Hello, dear friends, I am still here. The transition to the new structure at Natural Awakenings, Washington, D.C. has been extended just a bit, so I have the privilege of guiding you through at least one more issue of the magazine. As I said before, even after I have moved out of the publisher role, I will still be staying on as the editor and will be deeply involved in the magazine—but for this month, I am still with you as the publisher.
The best part is that we are talking about one of my favorite topics—healthy food. I can honestly say that being a part of Natural Awakenings has changed my life—for the simple fact that because of the articles, the relationships and the overwhelming amount of research that we have presented over the years, the way I eat, and therefore, the way I live, has changed completely.
It was through the magazine that I learned of the Holistic Holiday at Sea and had the opportunity to do the weeklong vegan cruise with the world-renowned leaders of the plant-based food movement like Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Michel Greger. When my husband, John, and I walked off that ship, we left behind our old ways of eating and have not regretted that decision once.
What we have learned is that there is a world of healthy food out there and several of the cuisines are highlighted in this issue of Natural Awakenings. Before coming to the D.C. area, I had the opportunity to live in Europe and Asia, and already have a daring palate, although I refused to eat anything that was still moving.
If you haven’t made lentils or kimchi a part of your normal dinner fare, I encourage you to devour the pages of the magazine this month and learn about some of the ways that you can get healthier, while learning about the best that other cuisines have to offer. The only addition I would add to the suggestions made in our feature article is an encouragement to find some great Korean food—of which there are many great options in our area. After living in Seoul for two years, Korean food is my “go-to” choice.
Along with trying new flavors and ingredients, consider how to make food choices in ways that will enhance your health. Since my decision to go to a plant-based diet, I have never felt so good on a regular basis. Additionally, when I start to feel a bit off, I look at ways that my diet can help to get me back on track. Several our articles this month offer great suggestions on monitoring your own health through food. It is as true today as when Hippocrates said it thousands of years ago that “food is medicine.” The other great learning I have from Natural Awakenings is that changing one’s diet is better than popping a pill. Our local authors this month share ways to do that and offer ways to make it delicious. Bon appetit.
Until we meet again!