Improvisation is the ability to create extemporaneously. This term is often applied to define unrehearsed comedy, but also translates into on the spot creative solution finding.
Last night I heard about a great recipe for an energy boosting ground flaxseed muffin, as featured on Dr. Oz. Considering the prep time was about one minute and the cooking time was 50 seconds, it had me intrigued and ready to experiment for breakfast. The problem was that the recipe called for a packet of Stevia and a teaspoon of coconut oil. I had neither in house.
As I was mixing together the ingredients that I did have, I embraced the opportunity to improvise. A smile came across my face and my heart actually skipped a beat in joy. In that second, I understood the path to Happiness is through letting go and improvisation.
Having just returned from Nicaragua, I could hear the voice of my friend and holistic nutritionist, Grace van Berkum, teaching her raw food workshops. If you can't get zucchini, use chayote. If you can't get lemons, use limes. If you can't get almonds, use cashews. She is totally passionate about traveling the globe and teaching people, not just to eat healthy, but to do it creatively, with whatever local ingredients are available.
This morning, I decided to Fake and Bake! I experimented and improvised by using organic, natural maple syrup and extra virgin olive oil instead of the missing Stevia and coconut oil. Veering from the recipe, I realized that all directions or recipes are only someone else's idea of perfection. They are guidelines or basic, suggested infrastructure. When it wasn't sweet enough, I improvised further and added a small dollop of honey. Through improvisation, I am convinced, I actually improved the overall taste.
Being Happy Healthy and Fit means Improvising your way to Happiness!