I'm not sure exactly what week it is for my Wheat Belly diet, since I was on vacation last week and stayed with the gluten-free plan as best I could, but didn't manage to stay with it all the time. So I'm not sure if I should call this week #5, or start over with week #1.
With three friends from As Good as Gold, I spent the week volunteering at the animal sanctuary for Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. We have done this in past years as well. It was a wonderful week - I spent time working with the dogs and the bunnies, and two mornings working with one of the groundskeepers in the cemetery on the premises, cutting sage, sweeping the sidewalks, and brushing off the markers.
Working in the cemetery is not as depressing as you might think. It's called Angels Rest and it is a very peaceful place. So much love for the animals buried there, from their human companions! It's very spiritual and emotional to work there, and I always feel that I am standing in for the families that can't visit right now. The groundskeepers (Lenny, Dave, and Kurt) encourage us to talk to the animals while we work.
Best Friends has a dining room for the staff and volunteers, and everything they serve for lunch is vegetarian. There is always a salad bar and frequently gluten-free choices like stir-fry vegetables, so the days that we ate lunch there, I was able to remain gluten-free. Cocktail time was easy - wine, cheese, nuts and raw vegetables. For other meals, I tried to make choices that should have been gluten-free, but might not have been since I couldn't see an ingredient list. I had no major stomach upsets, so that was a good thing. But now I am back on my wheat-free plan and hope to see good results in the coming weeks.