I didn’t intend to write again about desserts this week. I don’t want you to think that I am force-feeding you yummy desserts and plugging my e-book at any occasion. However, this weekend, Christoffer and I managed to achieve something that has been bugging me for a long time, and I just wanted to share it with you, as I know I am not alone on this!
It bothers me that on special occasions – times when we celebrate ourselves, such as birthdays, or other events such as Christmas, or family get-togethers – we often ‘treat’ ourselves to unhealthy food and drink. Many people – me included – find it manageable to make wise and yummy eating choices all throughout the year, but on the days that should be extra special, we indulge in sugar, refined flour, alcohol, etc etc. The result is that we get (probably) a great tasting meal, or cake, but end up feeling pretty crappy from it. Not just physically, but mentally too, from the guilt and disappointment that we ‘slipped up’ and ate the foods we made a commitment to avoid.
There can be many reasons for this. Maybe, on just that one day you don’t want to have to bother about what you should, and shouldn’t, be eating. Perhaps you go out for a meal, and just want a nice time and don’t want to have to worry about eating healthy food. Or perhaps someone has been kind enough to bake, or buy, you a birthday cake, and you don’t want to offend them by refusing their sweet gift.
On one hand, I believe that on the odd occasion, it’s better to just accept the situation, and promise yourself to get back to the good, healthy food straight away, rather than getting yourself into a state about it. But, on the other hand, I believe that on occasions, such as birthdays, we should be extra careful about celebrating life. Why on our one extra special day of the year, should we aggravate a physical condition we may have by eating ‘naughty’ food, or come away from the celebrations feeling ‘blurgh’ and devoid of energy?
One of the reasons I have, in the past, not stuck to Life-Loving Food on birthdays, is a lack of a good replacement for a yummy, easy, cake. I will always eat 100% vegan food, but I have eaten refined flour, refined sugar and rather sickly cakes on my birthday. And although they tasted good, they left me rather less Life-Loving than normal!
Until Now! Friday was Christoffer’s birthday, and I made him the Chocolate Torte from my e-book. I knew that he loves this dessert, and that it was even better than the cooked, refined versions that I have made for his special day in the past, so was confident he wouldn’t feel at all under celebrated on his special day.
We actually took some cake with us to eat at the Japanese Spa Hotel we stayed at for his birthday, and enjoyed it with some Sencha Tea, overlooking a snowy view of the archipelago. I served it with the Raspberry Sauce from the e-book, fresh fruit and some soya cream. Raw nut cream would have also worked, but I was really pushed for time, even though nut cream is super quick to make.
These collection of recipes that I have created, have meant so much to our lives. Desserts and cakes were a real weak spot in our healthy eating lifestyle, and I now really feel completely capable of coming up with the sweet goods on any occasion. And to have Christoffer on board and preferring these desserts to cooked, refined versions is fantastic! One small step for (a) man…one giant leap for mankind. Perhaps this e-book really is ‘life changing’, as one person described it!
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