First of all, I want to thank all of you for your understanding, thoughtful, kind, and helpful comments and emails regarding my internal struggles about eating animal products. I had never expected so much feedback and so much kindness. Thank you all so much! Your words and thoughts are warming my heart.

My conscience is still very troubled, and I feel it will stay that way – some things just accompany me for years, and this feels like one of them. Although I have decided to go on eating animal products, this topic is far from being through for me, and you will read more on that on my blog in the future. Now that the pressure of not eating meat and fish again is taken from me, I feel much easier and motivated to try out new sources of good nutrients. So, I stocked up on some new (and finished off) goodies. As you can see, I am determined to try quinoa again (and again and again, until I finally come to like it).

~ in clockwise order: oat bran, quinoa, buckwheat, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds ~

After some days, my (admittedly quite died-down) appetite for legumes is coming back, manifesting in a pot of adzuki beans I currently have on the stove. And then, the most wonderful thing arrived last week …

I had never imagined I could like a protein powder that much! And it not only tastes good, but also makes me feel good immediately when drinking it. Energy in a jar! So, I have developed a habit to start the day with a protein shake, and this works very well and keeps my blood sugar level calm throughout the day.

In a more physical regard, my mom’s kindness is warming my body these days, because she knit a wonderful pullover for me which just arrived with the mail a few days ago.

I wear it a lot since the past days have been very cold suddenly, and I shiver at up to (are rather, down to) -10 °C (14 °F) whenever I leave the house. We even had a little snow, although it is nothing compared to one year ago.

I hope you are all well and warmed by kindness!

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