This is What Living Plant-Strong Looks Like

Our kitchen plant loves the window so much it’s keeping the shade pulled up. Seriously.

Next to our ratty-looking kitchen towel, I found this happening by the sink. Our kitchen plant, which had pretty much grown maybe two new leaves each year, is suddenly coming to life. Maybe he’s inspired with all the plant-based debris being washed off in the sink next to him, but whatever the case, he has sent a branch up and has wrapped around the kitchen drawstring pull of the blinds, which was hanging down low one day when we were maximizing a full-sun moment. 

I’ve had to be as tenacious as this plant to stay on target with a plant-based, whole foods diet. While my medical tests are always a good incentive, temptations abound. I’m no longer tempted by meat, but there are still things that, for me, are in the “cheater” category and yet still make their way into our house. Things such as this:

And yes, there’s a pint of nondairy Purely Decadent Peanut Butter Zig-Zag behind the Tofutti Cuties.

I had two of these Saturday night after having to work an evening shift at my job. Because one wasn’t enough, I suppose. Oh, it’s vegan, much the same way Oreos and Fritos are.  I also had a cup of coffee the next morning.

These days, the combination Cuties and coffee are considered going on a bender for me.

It’s not the end of the world. My husband and I allow veg “cheater” items to sneak in. His include the aforementioned Cuties and Purely Decadent Peanut Butter Zig-Zag for his late-night snack attacks. Mine include Peet’s coffee, which I now measure out like a scientist to EXACTLY one cup of water to 2 teaspoons of coffee, and a concoction I picked up a few weeks ago called Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter. I would have a picture of that for you, but it’s all gone. It was that good. I defended it as a “condiment” when Jim questioned the purchase, and I was able to stretch out its usage for several weeks, so it’s not like I opened the jar and sat on the floor and finished the entire thing. That really would be a bender. I’d also be unable to speak for a week through all that peanut butter.

This must seem rich, coming after my last post. There are more than a few ingredients in the Cuties, divided by “Ingredients” and “Wafer Ingredients” to help visually break up the list on the box. My point is, there’s always room for improvement no matter how “clean” your diet becomes. And, as we strive for plant-strong living, we are allowing the space to breathe within it. Our house is not 100 percent free of processed food, but we are always reading and reinforcing in our minds why getting away from processed items ultimately is the better path.

We are meat and dairy free, so we’ve got that conquered. And I successfully avoided the doughnuts at the office Friday in honor of National Doughnut Day.

And I renewed our membership with Full Circle organic produce delivery as I had that cup of coffee … proof that coffee does help with remembering to do things.

I think our plant is the perfect symbol as we strive for a plant-strong kitchen.

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