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So here I am in Madison, WI. Probably should have driven back earlier today because I now have to stay an extra night since I don't want to drive in the dark and snow. Oh well. It's my first time here and I REALLY LIKE IT! Despite being stuck in Hotel Sarajevo.
Over the course of the weekend I have eaten a lot of interesting things. I left all my supplements at home because I just wanted a little mini-vacation from the day-to-day routine of taking them. But I tell ya what...if I'm off the adaptogenic herbs too long (ashwagandha, holy basil, Siberian ginseng, etc.) I get extremely messed up. I also lose large chunks of hair when I take a shower (must be some sort of thyroid alteration!). Most of these herbs work on the adrenal and thyroidal function.
So, back to what I've eaten:
Friday began with the protein shake listed in my first blog. Really no excuse for anyone not to have breakfast when you've got that protein powder at your disposal. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried it yet. I was thinking about buying the O shake, too, since as a non-sec I can have more eggs. Boy do I love eggs.
"I love eggs, from my head down to my legs"
Later on when I was on the road, as you know, it's slim pickins for wholesome blood-type friendly food along most midwest interstate stops. As I stopped to get gas, I opted to try a "low-carb" Subway wrap. Well, I was screwed already as the wrap contained wheat. But it also contained soy. One of the thing but I can't remember. But of course, Lord knows how many preservatives they put in those products. Honestly, I usually cannot eat at places like Subway or Blimpie anymore because the smell of that nasty fake bread baking makes me gag. You see, when I was a student at Creighton, I lived across from the Student Center which had a Blimpie. The entire student center smelled like Blimpie bread baking. Six years of that is enough to keep me away from that place.
Back to subway. I tried the turkey and bacon wrap minus the bacon. I added some lettuce, bell peppers, red onions, and Caesar dressing (another scary component/"faux food" I should have avoided. Oh, that and the cheese. Or isn't it more like "cheese flavored product"?).
Anyone who wants to read about "faux foods" should pick up my all-time favorite "dieting" philosophy book called "The Fat Fallacy" by Will Clower. It's an entertaining and persuasive book on why despite the increased intake of rich yummy foods, the French are skinny and the Americans are fat. (Mainly due to portion size and psychology of eating). This book rocks my world. It came out around the time all the other "why low fat diets don't work" theories were introduced. Despite its one size fit all approach to eating certain foods, I still like it.
OK, so that Subway wrap was just to give me some fuel. The next afternoon in Madison I had chocolate raspberry torte ice cream (uh oh, more dairy) in a sugar cone and a shot of espresso. Then I had Nepalise food (spelling?). Yes, in that order (dessert first, not my idea, haha). I had the Chicken Sikar with Brown Rice. Nepalise is a lot like Indian food. There was also a side order of this tofu/potato/bamboo shoot mix. It was all "quite nice" (Aussie goat joke).
Later that night at a banquet, I had a glass of Merlot and a buffet-style dinner. I got to mingle with all these pharmacists. I really didn't know anyone there, but it was cool because I was with my people, haha. Let me tell you, those Cheeseheads know how to party, but I was so tired that I didn't stay long. Anyhoo, back to the food...
There was some scary chicken with some mysterious cream sauce. I say scary because it just tasted like factory chicken. When you eat good free-range deli chicken on a daily basis you get a little spoiled. Also had some veggies, rice, etc. I'm not really sure what I was eating because I was really tired and it was all on one plate. Oh, yes, and some salad before the meal. Really this isn't that exciting. And when you are amongst brainiac traditional health system pharmacists you barely know, you don't want to get all political and/or deep and talk about diets. It kind of ruins the vibe. Dessert was carrot cake.
OK, let's skip to today. I had a florentine omelet for brunch. Spinach, feta, scallions, what else? Potatoes (sorry, but I just can't get away from them, they chase me) and wheat bread were the sides, so I just at a little bit. And a soy latte.
Ended the day with a Chipotle burrito. Chicken, black beans, rice, guacamole, mild salsa, lettuce. Only ate like 1/3 of it. And avoided the white flour tortilla itself.
And that's all for the day. Back to work tomorrow. Pray that it's a safe drive. And the nine-day marathon cycle begins again tomorrow.....(insert music) <<<<
Eventually one goal of this blog besides tell you everything I eat is to pass some pharmaceutical knowledge onto the you, the reader. After all, part of a successful Creighton education is learning how to give back to the community. What a great place to do it! Info that will help integrate the allopathic and naturopathic worlds into one happy hybrid. But that's for another day.
Good night from Lake Mendota (vs. the usual Lake Wobagon, haha, dumb MinneSOta joke).