The year that I was born, my grandparents were serving in the Peace Corps over in Ghana when my grandma developed some serious heart problems. They loved their time in Ghana, and probably would have stayed longer, but she needed to address her heart issues. The doctors wanted to put her on various heavy-duty drugs with massive side effects, but (in true DIY fashion) - she went to the library and started doing her own research.
She read about the Pritikin Diet (no salt, no sugar, no fat) - and fully committed to it, along with daily exercise. She was devoted to these choices, and they contributed to her living to the age of 89. I am so grateful to her for her disciplined commitment to healthy living, because it meant that I got to know her and love her and learn from her until I was 35 years old.
She did have a sweet tooth (which I inherited!), but she was steadfast in her Pritikin guidelines, and developed a genuine appreciate for the joys of healthy eating. One of her absolute number one things was just to eat plain veggies as a snack - and these were a few of her favorites: carrot sticks, peppers, and leftover steamed green beans. I actually steamed these beans and then put them in the fridge for the authentic experience. She brought veggies when we went camping, she ate veggies as a snack... it just seems to me that there were always veggie nibbles around when I was at her house. What a wonderful model she was for all of us!
Today my mom and I spent 13.5 hours painting the yoga studio I recently purchased... and I was very glad to have this plate of healthy, tasty little snacks for us to nibble on all day long. Grandmommy would have been proud of us: eating veggies and painting the walls together like proper DIY gals!
~~~Instead of doodles (sorry!!), I have two bonus pictures of Yummers trying to steal my green beans while I was taking pictures:
plotting his next move. I love this picture!