Another Year Older…

I’ve been trying to take my friend’s advice and learn from it and grow with it…
First item of advice: don’t wear Crocs anymore, ever… I love the comfort and the ease of just sliding my foot in these comfy and squishy shoes, but I know, I must move on… I’ve bought some sandals that fit and are comfortable, so I will just be a “closet Crocs wearer” for now.
Next, is the idea of getting better with age… I have more issues to deal with when deciding what food to consume and purchase at the store these days, and more issues when it comes to digestion of said foods, but other than that, I guess I’m getting better… maybe.
Another way I’m trying to take advice is through my resume writing and job search. I’ve enlisted help on writing my promotional resume, and it really does look wonderful: I appear very talented and quite possibly a genius. As for the “real” resume of work experience, and help in finding out what I really want to do in life: I’m going to need a little more help from my friends. A college friend just gave me some good advice on what she thinks I’d be good at, and how to go about doing it. I’ll have to look more into this once I get to San Antonio, but for now, I will take the advice and review some case studies.
One of my joys in life is spending time with my dogs, even if it just includes napping and walking. I’ve taken my friend’s advice to not spend so much time with them and all it got me was stuck babysitting her and her kids. That was not fun, although I now appreciate my life and family more because of that experience.

I’m trying to empty out my fridge and freezer for the move, so my food favorites are:
Almond Butter – I like the natural kind with no additives other than salt
Corn tortillas – always gotta check if they have gluten in them first
Food For Life Wheat Free Gluten Free Rice Bread – reminds me of honey wheat bread, only sweeter; I make mini pizza’s with the bread and Trader Joe’s marinara sauce.
My birthday cakes were from Sweet Cece’s – most of their flavors are gluten free and low or no fat. They also always have at least one sorbet. And, their treats and toppings are awesome! (I really did try to stay away from dairy, but it was my birthday!)

Food Dreams

It’s officially my birthday week today! I’m anxious and nervous about it, after all, It’s the big one year before I’m 30. I think that this big day has prompted the weird dreams I’ve been having lately – it’s either that or the food I’ve consumed.

Last night, my dream consisted of me getting to go to a real swanky hotel, like the one we stayed at in Japan: The Rhiga Royal Hotel. From there, I went up the elevator, able to see the waterfall cascade into the lobby the whole time, so I was not too afraid. Then I met Oprah in the Grand Ballroom of the hotel and I ate all kinds of foods, like real cake and real french bread, that I’ve had to stay away from due to the gluten factor. After my meeting with Oprah, I got back into an elevator – not the same glass elevator as the one before, and was a little hesitant. But there was a young girl in the elevator with me, so I tried to be brave and went down to the lobby in the sealed metal box. We made it almost all the way to the lobby, when the elevator tilted and turned downward as we fell to the final level. We both ran out, and the girl ran to her mother – Madonna – who was standing at the glass elevator waiting to get to her room. Madonna thanked me for being brave and invited me to go up to her room: the penthouse suite. I declined because it would mean getting back in an elevator, and then I woke up.
So, I guess the lesson in that dream was to just overcome my daily fears and get over the fact that I’m older. As my dear friend, Missy said, “I don’t think we are getting older, we are getting better.” Thank you, Missy!

My most recent food favorites:
Idli – steamed rice muffins (Indian)
Almond Butter
“Bama” Apple Jam
Frozen fruit popsicles from Aldi – even the lime-pineapple ones that hurt my stomach
Non-sorbate California prunes from Trader Joe’s – I am the reigning “Fiberwoman” 🙂

“Remember kids, I eat raisins everyday. They help keep you regular.” – Mr. Pope, weekly speech on nutrition, Bernardo Yorba Middle School

Fun food!

Food is fun. Food is nutritious. Food is good.
These are my beliefs, and I LOVE food. Food, however, does not like me.
I’ve spent the last eleven years really digging on Japanese food: sushi, rice, seaweed, and anything containing those ingredients.
Recently though, I’ve been really into Indian food, as in India, not necessarily Native American food (but I like that stuff too). The reason: I have been a borderline vegetarian for about two years now, gluten free for about a year and a half, and I really try hard to stay lactose free as well. I still eat fish and other seafood, and I recently ate a bison burger (which was amazing) for the first time, because they are not fed glutenous grains such as barley, rye and wheat. Sometimes, though, I just have to take a bite of some cheese: I’m sure you wine and cheese lovers can relate.
So, after being raised to love my Italian and American heritage by my love for it’s foods, I am at a crossroads in my life to discover new (and old) traditional foods of other regions that aren’t so ‘meat and potato’ or ‘wheat and meat’ based.
They say: “Variety is the spice of life!” Right now, my spice is Hot Indian Curry…
Current food favorites: Palak Paneer (spinach with cottage cheese), Patra (spicy vegetable leaf rolls), and Khaman Dhokla (chickpea flour bread: like corn bread only better) – I’ve only bought these pre-prepared and have learned to mild down the spiciness with a little bit of garlic hummus.