The gallbladder meridian is particularly affected by baked flour products and also by crunchy things like potato chips and other kinds of crisps. The gallbladder meridian runs down the sides of the body from the temple, side of the neck, down the outsides of the ribs, hips and legs exiting through the fourth toe. It's the meridian that you feel in triangle poses and twists (marychasana C and D). To be clear I am referring to the energy of all baked flour products not just those containing wheat. Don't kid yourself, gluten free products that are baked have a similiar energy and hence a similiar effect on the body.
The croutons were delicious. They had an underlying sour taste but so salty, crunchy and fragrant like Tuscany or somewhere else in the Italian countryside. I left them out on the counter to "cool" pretending that I was going to put them in containers to take to the yoga studio and to work. I tasted them often to make sure they were still good. To make a long story short, I think my daughter may have had a handful in her soup but I ate the rest over a couple of days. I don't really know what possessed me and why I forgot that I know better but I became so tight that never mind not binding in marychasana, I sprained my fourth toe and my neck became so stiff that I couldn't lie on the couch and watch TV! I had a shiatsiu treatment. I thought I would cry when the practitioner pressed on the sides of my legs. It took a couple of days of absolutely avoiding all baked flour products and all was well.
As of today I have not eaten any baked flour products for the past 6 days (I relapsed a bit since the crouton incident) and today for the very first time I was able to hold on to my wrist in Marychasana C, left side only!
I am going to try to go until January without eating any baked flour products. Does anyone want to join me in my No-Baked-Flour-Products-Until-January-Challenge? Wendy, Devora, Anna R, kids?
Italian Countryside Croutons
- Cut a loaf of (slightly stale) good quality sourdough bread into lots of little cubes.
- Combine the cubes with olive oil, minced garlic, soy sauce, a bit of water, chopped up fresh rosemary, sage and savory and toss to coat the bread cubes thoroughly.
- Spread the cubes over two baking sheets and bake over medium heat until crunchy and golden.