2014 Resolution: Become More Beautiful

A great piece on beauty by my friend Natasha.

A Girl After God's Heart

You’re ugly.
You’re fat.
Your legs aren’t long enough.
Your hair isn’t shiny enough.
Your skin isn’t smooth enough.

BUT, I have great news!

If you just buy these diamond earrings, this delicious meal replacement shake, these designer shoes, this conditioning shampoo, and these department store lotions, you, too, can be beautiful (read: accepted, valued, loved).

Sound familiar? If not, then maybe you’ve never turned on a TV, opened a magazine or read a billboard. The pressure to be ‘beautiful’ bombards us every day from every angle. And the voices never stop. They beckon, lure, mock, lie, seduce, condemn and sometimes… kill.

But, there is another Voice.

One that also beckons, but with gentleness, compassion and truth. This voice speaks a different message. A message Life. Of Restoration. Of Unconditional Love. And this Voice has its own definition of beauty…

“The Lord sees not as man sees. For man looks…

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Curry Apple Mixed Greens Salad

I literally just made this. 5 minutes. Tops.

Curry (esp. Jamaican curry) is such a versatile seasoning.  That’s why I love it so. You can use it in a tofu scramble or even in quinoa (I will upload a post about this). It is spicy, bitter (because of the turmeric) and it will stain your hands, clothing, counter etc (I learned this the hard way), so a little goes a long way.  Not only is it versatile, but the turmeric in the seasoning is said to be anti-inflammatory (think arthritis, diarrhea, digestive problems, auto-immune diseases, allergies — the root of many diseases is inflammation).

You can even use it in salads. Who would’ve thought? The following salad was delicious, nutritious, and had loads of veggies.

1 whole Royal gala or 1/2 of a Pink Lady apple, chopped
2 cups of mixed greens (I bought the President’s Choice pre-washed container of greens)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 tbsp honey
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp Jamaican curry
1/4 cup olive oil (or less)

Toss together and serve immediately (with a smile of course)!

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