There’s nothing like getting slapped with a cancer diagnosis to make you realize how short life is. How often are we running here, there and everywhere, forgetting to take the time to celebrate and enjoy life as we go?
Ironically, it was getting cancer that, for some of us, caused us to really wake up to our lives, moment by moment, and to make the decision to enjoy each day for all it's worth. This celebration of life can take place in big and small ways: dancing in the kitchen, singing along to your favorite music at the top of your lungs in the car, traveling to faraway places, running your first 5k, taking a bubble bath, spending quality time with loved ones, throwing a party “just because.”
One of the ways we love to celebrate life on a daily basis is by putting some spunk in our meals. This doesn't mean spending hours in the kitchen to create a gourmet meal. It means taking some pride in the food you're creating to nourish your body and dressing things up a bit.
Dressing up your meal can be as simple as using some pretty linen or pouring your smoothie into a fancy glass and adding a little umbrella. Or turn on some festive music, light some candles and add some flowers to the table. Use your nice serving dishes. Try taking your meal outdoors (we love picnics!). Serve water in a clear glass pitcher with slices of lemon, lime and orange for some color.
Whether you dress up your meal or dress up your life in other ways, just have fun with it. And whatever you do, whatever it is, celebrate the moment.
Celebrate your life.
About Kendall: Kendall was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at age 27. After making changes in her diet during cancer treatment and noticing major improvements in her energy and overall health, she pursued board certification as a Health Coach to further her knowledge of food and health. She is the co-author of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer (http://kickingcancerinthekitchen.com), which will be available on October 2.