Flowers on Friday and My First Guest Post

20 May

I don’t have the time to post a recipe today as I have my cousin Michelle staying with me and we have been busy sunbathing and hiking to a waterfall!  I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some photos of flowers that I’ve taken this week. Who knows it might become a regular spot. So here is the first Flowers on Friday selection…

And the waterfall…..

Today is my first ever guest post over at Veggie Grettie. Gretchen has an extremely informative blog full of interesting articles and recipes about nutrtition and a vegetarian/vegan diet. This is what she says..

“I believe food is the ultimate  medicine.  I am a Certified Nutrition Specialist with Certification in Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell University.  All of my research has led me to the  conclusion that a plant based diet is optimal.

At a young age I experienced health problems.  Despite numerous doctor appointments and numerous tests, no one had any answers as to why I was so ill.  Unfortunately I also experienced health issues in high school and college which at times were debilitating.  Toward the end of college after having been to many specialists and receiving many wrong diagnosis’ (along with suggestions that my health problems were psychosematic) my parents convinced me to try one last specialist,  Dr. Arnold Kresch of Stanford University.  Dr. Kresch finally had a diagnoses for me; endometriosis.  After performing surgery to remove my lesions, Dr. Kresch encouraged me to research nutrition and how it could be a powerful force in my quest for health.

For the past 15 years I have been able to manage my endometriosis through diet and exercise.  I have personally experienced the healing powers of nutrition have been able to nurse myself back to even better health than before through a plant based diet.  I am passionate about sharing my nutrition knowledge with others and can be found doing so through Veggie Grettie, as a Columnist for Chic Vegan, a freelance writer, and a Brand Ambassador for NEXT by Athena.” 

If you have a chance please check out her blog Veggie Grettie and have good look around. I would like to say a big thank you to Gretchen for featuring my recipe for Ezogelin Corbasi (A Turkish Red Lentil Soup) and am really happy that all the family enjoyed it so much!!

11 Responses to “Flowers on Friday and My First Guest Post”

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide May 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    Beautiful photos!

  2. veggiegrettie May 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Thanks so much Natalie!

  3. Andrew Forbes May 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Photos look great! We are in Guaro this week. Must get directions to the waterfall! x

  4. Caroline May 21, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    Gorgeous photos–the second one is my favorite! I love that you can see the bugs on the flower. And congrats on the guest post. Too cool.🙂

  5. tony ward May 21, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    These are FABULOUS, yet another facet of Natalie rearing its beautiful head dahling.
    Love the pic’s of the Gardenias too. xx

  6. tony ward May 21, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Sorry I think they;re Camelias ooops !!

  7. Tammy McLeod May 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Your pictures are great and I love the guest post too. A certification in plant-based nutrition? How cool is that?

    • foodblogandthedog May 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      I know, it’s really inspiring! Makes you feel good about your food choices doesn’t it?

  8. tony ward May 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Is that red lentil soup the one they should have fed to Lady Di and Kate, to ward off the evil in laws ?? xx

  9. Suzy Eats May 24, 2011 at 3:36 am #

    Photos look so beautiful!

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