Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Virtual Coffee {18} or Tea actually

Hello dear friends and welcome to coffee, or actually tea today as I’m giving coffee up for the next few weeks. 

With my usual bimonthly regularity I’ve embarked on another one of those insano-projects that generally serve to make me more neurotic though their actual purpose would be to bring me to a place of serenity and peace. (Yeah, right, probably never going to happen, but a girl can dream.)

You see, in my perpetual quest to lose weight and, more importantly, feel good I finally decided to admit defeat in regard to the stupid diet (i.e. the zone diet). I simply cannot be bothered to constantly measure, weigh and analyze my food. So then I read this book and this book and decided that the road to happiness was depriving myself of the foods I love the most. 
It may not sound like it, but there is a twisted logic to this whole thing. My plan was further reinforced by Jessica Anne over at Adventures with three girls who actually went vegan (I’m not ready to go that far) and apparently feels grrrrrrrrrreeeeaaaaat (yes, I’m channeling a tiger).

Anyway, I’ve given up what are considered the seven most allergy inducing foods (or rather food sensitivity inducing foods), which, according to these books are: Dairy, Wheat, Soy, Corn, Eggs, Peanuts and Sugar (people aren’t generally sensitive to sugar, but it makes the whole food sensitivity situation worst). For good measure I also eliminated tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, shellfish and red meat the first week, which predictably led my husband to wonder what in the holy heck I was going to actually be eating. Let me just say it’s been going surprisingly well, also, aware of my limitations I’m taking it in weekly increments. Today I finished the first week of this regime and decided to do one more week and I’m not looking any further ahead than that. This makes it manageable for me and I’m not frothing at the bit for some bread or pasta (remember, I live in Italy!).
So, for now I feel grrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaat (though I’m literally peeing every 2.5 minutes, how is that possible??!!) and we’ll see how it goes from here.

We’ve been very busy with activities for the kids involving picnics in the mountains, pillow fights in the town park, pirate ships and aquariums. The beach renovation is going well, so we’re ordering all the furniture tomorrow and on Thursday we’re going to check on progress (which means a second installment of the reno posts, for those interested, on Friday).

Summer’s half over and it’s making me a little sad. The boy starts preschool on September 7th (sob, sniff, wail) and I’m starting to feel a bit melancholic… though I’m thinking some back to school shopping excitement should help me snap right out of it (remember, it’s my first time, hence the anticipation).

Ok, finished my green tea, and the bathroom is calling to me again, I’m literally losing my weight in water… wish it was permanent!

(I just realized this was a very one-sided, self-absorbed conversation. Then started thinking it’s this way because I’m the only one here. Then I realized that the other side of the conversation is me reading your coffee or tea posts and all is right in my mind again. Yes, I just totally went off on a useless, slightly contorted tangent, this happens with alarming frequency.)

Now go on and visit Amy!



  1. Haaa!
    Best of luck with the purge.
    I'm certainly feeling the mid-summer burn but in my case, I can't wait for school to be back in.
    So you see, that makes you a far better mother than I ;)
    Can't wait to see the beach house!


  2. Best of luck on your dieting adventures! I am sure it is totally hard, but it will be worth it in the end!
    It looks like you've had yourself a fun summer so far! Enjoy it while it lasts! My daughter goes into Kindergarten this year, so I know how you feel... I feel a little teary when I think about it, too!

  3. a one-sided convo is just fine... we make it two-sided when we stop by :)
    i'm guessing you'll pass on the biscuits over at mine, but that's ok! thanks for the coffee x

  4. I'm with you on the always-feeling-like-I'm-rambling-on-about-myself when I do these Virtual Coffee posts.  But it is true that we read and comment on the others, too-- and its exposed me to a whole set of new and interesting bloggers.  Wishing you continued success with your "diet"/healthier eating.  Its smart to take it week by week-- smaller steps seem more do-able.  Sounds like you've been doing some fun summer activities.  Our kids return to school in late August, and now I'm planning my daughter's birthday party for mid-August.  Truthfully, I am looking forward to the back-to-school schedule.  I love my kids, but I do crave a chunk of time to myself to get things done, and in the summer, I feel perpetually behind.  Enjoy your green tea and make sure not to venture too far from the bathroom!  Thanks for coffee (for me) and tea (for you).  Have a great week!

  5. Good for you on your healthy eating makeover. I think you have right frame of mind ... take it one week at a time ... that will lead you down the road of success for sure. 

  6. hahaha...i think we are all guilty of one-sided absorbant conversations...that's why we blog, right? : ) good for you and your healthy changes! and thank you for coffee!

  7. Wow that is impressive that you seem to be doing so well on your diet! I do confess, like your hubby, I kind of wonder what you CAN eat...but if you're feeling great, then that seems to be a good sign! I do wonder about the peeing though. I do have to chuckle about the one-sided conversation bit. It can only be one-sided right? Until we comment, that is! Hope the summer continues to go well for you!

  8. Um I'm here. Word in edgewise please. I gained weight on that stupid Zone. I found that piles of vegetables and sometimes going hungry works for me. But you're approach is similar. Either way put some good books in the potty...

  9. it seems like that's the only place I have time to read books anyway...

  10. Eating out is challenging... though notice there's no potatoes on my list of no foods? So I splurge on the occasional french fry, that seems to keep me sane!

  11. Thank you for visiting!

  12. I sure hope so! Trying to keep it simple!

  13. Vegan? Hmmmm...are you doing healthy vegan or crap vegan. I heard Fritos are vegan. I might be able to live on fritos, I don't think I would lose weight though. I can't wait to hear how it goes!!

  14. Well done with the diet - you're a braver woman than me. No red meat? No carbs? No shellfish? You must have the will power of a, um, well, someone with lots of will power. I'm terrible at diets, once tried the Atkins. Lasted a day. Actually, three quarters of a day. Was gagging for a piece of bread by 8pm and my terrible will power gave up immediately.

  15. no fritos here unfortunately, plus can't eat corn either. Not vegan (as am still eating copious amounts of chicken and fish and the occasional cow), let's just call it the "miserable diet" or the "give me some damn bread already" diet, or the "why the hell am I doing this" diet.

  16. I'm with you! The only reason this has lasted longer than five minutes is that I'm taking it in week by week.Right now all I can think about is just getting to tuesday, and tuesday I'll decide whether I want to attack the pasta or not...

  17. .......traditrice.........niente noccioline?!?!?!?.......Assolutamente FOLLE!