The photos in this post have nothing to do with weight loss, but I wanted to share some of the beautiful scenery I encountered on a recent trip to North Carolina. I shared the trip with my parents, and we saw some of the most beautiful views in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and of course North Carolina. When we breathe in the freshness of God’s creation and wonder at its magnificence, we can’t help but be inspired. Seeing these places makes me feel healthier and want to be healthier…so I guess these photos are related to weight loss after all.
It’s been over two weeks since I last weighed in, and I’m still at the same weight. I’m not disappointed, though. After traveling for a week, I’m actually amazed that I’m still at 15 pounds! I did try to make healthy choices while I was gone, but I also made some not-so-healthy choices (including a very overpriced package of M&Ms).
The main reason for the trip was to attend a Hallelujah Acres women’s retreat. I received loads of inspiration there as well. I heard from incredibly knowledgeable speakers who offered practical insight into maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I learned about the benefits of fermented foods (we all need friendly bacteria!), a new way to approach exercise, important supplements (like vitamin D), and a whole LOT of good information from Dr. Joel Fuhrman. It was a great experience, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing some of the things I learned in the weeks to come.
One fun thing I got to do in Charlotte, NC, was to eat at two different vegan restaurants. I’ve never been to a vegan restaurant or even a vegetarian restaurant, but I’ve always wanted to. This isn’t an option I have in my small town, so it’s fun to take advantage of what the “big city” has to offer. At the first vegan restaurant, called Bean Vegan Cuisine, I had jackfruit carnitas tacos. Who knew jackfruit could be a meat substitute? Wait a minute…what is jackfruit? You can check it out here. Actually, I had eaten jackfruit years ago on a mission trip, and I thought it was disgusting. But disguised as pork it was pretty darn good.
The second place I ate at was called Luna’s Living Kitchen, and it was AMAZING! They specialize in raw foods, and everything I tried was so delicious. I had a raw taco salad. My parents had raw lasagna and a coconut curry dish. I also got to sample fresh coconut milk and kale lemonade. So good! If you’re ever in Charlotte, I highly recommend it.
Lastly, I got to visit the most beautiful and amazing Whole Foods Market. Again, I live in a small town, so I’ve been to Whole Foods maybe two other times in my life, once in Los Angeles and once in Cleveland. But the store in Charlotte was the most impressive. There was so much wholesome goodness in there I could hardly stand it! Of course, not everything advertised as a health food is healthy, but it was still inspiring to see so many options — beautiful produce, loads of organic and gluten-free products, and let’s not forget the most glorious display of olives I have ever seen.
Living healthy is an adventure. Go exploring!