Well, I made it! I am now on the last day of the Daniel Fast and I am REALLY looking forward to eating meat tomorrow. When Mr. Bean and I went grocery shopping yesterday, I got really excited that I could have something other than nuts and beans for protein everyday. Unsurprisingly, the first food I’m reintroducing is meat.
I shared my testimony today in church – I forgot that it was testimony Sunday, so it wasn’t planned. I talked about how I’ve been doing this fast and how God has lead me to work on issues that I couldn’t work on before. I also shared what I realized last time: That you are always worth God’s time and effort.
I think an example of my growth is that somewhere in my testimony I shared that I suffer from depression and I didn’t feel ashamed of it. That’s right, I told 200+ people that I’m depressed – something I wouldn’t have imagined doing even a few weeks ago. But I’m not ashamed because I know that I am working to improve it and deal with my issues. Yes, I’m going to have difficult and/or down days and days where I feel extremely hopeless, but God is there with me and he has a plan for me, so it will be okay. Acknowledging how I’m feeling helps, too!
After the service a lady came up to me and thanked me for sharing about depression. We started talking about our experiences and how much it sucks and we decided to meet for coffee at some point to tell each other our stories! I know a huge element of my depression is that I feel alone, so being able to be brave enough to talk about something like depression openly is incredibly freeing. The whole trust thing is still a struggle, but I’m trying to work on it.
My food choices over the last few days have been nowhere near inspired as in the previous weeks, as can be shown by the lack of photos. My apologies. I’ll still share what I ate just in case someone else is doing the Daniel Fast and wants to know my meal plan. You can see what I ate on Days 1 -3, 4 – 10, 11 – 16.
Breakfasts: As usual, I had cornmeal mush cooked with a banana with berries and nuts almost everyday for breakfast. When I didn’t have time to make porridge this morning, I ate two corn tortillas with peanut butter and apple slices. Yum!
Lunches: Everything was basically left overs. Terribly exciting, I know, but very quick and easy!
Dinner: Two Bean Burgers. I didn’t add flax meal (as I’m not sure it likes me) and instead added 3 tbsp. of oatmeal. I think if I make it again, I will add 4 or 5. I ate them on corn tortillas with guacamole, a slice of tomato and spinach. Yum!
Dinner: Leftover Bean Burger with a steamed kale salad with grapes, pecans and a little bit of olive oil.
Dinner: Roasted Vegetables with Spiced Rice and Vegetables. I loved this so much the first time around, I made it again!
Dinner: Variation of Kale, Sweet Potato and White Bean Soup from the Clean Start cookbook. Basically what you do is sauté an onion with a bit of ginger, then add chopped up sweet potato, zucchini, celery, parsnips, kale (basically whatever vegetables you have on hand) and white beans. Cover with water (+spices) or soup stock and boil until the sweet potatoes are cooked. I added some tomato paste that needed to be used up and a bit of tapioca starch to thicken it up – Mr. Bean doesn’t really like brothy soup.
Dinner: At my parent’s house for dinner, I’m bringing the soup from the night before as my protein.
Now for the fun times – figuring out what foods I’m sensitive to! I have an inkling that something I’m eating on this fast is bothering me – it’s quite possible as I did introduce some foods into my diet that I don’t normally eat – but I don’t know what it is.
What foods are you sensitive to and how did you find out about them?