We’re in Minneapolis for some work-related stuff, and I’m homesick. I am one hundred percent ready to go home. But it’s not all bad…
The Good Stuff
Well Fed 2
Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat is on the presses at Bang Printing right now! Yesterday, Dave and I did the press check – which means the pressmen showed us sample pages so we could approve the color balance – and we saw a giant stack of the first 5000 pages of Well Fed 2. It was very exciting – and also a little nerve wracking!
Last night, we got to hang out with the fabulous and inspiring Jen Sinkler, her equally badass husband (New husband! They just got married on Saturday.) Dave Dellanave, and Mark Schneider, my new trainer who has turned out to be an invaluable source of information, encouragement, wise thinking, and laughs. He’s a treasure. I’m heading into The Movement Minneapolis this afternoon to workout with Mark before I get on the plane back to Austin. Can’t wait to visit the gym and train with Mark in person!
We’re on Day 14 of our Whole30+elimination diet, and Whole Foods pretty much kept us going on this trip. Because we can’t have vinegar (except cider), paprika, cayenne, or eggs – in addition to all the things ruled out by the Whole30 – we really can’t eat in restaurants. The salad bar and burger grill at Whole Foods totally saved us, but also…
The Stuff I’m Totally Over
Eating Out Of A Cooler Bag
We’ve eaten Whole Foods grilled burgers (with salt and pepper) and salad (with cider vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil) about six times in the last three and a half days. Sometimes we ate them at the table in the Whole Foods, and sometimes we brought them back to our hotel – or stuck them in the cooler bag to reheat in a microwave later (sexy!). That’s been supplemented by raw cashews, cucumbers, carrots, grapes, and protein like roast turkey and roast beef from the Whole Foods deli counter. As I type this, I realize it doesn’t sound that bad, but I have to tell you, friends, I’m. over. it. The hotel has a microwave and a fridge, so we had the “treat” of a nuked sweet potato last night. That’s how desperate we are for something that tastes like home. I’m working on a whole blog post on our experience so you can use it as a guide next time you’re in a nutrition pinch on the road. Eating this way has definitely fed our bodies, but has not nourished us in other ways; it’s an interesting experience to feel physically satiated but emotionally unsatisfied, and it’s made me realize just how fortunate we are to eat as well as we do most of the time.
Supplements. Oh, Supplements!
We are taking a shit-ton of supplements – and they need to be taken at certain times of day, with food and without. Some taste terrible; others are just capsules. The routine starts the moment I wake up and need to take my thyroid hormones and continues to breakfast (within an hour of waking up, please), mid-morning (with no food), lunch, dinner, and bedtime – with a mid-afternoon “remember to take the other half of your thyroid medication” reminder. Over. it.
The Morning Pages
Dave and I are taking a 12-week course of The Artist’s Way with my favorite Kundalini teacher Robin. Part of The Artist’s Way is writing Morning Pages: three stream-of-consciousness journal pages every day. I violently dislike doing it – which probably means it’s very good for me. But so far, it’s a task that makes me wrinkle my nose and suck it up.
Finally: I Miss Smudge.
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