Happy Valentine’s Day!

Day 259/ 365

I had a fantastic Valentine’s day. I cheated from my whole foods plant based diet (oops). Growing up, we used to always enjoy eating my mom’s ‘yellow rice’ with homemade Indian yogurt. It’s very comforting and brings back a lot of memories. When I started with my whole foods plant based diet, I went through all of those things I won’t be able to eat anymore and prepared myself accordingly. However, I forgot to include the yellow rice and yogurt scenario in my head. So yesterday, after I got the rice on my plate, I was a bit disappointed after my first bite – it just wasn’t what I expected. And one thing I always make sure is that I never do something the opposite of how I feel. Every other day these past 5 weeks of following a WFPB diet, I was happy to skip out on the yogurt, the ghee, the cheese, the milk, etc. However yesterday, I wanted the rice with the yogurt. And so I went for it. And boy was it delicious! I think now I will actually be mentally prepared to eat rice without yogurt the next time. So one Sunday a month, my husband and I along with 2 of our business associates get together for Sukhmani Sahib prayer at our showroom. Yesterday, I was SO sleepy during the prayer. That’s when I realized it’s the yogurt that’s making me sleepy. So I guess I just needed to get this out of my system. I indulged. Faced the consequences. And now I am ready to move on!

So yesterday’s day was filled with delicious foods to celebrate and make the day special. I started the day with a special fresh juice – perfectly pink in colour to match the occasion (Recipe: 1 pomegranate, 2 cara cara oranges, 2 handfuls of red grapes – makes 2 servings). It was absolutely stunning to look at and absolutely delicious in taste. I think this will become my valentine’s day go-to for the future! My mouth is watering just thinking of it. Yummmy!! And then, my husband and I went to my mom’s to join them for lunch. My sister who’s married also came. So it was a nice family lunch. We had my mom’s delicious homemade yellow rice and vegetables with fresh homemade yogurt. For dinner, I experimented with a new dish: whole foods plant based LASAGNE!! It was absolutely delicious. And healthy! And everyone loved it. And no one missed the cheese! This is a recipe I am very happy to add to my monthly repertoire. I can’t wait to enjoy the leftovers for dinner tonight. I will share the recipe and recipe inspiration in another post. Stay tuned.

My sister baked chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies to celebrate valentine’s day. And if you didn’t already know this, let me tell you: once you cheat, your family expects you to cheat again ‘because you already had dairy today so you should make another exception for today’. Ah – I was like screw it, it’s valentines day! So for dessert, I enjoyed 2 pieces of the most delicious moist chocolate cake I’ve ever had. It was so damn worth it! I had every intention to keep the indulging and cheating to yesterday only. So, to get everything out of my system, I also enjoyed a chocolate chip cookie (topped with ice-cream which was not the greatest idea, but whatever, it’s done now). Now, I am back to my healthy plant based diet again. After a break, I am ready to dedicate myself with more enthusiasm. The truth is I have noticed positive changes in my life with this new way of eating. And I really think the positivity is due to my diet. So I am excited to continue the journey and see what happens.

How else did I celebrate Valentine’s day? My love language is words of affirmation. So I brought in Valentine’s day by writing a Valentine’s day wish for myself. This is what I came up with:

Happy Valentine’s Day! YOU are amazing. You’re beautiful 😍 you’re smart. You’re kind and generous. You’re caring and loving. You deserve all the happiness in the world. So keep being you!

I am not used to being so kind and loving towards myself. Actually acknowledging my good qualities. Doing this felt kind of strange but also wonderful. After reading what I wrote for myself, I cried. The kindness to myself filled my heart with love and happiness. It’s something I was not used to and all I could do was cry. And smile. I am happy to be in a place where I love myself enough to acknowledge what I need and where I depend on no one but myself to make that happen.

I also dressed up beautifully to celebrate the occasion. I wore a very nice magenta pink Indian dress. It was a busy day so I forgot to take a picture. But here is a picture of me wearing the same outfit on a different occasion:

All in all, I had a fantastic day! Dressing up beautifully, spending time with family, eating and cooking delicious foods, taking out time to pray, being kind to yourself – what else does one need for Valentine’s day (or any other day?). It’s the little things that mean the most. I also forgot to mention the best part – starting and ending the day in my husband’s loving arms. The highlight of Valentine’s day 🙂 Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more!

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