Dear Holiday Buffet:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Your oozy cheeses and tantalizing dips. Your crispy crackers and comforting confections. On olives, antipasto and bread. On charcuterie, cookies and cake. Yes chocolate in all shapes and sizes; truffles, barks and caramels. The small little morsels so easy to enjoy and the forgetfulness that comes with alcohol so you lose track of just how many calories have been consumed. Yes, I love you Holiday Buffet. And passed hors d’oeurves. You too sweets tables.
The open houses. What a concept! Stop by for a visit. Eat and drink. Carry on to the next and repeat. I love this time of the year. Why on Saturday alone we had 3 parties in succession all within 10 metres from our house. On Sunday I should have done a fast or a cleanse or something, but instead I spent it in bed nursing a hangover.
So for the next two weeks it will be stretchy jeans, baggy sweaters and antacids for me. Just so I can indulge in my true love. Food.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good meal,
The R&R Mom
It’s not me it’s you, cheese and bread.
Its been 65 days since I gave up wheat, dairy and sugar. Sounds horrendous (in a first world problem sort of way) I know. But really, I kinda like it. I’ve lost over 10 pounds and according to J – I’m not as gassy. (That’s true love right? When your partner notices your new eating regiment by the amount of gas you are or are not passing). Is that TMI? We all do it right? Don’t try and make it seem like YOU don’t!
I always avoided cleanses and elimination diets like the plague. But I felt I needed to shake it up this time and really cut out the bad habit foods that I lived on – I’m looking at you delicious granola. It hasn’t been as hard as I would have thought. When I do sneak a little treat here and there, I pay for it later. Who knew that one small morsel of chocolate birthday cake could reek such havoc on the digestive tract.
The question is, now what do I do. I am pretty sure that gluten was my secret enemy. So it can piss off. Luckily every grocery store these days offers lots of gluten free alternatives. I really dig quinoa and rice cakes are kinda yummy (I know what you’re thinking, “whatever weirdo”). But do I let dairy back in? Or do I continue to ban milk. And sugar. That’s a whole other deal. What do we do about sugar? Are we breaking up… forever? Maybe not forever. Maybe I can cheat on sugar with its less refined friends? Well hello maple syrup, perhaps you’re not just for breakfast anymore? This is where its tricky. I’m kind of scared to let any of this unholy trinity of food back into my life. What will happen? Will I pull a Roker? Or do I stay the course and hope some new study doesn’t come out refuting the health benefits of quinoa?
At least eating plans are so common these days, you no longer get the hairy eyeball from waitresses who need a whole pad of paper to take down your lunch order and all the subsequent modifications. I’m heading out on the road next week. I guess we’ll really see how all this will go down when I’m faced with tour eating habits. Must resist the late night pizza. Cannot order a clubhouse sandwich from room service.
If you’re wondering, red wine and coffee get to stay. I think we’re destined for a life long love affair.