Last night I came home from my wild and crazy Fall Flow class, starving. On the counter stood a warm rotisserie chicken and a bottle of wine at the perfect temperature. Oh god, it was the sight of heaven.
I fixed a plate, poured some wine and settled into the couch for a DVRed episode of The Amazing Race.
Ever since I have come off Clean, I have been super-aware of the effects of food on my mood, my sleep and my energy levels. This past weekend, for example, I indulged in pulled pork on a roll and, of all things, Cheese Balls.
Yeah. You know, cheese balls–those things that come in a jumbo plastic jar that are nothing but salt, preservatives and chemicals? Yeah, I ate those. After the 10th one I felt like I was going to throw up. Seems I no longer have the “palate” for crap I used to.
The white roll that housed the pulled pork was this tasteless piece of “meh” that didn’t even offer that chewy, doughy, satisfaction of really-bad-for-you carbohydrate. It was just a hunk of processed white flour posing as food.
Last night though, the chicken was tasty and greasy, the wine fruity and satisfying. Alcohol has not been a big player in my life for the past 2 months, so as I sipped this nice Cline Zin (on a Monday, no less) I was aware that even though this probably wasn’t the best thing for me to be drinking, it nourished my soul.
The biggest problem with me and wine is not the wine itself, but how it lowers my resistance to other things. Like chocolate.
After I drained the first glass, I went to the kitchen for “just a splash more” and returned to the couch with my splash, plus a square of Ghiradhelli.
And then another one.
I went to bed and slept the sleep of the dead.
For 2 hours.
Then I was UP. Chocolate at night. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
I looked at the clock at 1:30. Then again at 2:45. Then at 3:30. I adjusted pillows. I started the fan for some white noise. Squinted at the clock again at 4:45. I planned my NaNoWriMo project in my head for awhile then woke with a jolt at 8 AM.
I shuffled to the kitchen and made a big batch of amaranth cereal with apples and dates, and while I ate it I said 3 Our Fathers and 3 Hail Marys.
Recipe for Amaranth cereal:
3 cups almond milk
1 cup amaranth (find this in the bulk food section of Wegmans, near the candy)
1 apple and 5 pitted dates pulsed in the food processor until they are in little pieces.
A good healthy shake of cinnamon.
Put all of these ingredients into a pot and bring to boil. Continue to simmer uncovered until the cereal is of the consistency you like. For me, this takes about 20 minutes. It makes a lot, so save it and heat it with a little almond milk the next day.
Amaranth is an ancient grain with a lot of protein, fiber, lysine and magnesium. It will absolve you of the sins of cheese balls and chocolate and wine at night. I hope.