Hi mummybeelee! Thanks for stopping by, and welcome to the PB! I love "tinkering in the kitchen" too, and actually feel like adding some dietary restrictions has spurred me to be more creative and adventurous.
zoebird! Yes, I love, love, love Philly (though I have to admit a certain amount of Kiwi envy - I hear it's gorgeous, and all that pastured beef has a definite appeal). What brought you from PA to NZ, and where are you from originally?
It's funny...in many ways, I think of myself as a country girl at heart. I grew up in the boondocks, love hiking and growing food and nature and all that, but at this point in my life I couldn't imagine not living in a city. I love the culture, the community, the diversity, the public transit, the walk-ability, and just all the stuff to do. Plus, Mr. Holla grew up in a city and doesn't really "get" the suburban culture - honestly, neither do I. Then again, he's not really the type who always wants to come home to peace and quiet
So, I'm carving out my own little slice of country in the city: this summer, we bought a teeny house and the vacant lot next door. Once it warms up a bit, I'll be putting in some raised beds, beginning to compost, and getting our garden started. We also have a sun porch that I'm setting up for growing herbs and citrus. I can't even express how exciting that is to me after 10 years of city living!
Thanks for the IUD reminder...I've been putting off making my appointment, but should really do that today Good luck with yours!
I've decided to tighten up my diet a bit more, now that I'm finally able to enjoy red meat (it is amazing how much bacon has in common with crack), so I'm shooting to cut down on dairy and nuts, and step up my strength training now that my health seems to have stabilized a bit. Plus, my husband has expressed a desire to start working out again, so I should probably try to be a better role model My alcohol consumption also crept up during December, and while I have cut back significantly, I'm still drinking more than is optimal for me.
Just based on listening to my hunger signals, I seem to be falling into a pattern of IFing through breakfast once or twice a week. I seriously could have never imagined such a thing six months ago. I'm curious to see where my eating patterns will ultimately land as I continue to adapt to an evolutionarily appropriate diet. I guess I'll just have to wait and see!
Breakfast: Green beans sauteed in butter with seasonings, 3 sunny side up eggs fried in butter (note to self - using green beans to scoop up egg yolk is faaaar tastier than using toast ever was, so add sunny side up to the egg rotation permanently)
Lunch: BAS! Spring mix with avocado, cashews, grilled portobello, tomatoes, shrimp, and a salad dressing of dubious provenance
Dinner: TBD...may attempt some bacon wrapped scallops though