Wednesday, August 18, 2010

when you wake up feeling old.



I've been pondering health and nutrition even more than usual lately for a couple reasons. The first was an appointment with a naturopathic physician (which was amazing). One of the things she suggested for me was to cut back on wheat. Since then, I've mostly been eating only fruits and vegetables. It has been way easier than I thought, and it just feels good.

The second reason is that I'm finally reading In Defense of Food and, as a result, am starting to change the way I think about food and eating. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. It sounds simple enough, but there's much more to it (like the point that most of what we're putting in our mouth isn't really food at all, but rather food-like edible substances). I really love the book so far and I'm excited to slowly "reclaim [my] health and happiness as [an] eater."

^That's my pretty and healthy and delicious weekly lunch from Chestnut Lane: kale salad and fresh fruit. If you haven't been there, you are missing out. Actually, some of my very favorite Phoenix restaurants are St. Francis, Chestnut Lane, and Bertha's. It just so happens that all three of them are my design clients... what can I say, we love good food.

24 comments:

  1. I've been eating much healthier too... so I don't gain 50+ pounds this time around. Ha ha.

    Lately I've been thinking that one day some genius is going to write a book about how to convince a meat-loving husband to change their relationship with food {or really, just meat}.

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  2. you could never be "old" Angela:)

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  3. on the other hand, i like eating corn dogs for breakfast.

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  4. That book is so helpful. The "rules" are easy to remember and it's really helped me in my transition to being a vegetarian.

    Happy eating.

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  5. Food like substance.. Yep. Sounds exactly like the stuff I put in my mouth everyday!

    I've thought about scaling back on my wheat and carb intake. It sounds like a lot of people are doing this, and are feeling much better!

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  6. Oh geez, watch Food,Inc. It will change everything about how you see food!! I've been meaning to read In Defense of Food.. I'll have to get it out of the library!

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  7. i love this. im right there with you. im just too lazy to stick with it when im on vacation, or say living with the in laws for the summer, but i can totally feel the difference in my body. i want to read that book now- thanks for the recommend. my family is all about this and im excited too!
    loves!
    britt
    oh ps, i ordered the warby parker glasses- thanks for the recommend on those too! you're the best!

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  8. ps- i love clints comment- totally my husband as well! boys are so lucky- they can eat anything and not feel a difference. im so effected by food.

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  9. St. Francis is a fav of mine as well! How fun that they are clients. Boyd did the stereo system there and we know aaron chamberlin real well.

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  10. The way I eat needs a total overhaul. You've inspired me to finally get around to reading that book. I've only been hearing about it for AGES.

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  11. food. so many books/magazines/blogs/tv shows make it out to be this super complicated thing, even to the point of being overwhelming.

    i just started this book and love its easy message - it makes sense and THAT is a breath of fresh air.

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  12. i would like to start out this comment by telling you i ate a snickerdoodle and caffeine-free diet pepsi for breakfast.

    so, maybe i will read that book. it's not the "knowing" i struggle with. it's the "doing".

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  13. angela,

    remember those amazing dried yellow flowers(were they flowers? you know...those amazing golden puff balls?)that you shared with me?

    do you remember where you ordered them from? my friend is looking for something like that for her wedding.

    if you remember, let me know.

    thanks a bunch!

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  14. That looks quite delicious. This post is encouraging to me. I have been eating so terribly as of late, which is not helpful when my body is rebelling to extreme stress.

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  15. books like these are great for making you feel guilty all of the time.

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  16. When Nolan was a newborn he had lots of health issues and our naturopathic doctor told us he had a sensitivity to wheat and dairy, which made breast feeding nearly impossible. Wheat is in everything!! He has since gotten over that sensitivity but I did love eating more whole foods during that time.

    I have recently gotten on a healthy living kick, it's just too bad I have the most unhealthy husband in the whole entire world! It makes things quite difficult.

    Who is your naturopathic doctor? We have been looking for a new one.

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  17. Sounds like a book I definitely need to read! Good for you! And your lunch looks delish.

    your husband is a crack up!

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  18. as i sit here with my oatmeal coconut chocolate chip cookies...

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  19. good for you, angela! i wish i was a healthy eater. (i've been told no wheat, too... have you read/tried eating for your blood type? interesting.)

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  20. When you are old, you just glad that you wake up!

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  21. clint's comments are hilarious. ok so what was everything in the kale salad? i know that kale is really good for you but it tastes so bitter. i've been buying it every once in a while since the beginning of the year and i still can only eat it in a green smoothie... or a little bit on a sandwich... or maybe in a burrito. and the only reason why is because in each of those... there are ingredients that (for me) over power that nasty taste. but that salad? it looks like the whole taste of it is kale.

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  22. brittany, totally know what you mean. i've been buying kale but can only put it in my green smoothies. i'm not sure what it is about this particular salad but i seriously love it.

    kale + pine nuts + dried cranberries (or maybe raisins?) + parmesan. and the dressing is super light - it tastes like a little olive oil + lemon juice?

    it is really good, i promise. i've been thinking the kale must be cooked a little -- maybe just blanched real quick in some boiling water? that may take some of the bitter taste away.

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  23. Why cut back on the wheat? just curious.

    I thought wheat was super good for you. In moderation I guess?

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  24. cally -

    the wheat-free part was actually because i have a lot of joint pain in my hips + knees. i've been surprised that it has helped (seems weird that they would be related), but i've been even more surprised that i've been losing a little weight since i stopped eating wheat. maybe because there's wheat in a lot of my favorite things that i've had to cut out (pizza, cookies, baked goods, etc.)

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