportunities. I’ve read a lot on the subject and believe in my heart and soul that while there is a time and a place for conventional medicine, I’d rather seek as natural of remedies as I can. Western medicine has gone so far away from its roots in natural healing that it saddens me. However, at the end of the day, we have to use our voice to make active choices for our own health and well-being, which is exactly what I am doing.
I believe that this journey has strengthened my own self-awareness and helped me step more intuitively into my own truth without fear of using my voice. With springtime in the air, I can’t help embracing the call to shed old layers. The last few seasons have been full of both wonderful and challenging moments alike. After such a hearty season of learning my soul seeks renewal and transformation. My heart yearns for those whispered wishes upon a star and longs for new adventures. I’m ready to start planting new seeds and caring for them, so I can watch them blossom and grow.