My head is a panel of dials and switches.

February 27th, 2013

Craving, control, and a few Whole 30-ish favorites

Cigarettes and chocolate milk/ these are just a couple of my cravings.

Rufus Wainwright, “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk “

Yesterday was the toughest food day yet. I was missing everything that’s off-limits, particularly chocolate, to the extent that I got a little weepy walking by the foil-wrapped Easter bunnies at the supermarket. Why did I have to give up ALL THE THINGS?

I managed to get through it. We’ll see how today goes. It really helps to have a planned “cheat” day (sundown to sundown Saturday-Sunday), because I can at least soothe myself through cravings with the promise of a taste then. So far, I’ve only indulged in the things I can be content to consume in moderation — wine, and a couple of fresh mozzarella balls in my deli salad on Saturday night. I don’t know if I can have a piece of chocolate and then put it back down for a week. I’ve heard that French women can do this. I assume it makes them mean. I’ve abstained completely from sweeteners, grains, and online socializing for the same reason. Some of my controls have a dial, some are an on/off switch.

Meanwhile, I can’t think when I’ve eaten so well as I have the past two weeks. Or so colorfully. Pictured above are a few of my recent favorites. Clockwise from top left:

  • A perfectly poached egg on roasted sweet potato fries (saved from dinner the night before)
  • Slow roasted roma tomatoes, with rosemary and olive oil.
  • Quinoa in the rice cooker with steamed prunes and apples (quinoa is a Whole30 no-no. So are cheat days.)
  • Salmon salad (canned salmon, chopped pecans, scallions and carrots, with lemon juice and a little olive oil to bind it) with a pretty salad inspired by this recipe at Catherine Newman’s blog–I used beets, carrots, parsnips and made my own dressing with pear balsamic vinegar and oil.

Our microwave/convection oven set itself on fire just before I started my Lent diet, and I replaced it with a really nice toaster oven I managed to snag on post-Christmas clearance at the supermarket. For twenty-five bucks, it was supposed to be something to tide us over until we can replace the big rig we had, but it’s turning out to be incredibly versatile. I only miss the microwave feature for knowing what time it is, and warming up coffee.

I roast and broil my vegetables and fruits in it almost every meal. Yes, fruits. Cooked fruit is my comfort food through these gloomy late winter days that beg for something warm and sweet in the belly. Baked apples, broiled pineapple, grilled bananas, and caramelized grapefruits might just carry me through till Easter.

Or at least to the end of this week.

4 Responses to “My head is a panel of dials and switches.”

  1. Asha says:

    I want you to make me lunch.

  2. Jonivan says:

    Frying an egg over easy for a sec then placing it in a sweet potato is a great one! My wife has mastered this, I have not.

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