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Health-full Gratitude

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como water healthEach Monday, Tiffany posts a message that provides positive energy and  tips for eating more mindfully. The purpose of the weekly message is to reinforce the ideas from the talks and classes that are a part of the Como Water Membership, and to further support those living the veg-centric lifestyle. To receive our Mindfulness Mondays posts, Become A Member today.

Health-Full Gratitude

Hola folks! I’m still in Ethiopia and I’m sad to say that I’ve been out of commission for the past few days. I’ve caught a little sumthin’ sumthin’, and in the war between Tiffany and this microscopic little bug waging havoc on my insides, you can probably guess who’s winning…

Being knocked out so dramatically by this bug made me think about health, my health, and the health conditions of people all over the world. I caught this who knows what crazy bug, but luckily, I also have antibiotics–two sets actually, one that should cover most bacteria and another that should cover most of the things that the first one doesn’t address. And despite not really knowing what’s going on in there, I’m pretty hopeful that in a few days, I’ll be back to normal.

How lucky,’ I thought.

As I waited for my fever to break. ‘How lucky,’ I thought. As I realized that I couldn’t even keep water down. ‘How lucky,’ I thought. As day 1 turned to day 2 and now day 3 of this sickness. I was still flooded with the thought that I am lucky. Lucky because this bug which will eventually be tackled by a few pills, can and often does, lead to real permanent damage, or even death in people who do not have the privilege of access to medical care.

So, as I bring this post to a close and attempt to eat a banana (got to try to keep your potassium levels up when you are dehydrated!), I encourage you too, to try to find gratitude even in situations that seem grim. I’m sure if you do, you’ll realize that you’ve got it so much better than you could have ever imagined. Have a great week folks and please send +++ energy to my health!



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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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