So I haven't update y'all (I'm watching Friday Night Lights and I'm currently aspiring to have a southern accent and say ya'll, hon and babe all the time so y'all will have to excuse the y'alls). Anyhow, as I was saying, I haven't updated y'all on how I am holding up with my current diet for a while. The food I am eating it so healthy, it's a bit scary. Here is the current no list no dairy, no wheat, no soy, almost no sugar, no nuts and very little alcohol. I'm scared to write this because I sound ridiculously pure and, frankly, boring. Oh, and along with all that, is very little processed food, because there isn't much processed food you can eat once you take all the above out. Who knew one could eat like this and, for the most part, not crave anything else. My guilty pleasure (get excited) potato chips, Kettle potato chips - mmmmmmmm.
And I added in meat. I haven't eaten meat since 1988. Well, okay, after and during the Vietnam trip, there was some pig eating going on (hard to avoid pig in vietnam), but there was not much of it and that was only on special occasions. Now I buy meat. I eat it almost every day. I don't know how much I like it ,it's kind of strange and fleshy tasting, but I'm not sure what else to eat. I have not been able to cook it yet. I go to the deli in the coop and buy pre cooked meat. A couple times I have looked at the meat section and tried to buy me, but I get intimated. After not cooking meat for 20 years, I'm not sure where to start.
And that's another issue, cooking. I am a good cook. I love to cook for people. But now, I don't know what to cook. All my favorite dishes, pizza, roasted veggie quesadillas, spinach/rice casserole, quiche, they all involve at least cheese, if not cheese and wheat. I need to completely relearn to cook, a challenge I have yet to take up. I have been invited to a couple potlucks and so far have just brought things that I couldn't eat, because, literally, I can't think what else to cook.
The good news in all this, is that I am actually feeling good. I can wear fairly tight fitting clothing all day and actually be comfortable all day. In the past, my stomach would swell up through out the day and I would just get uncomfortable. In addition, I am strong and fast. I don't know whether to attribute that to crossfit or to my eating, but it's kind of exciting. Last year I ran a 5K on my birthday and was impressed with how fast I was. I can't really remember, but it was something like 22.5 minutes. I'll have to run another one this year to see how I stack up. But maybe I'll be even faster! My 800s are about 10 to 15 seconds faster than they were 13 years ago when I was training for marathons.
So, I don't know where all this will go. Is this just the way I eat now? Do I eat chocolate chip cookies again? I think there will have to at a minimum be some dark chocolate in my life. This is starting to feel like a pretty significant shift that might be sticking, at least for a while. Otto, for one, thinks it's the coolest thing ever. Every time I pull that meat out of the refrigerator he runs into the kitchen so quickly, well, see for yourself .