I hope everyone's having a relaxing weekend and not spending too much time waiting in line... We're still in the bright, crisp sunny days here.
An update on my kefir situation: I mentioned recently that I'd tried to move away from the super-labor-intensive kefir-making with coconut milk powder that I'd been doing and that the grains weren't taking kindly to the sugar-water fare. Well, after a little more discussion with Marilyn Kefirlady, I tried to revive them with the diet they were accustomed to - the coconut milk powder from Wilderness Family Naturals again. And they're happy again!
Bitt has shared some water kefir grains with me, so now I can enjoy both the coconut creamy and the fizzy drinky varieties of probiotic yumminess! Thank you so much!
(This isn't the piece of good news I mentioned yesterday, btw. How cool to have so much good news to share.)
Giving Up (Inhibitions) for the Holidays
I'm not the kind of person who slacks off on a diet over the holidays. I tend to be very doctrinaire and dedicated if I'm following some kind of diet plan, especially if it's to kill yeast or similar. However, I am aware that many people do use the holidays as time for indulgence, and additionally, my ND has charged me with the challenge of breaking some of my food rules.
It suddenly struck me today that breaking food rules is actually 'giving something up,' which isn't a usual association with holidays. Maybe my 'renunciate' side can feel better about it framed that way?!
I pondered the question as I started my first onslaught on Holiday goodies prep...
And just inches to the left of the above picture...
Well, it should come as no surprise that as I got ready to make goodies and imagined which ones I might be able to partake in myself, I was thinking that I would allow myself some chocolate over the holidays...
I don't know why that's such a no-brainer for me, why chocolate continues to be so alluring, despite the fact that it really doesn't make me feel good, in a lot of ways. Recipe-tasting at lunchtime, I felt again the immediate jitteriness and anxiety increase.
What else do I 'give up?' Well, I was looking through all these recipes, and instead of always trying to convert all sweeteners to stevia, I am willing to have more xylitol over the holidays. And although I still don't feel like I want to use agave, I decided that now is an appropriate time to admit a little sugar-experimenting in the form of coconut nectar, which, amazingly, one store in town here carries,
...and which is supposed to be very low-glycemic anyway. Yes, it's expensive, but it's the holidays!
I'll tell a bit more about what I'm making with it soon. I'm also going to be lax about my ban on nuts and seeds besides coconut (which I'll talk more about soon, as I just keep promising), since so many raw goodies rely on them so heavily. I accidentally figured out a way to make myself feel better about using them too, which I'll share in due course.
What are you giving up for the holidays?
Oh, speaking of holiday bounty, Averie is giving away an amazing $50 giveaway with iHerb. That's really one that would be worth winning...
Ok, off to play some more in our multipurpose kitchen surface...