Today I woke up and began to think about moving forward in my life. I grabbed my phone before my very tiered and worn out eyes were fully opened and I searched it’s contents for social media. I began to slowly wake as I poured through my in boxes and read the recent posts and updates that came through in the 7 hours that I was asleep. Then it hit me. Why was I relying on this devise to run my life? What was it’s connection to the world that was so important to me? Is it because when I moved to DC I felt so disconnected that it was my only way to stay connected to those I missed and loved? Was it because I am so interested in other’s lives I must read daily how and what they are up to? It is still a mystery, however I will say it hit me so hard that I am thinking of pulling back. I need to experience life outside work, family, and social media. I need to move away from the ties that bind me to the social media craze. This coming the day after I posted 33 pictures of my trip to the Grand Canyon. I posted them really so my son could see them. So my sister could see them. But why send them for all my FB friends that I really don’t even know? Why not email? I have begun to wonder if people really need to know what each other is doing 24 hours a day.
My journey to fifty has truly been eye opening. It has shown me the life I live vs. the life I want. I am loving the food, I am loving the search, but it is the social media that needs to be addressed now.
This weekend we had a couple over for dinner. We all put our phones away. We put our outside lives on hold and had dinner together. We sat on the back porch and laughed, talked, drank wine and enjoyed the fire. It was a lovely night. It is a couple that we do not get to see often so the night was much needed! We dined on Carne Asada, spanish wine and Giada’s Avocado – Chocolate Mousse with Rasberries from page 224 in Feel Good Food
The mousse was a BIG hit! I served it with raspberries, whip cream and hazelnuts. I put the mousse in small mason jars with the raspberries and cream on the side in small ramekins. That way it was a kinda build your own… Our friends spent the entire time during dessert playing the game of “guess what is in this mousse?” No one could believe the base was avocados. My daughter made it a couple months ago and I was really blown away. Truly a decedent treat! Giada hit this one out of the park!
Today I will recover from my fun and crazy weekend and I will do so without social media. Perhaps a long walk in the park or a trip to one of our fabulous museums here in DC. I may even leave the phone in the car!
Today I am sitting back and thinking about food and all the ways it has formed me in my life. As I was growing up I was an athlete. I was a swimmer, a diver and a dancer. There was not a day that I was not moving and there was never a day that I was not eating. I ate alot. I moved alot. I was able to burn the thousands of calories I was consuming everyday just by moving. As I crept through school and finally made it to college I began to see the way food affected those around me. I was in the dance department of my college and I saw so many girls starving themselves to be the perfect dancer size. One of my friends ate carrots all day. Yes, carrots and only carrots. I knew other girls who would eat all day then run to the bath room only to throw up the insane amount of food they had just consumed.
How are we supposed have good eating habits when we are surrounded by people who are obsessed with their body? The magazines, film, and theater are full of people starving themselves to have what they think is the perfect body. Food is portrayed as the enemy. What we consume will only end up in places on our bodies that is unsightly. I am here to tell you I have been there. I have starved myself, I have been a glutton, and none of it has been beneficial to my body. Over the years I have taken all the tests to finally find out the foods my body can tolerate. Through that knowledge I am able to put the right food into my body to fuel it for the day. Isn’t that was food is anyway? Fuel. We are so obsessed with food. We use it to satisfy not only hunger, but pain. We use it as therapy and to socialize. But really it is just fuel. We don’t over fill our cars with gasoline, or never put too little oil in the engine. The car would not run, it would have too much or not enough. Our bodies are the same way. Too much or too little just is not good for it. It won’t run. We also have to look at what we put in it. Is it the best for your specific model? I have a friend who posts pictures of meat on the grill everyday on Facebook. That is how his body is fueled. My body would stop running with all that meat in it. I have a different model. The tip is to find what your body type is and fuel it accordingly. It doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of food, or the enjoyment of eating. It is just finding the right brand of gasoline to rev the engine.
I did the LEAP diet about 2 years ago. I went to my doctor and dietitian and they took my blood and tested over 100 foods to see what foods I had an intolerance to. Then I removed the bad food and started a new way of eating. Over the last 2 years my “Bad” foods have made their way back into my diet and I am here to tell you my engine was not running smoothly. I am so happy I have started this blog and have been back to feeding my engine with the foods that are right for me. I stay away from the pantry and, I eat clean fresh food everyday. I feel better and in the last 3 weeks I have lost 9 pounds. Today, I made pasta. I was in the mood for macaroni and cheese, but since I cannot have dairy I decided to make my sauce from avocados. It was creamy and delicious. I used the left over chicken from Giada’s Feel Good Food, page 220. It was a match made in heaven and I was totally satisfied with my little cup full of “mock” mac and cheese.
Macaroni with Avocado Sauce
1 bag of gluten free macaroni (I used Wegmans)
1 clove garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 left over chicken breast, chopped (optional)
Boil water to cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, put avocado, onion, juice from 1 lime, garlic, salt and pepper in a small food processor. Mix until smooth. When pasta is done, pour off water and place in a large mixing bowl. Mix with avocado dressing with the pasta adding the chicken at the same time. Toss well. You can sprinkle chopped parsley over the top or even a bit of parm. Enjoy!