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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.

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A Cup of Kindness

Open Heart Project


Healing Foods



Day 60 of continuing recovery

I am thinking of a dear friend who is on a healing path.

Here are healing food suggestions that helped me come back to life last year. They are from nutritionist/herbalist, Rebecca Snow. You can reach her through her website at http://rebeccasnow.com. She has advised many people with food addiction on their nutrition and for herbs.

Nutritional Drink (a better alternative to Ensure, Boost, etc.)

In a blender combine:

1 cup almond milk

1 tablespoon Nutribiotics brown rice protein powder (from My Organic Market)

2 tablespoons almond butter (I used 1 tblsp – 2 was too much for me)

2 tablespoons honey (or to taste – I didn’t use honey; it made it too sweet for me)

1 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened

1 tsp plain royal jelly (optional)

I added about 6 oz of frozen raspberries or a frozen banana to make a delicious frozen shake!

Here are some other recommendations Rebecca made for people who brought me food. “… food made with loving hands… small portions… warm and cooked foods are best, they are easy to digest and nourishing… foods cooked with some aromatics, spices, culinary herbs are also wonderful, they help ease digestion, fight infection and awaken the senses… nutrient dense foods are good, in particular beans cooked well, whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and barley, colorful cooked vegetables, stews, small amounts of fish, meat, chicken… dark leafy greens are good for her lungs… broths are particularly good for healing her digestive system… egg casserole or quiche could be good… nut butter/hummus and bread for a snack… ”

The photo of the Fragrant Iranian Dinner is from Saveur.com. This link includes recipes for:

Borani-e Bademjan (Eggplant and Yogurt Dip)
Kufteh (Herb Meatballs in Tomato-Plum Sauce)
Juleh Kabab (Spiced Chicken and Tomato Kebabs)
Shirin Polow (Iranian Rice Pilaf)
Kuku Sabzi (Leek and Herb Frittata)
Torshi-e Piaz (Red Onion and Herb Pickles)
Tah Chin (Baked Rice with Barberries)

May we all be well, happy and peaceful.

Love & Light,




2 Comments to Healing Foods

  1. Luanne Paynick's Gravatar Luanne Paynick
    November 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Dearest Valerie,
    Beautiful and so tempting. Thank you for sharing.
    A hug sent your way,

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