This year I have decided to share my journey on the path of living a healthy life. I thought I would start with my New Year's brunch that I prepared with my dear friend and fellow naturopath, Dr. Deirdre Orceyre. This is the second year we have made New Years brunch together, we had so much fun last year we decided to do it again. When I tell people that I am a naturopathic doctor they automatically assume that I am a vegan, a person that doesn't consume any meats or animal products. This is not the case for me or Dr. Orceyre. I focus on eating the best quality foods that keeps me feeling good, healthy and energetic. I eat local, seasonal and organic whenever possible. I eat a mostly plant-based diet but for special occasions might eat richer foods like dairy, bread products, or have some alcohol. The key to the way I eat revolves around whole foods everyday. Our brunch had some juice and dairy which are not everyday foods but I enjoyed them to help kick off the new year.
Today we went to the farmer's market in Dupont Circle and purchased cage free eggs and a croissant. I had brought corn muffins, field green salad and a black-eyed peas that I made from Marcus Samuelsson's The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa. We scrambled some onions and eggs and sprinkled some parmesan cheese over top. Finally we had a wonderful pumpkin and veggie soup with fresh squeezed apple cider. Brunch was perfect.
Good food and good friends it is the best way I can think of to start the new year!