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19 April 2007 @ 09:30 pm
Quietly Amazing  
Greg and I were in Albuquerque during the first week of April where we caught up with friends and family, including Ben and Becca and Beauty (i.e., irresistible Iris). When I expressed interest in vegan cooking, B & B recommended their favorite vegan cookbook, Vegan With A Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. What an awesome collection of recipes! Greg and I have already made the Spinach and Millet Polenta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and found it to be luscious. Just leafing through the book again tonight, I’ve found 7 or 8 recipes I’d like to try immediately. It’s been delicious so far and looks promising for future meals, so thanks a million, you two.

When I bought Moskowitz’s book, I purchased another cookbook that was close by on the same shelf. The title caught my eye: The I Can’t Believe This Has No Sugar Cookbook by Deborah Buhr. I picked it up expecting to be disappointed by recipes sweetened with stevia and Splenda. Instead, I understood after a few minutes that the recipes only excluded cane sugar, beet sugar, maple syrup, and honey, and replaced these common sweeteners with date sugar, brown rice syrup, and fruit juice concentrates. Since buying the book, Greg and I have made several recipes: (cane) sugar-free and dairy-free brownies, blueberry pie, apple pie, and pumpkin pie. After sampling all of these excellent treats and carefully noticing my physical response to them, I am convinced that I have a serious sensitivity (possibly an allergy) to cane sugar. The difference in the way I feel is quietly amazing. No more gnawing hungers! No more compulsive desire to have 2 or 3 servings of the same dessert! No more after-meal feelings of being not-quite-satisfied and scrounging around for something else to eat! Increased energy! Greater mental clarity and inner calm, particularly noticeable during meditation. One other tremendous relief was a complete absence of very uncomfortable monthly tension and bloating in my lower belly. This last effect is remarkable, as no previous interventions (including exercise and meditation) have touched it.  Many of the recipes also offer alternatives for wheat sensitivity. For the pies, we used oat and brown rice flour crusts. They were really quite yummy.

The funny thing is that I’ve known for a long time that sugar has undesirable effects on my state of physical well-being, but I’ve tried to counter these by using organic and evaporated cane juice varieties, and by trying to eat foods with sugar in moderation. Now I feel that I have finally understood: my body reacts badly to the stuff, regardless of whether it’s organic, evaporated, or taken in small amounts. My digestive system now feels like it’s in a transitional state of funny-feeling withdrawal.  My nervous system – the overall patterns of energy that move in currents and waves -- also feels sore, if that description makes any sense. But the overall effects are leaning in a positive direction. I feel so happy about this awesome discovery and just wanted to share it with any readers who might have the same sensitivity.
Current Mood: relievedrelieved