I just finished making some lemon scented kale and pesto quinoa for tonight’s erev Yom Kippur meal. I dont think it is as good as yours, but then it never is. Dad and I were talking about ending the cleanse and he said maybe we should add new foods in slowly, one thing at a time.
There is some reluctance, on both our parts to just END the cleanse. Maybe that’s the spiritual part…the reluctance to give up the consciousness about what we put into our mouths and bodies, the shared experience we have had of eating new foods and flavors, both with each other and long distance with our daughter, and the thoughts that creep into your brain when least expected about your health, your life, the world… So maybe that’s the spiritual part, as subtle as it is, it somehow invades your space.
So, I asked Dad how he envisioned “slowly adding foods back into his diet?” He said he could leave off gluten…that would just be bread and pasta, right? I told him that would mean no desserts at the Break-the-Fast tomorrow night. A look of horror came over his face as he realized that most of his favorite sweets (and he has many) were not gluten free. So much for that idea!
We may not continue the cleanse, but my hope is that the consciousness and empowerment over food in our lives will stay with us a little longer…maybe even our lifetimes.
Thanks for the cleanse and an easy fast (to those who do) and a good year to all.
Esther (Shaina’s Mom)