Today is a special day, a day of fasting. One Sunday each month, we go without food or drink until supper, and we donate to the church the money we would have spent on food. This money is then used to help those in need -- sometimes far away in other parts of the world, but very often right here in our own neighborhood. There have been times since my divorce when I've been hurting for work, with not enough income to make ends meet. During those periods, the fast offerings of my dear friends and neighbors has helped to put food on my table.
There have been numerous studies and lectures on the physical benefits of fasting. For me, those benefits are far outweighed by the spiritual growth I've experienced. Putting aside physical appetite helps me to strengthen my relationship with God. It is a day for me to humbly seek forgiveness for my mistakes, and to ask for the power to overcome my faults. Fasting is also a way to seek miracles, and to show gratitude. Today I am so grateful to have found a nutrition plan that is working, that will make it possible for Ballerina to pursue her dreams. I don't believe this is a mere coincidence. It has been a real miracle in my life.
This means our meal list will be a bit shorter today than usual. When we end our fast this evening, I'll be making Coconut-encrusted Tilapia and steamed asparagus and fresh mangoes. I also plan to whip up another batch of Flourless Brownies. And Ballerina has asked for paleo pancakes tonight, which I am happy to make. That girl has worked hard, and I'm so proud of her!
Coconut Encrusted Tilapia
Thaw tilapia fillets. Melt coconut oil over medium high heat. Place fillets in pan and sprinkle shredded unsweetened coconut over each one. Turn fish when cooked on first side (it only takes a few minutes) and sprinkle with more coconut. Poke with a fork -- if the fish is soft and flaky, it's done! Yummy!