Back from Hiatus: Cross-country move to Pullman, Washington

I must say. Washington is everything I hoped for and sooo much more.

I was completely won over when I entered Zoe's Cafe and was assured that soymilk was readily available for the lactose intolerant as an alternative to dairy. So, I went all out and ordered a Chocolate Soy, Chai Frappe- BLISS!!!

Washington is a health conscious state. So, even the local grocer, Dissmores, carries what was unlikely to find in smaller towns in Alabama such as: freshly baked (non frozen) gluten-free bread (not vegan), various soy ice creams flavors, vegetarian/vegan friendly deli options like vegetarian sushi rolls, Burt's Bees products, various seaweed and Eastern  food condiments. There is so much more but these I finds that I appreciated most of all.

Remember, I'm a Bama girl where everything is deep fried and slathered in gravy. Imagine the experience of exploring a new frontier of health and wellness practiced willfully and not forced by physicians as a last resort to rebalance and restore the body. Then hearing, first hand the incredible stories of how easily lifestyle diseases can be reversed as opposed to reading the account on print. This gives has truly revived my appreciation for the healing powers of food and herbs.

I had my first visit to a co-op, specifically the Moscow Co-op, which was actually outside of Washington in Moscow, Idaho (-10 minutes away). I found amazing prices for seasonal, organic produce, the wonderful selection of Frontier spices and herbs for almost half the price in Alabama health food stores, bulk bins for gluten free flour mixes, channa dal, and everything else in the typical health food store for much less or even half the "regular" prices- even nuts are fairly cheap. [Imagine filling two large brown paper bages to the rim with food, (about a two week supply of groceries) and more for $80 in a health food stores.]

But to top it all off Win-Co supermarket also has bulk bins of various spices, herbs, grains, flours, etc for even cheaper than the co-op. Super cheap produce, gluten free mixes, and non-dairy milk alternatives. WOW! I would have never believed anyone if they told me that they don't have to break their wallet to eat healthy.

There are bike trails and scenic routes. Most conviences are located close enough to consider walking and saving gas. But I warn you, you receive a real workout walking around this mountanous region.

We are in a college town so sidewalks prevail over the entire town. There is no excuse not to walk- even to work for some. Transit buses also serve to accommodate the needs of the residents. What more could I ask for? When I can think of more, I'll let you know :)

Natural women rule here! I rarely see anyone with naturally afro-textured hair that has chemically altered their curl pattern. Oh, and Giovanni conditioners are $2 cheaper than even Walmart prices at the local co-op.

Honesly I could go on and on but I'll conclude that state that Washington should change its name to the Blissful State.


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