I’m writing to you all poolside from our cliff-hanging hotel patio in Santorini, Greece. I know: life is rough. I’ve seen a lot of amazing places in the last week or two, and of course, eaten a lot of amazing food (despite the occasionally necessary retreat to my Larabar stash). However, my investigatory post on eating vegan in Italy and Greece will have to wait until I get home when I can upload pics and put some real time into it. So, you have that to look forward to!
For now, I’d like to share something that I can’t believe I haven’t shared yet because I’m so ridiculously excited about it. Tara at The Snowy Vegan actually reminded me to do this, as she just posted about her new job as a kennel technician that she’ll be starting June 9th. Congratulations, Tara! You’re gonna do great! :) Anyways, as my title suggests, I’ll be working for Weil Lifestyle LLC in Phoenix this summer, starting on June 8th (funnily enough, Dr. Weil’s birthday! haha). Being the health-conscious vegans that we are, probably most of you have heard of Dr. Andrew Weil, as his books Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, Eating Well for Optimum Health, The Healthy Kitchen, and Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being have all graced the NY Times Bestseller list over the years. Dr. Weil is a natural health practicioner and doctor of integrative medicine (a medicinal philosophy that allows for mainstream medicinal techniques and intervention in times of need/crisis, but strongly advocates alternative medicine and lifestyle choices such as diet, excercise, and stress-reduction as preventitive measures for good health). Dr. Weil is stationed at the University of Arizona in Tucson where he founded and now directs the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, but Weil Lifestyle, where I’ll be working, is based in Phoenix, just 20 minutes from my home in Tempe!
Dr. Weil is a strong proponent of almost all the principles of good health in which I believe: he champions the daily cup–or cups!–of green tea, the use of medicinal herbs, and a diet centered around seasonal/organic produce and whole grains, and he warns of the empty nutrition of refined sugars and flours and the dangers of entities such as high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, and diets high in animal proteins. My only disagreement with Dr. Weil is that he’s a pescatarian (big on wild salmon…) and occasionally eats dairy, but given all the good he’s doing in the world through the principles of his general health philosophy, I’ll let that slide for now.
Anyways, I know this is maybe TMI, but I figured that this is something most of you would be interested in, so I’ve allowed myself the overshare! But, to get to the point, I’ll be interning as the Editorial Assistant/Online Content Manager for Weil Lifestyle, and besides general editorial duties, I’ll be helping to increase and improve Dr. Weil’s presence on social networking platforms like facebook and twitter (all that procrastinating is finally paying off!). I’m really excited because it’s the first full-time job I’ve ever had, and the fact that I’ll be working in an area that I’m truly passionate about makes it that much better! Sure beats making dairy smoothie after dairy smoothie at minimum wage (my occupation last summer…)!
If any of you are interested, Dr. Weil also has a blog with daily health tips! I have it in my blogroll…check it out!