Friday, January 26, 2007


As a recovering alcoholic, I don't drink. I haven't in more than 20 years. But I remember what hangovers feel like, and I have one today FROM SUGAR!

Dinner at The Kitchen was great. They really stress that you can have the food any way you want (and at $125 per person, not including beverages or tip, it should be exactly as you want it!), and I knew two people in our party were having vegetarian options. So as they were describing the dinner which included lobster bisque (I don't eat lobster because lobsters don't poop and I don't like lobster), something in a veal stock (I don't eat veal because I can't support the industry), a fois gras (I don't eat liver -- boy, I'm sounding like a special case, aren't I???) -- well, I kept thinking about asking for vegetarian options. I did, and what they made was fabulous! I couldn't even tell you what it all was, but it was light and fresh and clean tasting and I loved it! Tim tried my food and said it was even better than what he was served on the normal menu.

Then we got to dessert which was something chocolate and bittersweet and warm and gooey, served with vanilla bean sorbet and some other fabulous stuff. I LOVED mine! Then I looked at Tim's plate, and it was practically intact. He was full because he'd had seconds of nearly every course. So I swooped in and appropriated his plate and polished it off. About 5 minutes later I started feeling unwell. Not anything that became symptomatic -- I just felt icky inside. And it lasted all night. And I still feel it today. Any doubts I had about how food affects me are completely gone.

So today I'm back to the eating the seems to work for me -- mostly vegetarian, mostly organic, lots of water, and lots of Diet Mountain Dew. (I know it makes no sense, but hey -- it's working!)


KatieFeldmom said...

because lobsters don't poop and I don't like lobster
Why didn't you tell me this in December? Or maybe that's why my coworker said that lobsters were the cockroach of the sea? And I didn't listen to him or to you. Dangit.

Anyhoo, thanks for your post about quitting. I'm working on the mental part and you are right about that being the most important aspect.

Thanks for your words on my blog!!! They always mean so much to me.

Babygirl said...

Um, did someone mention DMD? (As I sit here at 10:40 a.m. working on #3...)

And I LOVELOVELOVE the Kitchen. It's blogs like this that make me miss California... nice restaurants, awesome company.

Love you.

Laurie said...

I knew there was a reason I didn't like Lobster - didn't know that was it, but now when people ask I have a reason! Thanks.

Amazing, ain't it when we eat well, we realize how poorly we feel from eating what used to pass as food without realizing what it was doing to us?

Right on with the Diet Soda (Diet Caffiene Free Coke for me, thank you!)

Brit-Man said...

Well I can say confidently, I have never drunk. Over 12 years legally, and not once did I drink, not even before it was legal for me.

So I can say, that you should be very, very proud of yourself, for getting over your situation, and being so strong for 20 years. Now that says so much, about your Heart, character, and human abilities, and it's those qualities that have definitely helped you to be where you are now, and having done the things you've done in the past few years, physically and professionally.

I admire your courage, and to me I hope I would be able to say, I don't think you're a recovering alcoholic, I think after 20 or so years, you would have every right to call yourself a recovered alcoholic, and for me as far as putting drink in my mouth, I say better out than in.

Keep up the hard work with everything you're doing. You really are an incredbile person Leslie, and one of those people, that's a little different to most, but a wondeful kind of different, and for that I certainly feel grateful.

It's a privilege to know people like you.

Have a great day, and best wishes, whatever it brings :-) :-).


Chérie said...

That dinner sounds heavenly. If only we could stop ourselves with a bite or two of a yummy dessert.

I'm on my way to read the Skwigg/Venuto article.

Anonymous said...

My girlfriend and I went to Olive Garden Friday night. I was a very good girl and didn't eat any meat or cheese. I so wanted to get a dessert, but was good and didn't. Since I haven't really had any sugar or sweets in a week, I'm not sure how my body would react. Eating healthy, organic, as much as possible, and vegan, is working so well for me. Have you looked over the RAVE book, yet?

Irene said...

Glad you had a wonderful dinner!

Dessert must have been to die for if you ate hubbies, too... :) LOL...

Have a great week!