Friday, September 26, 2008

Bye Bye American Pie (and dairy, and gluten, and . . .)




So the winners of this week’s Free Book Friday have been announced, and big congrats go out to: Jen, Jeanne, and Terra who won signed copies of Fly Me to the Moon, Cruel Summer, and Saving Zoë respectively! And be sure to stay tuned as Jessica has lots of amazing guests lined up—starting tomorrow! (Saturday!)

And speaking of food (I know we weren’t but I couldn’t come up with a decent segue), yesterday, in the interest of better health, I visited a naturopath, sure that some of my health complaints were most likely attributed to my diet but wanting a professional to confirm it. So after a two hour session I learned that basically everything I eat is doing me in, which was really shocking as I was sure that my dislike and complete avoidance of fast foods and processed foods made me the poster child for healthy eating—but alas, it is not so. It seems my penchant for dairy and gluten based products is the true root of all evil. So, in a moment of insanity (and a dash of pioneering can do spirit) I agreed to give it all up, along with alcohol and tomatoes (no salsa pour moi!) for 3 weeks and note the progress—starting, um, today!

Though in the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that I already know it'll work since I've done this before, back when I lived in NYC and was on an extended disability leave from work (a hand injury that required surgery), where just three days in I felt better than ever—light on my feet—like I was lit from within! But the moment I returned to the polyester dress wearing, roller bag dragging, sleep-deprived life of a flight attendant, I regressed quicker than you can say, “Ready for Take Off Captain!” So, we'll see if this second go round really sticks!

And speaking of food (now that’s a segue!), I strategically scheduled my naturopath appointment well after this event. For those of you feeling especially click shy, the event is Savor The Season—an annual food feast benefitting Break The Cycle—an organization empowering teens to build lives and communities free from domestic and dating violence--(did you know that 1 in 3 teen girls will be in an abusive relationship??). So in the interest of empowering youth and promoting peace I ate this:

And drank some of those dry sodas:

Along with a whole lot of other stuff that didn't photograph so well. Though funnily enough, in a night that was all about food, the only pictures I took that actually turned out were of my friend Snarky’s new shoes!

And speaking of shoes—well, I’m trying to decide which shoes I’ll wear for the Debate Watching Party I’m attending tonight. Okay, I’m really not all that concerned with my footwear, I just wanted to mention that I'm going to a debate watching party!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

6 comments:

Amy said...

We live with food allergies here. It's tough going at first, but then, you wonder why you didn't do it sooner.

Good luck.

S F said...

Saying "no" to dairy would make me cry. I can give up some dairy, but not cheese. I can't give that up. I'd give up chocolate first. Or sex. Uh, okay...maybe not sex. lol

Alyson Noel said...

Amy- Thanks for the support! In a crazy, somewhat masochistic way, I'm kinda looking forward to it!

Alyson Noel said...

sf- I hear ya! I have a completely irrational love of all things dairy related!! This morning's black tea was just not the same without all that warm milky goodness!

Terra said...

Hi Alyson,

I just won one of your books on Free Book Friday! Whoohoo! I can't wait to receive it and read it.

Terra

Alyson Noel said...

Congrats Terra!

Hope you like it!