Daily Archives: 26/10/2016

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

vegan-birthday-cakeSo it’s that day again 🙂  Another year older and another year hopefully wiser 😉

This is the kind of cake I’ll be celebrating with this year – vegan!  As we’ve gone further into recovery we’ve been looking at our diet and MrHOF hinted at it in his post recently.  I’ve been eating increasing amounts of chocolate by way of treating myself and in the guise of self-care.  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.  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.  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.  We started the transition about 5 weeks ago and I’m feeling great!  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.  My favourite things all combined – Tara Brach talking about attachments and addiction.  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 🙂