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Confessions of a Dirty Rotten Cheater

 It’s Confessional Friday and with a title like this, well, let’s just get down to the juicy gossip, shall we?

Forgive me self-respect, for I have sinned.

I ate gluten this week.

(In a moment of weakness, I ate a slice of Naan bread thinking it wouldn’t be a big deal)

But guess what?


Sometimes I just don’t understand myself.

Of course I can say this now, after I have severely paid for my cheating to the  highest degree. Looking back and asking myself, What were you thinking??? is easy to do after you have paid the consequences for your actions.

At the time, however, you think that there will be no consequences (or at least cross your fingers that there won’t be). You think maybe, just maybe, I can get away with this one time. Maybe the gluten gods have averted their eyes on you for just a moment to sneak in a bite or 3 of a delicious piece of warm Naan Indian bread.


So because I have been disobeying my body so much lately (wasn’t last week’s confessional about eating too much sugar?!) I have been moody, grumpy and unhappy. And in pain.

Food REALLY does affect our internal structure.

How’s that for consequences?


So last night’s dinner was a simple soup in order to help out a belly and a bad mood:

And it has only 5 easy ingredients to list!

White Bean and Pasta Soup Recipe

Serves 4


  • 3 c. vegetable broth
  • 2 cans great northern beans (or any white bean)
  • 1 c. uncooked pasta
  • 1 Tb fresh sage, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced


  1. In a medium pot, heat up 1 Tb oil and lightly saute garlic and sage (only 2 minutes).
  2. Add beans and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. While beans are simmering, cook pasta as directed on box. Drain.
  4. Add pasta in at the last minute and serve.

Time for your confessions. Help a girl (me) out over here please! What are you go-to foods/meals that you know will make you feel better in no time?



10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Just this week I’ve been a cheater w/ gluten and sugary things and I’m paying for it… I’m almost afraid to leave the house!

    October 4, 2012
  2. Marjorie #

    When I feel bad I drink Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (in pure grape juice is my favorite). I crave miso soup when I feel bad. It’s my chicken-noodle-soup-type cure-all.

    May 18, 2012
  3. Viv #

    Hi Cara
    I hope you are feeling better….When I feel horrible I eat a baked potato with peas on top….
    My tummy, allergies, rashes, etc….calm down.

    Or I make some Pasta Fazul….This really warms and calms my Tummy

    Your Bean Pasta Soup looks Great!!!

    September 16, 2011
    • I’m a sucker for peas–that recipe looks good! I think I will try it–thanks! Actually both recipes look good!!!

      September 16, 2011
  4. hot and sour soup! and whole grains (I know–harder when you are gluten-intolerant).

    September 16, 2011
    • Oooooh! Hot and sour soup sounds so good. Do you have a recipe that you might wanna send my way??? *batting eyelashes*

      September 16, 2011
  5. Not sure that my go-to “feel better food” would help much, since it’s Mac & Cheese…

    September 16, 2011
    • mmmmmmm….cheese! 🙂 Seriously though, now you have peaked my interest: Mac n cheese makes your body physically feel better (not necessarily emotionally)?

      September 16, 2011
      • If I have a tummy ache (oh, for example, a hangover) or I’m home sick with a cold, it’s definitely my go-to food. It’s easy. I always have it (or a way to make it if it’s not Annie’s). Quick. And doesn’t hurt a sore throat. Being a comfort food to remind me of my mom doesn’t hurt…

        September 16, 2011
        • Love it. Makes me think I might have to find a vegan comparable recipe…

          September 16, 2011

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