Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Week of Mindful Eating

I'm back on track, feeling healthier and more energetic after the sugar orgy. Last weekend's lapse did me and my gang a load of good. We were all extra mindful of what we ate. The memory of Mama hugging her waist, fumbling to the washroom gave us all plenty of incentive.


On one night, we feasted on a Sweet Yogurt Crunch, plain yogurt with walnuts and a splash of raw honeyAnother night, we had "pretend chocolate truffles". (See "Meet My New Date," Oct.12.) By mid-week, we no longer craved dessert.


While we were all mindful of our eating, I also took my youngest off gluten. He was having nasty skin rashes, so bad that the skin around his fingers and hands was cracked and bleeding. The itching kept him up at night. This week, a remarkable difference.  His skin is clear, and he has slept through the night, every night this past week.


A friend of mine just came off a detox diet to cleanse her system of gluten, dairy and refined sugars. She said it was tough to stick to at first. But after the two-week cleanse, she says she feels terrific. When she eats too much gluten or sugar, she feels "lousy and gets headaches."


One follower AnnaBe has been off sugar for two weeks and counting. You go girl! I bet you look and feel trimmer. And I bet everyone in your household is eating healthier because of your example.


Sweet Yogurt Crunch


1/2 cup plain, natural yogurt
Pinch of cinnamon
1 Tablespoon walnuts
1 Tablespoon or more raw honey
1 Teaspoon raw cacao (optional)
1 Tablespoon sunflower seeds (optional)


Spoon the yogurt into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, finishing with the honey drizzled across the top. Dive in and enjoy a bowl full of calcium, protein and beneficial bacteria. Great for breakfast or as a delicious snack or dessert!



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