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It seemed necessary to take a step back from food and nutrition (for a brief moment) to focus on what others might be experiencing or can relate to.
This is a self dash of reality and inspiration to get an internal ball of motivation moving. Time on my side? Doesn’t exist anymore…
Have no fear, life is still good. Maybe too good. This is where the “problem” starts.


Being comfortable is one thing most of us…I…strive for.
That feeling of having your ducks in a row, finances in line, relationship goals on point, emotions are embraced, physical physique-oh yeah!, career progressions, and the ability to be in control of your life.
Seems pretty damn comfortable to me. Why change?

(insert personal experience)
Since moving to Key West, comfortability has been a silent discourager.
While I live in a place {Key West} where culture, opportunity, and environment give a limitless opportunity to be uncomfortable, it is easy to find comfort in working hard at your job(s) or daily tasks and responsibilities then putting off the additional priorities till “tomorrow.”
Tomorrow is easy. Now is when shit gets done.

(insert example)
After multiple discussions with you know who 😉 it (finally) came time to quit my second job down here at the beach bar. I throughly enjoyed working there…engaging in conversations with tourists and locals alike, looking out to the beautiful water every day and learning a thing or two from established service industry personnel. What it came down to was working SMART vs working HARD. I had been working extremely hard, but not smart. I had extra money in my pocket to cover expenses, but I lacked any enjoyment to spend on this beautiful island and time spent with my family/social life. Looking back on everything, it was “easy” to work here. I felt comfortable (duh, I’m working literally on the beach), enjoyed (how could I not!?!)  and appreciated my time here…but I wasn’t challenged.



So good, right!?!

I continue my rant with Progression.
I am not getting younger, but I am getting smarter.

Stop making excuses about time and age.

(insert personal experience)
I ran a 10K race this past weekend and witnessed a handful of athletes 60+years of age who were absolutely killing it. They seemed to be keeping a pace to set a PR and passing other runners like a boss 😉 Talk about progression and hard work — no excuses!

…which leads me to conclude that the quality of one’s future & decision making process is a timeline of one’s progression.
You attempt. Fail and/or Succeed. Learn. Repeat. { progression }

( insert example)
My garden.
I appreciate and gasp at the sight of fresh produce. I envied the farmers at the local farmers market when I lived in Kalamazoo, MI and throughout the states I found myself driving through. I always imagined having my own garden filled with seasonal produce, but had no idea where to start. Add a few years plus some procrastination and wa-lah the delipsch garden arrived and produces.
When I started my garden I had no idea where to start which meant that progression was the only option. I knew I wanted to learn and I failed several times along the way. (Watermelon needs LOTS of room to grow…you should have seen the vines that took over my garden, brussel sprouts are not the easiest veg to grow in FL…several attempts and still trying, tomatoes are temperamental, corn…I think I supported the nutritional needs of an entire colony of ants…I could go on and on). I didn’t know much to start but I asked a lot of questions and googled for numerous answers. Trail and error on repeat. My point: in order to experience the joy & nutrition of consuming and sharing local produce grown by little ol’ me, I had to START.
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I can’t finish without a dose of Accountability.
Without it, you’re nobody. Believe it.

Whether it be the family pet that depends on someone to feed them every day; whether it be the boss of an established business who is depended upon to write paychecks to their employees; whether it be a running partner one meets weekly for morning runs; whether it be one’s significant other to be there for the good and bad; or even if it be the bum who lives in the park…we are all depended on and held accountable.

(insert personal example)
Food & Nutrition are reflected in my daily conversations and lifestyle I choose to live. I have promised myself and those close to me that I would bring my knowledge and creations into what some refer to as a cookbook. This process has found itself on multiple pieces of paper/binders/sticky tabs/etc. Recipes, ideas, tips, references…the whole shebang BUT what is missing is the accountability. When you tell someone you are going to do something, you are held accountable to your word. My point: I am the one accountable for my cookbook and it is a responsibility that I have committed to.

The process is real….real scary and real exciting.
As it should be.
Stayed tuned my friends.

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My point here:
One’s accountability is one’s responsibility.
One’s responsibility is one’s accountability.

Keep your engine fueled with responsive accountability, every bit makes an impact.

Regardless of where you live, remain uncomfortable, progress at each decision and stay accountable…EVERY DAY! The rest will take care of itself.

Cheers and enjoy a delipsch day.








Everything Food { trends for 2016 }

Food is exciting. Food is a conversation piece. Food brings people together. Food tells a story. Food is fuel. Food is something I love and love to learn about.

and the 3 month time period from November-January seems to put food at the forefront.

November – Thanksgiving and “official” beginning to the holiday season. I think now it is safe to say the scent of pumpkin is lingered throughout the ozone layer.
December – Holiday parties galore. Savor and Sweet on every table to celebrate the holiday season.
January – GREEN everything. The motivation of food shifts from flavor to fuel.

Food keeps the batteries charged and the minds hungry to see what the next big thing in food holds. Enter, food trends. A topic I look forward to each year 🙂 Dig in.

Food Trends to watch out for in 2016:
Veggies Take Center Stage: meat is the new side dish 🙂
SCRAMBLING FOR “CLEAN MENUS” : see ya never chemicals and additives.
Poke : poke who? a truly delipsch eat.
Spice Gallery : and not the fire breathing dragon kind. Think African, Moroccan, etc.
Food Waste Reduction : the diamond in the rough never shined so bright.
Sustainability : lifetime membership please and thank you.

I am most excited about veggie overload and addressing the importance of local sourcing and sustainability. Quality not Quantity.

Food trends keep those beautiful food minds and creators on an ever-demanding cycle of flavor.

I think it is only fair to give Pinterest a spotlight here. A revolving door of opportunity.
My favorite part of the Pinterest New Year … pages and suggestions flooded with delicious salad combinations, vegetable dishes that look like art, and greens at all time of the day. My feed looks as follows.
{ morning juices, acai bowls, and the star of the dinner plate }
pin2 pin1Beautiful, just beautiful. Talk about motivation and inspiration galore.

Don’t feel like whipping up a Roasted Garlic Ratatouille…

Then take the guesswork out of it all AND keep full quality in check.
Meet your new best friend – HELLO FRESH
HF1I am always a skeptic of food delivery systems. I find it challenging to keep quality at the forefront, but Hello Fresh found a way to do that and more. More? More options: flavors, cuisines, and variations of cooking methods to motivate and inspire a satisfied pallet.

Click here for my first { Hello Fresh }
 experience. [ Delipsch ]
Sage-Butter Pork Chops with Roasted Butternut Squash & Charred Broccolini


Interested? Click this link>>> Hello Fresh to get $40.00 off your first shipment?

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[ DELIPSCH EATS ] What’s in store for delipsch foods and recipe debuts in 2016

Korean — Bibimbap, Bulgogi, Gochujang … get in my belly
Fresh — whether it be vegetables from the garden or fish caught in the ocean.
Local — florida fresh forever and always. Abundance close to home.

A heightened focus on user-friendly access to find your favorite delipsch recipes, tips and tricks. A continual focus on the most important aspect…

Delipsch in print. yes, it will be happening!

I am always up for suggestions, so PLEASE speak your mind. Any conversation is positive.

Cheers to a successful 2016 blogging season. Looking forward to digging deeper into the wonderful world of health and nutrition. Till we meet again, enjoy your delipsch day.