It feels really good to be writing again. Elizabeth Gilbert is so dead on when she says that as long as you show up, the magic happens.
Today I'd like to share with you an e-mail I received from a reader who is working very hard to stick to a "clean" version of a plant-based diet. Is there a better word for this other than "clean?" I hate to imply that other plant based diets are dirty, because they are certainly not. Maybe I should just stick with "SOS free?"
In this particular reader's case, I believe her intention is to eat a plant-based diet free of sugar, flour, oil and salt. This type of diet is not necessary for many folks, but for those of us who tend toward overeating, even on healthy foods, it does have the possibility of relieving that urge to overeat because food is no longer hyper-palatable.
Here's what she wrote:
I'm having a problem. I feel that as I focus more intently on changing my habits and attitudes and actions and thought processes - I am having very extreme reactions when I veer off path. A typical pattern is that I'm organized, motivated, feeling 'in control' when I'm eating properly. Tend to do this 8-10 days at a time, then go 'off track.' Eat sugar, have ice cream or make banana bread for friends, end up eating some, then I'm off track for a few days before I mentally get myself back on track. This has happened several times recently.
With this current episode I feel myself falling into an extreme self-loathing. Like the harder I try to change the more I hate myself when I fail. It's pretty bad. I have had times of being depressed in the past but since I started exercising regularly and especially trying to improve my eating habits, I've been very stable until now. It's a little disturbing.
I had heard this ancient expression many years ago and I never forgot it. Those eight words that together make one of the most gorgeous sentiments I have ever come across (thank you Nili Cousins, as you were the one who vocalized it when I finally heard it).
If only it was so easy to honor myself with the remembrance of it every day. To live as if I was a soul and to treat that soul the way a mother would treat their new born baby, more precious than anything she had ever been entrusted with in her life.
But instead I often beat myself up, especially when it comes to the lumps and bumps that I don't yet love on my body.
After reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and obsessing over it's wisdom, I have set an intention to write/blog/photograph/create/connect for one hour per day.
There are so many fascinating ideas about creativity in this work, and one that struck me as particularly meaningful today was this,"What you produce is not necessarily always sacred. What IS sacred is the time that you spend working on the project, and what that time does to expand your imagination, and what that expanded imagination does to transform your life." Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
I have no idea where this is all going to lead, nor do I really care at this moment. I am simply enjoying the feeling of putting my ideas into physical form.
Today I received an e-mail from Lisa, who wrote, "Hello, I am new to your blog and really like it. I had a question though. I noticed on your salad recipes you never have the dressing instructions Are they store bought? I wanted to make your strawberry salad and it didn’t include directions for the vinaigrette. Thanks, Lisa"
Well, Miss Lisa (do you mind if I call you "Miss Lisa?" We don't know each other but that's a term of endearment that I use with my friends and I have a feeling that after this, we'll be friends) I'm not quite sure which strawberry salad you are referring to, as I seem to recall publishing a dressing recipe with all of my salads. Regardless, I'm going to take this opportunity to talk with everyone about salad dressings, because it's always a HOT topic in the whole food, plant based circles.
You said you are new to this blog, but are you also new to this way of eating? If you are, I just want to give you a little bit of where I've been and where I'm going so that my final answer will make sense to you.
Please keep in mind that I am not a nutritionist or doctor. I recommend checking with your doctor before making any changes to your diet. Most of the information on this blog is based upon my own personal experience and research. All photographs and content are copyright Healthy Girl's Kitchen. Please contact me for permission to use photographs and content.