By Molly Patrick
Aug 12, 2014
Over the weekend I was getting my legs waxed and my esthetician asked me what I do for a living.
What I do isn’t exactly as cut and dry like as it is for some professions. School teacher, nurse, mechanic – these are all pretty standard answers that don’t require extra creativity in getting people on board with what you do.
Because what I do for a living isn’t exactly standard, I decided a while back to come up with an elevator pitch for what I do.
Before I tell it to you, let me back up a bit first.
Have I ever told you how hairy I am?
I’m like a blonde Italian person. If I let the hair grow out on my legs it would look like a blonde jungle. There would be monkeys.
My armpit hair is also very coarse and thick. I have to shave every other day just to keep up with it. And the weird thing about my armpit hair is that for some reason, it’s dark brown.
I have a hodge podge of colors going on with my body hair, but the thickness and huge quantity is consistent for each of the respective areas.
Shaving my legs just doesn’t make sense. I would be in the shower ALL THE TIME.
So, here I am at the wax center. I chose the “European Wax Center” this time instead of my usual Asian “rip and go” place and must say, it was a much better experience. Asian people just aren’t as hairy, and honestly I don’t think they know exactly what to do with me.
As my nice hair remover lady was ripping my hair from their follicles, the inevitable and almost obligatory question “what do you do for a living?” came up.
My elevator pitch goes something like this:
“I help people eat better.”
After I gave my hair ripper my line, she said:
“Oh cool, what types of products do you use?”
“What do you mean?”
Nice hair ripper lady:
“What meal replacement product or protein powder do you sell. Or is it a pill?”
And there it was, the perfect example of why I fucking love what I do.
I get to explain to people in a nice, non-preachy, friendly and all encompassing way that the body thrives when we eat a variety of whole plant foods and that actually, vitamins and minerals which are extracted and put into pills, shakes and powders don’t do very much good for the body. In fact, they can even have damaging effects.
Whereas eating broccoli, chard, sweet potatoes, blueberries, etc. has no negative side effects or consequences.
Plus, getting our nutrients from food is much cheaper than from pills, shakes and powders.
I love that I get to have this conversation with people.
It might sound simple, but the body likes simple.
It doesn’t make sense to eat stuff that has been formulated in a lab by scientists. It makes sense to eat things that come from the ground.
This isn’t about learning. This is about unlearning and allowing food to be your medicine. My weekly Plant Fueled Meal Plans show you how to do exactly that.
Here’s a super easy salad dressing that will make you literally crave big green salads.
- 1/2 cup raw cashews 65g, soaked in water for 1 hour
- 1 dried date soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice 30ml
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 3/4 cup water 175ml
- Drain the water from the cashews and the date and place them into your blender, along with the rest of the ingredients and blend until creamy and smooth.
- Store in a glass jar and refrigerate. Use within 5 days.