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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
My goals for this week were to balance my own Paleo Principles with the delicious restaurants our area has to offfer. Sister-In-Law traveled halfway across the US to celebrate her big 3-0 with us and we wanted to show her a great time while still making DECENT decisions. My definition of “decent?” Usually it's more ambitious – Wednesday, it was all about staying Gluten-free. While the ideal is to eschew sugar and processed foods, the rare treat MUST be gluten-free. Now, I'm not your mother and I'm not your Google search bar. So do some research on your own as to why gluten (an ingredient in most “whole-grain” items) sucks, and what Gut Irritation or Leaky Gut is. To give you a primer – these things are associated with such things as MS, IBS, Allergies…you name it.
Okey doke – so we had a delightful morning and ended up hitting my three favorite Philly food spots and lots of historical sites after sleeping in a bit.
Brunch: Had a superb, extra large Chorizo, salsa, and avocado omelette with side of bacon (didn't survive to picture time) from Honey's Sit N' Eat in Northern Liberties. Honey's is a delicious diner that uses local meats, veggies, and eggs. SIL exclaimed over the sausage and was equally happy with my home-cooked bacon during her visit, and I can only assume the difference is in the locally-raised flavor.
Yes, food service engineers (read: wait staff) look at me funny when I tell them I don't want the toast, muffin, and home fries that come with the meal. But they get over it. If I still have to pay the full price – oh well. I'd rather pay an extra buck to stay healthy than pay to look at that crap sitting like a greasy cardboard hooker next to my pure, unfettered, beautiful omelette.
Birthday Treat: A delicious cupcake from the lovely purveyor of Gluten-Free treats on South Street, Sweet Freedom Bakery. There's no reason NOT to enjoy a sweet treat on special occasions – like a 30th birthday celebration – but keeping these treats gluten-free is vital. “Celiac” is a popular word right now, and I can only imagine it's because we're becoming wise to the fact that almost nobody handles gluten like a goat handles its tin cans. Just don't eat gluten. Just don't. OK?
I must point out that man CANNOT live on gluten-free treats alone. This is a great option, but YOU MISS THE MARK ON HEALTH AND WELLNESS IF YOU'RE LIVING ON REPLACEMENT GOODS. Living healthfully means a paradigm shift, not switching from a box of food to a box of food that says “gluten-free.” Keep in mind that even G-free treats contain rice (grain) and legume (chickpea flour) products that contain phytates and antinutrients. Gluten is simply the greater of these evils, in my opinion.
Dinner: Stopped for some social time and a helping of the best wings I've ever had at North 3rd. These don't need to be dipped in dressing or swallowed with a hunk of celery. The chicken is fall-off-the-bone good and the dose of hot sauce is perfect.
So there you have it. Not the most perfect Paleo day, but a great example of how to navigate the possibilities. I woke up this (Thursday) morning feeling great, so I know that any exposure to gluten or digestive irritants was minimal.
Sleep quality was decent, but quantity and scheduling suboptimal. 10 PM to 5:30 AM.
Exercise: Took a rest day!
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