What Life is like as as Only Child

Ever wonder what it’s like to be an only child? Well here’s your chance to find out! I’m an only child, and I’m going to tell you my story.

My parents had me when they were 28 (mom) and 30 (dad). They were parents later in their lives. They were married 8 years before they had me. At that time, it wasn’t too common for women to give birth going into their 30s, so I was the stopping point.

I do have an odd family. Who doesn’t. My father is an only child and my mother is an only child with a sibling. She has a brother that is about 9 years older than her. In that scenario, she was raised as an only child because of the large age gap.

My childhood was lonely. My parents were and still are to this day workaholics. I spent a lot of time with babysitters and at daycare centers after school. During the school year, I typically only saw my parents in the morning. I would be in bed “sleeping” by the time they got home. Summertime was not fun either. My parents started leaving me home alone when I was 10 years old. Summer vacations were usually about 10 weeks long and that seemed like a lifetime when you’re a kid with nothing to do and you can’t leave your house. I got used to spending a lot of time alone. To this day, Pete always tells me that I have problems being alone. He never understands that I’ve been alone for such a long time that I don’t want to be alone anymore. It’s nice having people around.

We lived in a townhouse development filled with mostly older couples or new families with small children. There were only three of us so we didn’t need much space. There weren’t a lot of kids my own age in my neighborhood—mostly retirees and yuppie couples just starting their lives, with maybe one young child in the family. Since there was no one around to play with I became very close to my mother as I grew up. My mother never had a lot of adult friends of her own. She had one close friend until I was about 12. We would go over to her friend’s house and swim in their family’s pool on the weekends in the summer. There was a rift in their relationship due to a job promotion at the office they both worked at and they never really spoke again. Since I didn’t have any friends growing up and neither did she, we became really close.

Having a close relationship with a parent is great, but it becomes a dangerous one when it crosses the line from mother and child into best friends. It’s hard to be best friends with your parent when you are a child. To this day, my mother does not see me as an adult. We had a great relationship when I was a child and even through the the teenage years which, should’ve been rocky. It wasn’t until I turned 23 and got my first boyfriend that things took a turn for the worse. That’s when I had my first teenage rebellion. I had it about 10 years too late. From then on, my mother and I have been in a soccer ball kind of relationship—kicked around back and forth—sometimes good and sometimes bad.

Because I got used to spending my time in the company of older people, I’ve found that a lot of my current friends aren’t my own age. Most of them are 10 years plus older than me. For instance, my running buddy is 10 years older than me and my fiance is 11 years older than me. It’s easier for me to relate to people older than me because I grew up that way.

A lot of the cliches about only children would definitely apply to me as well: I have a very hard time sharing things, I usually want my own way, I was very spoiled growing up, I’m painfully shy, and I have a hard time socializing with people I don’t know. Some of these traits I’ve carried over into adulthood. Even though they have lessened a bit, they are still there. I’m not quite as shy as I used to be. If I want something, I’ll ask for it—not the case as a kid. I do like things my way. If things aren’t going quite the way I like, then I’ll go off and do my own thing. Am I spoiled? Not really anymore, but if I had my way I probably would be!

When you’re the only one everything is focused on you. Every decision you make is noticed and judged. Parents often project on their children the things that they never accomplished growing up. They say that they want you to live a better life than they lived and that they want things to be easier. The problem is that everyone defines their life differently.

I can’t go back and change the past, but I can make decisions going forward. If I ever decide to have children, I will have two that are relatively close in age. I wouldn’t want my child to go through the loneliness that I had to go through. I think the benefits to having a sibling far outweigh the benefits to being an only child. Having a sibling is a bond that, while it may not be so strong in childhood, has a lot of benefits in adulthood. The main one is not being alone.

The only really is the lonely. And two really is better than one.

Sara

A Pedestal: A Dangerous Place to Be

This post was actually spawned from seeing an issue of some garbage magazine with a picture of Princess Kate Middleton on the front. I saw the picture of her on the cover, shockingly not in her wedding dress, and thought to myself what an idol she has become. From a schoolgirl with a noble background to marrying the Crown Prince of England she has become an icon, whether we like it or not. She is someone that people will always expect perfection from. People will expect her to act a certain way, dress a certain way, and look a certain way. But no one is perfect. At some point a camera is going to catch her in a moment when she isn’t dressed right or acting a certain way and it will be in all of these garbage magazines as something awful that she did. Kate Middleton went from being an ordinary woman to a woman placed on a pedestal. When things go wrong, that’s a hard place to be.

I had an experience with this about two years ago. I made the mistake of thinking that this person knew everything, allowed them to get in my head and help me make a lot of decisions. This person helped me out a lot in my life and was right about a lot of things, but in the end did something very inappropriate that ended our friendship and crushed the pedestal I had placed them on. This person fell off of the pedestal to a place beyond low. To a place I like to call scum of the earth.

Unfortunately I will not release the specifics of the situation. What I will tell you is about the mistakes I made and the lessons I learned.

Idols are dangerous things when they are people. An idol is someone (in this case) or something you admire. It’s often easier to admire a thing because it has no feelings. When you place someone as an idol in your life and you actually get to know them, at first you think they can do no wrong. Everything they say is right and everything they do is angelic and perfect. This can be all the way up the ladder to someone with, now, a lot of fame like Kate Middleton or it can be someone like your local garbageman or a teacher.

When you admire a person so much so that you place them on a pedestal you often first see them through rose-colored glasses. Often it is a new relationship (romantic or not…in this case not) when this happens. You’ve just met, you’ve known each other for a few months and you think you really know the person. Truthfully, it takes years to get to really know someone. However, this isn’t what you’re thinking at the time. You’re basking in the newness and wonderfulness of the person, like a lazy cat basking in the sun, outstretched on the neighborhood sidewalk. You feel good. I felt good.

At some point, after the newness wears off, you finally see a crack in the foundation. Much like getting a brand new car, parking it in the middle of nowhere, walking into and then out of a store only to discover that the side door panel has a fresh ding in it. Somewhere inside you, something hurts. You’ve been floating around in a bubble with this person and then unexpectedly the bubble pops. The person does something to hurt you.

This happened to me. I got hurt. Yes this person did something that violated my trust in them. That hurt me. What really hurt me though was that I had been seeing this person with no flaws. I had placed this person on a pedestal of perfection and thought they could do no wrong. People make mistakes. People are going to make mistakes. No one is perfect. I let myself down by placing this person on a pedestal which increased the pain I felt from the situation that occurred. It was a classic example of what I described above: I hadn’t known this person that long, I was floating along in a bubble thinking everything was wonderful and then the bubble burst when I wasn’t even looking.

Be careful when you make a new friend or wind up in a new relationship, romantic or not. Expect that people have flaws and you will be better able to control your reaction to their actions. You’re going to make a mistake somewhere in your life too. No one likes to let down and no one likes to be the one to let somebody down; however, at some point in our lives we’ll either be the former or the latter. We’re just human and we’re prone to make mistakes.

Remember that we’re all flawed. No one is perfect—not even Kate Middleton (no matter how beautiful she looked in her wedding dress or how fabulous her engagement ring was). Don’t place someone on a pedestal and expect them to stay there. They will come crashing down at some point and hopefully, you will not be crushed by the fall when the bubble pops.

Sara

The Greek Eating Project: Baked Lemon Chicken Over Potatoes!!

This is another recipe from my friend and trainer Anna O’Brien’s cookbook entitled: Greek Cooking. If you are interested in purchasing the cookbook, please visit Anna’s website for more information: http://www.greekcooking.info/purchase.html.

Pete and I had the pleasure of being invited over to Anna’s house for Christmas dinner with her and her beautiful family. Anna made Baked Lemon Chicken over Potatoes as the main course. It was absolutely delicious. When Anna made this dish, the chicken was so soft and tender, the sauce was like divine melted butter running down your throat, and the potatoes were chunky wedges that were tender on the outside and soft and fluffy when they broke apart in your mouth upon the first bite. There was a subtle yet explosive peppery taste that spreads through your mouth when you swallow the perfect bite. Please note that there is absolutely no butter in this dish at all!

Ingredient list:

Organic ingredients and place they were purchased:

1. Chicken breasts from Costco
2. Oregano from Whole Foods
3. Lemon juice from Whole Foods

Non-organic Ingredients

1. Potatoes from Town & Country
2. Garlic from Remus Farms
3. Olive Oil from Costco

Last week we made a pilgrimage to Whole Foods which was just awesome! We went to the one in Orland Park. Sadly, I had already done my shopping for the week and purchased my ingredients. Had I not done my shopping, I would’ve purchased the garlic and potatoes at Whole Foods (or Whole Paycheck, as some like to call it).

The recipe calls for a whole chicken which you can purchase at Costco as well. We substituted chicken breasts instead of whole chicken, which might explain why our dish came out a little dryer than we expected. It does make more sense that our dish came out dryer than the one we ate on Christmas day since whole chicken has fattier parts and more flavor. And let’s face it, chicken breast is great (to people who eat meat) but it’s not exactly the moistest part of the bird.

This was a very easy dish to prepare with simple ingredients and a lot of flavor. The oven really does most of the work. There is minimal prep and cleanup involved which is great for those with busy families. I got 6 meals out of this dish: 5 for leftovers and 1 meal for the chef.

Here’s this week’s note from Chef Pete: “If you don’t like dark meat [like Sara], then you can substitute all white meat chicken breasts. If you are using only chicken breasts, let the potatoes cook first for a bit and then add the chicken breasts a little later so the potatoes have a chance to cook and the chicken doesn’t dry out. If you are using a whole chicken, then follow recipe the way Anna suggests.”

When we made this dish the chicken did get a little dried out because we only used chicken breasts because Sara’s not quite a fan of all parts of the chicken. Yes I’m referring to myself in third person.

This coming week we are making a Greek lasagna called Pastitsio.

Happy Greek eating!

Opa!!!

Sara

Smile! You’re Worth It!

You don’t have to sit there and take it. That’s why you have a voice. Use it.

Don’t let someone bully you into doing something that you don’t want to do.

Speak up.

If you don’t speak up then you have no right to complain.

If you’re unhappy with something in your life then you are the reason why.

If you want to see things change you have to be the bringer of change.

You must take action. You must be proactive. It’s your life. You will not get another one.

Horrible things happen to people all of the time. It’s how you react to the situation that matters. If you dig deep, you’ll find happiness beyond the pain.

Treat yourself with respect and love. You deserve it simply because you’re amazing. You’re amazing because you’re you.

If someone tries to put you down, step all over you or tell you what to do simply use your voice. Don’t sit in the corner and take it. You deserve better than that. Speak up.

You’re worth it.

You’re amazing.

Live a full and meaningful life. You only get one chance. Take it. Make it the best. Make it amazing.

Get rid of the negativity, the bad, and the hate.

Feel good. Be good. Do good.

Smile!

Sara

My Best Friend

You know what’s cool about having a best friend?

Everything!

Here’s what’s cool about my best friend:

1. She ran a marathon with me so I wouldn’t be lonely.

2. She goes on “dates” with me so we have girl time together.

3. She gives me tough love when I need it: Like you shouldn’t tell people you’re getting married via facebook or a blog. You should do it in person.

4. She went to Amish Acres with me for my 30th birthday.

5. She wants to go back to Amish Acres with me again!

6. She likes Whole Foods.

7. She monitors my liquor intake when we go to parties together. And the one time I told her off and told her not to monitor me, I wound up drunker than a dog.

8. She’s lived a little more than I have and always gives awesome advice for when I get myself stuck or in a bind.

9. She didn’t get mad at me when I went out and bought a dog and stood her up at a dance party.

10. She always wants me to text her when I get home after leaving her house. She wants to make sure I get home ok. She cares.

If you’re lucky enough to have a best friend in your life then thank them and be grateful for them. They’re in your life for a reason!

What do you like about your best friend?

Sara

An Ode to New Year’s Resolution People

My gym puts up flyers of happenings during the month, an inspirational quote and even a recipe or two in each bathroom stall to give you something to read while you’re on the john. This month’s flyer had the following quote by Unknown: “It’s not what we eat between Christmas and New Year’s that we should worry about. It’s what we eat between New Year’s and Christmas.” The norm is the former and the extreme is the latter.

So one point is that yes, I do read those flyers while I’m evacuating the systems, as my running buddy likes to call it!

The other point is that because of the unhealthy eating done between New Year’s and Christmas people flock to the gym on January 2nd to start their new workout regimen. Surely, exercise is the cure. Exercise alone is going to undo the all the damage they’ve done to themselves by eating crappy, unhealthy food. Adding a behavior instead of fixing the one that’s wrong is surely the answer. There’s a name for these people. My fellow gym goers and I like to call them New Year’s Resolution People.

New Year’s Resolution People race to the gym on January 2nd, sign up for a gym membership with a 2 year contract, go for about 2 months and then come back January 2nd of the following year…assuming they come back at all. New Year’s Resolution People have no clue how to use the machines, and they don’t ask anyone either. They come to the gym at peak times wearing jeans (seriously??? who works out in jeans) and a plaid shirt (no comment…plaid is bad) and hog the treadmills, elliptical machines, weight machines, pool lanes, etc. They are a nuisance for two months, make regular gym goers slightly miffed and then drop off the face of the earth. They give up on the gym and stop exercising, still continue eating badly, do more damage and then come back to repeat the cycle the following year.

Really, if this is the lifestyle that you choose, then please just stay home. Save the sanity of the people that do workout regularly. We’ll appreciate you more for it in the long run.

On the plus side, New Year’s Resolution People are good for one thing: they help keep the gym open. Think about all of those unused memberships. People are contracted for 2 years paying XX dollars per month, and they never go except for maybe two months out of the year. That’s less wear and tear on the machines, less towels used, less cost to run the gym overall. It’s ironic that the gym earns more money off of people that don’t go to the gym than the people that do go.

So thank you New Year’s Resolution People for helping keep our gyms open.

Exercise and good eating go hand in hand. If you put healthy food in your body, you’ll feel better, have a better work out and will lose weight on that end. In addition to healthy eating, if you decide to join a gym, going regularly and doing some basic weight training and cardio in actual workout clothes (cotton is rotten..remember that) will help you lose weight as well. Doing just one or the other doesn’t always produce the best results. That’s the reason New Year’s Resolution People quit. They usually do one or the other, diet or exercise, and when they don’t see results, they quit. They never change their behavior. They just add another behavior thinking it will solve the one that’s really troubling them.

I’m a big believer in eating healthy and exercising. It has so many benefits and it’s so simple that you don’t even need a gym to do it. Go for a walk outside 5 days a week and eat healthy meals every day and you’ll see a change. You’ve got to change your behaviors to see results. Be open to change. Change is a good thing. If you’re not open to change, then please just stay home.

Sara

DWTS: Painting an Unrealistic Picture

A friend of mine posted a blog the other day that was about something close to her heart: weight loss. I’ll refer to my friend as Kara for now to keep her identity safe. The blog referenced the TV show “Biggest Loser.” Kara is an inspiration to myself and many other people that follow her blog. Kara was featured in Fitness magazine about her weight loss success story. When I read Kara’s blog post, she commented on “Biggest Loser” and said some of the diet and weight loss techniques were a bit extreme. She felt the techniques they use are a tad extreme for weight loss purposes and she questioned whether they were safe and even realistic for the average Joe or Jane watching the show that is not on the “Biggest Loser”. For instance: working out 6 hours a day. Is that really realistic for any severely obese person? My opinion is no. However, one of points Kara made was that these TV shows like this often represent an unrealistic picture which in turn motivates people to want to lose weight and then have unrealistic expectations and they get let down in the process.

As a professional ballroom dancer I will attest to the same exact thing with a show called “Dancing with the Stars.” When you watch an episode of “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS for short) you see a lot of smoke and mirrors. These stars go on this show, train for around 8 hours a day and go out there on TV in a fancy, sparkling dress and the public goes nuts. The average couple (I’ll call them Frank and Sally) watching the show sees this and decide they want to take ballroom dance lessons. They get on the phone and the first studio that answers the phone schedules a private lesson for them with a dance instructor. When Frank and Sally show up for their first lesson here’s what typically happens:

1. Frank and Sally show up at the studio and are enrolled in the studio’s “Introductory Program” which consists of 2 25 minute private lessons for $25.00. They think to themselves, “Why didn’t I sign up for dance lessons sooner. This is a really great deal.”

2. When Frank and Sally get to the studio, they fill out an information form which has a section for them to write down their dance goals. In that spot on the form they will write: “We want to look like the people on DWTS.”

3. Their instructor will greet them and take them on the dance floor where they will learn the BASIC STEP in 2 or 3 dances, depending how quickly they pick up the steps.

4. After their 25 minutes is over, Frank and Sally will look at their instructor and ask, “When will we get to look like the people on DWTS? What you showed us doesn’t look like anything they do on the TV show.” In turn, the instructor will respond, “Well, the people on DWTS train 8 hours a day, several days a week and they learn a 90 second choreographed routine. The routine usually consists of more complicated steps than the star is ready for. For entertainment purposes, watching people dance basic steps can be rather boring; however an open level choreographed routine with steps that the professionals do is typically more fun to watch. The stars that you see on DWTS can only dance that set of steps only with their teacher and only to that specific song. That star has hardly any basic knowledge of the dance. They started at the top and never bothered to learn the basics of each dance.”

5. The instructor will walk Frank and Sally back to the table they met at where their completed form is sitting on a clipboard. Below that form lies hidden information: the price sheet with packages of dance lessons listed. The instructor then drops the bomb: for you to continue dancing, it will basically cost Frank and Sally $75.00 per 50 minute session. (That’s pretty cheap too. A lot of studios charge a LOT more than that.)

6. Frank and Sally schedule their second 25 minute private lesson because they’ve already paid for it. When they leave the studio they look at each other in surprise and say, “Wow that’s a lot of money to spend on one lesson a week. They realize that it will cost them quite a bit of money to look like the people on DWTS, get in their car and drive home.

7. Frank and Sally return the following week for their second 25 minute private lesson on their Introductory Program. They take their lesson. When finished, the instructor asks them if they’d like to continue and which package of lessons they’ve decided on. Frank and Sally look guiltily at their shoes and say, “I don’t think we are going to continue right now. We’re really busy right now and just don’t have time.”

8. The instructor knows what that really means: it’s too expensive for them to achieve the goals they want to reach.

Instructors do occasionally get a couple (or a single person for that matter) that will stick and continue with lessons; however, the above is a more typical situation. Like weight loss, dance is something that you have to practice at to be good at it. There are people that look at the price tag, and it means nothing to them—they will dance no matter what and find a way to make the investment because it’s really important to them. If something isn’t important to you, you can spout out all of the excuses you can pull out of your rear but at the end of the day, you’re not going to stick with it. What’s important and valuable to one person is often totally different compared to another.

DWTS paints an unrealistic picture to the average Frank and Sally watching the show. What people don’t seem to get about the show is that these stars on the show have a private instructor with them for every lesson they take. They may learn a waltz or forxtrot, but they aren’t learning basic fundamental steps that every person starts with when they step into the studio.

It’s kind of like graduating college with no experience and expecting to walk into a company and demand to be the CEO. You just don’t have enough experience or expertise. You have to start from the bottom and work your way to the top. Sure, some people have more natural affinity for dance, especially if they’ve done another style of dance (like ballet or jazz for example). But those people, myself included, all started at square one—the basic step in each and every dance. There’s no getting around it—if you don’t understand the fundamentals of the basic, you won’t understand anything else going forward.

DWTS has provided a lot of exposure for the ballroom dance industry and has become an increasingly more popular activity for people to converse about and also to do. But the next time you watch the show and decide you want to take dance lessons, please expect to start at the beginning. Chances are good it will take you a while to obtain the “quality” of dancing on DWTS—and yes, there is a glimmer of sarcasm in that statement!

Sara

The Greek Eating Project: Chicken over Okra!

This is the first post about meals prepared from my trainer and friend Anna Maria Klironomou-O’Brien’s cookbook entitled Greek Cooking. If you like what you read here and would like more information please visit her website for more information on recipes and how to purchase the book: www.greekcooking.info.

The Chicken Over Okra was very flavorful. This dish had a wonderful crunch from the okra. The chicken is cooked in a way that it simply melted in your mouth. The sauce is slightly savory and a little spicy but not overpowering at all. The sauce compliments the okra and the chicken and yet manages to shine all on its own. I’ve never eaten okra before, and I really enjoyed it. The okra and the sauce were the highlights of the dish for me!

I ate this meal for my lunch all four days of my work week. I had 4 lunches and the chef was allotted one meal as well which made 5 total servings.

Here are the organic ingredients I obtained, and also where I purchased them at:

1. Chicken at Costco
2. Canned tomatoes from Costco

Here are the non-organic ingredients, and also where I purchased them:

1. Frozen okra at Town & Country
2. Olive oil at Costco
3. Onion at Town & Country
5. Red wine vinegar at Town and Country
6. Garlic at Remus Farms

I do not have a lot of staples yet for organic cooking such as organic olive oil and also things like onion and garlic. However, after making a trip to Whole Foods and checking out Costco a little more thoroughly, I discovered I would be able to buy organic staples between both places.

While at Whole Foods this week, all of the items on my non-organic list above were available in an organic form. Costco does sell a large container of organic Olive Oil which I am going to purchasing for future use since it is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine.

A note from the chef (my boyfriend, Pete): “Cooking this dish was very easy. The recipe was very straightforward. I had never prepared okra before, and I’ve often heard stories of problems with the okra being too slimy. Prepping the okra the way that Anna O’Brien’s cookbook suggests was very effective. By the time the okra reaches your lips, it’s not slimy at all.”

This coming week will be Baked Lemon Chicken over Potatoes!

Opa!
Sara

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Religion. Spirituality. Belief. Faith.

What do you believe in?

I was raised Catholic. I went to a Catholic school for 12 years. My mother took me to church on Sunday until I was 8. I think she got tired of going. I still went to church because it was a requirement of the school. We went twice a week in grammar school. We went on holy days of obligation in high school. I would sit and listen to the Priest drone on and on. My mind would wander, and I would day-dream. Once I graduated college, I never set foot in a Catholic church again.

Somewhere, sometime, someway, something sunk into my brain. Here’s what I got out of attending Catholic church: the basics. Basic rules and principals to which I live my life by. To me, that means being a good person: treating others as I’d want to be treated, be kind to your parents, loving my significant other, and so on. This is the message that I took away. I don’t follow all of the rules of the faith which is why I do not believe I am a Catholic.

I’m religion-less right now. I go to a Methodist Church every Sunday, but I wouldn’t consider myself to be a Methodist. A friend of mine said to me one day, “Come to church with me. You might enjoy hearing the Pastor’s sermon. He’s an excellent speaker.” I’m always up for something new, so I found myself at the First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. I continued going to church after that day because I really liked the message the Pastor conveyed. He captured my interest which is why I continue to go to church now. For me, I love finding a greater message beyond the weekly sermon. I love digging out that message, applying it to my life and trying to make myself a better person.

Believing in something gives me a greater passion about it. When I’m truly passionate about something, I approach it in an entirely new way which adds better meaning to my life. I’m not just passionate about being a better person. I’m passionate about health and fitness, developing relationships with friends and loved ones, my three crazy dogs, etc. Finding belief inspires passion which fuels the fire of an amazing life.

Whatever you believe in is waiting to be discovered inside of you. You don’t have to subscribe to a church to find it either. You never know when something will fall out of the sky, bonk you on the head and take your breath away. You might find something you really believe in while listening to your favorite AM radio station on the way to work, in a song on the FM station (or Sirius Satelie XM), in a picture, while on the morning run, or while eating green eggs and ham. Whatever it is that inspires you to believe, I encourage you to find it, dig in and use it to become the best you that you can be.

Sara

The Greek Eating Project

I love eating healthy. Unfortunately, I tend to be one of those people that tends to get stuck in a rut. I’ll find two or three recipes I like, rotate them and keep eating them week after week until I get sick of them. After that, I cannot eat them anymore.

So, guess what? I’m making a change. The change I’m making is going to be eating brand new recipes (one per week) and I will be using mostly organic ingredients.

I have 3 sources of inspiration.

The first source of inspiration is my Greek trainer and friend Anna Maria Klironomou-O’Brien’s brand new cookbook entitled Greek Cooking which uses authentic, healthy, Greek recipes. For more information on the cookbook and some free recipes check out www.greekcooking.info.

Second is the movie I watched this weekend, Julie and Julia. It’s a movie about a New York writer named Julie who starts a blog and vows to cook her way through one of Julia Child’s cookbooks. She writes about her cooking experiences in the blog.

The third would involve movies such as Food, Inc., Forks Over Knives, and other movies I’ve seen that fall into this same category. I haven’t switched to Veganism or vegetarianism (yet). Although I definitely have a lot of respect these lifestyles and do enjoy these types of dishes, I still enjoy eating meat. However, these movies have greatly opened my eyes to adding more and more vegetables to my diet, not eating as much dairy and, most importantly, eating as much organic, unprocessed food as possible.

So, with these three sources of inspiration, I’m going to start what I call The Greek Eating Project! I’m going to eat my way through Anna O’Brien’s cookbook, using mostly organic ingredients and will write one blog entry per week about the recipe that I choose. I say “mostly organic ingredients” because it can sometimes be tough to find every organic ingredient when you live in Northwest Indiana.

Opa! Enjoy!

Sara