So, in these fast manifesting times that we find ourselves in, we should be most careful what we wish for, because our will may be done in the most unexpected of ways, my friends. I say this, because it has happened to me this year already, and we are only on day 6 :).
It is like this: a month or so ago, I was talking to a friend about the kinds of changes we wanted to make in our lives in 2016. Something that was coming up for both of us was a need to play around with and change what we eat. I was carrying a bit of weight, and I knew I had become a bit stuck and a bit lazy with my food choices and preparation. The thing is, my friends, I am a triple Taurean; I love food and cannot stand prescriptive or restrictive diets, called by any name at all, so I was having a little bit of trouble with how I was going to do it.
So, an idea I had was to introduce a new food or recipe into my life each week, which would hopefully counteract the somewhat disturbing trend I had developed of walking into the supermarket, buying the same 10 fruit and vegetables, and walking out again. Do you do that too? Just end up buying the same old things over and over again because you can’t be arsed thinking of something new to cook? Coincidentally (or not) I was also editing a friend’s ebook on her experience with the Paleo diet, and was totally inspired by the recipe section…
Two weeks later two teeth broke just before Christmas, which effectively meant that for two weeks, I couldn’t chew anything. In particular, no bread or meat, which coincidentally were the very foods that I wanted to cut down on in 2016. Fancy. And, because my mouth felt like it belonged to someone else and was generating a hell of a lot of anxiety for me, I had no desire to put anything in it unless I was hungry or thirsty. This included alcohol. So picture me, in the Christmas/New Year period, with at least one, often two social occasions per day, all centered around food and alcohol – not able to participate. It was like sending an alcoholic to the pub and telling him he can’t drink.
Weirdly, although I felt uncomfortable and often wretched, it wasn’t because I couldn’t have food, it was because my mouth felt unrecognisable to me, and I couldn’t get my problem resolved because there were no dentists open. For once, I just had to sit with my problem and stay with my anxiety with absolutely no action open to me. This is very difficult for me to do.
What was going right, I realised after a few days, was that my body was feeling good. Really good. I was losing weight, I wasn’t bloated, and I felt free from food. I ate when I was hungry, I drank when I was thirsty, and that was it. Through necessity, I was eating very simply: scrambled eggs with feta and tomato for breakfast, potato salad, avocado and tuna for lunch and a soup for dinner. It tasted great and I was craving nothing.
So. At the beginning of this week I finally got into see the dentist *cue the hallelujah chorus*. One tooth had already been pulled out two days before Christmas, and I was beyond terrified that this one would be as well. To my intense and indescribable relief, the tooth was able to be repaired *cue the hallelujah chorus*. Tempted as I was to tackle the dentist to the ground and cover him with kisses, I restrained myself :).
So, now, I can technically eat anything I want. Except, I don’t really want to eat the stuff I was eating before my tooth catastrophe. I still only want to eat when I am hungry and drink when I am thirsty. I know. Radical, huh? I had a bit of turkish bread yesterday with breakfast, and I just didn’t enjoy it. So this morning I made up some potato, zucchini and carrot hash browns and had them with baked beans and a fried egg. So good. Lunch is a smoothie, and tonight will be a minestrone so I can use up that ham bone from Christmas. I don’t even want cakes, biscuits or chocolate. WTF?
I’ve also had a good idea: with every new food that I try each week, I will write about my experiences with it, right here. I’ll tell you a bit about it, why I chose it, what it was like to cook with and then I’ll share a recipe or two. What do you think?
Coming up with 52 new foods or recipes may become challenging after a while, so any suggestions welcome :).
First up: coconut oil