This is the kitchen where we talk about food, life, and recovery—a spiritual path to healing and peace.

You are invited to keep coming back to A Cup of Kindness to share your experience, strength and hope; fears, doubts and insecurities; and to pick up information, inspiration … and have a little fun!

My story
In January 2007, at the age of 51, I joined a 12-step program and began my recovery from food addiction, losing 75 pounds in the process. Read more…

In January 2011, at the age of 55, I began my recovery from a multi-trauma accident, 36 fractures, damaged lungs, and post traumatic stress. Read more…

I am deeply grateful for all the kindnesses, large and small, offered to me in recovery. Here I am... alive… still making progress … still not perfect … finding a new way forward in a growing community of women and men who share a lot in common around food and life.

I hope you'll join me in this kitchen and let me know what's cooking with you.

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Author Archives: Valerie

Staying sane… relatively

Here’s my little chart for what I am doing on a daily basis, as best I can, to stay relatively sane, to cultivate connection and peace. It’s going well. Not perfectly. It is progress though. I wake up and look for a sense of gratitude. I choose one word as my intention for the day […]

Spiritual Evolution

It is March 24, 2020. Last night it snowed 3 inches. I love snow. I love winter. My morning readings were particularly wise. Or perhaps I especially needed wisdom and just received what is always there. I took what I read and it percolated in me on our walk. The reading was the following from […]

Just a frog

Flour + sugar + quantities + alcohol = very bad boyfriend. Always expecting love and happiness and instead feeling like an idiot over and over again. It wasn’t love. It was infatuation and intoxication with a side of remorse and weight gain. It’s hard to quit a cute guy, but this prince is really just […]

Just for today

Just for today I will happily agree to being comfortable with being somewhat uncomfortable. And I’ll know that my resilience is growing stronger. Love & Light, Valerie