Friday, February 18, 2011

Knock on Wood

Have I mentioned how terribly emotional I have been lately?  I go from one minute being completely elated, and the next moment I am sorely heart broken.  The thing I am learning about heartbreak is that it doesn't have to involve a romantic relationship, and it doesn't even have to involve a relationship that you are specifically in.  Watching others experience heartbreak can be just as wrenching to your soul as your own breakups. 

While I am dealing, other amazing things are going on in my life and I cannot wallow for too long and fail to see how God is working through me and with me these last few weeks.  My relationship with Him is growing even while other relationships are suffering.  When I look to the future-- both distant and near--I am frightened for the changes that are happening, my life looks completely different.  But I also know that God has promised me some really great things and that Mr. Kummerow and I will be very blessed this year. 

Is all of this cryptic enough for you?  Rather than torture you with more euphemisms...let me elate your senses with this really great lunch idea:

Eggless Salad

1 block extra firm tofu, drained
2 tbsp Vegan Mayo
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp Shoyu sauce (or soy sauce)
1 tbsp tumeric
1 stalk celery, diced
salt and pepper to taste

With potato masher or fork, mash drained tofu in large bowl.   Stir in remaining ingredients.  Serve on whole wheat bread, or in a wrap with lettuce like above.

In the background of the plate is the leftover Shredded Sprouts Salad I made for the bible study I didn't get to attend on Tuesday.  Sorry bible study friends...it was delicious.  I'm actually thinking I am going to remake it for next week, so I'm holding off on the recipe until I have some prettier images to share with you.

Speaking of not attending the bible study, I wanted to tell you about my slight illness this week.  No, I'm not going into graphic details...honestly because there are none.  There was no vomit or diarrhea or the like.  If you recall, Tuesday evening I felt suddenly nauseous.  I threw myself down on the couch and slept for 12 solid hours.  In the morning on Wednesday I was still not 100%, but the desire to puke my brains out was completely gone.  I sat on the couch for a while sipping hot water and I finally pulled myself up and attended a meeting at 8:30am. 

From the meeting I ran by the store to pick up some OJ and Emergen-C and I made a Vitamin C-packed smoothie just like the one I made yesterday (and today for that matter).   I let it settle for a couple hours before trying any solid food.  This was the first thing I ate/drank since around 4pm the day before.  Initially my stomach felt a bit off, but it settled pretty quickly.

I hesitated on eating a solid lunch and waited until about 3pm to eat.  I snacked on only very healthy items: carrots, apple, and oatmeal.  Throughout the day I felt a little off, a couple stomach pains, but relatively ok.  I even went to work and babysat!  Wednesday evening I ate a simple dinner of salad and  toast with peanut butter and called it a day. 

By Thursday morning I was 100% again!  I woke up, drank another smoothie, powered through my first run since the marathon and an intense weight training session!  Today I am also 100%!  Now I am not sure if that illness was meant to be anything more than a 24 hour bug, but even at that, it was the weakest bug I have ever experienced.  I said last week that I haven't been sick since I went vegan (healthy vegan) and then I ate my words on Tuesday when I began to feel ill.  But now, standing strong on the other side, I would have to say that was the best illness I have ever experienced!  Knock on Wood!

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