Here’s how I’ll be celebrating my birthday :)

vegan-birthday-cakeSo it’s that day again πŸ™‚Β  Another year older and another year hopefully wiser πŸ˜‰

This is the kind of cake I’ll be celebrating with this year – vegan!Β  As we’ve gone further into recovery we’ve been looking at our diet and MrHOF hinted at it in his post recently.Β  I’ve been eating increasing amounts of chocolate by way of treating myself and in the guise of self-care.Β  Dare I say habitually even, almost like I used to justify drinking every day to myself (cross addiction anyone?) and my weight has been creeping up.Β  Plus I know that my diet has needed looking at for a while but I have been procrastinating waiting until I was really solidly grounded in my sobriety before I started changing big things again.Β  I watched a few films Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, and its follow-on Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2, Forks over Knives and Vegucated in the last month and this has kick started my endeavours.

We’re not planning on going totally vegan but are reducing our intake of processed food, meat and dairy so that includes chocolate.Β  We started the transition about 5 weeks ago and I’m feeling great!Β  I’ve already dropped 6lbs and am not really missing it to be honest as Davina’s power balls have come to the rescue like they did when I went sugar free for Lent in 2015.

I’ll also be watching this again.Β  My favourite things all combined – Tara Brach talking about attachments and addiction.Β  Thank you to my gratitude buddy Beccy, who is the most amazing friend/godmother/ textile artist/nurse, for emailing this to me <3

The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachments and Addictions

In Buddhist cosmology the torment of intense desire that can never really be satisfied is depicted as the realm of Hungry Ghosts. This talk explores the attachments and addictions that so many of us struggle with, and the teachings and practices that can liberate us.

A gift to you from me πŸ™‚

10 thoughts on “Here’s how I’ll be celebrating my birthday :)

  1. Happy Birthday – and thank you for the treat, I’m looking forward to listening to it. Enjoy your lovely vegan cake.

    1. Hey me-fixing-me πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog and the birthday wishes too!

  2. I listened to Tara Brach…I’ve never heard her before. I cried at one part. I am someone on the fence with my drinking…I want to have it be a certain way and for the most part, I am able to keep it that way, but sometimes, I’m not…She really made me think about my attachment to wine and binge-eating too in a different light…Thank you for sharing this…I don’t think that I would have found it on my own.

    1. Hey Jennifer Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog πŸ™‚ Tara Brach is amazing I agree and she so gets it! You are most welcome and I hope it helps you understand your relationship with alcohol and food better. She has a whole podcast series you can listen to on iTunes too.

      1. Thank you. I will do some more listening…I like reading the positive blogs about giving up alcohol…I’m not sure why I can’t commit. When I stopped drinking for over 100 days, I felt better in my head, but I missed it socially. I’m not sure what that means for me. I will keep exploring. Thank you

      2. Well done on achieving over 100 days! You know the benefits of stopping having had that experience so yes keep exploring and one day you’ll have done enough alcohol research and will commit. You’re welcome πŸ™‚

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