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J’adore la vie & What I’m Making For Thanksgiving!

Posted Nov 21 2012 11:00am

With Thanksgiving in our midst, today being #jadorelavie is sort of fitting, huh? I keep seeing news segments, tweets, posts, and articles about how we can avoid eating too much food and avoid feeling sick from eating too much. I’ve yet to see a news segment focus on the real meaning of Thanksgiving: gratitude! After embracing recovery two years ago, the meaning of Thanksgiving shifted for me. It went from a time of anxiety, calorie counting, and overexercising to a time of peace and gratitude. I decided to challenge myself to view Thanksgiving simply as a time to be with people I love and a time to think peacefully and honestly about how grateful I am for what the Universe has given me. 

If you’re feeling anxious about the holidays or feel like you should feel anxious about the holidays, relax! You have the power within you to choose to be happy, be grateful, and eat well. Not “clean” – but well. Enjoy the company and enjoy the food as a bonus to the great company. Take a moment to breathe deeply, look around the room and think “j’adore la vie.” 

 We are in the second-to-last week of #jadorelavie4sandy! That means next week is the final week for you to email me your J’adore la vie moments. Please keep them coming – the victims of Hurricane Sandy need us! Every bit counts. 

Today’s #jadorelavie quote of the day comes from this morning’s meditation: “The power that lies in giving love is far easier than accepting that you are worthy of receiving love. Release your fears to opening your heart to give AND receive love. Therein lies a miracle.”


Kate is currently living in Japan. Last weekend, she visited a Buddhist temple and had a total #jadorelavie moment.

“I spent this past weekend the way I spend most weekends, exploring new parts of Japan.  This picture of me was taken at a Buddhist temple, lighting incense for the purpose of training my mind to focus on one single object during meditation.  At this moment, enveloped by  the chilled autumn air and the silence of the temple, I felt completely at peace: j’adore la vie.”

Nadja took some time for herself with a nice bath and a great book.

Rosie got take-out from her favorite Thai restaurant (in the UK!).

Kristen found inspiration in a #jadorelavie Tweet, retweeted it, and decided to apply it to her life!

Holly went to see the Transsiberian Orchestra perform with her daughter! 

Cait went on a hike this weekend and became excited and grateful for whatever the future has in store for her.

Ali enjoyed an energizing breakfast of chocolate protein pudding oats, a banana, and coffee (a girl after my own heart!).

Lisa had a girl’s night out with her ladies!

Blondechicka0321  soaked up the mountains in the morning. What a breathtaking place to live!


This year, I decided to bring three dishes to my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving: one of my friends’ recipes, one of my recipes, and one recipe from a local restaurant. My friend Gena  recently posted her recipe for Crowd Pleasing Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing and I knew instantly that would be the dish of a friend. I also thought to myself, “It never a party without Wildflour ” and promptly ordered a cookie and brownie platter from them. My family is going to loooove me. ;-)

My dish? A salad. Yep, I went there. But it’s so delicious – and so simple!

Red Quinoa Mediterranean Salad
Serves 6-8 


  • 1 full bunch of kale, de-stemmed
  • 2 cups dry red quinoa
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, sliced in half
  • 2/3 cup sundried tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon



It’s true that this dish, a call to the Mediterranean, is not your typical Thanksgiving dish. But I can promise you that everyone will love it! It’s packed with calcium (thanks to the kale and sesame seeds in the tahini) and B vitamins and  protein (thanks to the quinoa). Did you know that quinoa is a complete protein? That means it contains all of the essential amino acids our bodies need. Amazing use of that #plantPOWER, if you ask this lady.

Have an amazing day, friends and Happy Thanksgiving!

Stay lovely,

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