Archive for September, 2011

September 29, 2011

I’m a student again!

I am still trying to catch up on posting, I have about 4 different drafts right now! I’ve been super busy this week and haven’t had time to blog. It’s also hard to get back to making it a habit after a week off!

I started class yesterday! It felt great to be back on campus because this time, I have a purpose! Since having my epiphany on what I want to do with my life, my goals have become even more focused. I’ve been preparing to apply to several grad schools so that I can get my MPH, focusing on public health nutrition. As a part of my preparation, I am taking two courses as a non-matriculated student at UW! They’re both a part of the program I hope to be in by this time next year. After going around the class introducing ourselves yesterday, I am absolutely positive that I belong there.

NUTR 520 Nutrition and Metabolism I 
Metabolic/physiologic concepts related to energy balance, carbohydrate, and protein nutrition. Addresses energy producing pathways, as well as food sources, digestion, absorption, and utilization of carbohydrates, protein, and various micronutrients. Additional topics include low carbohydrate diets, vegetarianism, protein deficiency, and inborn errors in carbohydrate, and protein metabolism.

NUTR 538 Nutritional Epidemiology 
Application of epidemiological methods to current studies of diet, nutrition, and chronic disease. A discussion of current issues and controversies enable students to plan studies in nutritional epidemiology and disease prevention.

I’m super excited about taking these classes! I’ve never felt so motivated about school before and I’m not even an official student! But I feel like I’ve started my journey along this life/career path that has become so clear to me in recent months. I will definitely be posting about anything interesting that I learn along the way!

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September 29, 2011

Horse races at Emerald Downs

I managed to use my Groupon for the horse races at Emerald Downs last Friday, just as the season was coming to a close that weekend. It was a beautiful, clear evening! I had never been to the races before and my only knowledge of it was what I saw on Animal Planet’s “Jockeys.”  I tried my best at betting despite having no idea what I was doing, just $1-2 for horses to win, place, or show. I was only down by $4 at one point, but ended the night being down about $12. It would probably be really boring to watch race after race if you weren’t betting and didn’t have horses to cheer on.

See how pretty Mt. Rainier looks in the sunset! I love where I live.

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It was pretty much impossible to take good pictures with an iPhone, which has been serving me well as my only camera for this blog.
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The horses were so beautiful! You could see that they were nothing but raw power. Both the horses and jockeys are athletes! I think I’ve heard that jockeys are the strongest athletes in the world when you look at strength vs. weight or something like that? I imagine it’s not easy to stay on the fastest horses in the world!

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Now for the food options at Emerald Downs were awful. AWFUL. There were limited concessions available, I believe there’s a restaurant in there, but I didn’t check it out. Look at this menu. People were lining up for this “food” and seemed to be enjoying it. The Groupon included $10 on food and non-alcoholic drinks plus I was hungry so I decided to take on the challenge of staying paleo here. The other menu board next to this had hotdogs and pretzels with nacho cheese.

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The girl who took my order and made the food looked at me like crazy when I said no buns, no cheese, no fries, add bacon on my burger. Everything was pre-made, the burgers were floating in some sort of liquid, the bacon formed in a weird circle, then both were heated up on the grill. So much for the grille in “Paddock Grille”! There was absolutely nothing super perishable on the menu – no veggies! Everything came frozen and fully cooked. Look at it. It looks disgusting. I took a bite because I didn’t want to waste food, but I could not eat this. I’d say eat before or after getting here, unless your local track has much better options.

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I always talk about how eating paleo in the modern world isn’t that difficult. I can even find things to eat at stadiums during baseball/football/soccer games! But I have finally been beaten by Emerald Downs, it was impossible. I will probably be back next year as a once a year type of outing, it’s not like I’m going there for the food.

 

 

September 25, 2011

I’m back! One week off was a bad idea!

Taking a break from blogging was a bad idea! I realized just how much blogging helps me stay on track this past week. Let’s just say that food logging went out the window when I didn’t have to post what I ate every day. I started off the week pretty well eating mostly paleo. But as the week went on, my addiction to rice cakes meant that I ate little else. I started waking up with rice cake cravings! I think I’m very prone to food addiction.

So I’ve recently talked about adding starch to my diet and having a more moderate carb approach. I discovered that carbs from starch actually slows me down instead of giving me more energy for my activities. I ate a lot of rice (in the form of sweet rice flour) and sweet potatoes. This past week, I found myself feeling increasingly lethargic and napping on a daily basis. Which then meant that I wouldn’t fall asleep until 2am and then I’d wake up around 8am feeling more tired than the day before. I’ve gained at least 5lbs and have felt swollen! Am I blaming the added starch for my weight gain and sleep issues? Not at all, it could have been a number of different things. All I know is that I feel better being much more paleo. Bye bye, beloved rice cakes! 😦 I’ll only make them for long extended hikes as on-the-go snacks.

Lots of other things to share from last week! I’ll be playing catchup in the next few posts. Not blogging for a week also meant that I stopped taking pictures of everything I ate as the week went on. It was so easy to lose that habit! So I don’t have a megapost of paleo food porn as promised. I just have a few pics to share. Besides, it seems like I ate mostly rice cakes anyway! I was also uninspired to make any new food, so this is all food I’ve posted about in the past.

Lamb with balsamic sauce on arugula, side of red chard and onions

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Breakfast scramble – red bell pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, chicken apple sausage, onion, uncured bacon, and egg.

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Roasted veggies – butternut squash, zucchini, garlic, red bell pepper, cauliflower, brussel sprouts (sooo good roasted), carrots, onions…
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I have pictures of more paleo Korean food, but I think I’ll save it for a separate post so I can discuss their health benefits. Sooo much to blog about this week: Korean food, horse races, TRX suspension training, tunnel flying, qigong, taiji, Buddhist meditation, extended fasting… Looking forward to sharing all of that with you!

September 18, 2011

Taking this week off from blogging

I am taking a short break from blogging! I will be back next Monday with a megapost of paleo food porn! Now might be a good time to catch up and read all my older posts. 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

September 16, 2011

I’m in love with iFly Seattle!!

Last night was AMAAAAZING!!! I had way too much fun flying at iFly Seattle!! The tunnel itself seemed huge, being 14′ in diameter instead of the 12′ that I’m used to at SFBay. It was also very white and bright in there! And so powerful! Plus the entire facility is amazing in general. All of you in the Seattle area should check it out! I did 15 minutes of 4-way RW with three great friends. For non-skydivers, RW stands for relative work, though the term has been replaced by formation skydiving. Basically, you make a set series of formations by docking on each other, i.e. turning points, as many times as possible. I’ve been mostly freeflying and don’t have much experience with RW, but managed to not suck and I miraculously remembered all the points! It was definitely a different kind of challenge from freeflying, but super fun too. I just love to fly. My lower back is sore today from arching and wearing a 15lb weight belt. Thanks DB, DZ, and JS for flying with me!!! I was also able to sitfly with EDS for a minute at the end of that session after hastily changing. Of course 16 minutes wasn’t enough for this crazed addict, so I did 4 more minutes of some 3-way sitflying with two people I met there! Then wine night with a bunch of skydivers after our tunnel sessions! I love my skydiving family!

Yes, wine night. I did have 1.5 glasses of red wine. But I avoided the CUPCAKES that were a foot away from me all night and ate fresh strawberries instead. I was tempted when I first saw them, then they stopped being appealing to me. I ended up convincing a couple people to try eating paleo. I feel like a paleo spokesperson because 1. I always end up talking about it and 2. people end up wanting to try it. I want everyone to feel and eat as great as I do!

I made up new food again! That’s always exciting!

Rosemary ham and granny smith apple eggs benedict
Out of all the eggs benedicts I’ve made, this may have been my favorite! Trader Joe’s rosemary ham lunch meat, fresh slices of granny smith apple, poached eggs, and my hollandaise sauce (now made with pasture butter). NOMMMMM. If you can’t find TJ’s rosemary ham, I’d still recommend sprinkling some rosemary on this. It’s lighter than my other bennies and not hot. All the flavors work really well together and you I love the textures. Seriously good.

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Balsamic veggies and ground lamb on fresh arugula
I started by cooking the veggies in a big pan – I used onions, red bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms. Then stirred in a bit of minced garlic and the ground lamb. When everything was cooking in the lamb fat, I added balsamic vinegar and Italian seasoning until the lamb was cooked to my liking. Served on fresh arugula! Super good, super easy, and super filling.

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Pan-fried pork with leeks and radish kimchi
I can’t really explain the leeks and radish kimchi since they’re just Korean sides made by my mom that I usually have in the fridge. But I love snacking on Korean side dishes with a small amount of meat.
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Rice cakes
Not paleo, but gluten-free and Perfect Health Diet compatible! This is what I am obsessed with eating whenever it’s made at my house. I feel like I keep mentioning these rice cakes on my blog and I finally have a pic to share! I finally made my own yesterday, single serving (my mom usually makes a big batch and I end up eating too much). I will make another post today on how to make it. Ingredients: dried cranberries sweetened with apple juice, unsweetened dried mango, raisins, walnuts, pecans, sweet rice flour, water, and sea salt. If you include rice/gluten-free starches in your diet, this is a wonderful snack. After making this one single serving, I ended up making one more, a little bigger, haha… that’s the problem with something that’s super easy to make in 5 minutes.

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Not pictured: 2 pieces 91% dark chocolate, Coconut Bliss naked coconut bar, and the rest of the granny smith apple.

September 15, 2011

Red chard is my new favorite green

Before I start my food post, I’m including a video of one of my wingsuit flights as promised. I wrote about the experience here.

Yesterday was Day 9 of my 30 day food logging challenge! I’m really glad I started because I can really track my eating patterns and see how I can improve my diet. My appetite has diminished and I’m starting to naturally regulate my hunger/eating again! “Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full” stops being so simple when you stop being paleo and consume tons of sugar for a while.

Not pictured:
– Leftover roasted pork shoulder that I found in the fridge
bruleed banana w/ toasted pecans and cinnamon
– One square of Theo Costa Rica 91% Dark Chocolate

Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate Bar
Tastes like a fudgsicle! So good!
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Grassfed NY steak with red chard and onions
The side was amazing! I had to figure out something to do with the red chard from my CSA box so I found a recipe and made a few changes. I used 1 whole yellow onion, a bunch of red chard, a tsp of minced garlic, 2 tsp of capers, no olives, no brown sugar, no salt, no black pepper, and just a tiny sprinkle of lemon juice. I’m so glad I have more chard left! I couldn’t stop eating it!

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I finally went grocery shopping at PCC Natural Markets, I didn’t have a chance to go to Whole Foods and use my Living Social voucher. I’m not sure which is more expensive, both are ridiculous! I did get a bunch of ingredients to start experimenting with paleo baking. I know that a lot of people recommend not trying to “paleo-fy” non-paleo foods, but I enjoy paleofying everything that I can! I’m super slow at grocery shopping because I look at all the ingredients from all the possible choices. And like always, pretty much everything I bought was organic and local if available.

– Ground local grassfed lamb
– Local grassfed lamb rib rack
– Grassfed top loin NY steak
– Hempler’s uncured bacon – local, thick cut, no nitrites, and contains honey instead of cane sugar like all the other bacon I find. The ingredient list was awesome!
– Wild sockeye smoked salmon – I found a sugar free kind with minimal ingredients!
– Red onion
– Avocados
– Granny smith apple
– Unsweetened dried mango
– Dried cranberries sweetened with apple juice (tastes better than Craisins!)
– Organic Valley pasture butter
– Coconut Bliss bars in dark chocolate
– Coconut Bliss bars in naked coconut
– Coconut palm sugar
– Unsweetened shredded coconut
– Dagoba cacao powder
Organicville ketchup – tastes amazing! Sweetened with agave instead of HFCS or sugar, only 6 ingredients.

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I know, I know… There’s still a good amount of sugar in my diet right now, but it’s definitely getting better. I’m pretty sure I’ll always be struggling with a sugar addiction so I might as well find healthier low glycemic alternatives?

September 14, 2011

Cooked fruit is great for dessert

I started off the day with another chicken apple sausage and squash (this time green, tasted a lot like zucchini but was round) eggs benny! The yellow between the squash and sausage is heirloom tomato. It started out green and then it turned yellow, but tasted normal. I definitely don’t know enough about tomatoes!

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Then I started watching Top Chef Just Desserts and really, REALLY missed dessert. I decided it was time for me to venture into paleo dessert making. I’ll definitely be doing some paleo baking in the near future, but I started out simple.

Brûléed banana with cinnamon toasted pecans
Warm, mushy, crunchy, sweet, cinnamony… yum. I actually had two of these yesterday. The first one I drizzled it with a tiny bit of local honey, but on the second I omitted the honey because it really didn’t need any extra sweetners. I think my sweet tooth is starting to die and I’m going back to things being too sweet. You need a torch for this. You’re supposed to sprinkle the banana with sugar and then torch the sugar so it caramelizes. I obviously didn’t want to add sugar and found that torching the banana directly worked just fine. It burns the top layer, but it easily scrapes off and there’s caramel-y sweet banana underneath! This is my new favorite dessert, definitely tastes better than a Larabar!

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I did a quick 2.5mi trail run at Meadowdale Beach Park yesterday, it’s mostly downhill to the beach and mostly uphill back to the car. In my Vibrams of course! It took me about 20-25 minutes. I definitely prefer longer hiking trails for my trail runs, but it’s really convenient having these parks close by! I snacked on some Trader Joe’s Rosemary ham afterwards. I really need to go grocery shopping, I want my prosciutto! Even all natural lunch meat has too many ingredients, including sugar. Prosciutto is just pork and salt, plus it’s delicious as a post-workout snack.

I was super hungry afterwards and ate some Korean food. Some bulgogi (marinated beef, contains soy sauce and a little sugar) and musengchi (a grated radish kimchi) wrapped in lots of red leaf lettuce and sesame leaves.

Then I was off to a skydiver BBQ after stopping at the butcher’s and picking up this huge T-bone steak. The T-bone is quickly becoming my favorite cut, especially because you get a little tenderloin on it. Plus there’s a bone and you all know how much I love eating meat off the bone! Sooo good! I definitely gnawed all the meat off the bone in front of everyone. What, it’s not like I was at a Michelin 3-starred restaurant (they don’t even exist here)… pretty sure that wouldn’t stop me either. I also tried some of my friend’s albacore, which he caught himself this past weekend! Grilled organic zucchini from my CSA box!

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Another friend grilled pineapples to share! I ate several. I love grilled pineapple sooo much. It was the perfect dessert and I managed to stay away from all the cookies and edge-only brownies!

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Not a bad food day, right? But after the BBQ I went to see “Contagion” at a theater that serves food and beer/wine during the movie. My friend ordered some of my favorite junk/bar food – mozarella cheese sticks and buffalo chicken tenders… I had one cheese stick and a few small bites of the chicken tenders. I was full but the temptation was too great! Funny thing is, it didn’t even taste as good as I remembered. On the bright side, I had no problems stopping and had no desire to drink. I enjoyed the movie, but it made me want to wash my hands and take a bath in hand sanitizer. I also felt like I was in epidemiology and geography of disease classes again! I highly recommend it to public health people and don’t recommend it to those with mysophobia.

September 13, 2011

“Live the good food life”

Thanks to a Groupon, I signed up for two home deliveries of organic produce from Full Circle Farm. Before this I had 5-weeks with Tiny’s Organics. It’s too early to compare the two right now, but I like the home delivery option of Full Circle. You can also go on the website, log into your account, and check off which items you’d never want since they pack a box just for you! But I didn’t know what to expect so I didn’t do that for the first delivery. The box is on your doorstep by 6am on Mondays!

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List of contents:

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I ate the 2 nectarines and 2 of the apples yesterday. The apples could have ripened a bit more, but the nectarines were DELICIOUS! They were better than the ones from Tiny’s Organics, but were also a different variety so I can’t exactly make a fair comparison. The quality of the produce did seem to be better though. With Tiny’s, the greens I’d get would always be a little wilted. Full Circle also has a satisfaction guarantee so if something isn’t up to par, you can notify them.

Besides the 4 servings of fruit, I had a chicken apple sausage and a Ginger Snap Larabar. I was out of meat and all the seafood was frozen, so I didn’t have many options yesterday. Of course I made another eggs benny!

Turkey bacon and eggplant eggs benedict
The eggplant from Full Circle was beautiful! So I used it right away at the peak of freshness. Eggplant, turkey bacon, fresh heirloom tomato slices, sauteed mushrooms, poached egg, and my hollandaise sauce. Delicious! But I did prefer some of the other benedicts over this one.

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I had no idea what to eat yesterday since I usually plan my meals around whatever protein I have in the fridge. I only had chicken apple sausage! So I just ended up pulling various veggies out and cutting them up to cook everything in one big pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil.

Eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, mushroom, garlic, and one chicken apple sausage topped with fresh heirloom tomatoes. Pretty good and very filling!

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Great food day! I’m starting to run out of fruit and don’t plan on getting more for a while until my sugar addiction subsides a little. I’m also going to Whole Foods to stock up on meat today! Check out LivingSocial for $10 for $20 worth of groceries at Whole Foods, today only!

September 12, 2011

Adding starches to my diet

I did 2 more wingsuit jumps yesterday!!! I got 105 seconds of flight time on one of them. It’s funny because I have an internal clock for break off time, right around 40 seconds. So I’m flying and right around when my internal skydiving clock tells me it’s time to go, I look at my altimeter and I’m still at like 9k… Then I look again as my internal clock starts panicking and it’s just 7k! My audible altimeter FINALLY goes off when it’s time to pull at 5k, which was lower than the first day, but still high since I tend to pull around 3-3.5k on non-wingsuit jumps. That means a longer canopy ride as well. Kinda tiring, actually, but I absolutely love this whole flying thing.

Rough day yesterday in terms of food – definitely not 95% paleo! But before I get into that, I’d like to present another eggs benedict that I made for breakfast yesterday. Eggs benedict is my absolute favorite breakfast ever and I discovered I could make it without an english muffin. Prior eggs benny experiments:butternut squash and canadian bacon (description of how to make sauce is there) and smoked salmon and cucumber.

Chicken apple sausage and squash eggs benedict
Yellow squash that looks like a UFO, Aidells chicken apple sausage, avocado, heirloom tomato, poached egg, and my hollandaise sauce. The sauce was a little thin because I didn’t have the patience to let it thicken yesterday. I don’t know what it is about the squash and chicken apple sausage combo, but it’s fantastic. This was absolutely delicious! I can’t even rank which of the benedicts I’ve made have been my favorite because they all taste different, despite having the same sauce.
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Started off with a little butter, which isn’t that bad. Always choose full fat dairy if you’re going to have dairy in your own paleo diet. I really should pick up some pastured butter. Then came all the carbs.

I had a VERY carby Sunday.
– Apple Pie Larabar
– Fruit – 3 pluots, 1 yellow peach, 3 donut peaches
– LOTS of homemade rice cakes (sweet rice powder, water, dried mango, dried apricot, raisins, walnuts, pecans, and touch of sea salt) – I always forget to take a pic because I’m too busy stuffing my face with them. I’ve mentioned in a previous post how they’re like crack to me.
– 1 sweet potato
– Veggies, which don’t really count.

Some of the dried fruit in the rice cakes definitely had added sugars. I would really like to know what about the rice cakes make them so irresistible to me. They’re super filling and very high in calories, yet I can’t stop until they’re gone. Maybe it was because I didn’t have any meat in the house again. Then I started thinking that I might keep going overboard with fruit and with rice cakes because I just don’t do well on a low carb paleo diet. I think eating moderate carb might work better for me, especially because I am pretty active. I’m currently looking into the perfect health diet. It’s quite similar to the paleo diet except the inclusion of white rice as a safe starch and that starches in general are considered an important part of the diet. Important to note that it’s WHITE rice, not brown rice. I personally wouldn’t be able to eat a pound of starches every day, though I did yesterday with those rice cakes and sweet potatoes. So once again I’ve failed at being 95% strict paleo for 30 days at only day 6. However, I’m going to keep going with my 30 days of food logging. When I am “off-plan,” it will be like yesterday where I just ate a lot of starches.

I do feel that I need to cut back a lot on my fruit intake. This will be much easier now that my promotional Tiny’s Organics CSA membership is over. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much fruit until I started getting a lot of different kinds every week! My new CSA has way more veggies than fruits.

There is no one perfect way of eating for everyone. What works for one individual might not work for another. I’m having fun experimenting with what works best for me to be my happiest and healthiest self. I think this 30 days of food logging thing will be very helpful in determining that!

September 11, 2011

Dinner at Staple and Fancy Mercantile

I did my first wingsuit jump yesterday as my 443rd jump! Skydivers reading this will all say “BEER!” and I will bring some to the BBQ on Tuesday. “First” and “beer” are synonymous in the skydiving world. I only had time to do one wingsuit jump, but it’s all I needed to know that I now have a new hobby. Or is it a sub-hobby? I felt a little like I did on my very first tandem jump – I had no idea what to expect and was super excited! There were so many things to think about, but I managed to not over-think and really enjoy FLYING. My childhood dreams of flight came true yesterday! It was rather calm and relaxing despite feeling like I had no idea what I was doing! My flight was only like 70 seconds long since I pulled high at 5.5k’, but still felt like FOREVER considering that my usual freefly jumps last like 45-50 seconds. So I’m definitely adding a wingsuit to my wishlist. I’ll post video in a few days!

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I also did a freefly jump before I had to rush home for my dad’s birthday dinner. I was sooo sad to leave before the BBQ started at the DZ! How many times have I mentioned that skydivers have the best BBQs? My friend actually built his own smoker!!! Then brought it to the DZ, put like 80lbs of meat in it to smoke for 15 hours, and made an event out of it. How awesome is that?!? He was also nice enough to pull some out for me early so that I could taste the brisket and pork before leaving. I would have loved to stay and eat more because I love smoked meat!

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There’s always drama at my family dinners, but at least the food is always good! We went to Staple and Fancy Mercantile, one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Well, it was one of my favorite restaurants until I converted to paleo and started avoiding the place. I’ve never ordered from the menu here because I always choose this option: “if you would like to avoid the trouble of ordering altogether, please feel free to hand your menu back to your server and let the kitchen prepare you a family style supper served in four courses for $45 per person.” It is an Italian influenced restaurant, which definitely means pasta. I asked the server if they could do grain and legume free, and what I got was mostly gluten free, but this is definitely not the place to go for a paleo friendly meal unless you take the fun out and order off the menu (I spied a few things that looked promising).

First course – Tapas style appetizers

  • Marinated Sicilian olives
  • Rockfish, chives, and aioli on crostini (did not eat the crostini)
  • Beef, anchovy aioli, poached albacore
  • Sardines with fennel
  • Geoduck salad
  • Fried oysters (did not eat)
  • Tomato, arugula, mozarella (took a bite of the mozarella)

Most of these were paleo friendly!

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Second course – Pasta

That dreaded word – PASTA. In my pre-paleo days, I used to LOVE pasta, especially filled pastas like ravioli and tortellini. I’ve found out since then that I don’t love pasta anymore. It’s way too filling in a bad way? So it had been a very long time since I had been faced with pasta on the table before me.

  • Pork belly ravioli in brown butter and sage sauce (I tried a few of them, taking the filling out of the pasta)
  • Gluten free rice shells with mussels in pesto sauce (Other tables got fettucini or something instead of the gluten free. I had a spoonful, I definitely don’t care for pasta anymore. The mussels were great and I don’t even like mussels!)

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Third course – Meat and Seafood

  • Grilled white fish of some sort (don’t remember), stuffed with lemon and oregano (I will be doing this at home!). I didn’t eat the white bean puree, just the stuff on top. Delicious!
  • Grilled pork loin (didn’t eat the corn, meat was perfect)

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Fourth course – Dessert
I think dessert is way more tempting than pasta. Especially really really really good desserts. Sugar, dairy, and flour filled desserts. I just can’t say no. But I definitely limited myself to a few small bites of each. I also noticed that my sugar cravings are almost gone – I was able to stop myself from eating most of it (good thing I had to share with 3 other people!) and it tasted VERY sweet. Almost too sweet.

  • Lemon cake with berries and sorbet
  • Ricotta cheesecake with figs – Hands down the best cheesecake I’ve ever had in my life. I usually hate cheesecake and this was amazing.)

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Sometimes you just can’t avoid non-paleo dinner situations and you just have to do the best you can. I don’t think I did too bad. Some dairy, some rice pasta, and a few bites of dessert. I also skipped the wine. I absolutely love wine pairings with multi-course meals. Makes the meal that much more enjoyable because the wine tends to really complement the food and open up the flavors. But I am striving to be 95% paleo and alcohol-free for 30 days. How many more days do I have? Just kidding!

I also ate 2 peaches and a Blueberry Muffin Larabar yesterday as snacks while at the DZ. I’m finally feeling less insatiably hungry. This morning I woke up without any sugar cravings and no desire to eat something right away!

I can’t believe it has been 10 years since 9/11. Like everyone else, I remember exactly where I was as I watched the second plane hit on the news. Remember how “United we stand, divided we fall” was the post-9/11 motto? What happened to that?? Because all I see are people divided by insignificant differences. It shouldn’t take a horrific national tragedy to bring people together, but that often seems to be the case. I hope I can do my part to change that.