Elimination Diet Begins Tomorrow

I have no idea what to write tonight. This is my 34th post in a row. I started out on February 18th, Ash Wednesday, with the goal to post every day until Easter, which I believe is April 5th.

But tonight I am hitting the wall, I am scrounging for content.  But I will not let myself break this streak.

A streak, is something you do for as long as you can, all the while knowing that you probably can’t sustain it forever. A streak is like a game: it’s fun to see how long you can last.

In the past I’ve had “yoga streaks” and “workout streaks” and “writing streaks” and “meditation streaks.” I once had a two and half year streak in 750words.com.

Tomorrow I am starting an elimination diet, which is a kind of streak. (A really hard, pain in the ass streak.) I am going to see how long I can eliminate  known inflammatories like wheat and eggs and coffee and alcohol and sugar from my diet, in the hopes that I can get to the bottom of this patch of red and scaly skin on my right eyelid which has been bugging me for a number of months now.

I  suspect that it is some food that is causing this reaction, so I am going to do some detective work. I am going to eliminate certain foods and see if this eyelid thing goes away. Then I will slowly introduce foods back in to see what triggers this allergic reaction..

Tomorrow morning, no coffee. I have gone off caffeine  before and it’s not pretty. But it has to be done.

Some streaks are easier to sustain than others. This one is going to test me

I’ll keep you posted. Wish me luck. I’d be really interested to hear any success stories about elimination diets. Did anyone have great luck? Do tell.

Eating Out

There’s something great about eating out: ordering from a menu, having a cocktail, choosing a dessert. And the whole thing about having someone else cook your meal, bring it to you, then whisk away the dishes, leaving you to linger over your wine, or a coffee? Yeah. I’m all about it.

So tonight G suggested we eat out.

I didn’t teach today, her game was postponed until Sunday, and we both are going to be spending a lot of time in Crazy Town in April, so this might be our last chance for a nice dinner out for at least a month.

But where to go? That was the question.

The local brewpub where we usually go? Or to the place where we used to go, before the brewpub opened.

It was a hard call because the local brewpub serves locally sourced meat, but I was in the mood for a martini and a nice dessert, and I couldn’t get either of those things there.

So we went to the place where we used to go. I am about to go back on the Clean program starting Sunday, but even if I wasn’t, I’m still concerned about where my food comes from and how it’s prepared. That’s why it’s often hard for me to eat out.

I am never really happy with any place we go. I want a place that will make me a delicious meal with locally sourced meat and produce. I want a place where I am confident that the chef is conscientious about getting fresh ingredients, and preparing them with care and attention. I don’t need to have as much info as these guys from Portlandia did, but I need some reassurance that things in the kitchen are cool.

So tonight we went to the Nest and I had a martini and the crabcakes, and we got the chocolate peanut butter mousse pie to take home.

It was lovely. But I wish we had a restaurant like this one around here. If we did, I would be eating out a lot more, methinks.

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.

Happiness is…

I am happy when I am here typing.

I am happy when I am reading good books.

I am happy when I am feeling high energy, like after a workout.

I am happy when I think that my projects are going forward.

I am happy when I am doing my fundies daily.

I am happy when my space is clean and orderly.

I am happy when I have a felt sense that I am growing.

I am happy when I am feeling that I am inspiring other people to live their best lives, or to live better lives.

I am happy when the things I write inspire people and make them feel good about themselves and motivate them to contribute.

I am happy when I feel excited about the prospect of something new on the horizon.

I am happy when I am living in integrity; when what I think, feel, say and do are all in alignment.

I am happy when the sky is blue and the sun is warm.
I am happy when there is peanut butter toast and sweet cherries for breakfast on the first day of July when the sky is blue and the sun is warm.
I am happy today.

Peanut butter toast, sweet cherries and coffee

Weird Food Person

We got out of Dodge this weekend.  Went up to Ithaca to have dinner with Zee, do a little food shopping at Green Star, and just play.  It was fun, but you know what? I think I have become “a difficult food person.”

Because nothing I ate sat right with me.  The Moosewood lunch was fine, though there was a lot of it, and we indulged in the Vegan Chocolate cake.  The after effect?  A little bloaty.

Dinner was at Madeline’s, one of my fave places, but there was cream sauce in the Lobster Linguini, and I had a blueberry frangipane with ice cream for dessert and a snifter of Grand Marnier.  Oh, and a very inferior Parducci Pinot Noir with dinner.

I was up half the night with a belly ache.

So what does this MEAN??  This would ordinarily have been a delicious no problem fun outing with absolutely no repercussions.

So have I now become one of those people who has to be really cautious about everything I eat? Like vegetarian and vegan people, and people with celiac’s and people who eat everything raw, or kosher, or macrobiotic?

Ugh.

Got home and made my green juice and took my magnesium and drank a liter of lemon water, and today I am feeling MUCH better.

Yep. I’ve become one of THEM.

Cleanse: Day 8

I have finally turned the corner on this cleanse. So happy.

The weekend was hard, only because certain celebratory rituals involve food and drink.  One of the big revelations of this cleanse for me (so far), is how food is not just food.  It’s social. It’s symbolic. It’s comfort beyond physical hunger.  It functions as  amusement.

I feel as if inside my body there is this sun, this big, bursting ball of energy, and that certain things, including food, can either block that energy, or free it up.

So here’s what I’m thinking now.  I will probably not bring back caffeine.  (I cannot believe I just wrote that.)  A coffee might become a “treat” from now on, but not the beverage that ignites my day.  I’m  feeling  more focused and centered and relaxed without it. Caffeine, for me,  masks as a energy freer-upper, but it’s actually an energy blocker.  It produces a lot of static in my brain and in my body, and I prefer to have a clear signal.

The other thing I love, is having my main meal in the middle of the day, and then having only a smoothie or a bowl of (clear) soup for dinner.  I really like how it feels to go to bed with my gastro-intestinal tract quiet, done, finished, closed for business. My sleep these past few nights has been so soft and so very deep.  I don’t feel hungry at all at bedtime.  I just feel empty, and it feels good, and spacious.

So far I am not seeing anything dramatic in the mirror, which is weird, given how dramatically different I am feeling on the inside.  That’s okay though, I’m sure mirror changes will show eventually.

During the first week I did hardly any sweating.  I took walks, I did soft yoga, I did only one day of the yoga workout.  This week though, I am anxious to ramp up physically: run on the t-mill, do ashtanga, lift weights.  I also want to go take some saunas.  Tomorrow I am having a massage, and I am really, really looking forward to that.

So that’s it so far.  Week 2 begins today.