Today I've been feeling less focused on the food and more focused on this incredible sense of gratitude.
I'll get to the gratitude in a moment...
There was just one episode today when we went for a group outing to get ice cream. I thought about not going but decided that the time with my family wasn't something I wanted to add to the list of things I was "giving up."
A myriad of emotions passed through me as everyone (including the other customers in line) looked at me for my order. "I don't suppose you have anything here which is dairy-free and sugar-free?" I grasped. "Uhhh.... I don't think so," the cute blonde at the window responded. An "oh-yeah" look flashed across my husband's face.
For half a moment I fantasized about eating Purple Cow frozen yogurt to the serenade of a choir of angels. The moment passed. Nothing for me. No biggie.
That's the thing I've come to realise about any "craving" I may have which involves the Big 5 (caffeine, alcohol, gluten, sugar, animal products): It's momentary. You know my mantra is "this too shall pass," right? This cleanse is proving that it's also true for Veuve Clicquot, mocha lattes, pizza and Purple Cow. As the days go by, I'm becoming more and more confident that while temptations may come, they will also go.
So that was that.
Beyond that, I've just been so struck by the unbelievable support, sharing and generosity of spirit y'all have been sending my way. And, thank you again to Kathy Freston as I know the slight spike in visitors to my blog is because people are interested in her Quantum Wellness vs. me in particular.
Still, I'm so impressed by the comments here, all the reader emails and Facebook messages from friends. Truly, you are a gift to me!
I wanted to comment on a couple of popular points:
1. Kombucha: Thanks for mentioning this! Kombucha tastes great (to me; I realise this opinion may not be universally shared). Some say it has positive health effects; others say it's dangerous. Based on everything I've read, I'm in the moderation camp with a "don't try this at home" disclaimer (i.e. buy it reputably made vs. making own.) I did some research on the site for this organic raw (bottled) Kombucha which is available at my Shaw's grocery store. Not finding anything which addressed gluten, sugar, etc... I emailed the company, Millennium Products. Here is the kind response I received:
Thanks for the email. We're happy to say that all of our GT's Kombucha Synergy are 100% vegan and gluten free. Our products contains a residual amount of caffeine that is left over after the culturing of the Kombucha. It varies from batch to batch anywhere from 8-14 mg per 8 ounces. To give you a comparison, coffee contains 100mg and decaf 5 mg. In addition, it is believed that the caffeine that is present is in a converted state, therefore even that the most sensitive individuals report that they not react to Kombucha as they would to regular caffeine. Our products also contain a trace of alcohol that is 0.5% (0.3%) per volume. The amount of alcohol found in our products is equivalent to the amount that is found in a cup of apple or orange juice. Kombucha has 2mg of sugar per 8 ounces, depending on the flavor. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any more questions. Thank you for your support! Peace and Blessing! - Stephanie
2. Tofu: Okay, I still haven't tried cooking with it. But I really do appreciate the dozens of links and recipes I've received. Thank you! I promise I will try it before the week is out. One question: a couple of people explained the "trick" for getting a spongy texture. Um...silly question maybe, but why is spongy preferable? *shrug*
3. Poem: Two people sent this to me in response to my Support post. Hopefully I'm not infringing on any copyright laws here but it so perfect, I just have to share it with all of you:
Mother Teresa's Anyway Poem
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
The next time you find yourself saying, "I can't do it" or "I don't have time" -- Do it anyway.