The Doyen of the Detox

G posted some pictures on Facebook today. Pictures of dirt. Pictures of the ground. Pictures of people not wearing coats.

I don’t remember that.

I looked in the mirror today and let’s just say, I’m not a “winter.”  My skin is the color of a codfish.. The bags under my eyes could hold my wallet, phone, a full set of gym clothes and my Ipad.

I’ve got a bad case of the uglies.

So, I am on a detox mission. This is nothing new.  I have done detoxes before, am pretty much the Doyen of the Detox.

I have cycled through Clean, a bunch of times, as well as Whole30–both elimination diets. But this time I am going Ayurveda all the way, baby.  I am finally going to take myself through the protocol I truly believe in: eat with the seasons, and according to the dictates of your dosha.

My Vata is wildly deranged at the moment: eczema really acting up, dry everywhere, restless sleep, so it’s time to regain  balance. It will start with sipping hot water all day, taking supplemental manjistha and turmeric, firing up the ol’ VitaMix for my green drinks, and caffeinating and alcohol-ing waaay less.

When the dandelion greens start popping up through the snow, I will be packing them, as well as  cress into my smoothies.

In 2 more weeks it will be officially spring. Tonight we turn the clocks forward.

Could it be that the worst is almost over?


Eating Little Tastes of Food Is Good

Recently I updated my computer’s operating system to Lion and tonight I just tried to upload a picture and IPhoto doesn’t work anymore.

This is REALLY DISTURBING!  I have become really attached to IPhoto ever since I got my MacBook Pro and I have spent a lot of time in there organizing pictures into Events, and putting Faces on people, and now it crashes every time I open it. I fear I will lose all my work. I have all the pictures on my photo card still, so it’s not like I will lose my photos, but I will lose my albums and all the organizing I’ve done to over 600 pictures.

If any of you Mac geeks out there know anything about this, please comment and let me know. I’d appreciate it

I was going to put a picture of the Mexican Cosmo I had at The Cellar where we went tonight for dinner.

I love to eat at Wine and Tapas bars, and that’s what The Cellar is.  We started with cocktails, and proceded to have little nibbles of different kinds of food: a little artichoke fondue, teriyaki chicken skewers, potstickers and I had a cup of butternut squash apple soup.  It was the perfect amount of food and the variety of tastes and textures was absolutely delightful.

What I find disturbing in most restaurants these days is the gross amount of food that is served.  When the waitress puts a dinner plate the size of Montana in front of me, I can’t help but wonder who this food is meant to serve. Me and what army?

Some people will recommend a restaurant by saying: “And the portions are AMAZING!” When I hear that, I know that that is NOT my kind of restaurant. Portion size should not be the thing that recommends a place.

I know some people say that they can eat there, and then take a whole meal home with them, but I don’t want to take food home when I go out to eat.  I find restaurant food leftovers distasteful. I don’t even want to open that styro box the next day. I don’t even like it when I have a lot of homemade food leftover.  Leftovers have lost “the life force” according to Ayurveda, and should be avoided, and I must say, I have to agree.

As this is turning out to be a restaurant review post, apparently, I would also like to give a big shout-out to Just a Taste in Ithaca, NY which is my very FAVORITE tapas place.  I love their food, and they also have really interesting flights of wine, which is heavenly.

I really wish I could show you that picture of the Mexican Cosmo I had tonight, but now I have to go and try to figure out what’s going on with Iphoto.