Stop holding back

A recent post on Facebook caused me to read further and pay attention to 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. What jumped out at me immediately was the following:

#21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.  Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

This one definitely resonated with me as I recalled an exercise I undertook last spring when I considered what of the many things I was involved in, that I needed to let go of. The big ‘ahha’ at the time for me, was I needed to sell the wheatgrass business. It took 10 months, and Salt Spring Island Wheatgrass now has a new owner, which afforded us the opportunity to ‘take a break’ and go to Thailand for 2 weeks. What a great way to distance ourselves from everyday life and see things more clearly.

There were may aspects of our trip I thoroughly enjoyed. We were introduced to a new culture, absorbed the spiritual side of Thailand by visiting ‘wats’ or temples, marveled at the abundance of fresh fruit and young Thai Coconuts, experienced life on the street which is heavily focused on markets and street vendors (both on land and floating), and met amazing people with a similar passion around living plant-based diets. Here is a smattering of photos of our time away.

We now are feeling somewhat more refreshed and ready to consider new opportunities. Rawsome Living Foods will continue to offer workshops starting in April, prepare and host private dinners for groups of 4-12 people, and provide hands-on raw-immersion weekend retreats – SuggestedRetreat Vancouver SuggestedRetreat2 Our newest and biggest venture will be a ‘Rawk Festival’ in August featuring local and provincial experts in the world of raw plant based food preparation and nutrition. A weekend (August 10-12) of information, demonstrations, live music, and amazing raw plant based food. More information to come in the near future.

I guess if I look at the 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself, Rawsome Lifestyle Coaching and Rawsome Living Foods may be adhering to the following:

#24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.

What life is teaching me, is that anything is possible. You can’t undo the past but you definitely can create a new ending. So stop holding back, envision your future, and make it so. And think about what you can stop doing to yourself.

Thai Inspired 3-Course Meal
Here is an easy 3-course Thai dinner starting with a Spicy Thai Salad, followed by Pad Thai, and concluding with Banana Cacao Ice Cream. Adjust flavourings, spices, heat, and sweetness to suit your palate. Above all, have fun with this.

Spicy Thai Salad
Serves 2-4 people

Spicy Thai Salad

Salad Ingredients – Toss in salad bowl

  • 1 carrot – julienne
  • 1 head of Romaine lettuce – chopped
  • 1 tomato – cut in chunks
  • 2 green onions – chopped
  • 1 cucumber – chopped or sliced
  • ½ cup cashews

Dressing – Blend in blender. Drizzle on top of salad.

  • 1 lime – juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Tamari (wheat-free)
  • ¼- ½ tsp chili flakes
  • 2 Tbsp oil (optional)
  • 1 zucchini – chopped
  • Water as needed

Pad Thai
Serves 2-4 people

Pad Thai

Sauce – Blend in blender and coat kelp noodles

  • 4-6 key limes – juiced
  • ¼ cup Tamari (wheat-free)
  • 4 Medjool dates (soaked if not soft)
  • ¼- 1 tsp chili flakes (depending on how hot you like it)
  • 1 Tsp fresh ginger – grated
  • 4 Tbsp sesame oil


  • 1 bag Kelp Noodles or 2 zucchini spiralized or young Thai coconut cut into strips to look like noodles
  • 1-2 cups fresh mung bean sprouts
  • 2-4 green onions – sliced
  • ½ – 1 red pepper – sliced
  • ¼ cup crushed almonds
  • Any other fresh vegetables you would like to include for added colour

Plating Directions
Marinate the noodles in the sauce for 1-2 hours until they soften slightly. Lay the noodles on the plate. Then top the remaining ingredients on top of the noodles starting with the mung beans.

Banana Cacao Ice Cream
Serves 2 people

Banana Cacao Ice Cream

Blend in blender until smooth. Serve and eat immediately.

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-2 Tbsp raw cacao
  • 1 Tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tsp maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)

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6 Responses to Stop holding back

  1. Marcia says:

    Your pics of Thailand are amazing. Good for you to step away and go away travelling to such an interesting location.

  2. Dave Wilson says:

    Chris, thanks for all the helpful information. The Rawk Festival is something I’ll look forward to. Glad you both found some time for yourselves. Your an inspiration!

    • Chris says:

      Thanks so much for the support and encouragement. We look forward to see you here on SSI for the raw living foods festival. More to come on this event for sure!

  3. Estela rodriguez says:

    Glad you had a great time!! I just got back from that part of the world aswell and also met sunny and Steve at the spa chaing Mai while we did our detox! Great people;) did you make it to any of the other spa resorts?
    Take care Estela

  4. Dianne Crawford says:

    I just love all the pics Chris, and the recipes. Hope you and Jim are doing well, miss you guys but I will be back in the summer for another visit.

  5. Gwendolyn says:

    Chris: How refreshing, the colors in the photos are so brilliant and alive. We can get so stuck in our rut that we can no longer see that there is something more to choose. You are a wonderful role model of being so honest and making changes that move life forward. Thanks