Funnily enough I am quite fond of ginger things. That’s enough sniggering thank you.
I was chatting away with one of my clients at work the other day about her business and I discovered that she specialises in Paleo baking ingredients and cake mixes. It was while I was nosing around her website ( www.huntergatherergourmet.co.nz ) that I discovered a recipe for one of my favourite food groups, Ginger cake.
We got to talking and she offered to send me a sample of the cake mix. To cut a long story short – it’s in the oven as I write and the house smells divine.
Let me clarify a few things before I get to the point. I am about as paleo as Colonel Sanders. We do eat pretty healthily at home, especially since my wife decided to go as sugar free as is possible in our modern society. I do not and have never been paid for these blogs. Moving on.
What on earth has a Ginger Cake got to do with Living Well with MS?
It’s about savoring your favorite things while you can. That’s right MS can affect taste buds in some people. I couldn’t stand beer for over two years when I was first diagnosed ( thankfully this has remedied itself ). Imagine not liking chocolate anymore. Even worse —— imagine not liking coffee anymore!!!!!!!
It’s about being open minded. In the last 6 years I’ve tried Yoga, Mindfulness, cut on back sugar and gone on medication. I’ve even exercised ( Lawn bowls counts as a sport I will have you know ) !!! I once said to someone ” I’d believe in the tooth fairy if it helped.” It’s a fact that having MS has made me more open minded and willing to try new things ( when convenient I will add)
It’s about gratitude. Having MS teaches me everyday to be grateful. I’m rubbish at it I admit. But I know when I drive to work tomorrow with ( most ) of my Ginger Cake in the car. I will be grateful for the kindness of a stranger. Grateful for the beauty of the country I live in. And most of all grateful for the life I have.
The cake is out of the oven now and I better go tidy the kitchen before my wife gets home 🙂