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Searching for Ambrosia: Cha..Cha..Changes

I have never been much of a carnivore. I did grow up eating meat, but it was never a favorite and when given the choice, I always choose vegetables and other sides over meat. Lately however, I find I am reaching for protein sources more frequently, and not just beans and tofu. I’m not sure if my body is lacking nutrients or may taste buds are just changing, but I do know I am actually craving meat sources, like chicken and fish, more than I ever have before. I’ve always been told that change is something that keeps life interesting. I’m pretty sure I can deal with my changing taste buds because I know my body can use the extra protein, but not all changes are as easy. A close friend used to jokingly say to me, “Bend like the willow,” as she made waving motions with her hand whenever I found change daunting, which was most of the time. I hate to even admit change is that difficult for me, but in reality, I have always resisted anything that disrupted my daily flow. Sometimes in a person’s life, change comes along that knocks you down and leaves you struggling to regain your footing; this is one of those times. Whether you call it an epiphany, a realization or a turning point…I’ve had one. Writing a food column has been a fantastic experience and I have loved every minute of it, but I have hit my “fork in the road.” It has taken several very hard months to come to this place in my journey, but here I am, writing my last column. I will still be “searching for ambrosia,” but in a different way and I do hope you will keep searching as well. I regret I don’t have a “last” recipe to share with you, but instead I have a great quote about change that speaks to me. Regardless of how you feel about the author of the quote, the words are legitimate. Thank you to everyone who made it a point to read my weekly ramblings. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama

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