My Vegan Experiment

TELEMMGLPICT000138591023-xlarge_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqaHd6X3lW3lGv45Ug3tlONf_OGHOsQ32iExBHnajUJiwIt all began with pain in my liver/gallbladder area.  I went to my medical and my naturopathic doctors, and they didn’t find anything amiss.   Since I had my gallbladder removed 20 years ago, I knew that it wasn’t gallbladder disease.  I suspected that I wasn’t processing fat efficiently in my body as a result of that lost gallbladder.  I also felt I  wasn’t absorbing the nutrients in the food I was eating.

My intuition first guided me to start drinking celery juice every morning and to cut animal fat out of my diet.  I thought, all right.  I’ll experiment with this new way of eating and see how things go.  At first, I was eating a ton of raw foods, and even though I felt energetically lighter, I became incredibly bloated because my body could not process that many raw veggies.  So I started to research and eat an ayurvedic diet according to my body type, and I began to feel better.

Here we are a month later, and the pain in my liver has reduced by about 90%, and I am happier than I have ever been.  I have dropped a few pounds and am feeling better in my body.  I am not as stiff and sore as I once was either.  My skin looks better, and my hair isn’t as oily.  I find I am having a great deal of fun eating this way because I have to think beyond my usual go-to foods like meat, dairy, and eggs.

As long as I keep feeling better, I am going to keep eating this way.  If my intuition guides me otherwise then I may, once again, include animal proteins back in.  But, for now, I like this new me.

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Mindful Eating: Appreciation

Woman holding an orangeThis morning, while eating sliced apples dipped in pecan butter, I was flooded with an image of the trees the apples and pecans came from.  I could see the trees pregnant with their fruits.  I could feel the sun in the tastes on my tongue.  I had to sit back and reflect on this vision.  It was powerful and profound at the same time.

As I continue to practice mindful eating (I’m far from mastering this meditation) new ways of being with food arise on the journey.  I am filled with appreciation for the food that I ate this morning.  I am filled with gratitude for the trees that bore their fruit for my meal.

I had no want to eat more than my stomach could process.  I sensed the Sun and the Earth filling me with more than nutrients.  I feel filled with light . . .

I am not sure if this vision will return with my next meal.  Yet, I know that I can contemplate where my food comes from the next time I sit down to eat.  This is all part of my mindful eating journey.

Della is a psychic, yogi and a healer.  Please visit her website here for more information on her and her services.

Chocolate & Banana Non-Dairy Ice Cream

ice cream_FotorI love ice cream but it doesn’t love me back.  I came up with this yummy alternative to traditional ice cream that is both delicious and satisfying.

Ingredients:

2  frozen bananas

2  tablespoons powdered peanut butter or regular peanut butter

1-2 teaspoons vanilla (depending on your taste)

3  tablespoons raw cacao nibs

1  tablespoon baking cocoa

coconut milk

Place all ingredients into a high powered blender, except for coconut milk, and begin to blend.   (I use a Vitamix which has a plunger to help break up the bananas.)  Slowly begin to add coconut milk one tablespoon at a time.  Add only enough coconut milk to make your ice cream the consistency of soft serve.  If you make it too smooth place it in a glass and grab a straw and enjoy like a milk shake!

Serves 2