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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Best thing since…

  Love this chart found on Pinterest! It’s life changing! Here’s the link so that you can see it more clearly, nice and big, and print it out: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/242912973626186177/ Enjoy your vegetables! Love & Light, Valerie

North African Spicy

… a little bit North African spicy, but a little bit Eastern as well.

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 […]

Chicken, beans, and greens… Oh yes!

Photos by LaDawna! Thank you, Sister. As my Virginia ancestors would say, “I ain’t got no dog in this hunt.” This is not an advertisement. There are no kickbacks involved. I just love my 6-quart Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker (CPC-600 Series). I use it almost daily. It’s fast and easy to clean. And the food […]