This time last year I finished and self-published my first food lifestyle and recipe guide, "Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living!" This was an incredible undertaking. The reason it was so incredible for me is I have always had a fear of writing - any type of writing whatsoever.
I have always tried to stay away from writing in a professional capacity. So why did I write Daelicious? I wrote it to support my patients' requests for healthy recipes that taste delicious, were easy to prepare and nutritious. I had to overcome my fear of writing to create a health guide for my patients.
This gave me an appreciation for my patients' feelings when they come into my office and are fearful about the changes I ask them to make with my treatment plan. The most honest patients share that when I ask them to change their food lifestyles they feel like they will not be able to do it. (I do not like the word diet because I think healthy changes need to become permanent over time.) So when I ask them to change I encourage them to take it one day at a time.
After several weeks they get the hang of the new food lifestyle and their taste buds start to change. Six months later they admit they didn’t think they could do it but they are really proud of themselves for changing their food lifestyles to improve their health. I guess overcoming my writing fear is what I deserve for making my patients overcome their fears of changing to healthier behaviors.
To show gratitude for all my patients who have trusted me and moved through their fear to create vibrant health I am sharing one of my holiday favorites from the book with you all. Enjoy it! Dr. Dae
Vegetarian Collard Greens... page 64
Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living
The lemon juice and vinegar in this dish remove the bitterness from the collard greens.
1 bunch fresh collard greens
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 medium yellow onion chopped
6-8 cloves of garlic crushed
1 cup vegetable broth
½ lemon squeezed
2-3 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
*a pinch of cayenne pepper – optional
1. Clean the collard greens and strip them from the stalk.