I've avoided telling you this but I'm afraid I have to spill it so bear with me and try not to roll your eyes.
I'm on the extreme eating plan once again, otherwise known as a Daniel Fast. Fruits, veggies, rice and beans is all I'm eating. I've cut sugar, gluten and dairy and well, quite frankly, I'm miserable!
I must be going through withdrawals or something and I don't even know which thing I cut out is to blame. I think maybe gluten because last time I did this I still ate whole wheat flour.
My throat hurts!
I'm feeling super bloated...
My body aches...
My restless leg syndrome has returned (?)
But I'm on day 4 and in a couple more days I should be feeling great! And hey, I am obviously an all or nothing girl, along with my all or nothing husband so this is what we gotta do.
You may be wondering what is it about this particular diet/fast that keeps me coming back again and again. Well, when I was talking to my mom about it a couple of days ago the reason came to me.
While I was growing up our diet consisted mostly of beans, lentils, veggies, rice, soups and well that's about it.
Every once in awhile we'd complain...probably when it was lentil night...and my mom would tell us the story of Daniel and his friends and how they refused to eat the Kings rich food and instead ate "pulse" (beans and veggies) and when it came time to test the men, Daniel and his friends were found to be stronger and smarter than the men who had eaten the Kings food.
The story was told so many times that it just stuck I guess.
I didn't realize that another reason we ate that way was because we were pretty darn poor and that's what we could afford.
Until when I was about eleven years old I went to a friend's house for dinner. This friend's mother knew what my mom served at our house and she made it a point to serve my brother and me steak for dinner. She informed me that steak was "real food" and I should go home and tell my mom how much I enjoyed it. Then she went on to yell at her children for accidentally tapping their forks on their plate.
Yeah, to this day I'm not a big fan of steak.
And sometimes I'm scared if my silverware clinks on the dish.
Stay tuned for some yummy vegan recipes....