It's a good thing I have been doing my positive affirmations daily and listening to a tape that encourages positive thinking because I really needed that to help me through last week. The day I had her put to sleep was an emotional day. I could feel the effects on my sinuses and stomach as well as tension throughout my body. It definitely illustrated for me how emotional stress plays a role in our health. I must admit on that particular day I was uttering my positive affirmations constantly.
I'm coming to believe that many of my health problems have been related to an overgrowth of candida (fungus) as well as negative thinking brought on by unresolved, chronic illness. Of course, it's easier to be more positive when you're starting to feel better as I am. However, for a long time, I kept telling myself that I had to remain a skeptic because this might not work either. But I'm finally getting where I'm a believer that candida was definitely playing a significant role in my health issues. But just to be sure I keep getting better, I'm staying on the low-carb diet and uttering my affirmations as much as it takes.
Here's another gluten-free and low carb recipe I've been enjoying.
Creamy Lentil Soup
4-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 T. olive oil
1 T. ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 large cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp. ground cardamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. white pepper
8 cups veggie broth or chicken broth (with no sugar added)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Soak lentils in cold water for one hour. Saute garlic in olive oil in a large pot. Stir in spices. Next, add in the lentils and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about one hour or longer. Add the salt and remove the cinnamon sticks. Puree about half the mixture and return to the pot.
This lentil soup almost tastes like chai tea with all of its wonderful spices. It's a great recipe to make if you want a lot of soup to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. I found it tasty for breakfast.