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Climbing Back onto the Wagon

Yesterday’s blog post was good medicine, so I’ve decided to continue the trend with another post.

I’m feeling better today, less like I’m pretending to feel okay for the sake of others. This has me feeling cautiously optimistic about the days to come, and more confident in the road I’m taking to stabilize my mood.

I’ve found, through several years of trial an error, that food is also excellent medicine for depression. I fell off my sugarfree wagon many months ago, and as expected, my sugar consumption has steadily climbed and was on the verge of becoming unwieldy. Noticing this, I grudgingly set out to once again “do the steps” of the lifesaving Radiant Recovery program, also known as The Sugar Addict’s Recovery Program.

Although just six days ago, I grudgingly began journaling my food, I’m now joyfully looking forward to the recovery process. I’m already remembering how much better I feel when I don’t eat junk. (Hallelujah!)

It’s freeing to say that. Especially freeing to say it publicly.

The great thing about the Radiant Recovery program is that it’s not about what not to eat. It’s about eating healthy yummy foods that nourish the body. Quitting sugar isn’t until Step 6, and you don’t have to wait until then to reap the benefits of stable blood sugar and a stable mind.

That being said, I had chocolate yesterday, and it didn’t go over well. Stomach did not agree. So, I’m looking for other ways to satisfy my sweet tooth, as well as creative ways to improve the quality of my diet in general.

For instance, yesterday, I soaked chia seeds in water, scooped in some frozen juice concentrate, gave it all a shake, and voila, “Stuff with seeds in it” (as we call it at my house). Soaked chia seeds are like tapioca. They’re fun to roll around on the tongue and nibble on. Adding juice adds sweetness and almost makes me feel like I’m drinking G.T.’s Chia Kombucha. (Yummmmm.)

I have plans. Plans to make water kefir. After which I will add juice to make it fizzy, and then…chia seeds! It’s gonna be awesome. At least, it tastes lovely in my imagination. I simply need to order some water kefir grains and get to work.
Anyone know where I can get a good batch? I’m a little nervous to ferment my own drink, so I want to start with the best.

If you’ve made your own water kefir, please please share your experience below and let me know where you ordered your starter.

I’ll share the details and results of my science experiment in the coming weeks.

About the Author

Jessica E. Thomas graduated summa cum laude with Academic Honors in Writing from Ball State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in English and a Minor in Creative Writing. She began her professional career in marketing at a large Indianapolis law firm. Since transitioning to Information Technology in 2001, she has worked in the pharmaceutical, student loan, and finance industries as a computer programmer, systems analyst, Web developer, and technical writer. She has authored two novels, three novellas, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a children’s book.