Circle of Sharing

Sharing. It's a powerful thing...

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Our weekly Groceryships meetings provide a venue where our members can learn how to eat-- and live-- healthier. Although our leaders play an important role, sharing their knowledge and healthy recipes, the sharing that happens amongst our participants is even more influential...

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During the second half of each Groceryships meeting is a sharing circle in which a topic is introduced, and each participant has the opportunity to share on that topic.

In a recent sharing circle, members shared their Personal Relationship with Food with the rest of the group.

Because we've all had a relationship with food for our whole lives. And for many of us, that relationship has been a difficult one. We've struggled with feeling out-of-control, or felt ashamed for how much we eat, or how much we weigh.

But most of us never talk about these things. We keep it all inside...

Speaking openly about yourself isn't always easy, but when you share your personal challenges with others who can relate (because they have been there too), something wonderful happens--in that moment, you are empowered by the support of all those who rally around you: You are no longer alone--you are now an army!

Our former Groceryships graduates tell us again and again that the sharing circle made the journey to being healthier a lot easier. Through the sharing, they learned that they weren't alone in dealing with health issues, and best of all, the support they felt from their peers helped the entire process a lot smoother.

As one member said, “I love the fact that I have made friends. Although this is the last class, to me it is actually a beginning to something very special that will benefit me and my future generations to come. Thank you. For everything, and especially for not criticizing.”

Of course, a delicious recipe like this one for Tofu Ceviche also makes being healthy pretty easy!

 Tofu Ceviche

Serving size: 8

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of firm tofu
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 5 lemons, juiced
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/8 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 avocado
  • salt to taste
  • chile serrano or Tapatio
  • 8 lettuce leaves or tostadas

Directions:

1. Cut the tofu in half and place on a plate lined with a paper towel. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and stack heavy plates or pans on top to remove excess water.

2. Pat the tofu dry and season with salt and pepper.

3. Heat the oil in a medium saute pan until very hot. Place the tofu in the pan and don't move it until it becomes toasted and a crust forms (about 3 minutes). Flip it over and repeat the process on the next side. Remove from heat. 

4. Chill and add the lemon juice.

5. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator.

6. The next day chop fresh cilantro and mix with minced onions and diced tomatoes.

7. Add cilantro, onions and tomatoes to tofu and stir gently.

8. Add salt to taste, chile serrano or Tapatio to the tofu mixture.

9. Serve with avocado in lettuce leaves.