“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)
Lately I am washed with a feeling of gratitude. Gratitude for the past mistakes, the lessons learnt, and gratitude for a brighter future possible. I have learnt that to grow, you have to be specific and honest with yourself. I fear intimacy, but I am going to push forward with this exercise of the gratitude challenge by Celestine Chua.
Give Thanks for Your Mistakes
- Name two mistakes you have made which you felt bad about.
- Stealing, taking something that was not rightfully mine, and doing so on impulse.
- Causing grief and worry to my family because of my stringent eating habits.
- Identify three things you gained from each mistake. They can be intangible things like self-realizations, life lessons, or an improvement in your well-being. They can be tangible things like gaining (or losing) a physical object, a new person you met as a result (who subsequently became your good friend or even partner), or even the improvement of your health.Stealing
- Realizing how vulnerable the self is to sin. That incident was harrowing as I was subjected to interrogation by a police officer and spent a night behind bars stressing over whether I was going to have a criminal record.
- Returning back to the faith, and a reminder to live for Christ.
- When you desire, admire, don’t acquire. Expensive items are not always necessary.
Stringent eating habits (pescetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free)
- Starting a blog and pouring out Sab’s secrets.
- Meeting people virtually and physically with similar interests in healthy eating and nutrition.
- Finding my passion – developing recipes and investigating nutrition – which I am slowly building into a career.
- Now, I would like you to review each mistake. Have you become a better person as a result of each mistake? Was each mistake truly a “mistake”, or actually a gift in disguise? You decide; it’s your own conclusion.
- Definitely. Every day I wake up playing the song “10,000 reasons” in my head, being ever so thankful for a beautiful thing called life and for the experiences. We are each blessed with gifts – I am still discovering mine but I know I enjoy writing and journaling – which we are commanded to and should indeed use them to our full potential and inspire others. Since I love being creative and making healthy fruity treats too, I thought writing a Fruitbook with fruitful recipes and healthful pictures would be a starting point to contribute back to the community.
Wow, I have actually completed the exercise! I hope you’ll try it out yourself too as a practice of self-reflection. In addition to gratitude for the past, I would like to add on that we should also develop a gratitude for the future. For if we can only feel gratitude for the past – being thankful for something you already have: your friends, your job, your health – then we might think that the best years of our lives are what we already have. It would be tempting to undertake a continuing re-creation of the person as we are, rather than be open to the transforming of your mind. So always look forward clear-eyed with a gratitude that seeks open spaces and infinite opportunities, a gratitude that’s willing to take chances in claiming a future blessing that hasn’t yet been given; a gratitude of unyielding hope.
On a very small side note, my sister recently bought a new DSLR – Canon 6D! Can you tell which are the pictures taken by the full-frame Canon vs my old Lumix point-and-shoot? Feeling the weight of a new camera body and lens in my hands was enlightening – I suddenly felt the power of a camera, photography and a photos – to act as a daily reminder, drop a message, or even tell a story. Cliché, yes, but very true.
As a teaser to the Fruitbook, I am sharing with you this Versatile Blueberry Pow Wows (a reshare from my instragram, @nutrisabby). They can be enjoyed as open-faced sandwiches or squashed together into a powerhouse energy cake. The buckwheat banana base was the result of a culinary experiment; the base was meant to be raw but the resulting mix was too wet I had to bake it. Without any added sugar or raising agent, it turned out dense and stodgy, but devilishly filling nonetheless.
To my surprise, blueberries are a low-pectin fruit as I thought otherwise. But thanks to mucilaginous chia, it firms up to give a thick, spreadable gloopy jam of intense blueberriness.
- ½ cup raw buckwheat groats, soaked and sprouted (about ¾ cup sprouted)
- 1 medium (90g) ripe banana
- ¾ cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
- ¼ cup flesh of young coconut
- ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- ⅛ teaspoon acai or maqui powder (optional, for darker colour)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon coconut nectar
- Preheat the oven to 120°C / 250°F.
- In a food processor, blend together the sprouted buckwheat groats and banana. You may use raw unsprouted buckwheat groats or buckwheat flour instead, but the nutrient content will be lower.
- Spread out the batter into a ¼-inch thick square and bake for 20-25 minutes on each side until firm. Remove from oven and let cool before storing in an air-tight container.
- In the meantime, prepare the flluffy Blueberry Cashew Coconut Powerpuff layer. Blend together all the ingredients in the food processor, adding acai or maqui powder if preferred. Scrape out the mix into a bowl and place in the freezer to chill.
- Prepare the jam by placing the blueberries and sweetener in the food processor and blend until smooth. Pass the blueberry puree through a sieve to remove the skins if preferred. Transfer the mix to a small jar and stir in the chia seeds. Place the jar in the refrigerator to thicken, preferably overnight.
- To assemble, spread the Powderpuff on the buckwheat banana base, then top with the Wowganza blueberry chia jam.