Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Whining about Winelessness

This week I decided to go back to my pre-Christmas break policy of wine only on the weekends.  I don't think it's all that great for my body to have wine each evening, especially not the ten second pour that TH serves.

Well, it has been harder than I imagined.  The teenage natives who migrate through my classroom on a daily basis have been significantly restless this week, practicing pre-mating rituals like Pencil-Grab-and-Hide and Everyone Look At Me Because I'm Doing Something Funny.

I've found myself wanting to break my self-imposed rules several times, but I've managed to hold strong,  in part due to replacing my wine glass with a bottle of kombucha.

I find it interesting that the entire bottle of Synergy only has 4 grams of sugar.  It tastes so sweet to me.  Does anyone know how to explain this?

Now that I'm not drinking workweek wine, I can actually remember what I ate all day (just kidding!!).  For breakfast I had my usual green smoothie, which looks a little purple due to frozen cherries and chard. 

Lunch involved Russell James's Nut-Free Bread, veggies, hummus, and olive tapenade (recipes from Raw Food Real World).  

My pre-P90X snack was buckwheat cereal (Raw Food Real World again) and Pacific Natural Foods hemp milk (didn't have time to make my own).  

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While making dinner, I ate my weight in greens (in the form of kale chips). 

Do a post-munch teeth check if you are eating these in public. 

For dinner I ate my normal giant salad, this time covered in hemp dressing from Delightfully Raw.

I'm thinking dessert will be mango sorbet.  

Question:  What kinds of rules do you hold yourself to?  Are they hard to follow?  


  1. I feel like I say it every time, but your food is beautiful :)

    I "quit" smoking cold-turkey November 9, and I have smoked 10 cigarettes since then, so clearly that's not a REAL rule I am holding myself to (I don't think 10 cigs is awful - 10 in almost 3 months? Not bad at all...). I guess the only rules I stick to (aside from like, the 10 Commandments) are go to bed with my husband and get up when he does. It can be tiring! I am MOST productive at night, and he goes to bed at 8 p.m., so a lot of the time I go to bed and lay awake for hours, but I always go to bed when he does and I get up with him unless I am deathly ill.

    I love the games you said your high-schoolers are playing. That's hilarious! I think that's who I want to be teaching in about 3 years, or however long it takes me to finally finish school. I'm gonna probably be 30 by the time I have any degree at all. Oy veh!

    I love what you said about wine too. My fella quit drinking this summer, I quit with him, and I miss drinking MUCH more than I miss smoking. I just like to have a glass of wine every now and then (or really, I'd love to every weekend), but I generally only have a drink once a month or less since July, cause I don't get out very often and I won't keep it in our house. I know I just made us sound like struggling alcoholics, but sadly it can become a problem for combat veterans, so I just do what I can to support my guy, even if it means giving up Muscato.

  2. I love how good-humored you sound about those kids. Being able to laugh at it helps with not being driven crazy by it (this I know in theory, but I so admire what you're doing).

    I love kombucha but definitely get somewhat buzzed off of it: I think that a lot of the sugar is converted into alcohol. How long it's been fermented will determine how much sugar is left, and I think those GT Dave ones taste sweeter than that too! Yummy though. Good for you on the wine decision, if it is good? My smoothies are that color too, very often. All your food looks so yummy!
    As for rules, gosh! I'm the dictator par excellence when it comes to myself, although my blog is so named as part of my crusade against black and white, and in the past few years I've been breaking all my rules and just trying not to make too many new ones!

  3. @Ester Jean

    Hi Ester Jean! Thanks so much for your comments. Props for quitting smoking and waking up so early when you don't have to. If I didn't have to be at work early I would gladly sleep in until at least 8:00.

    I think you should become a teacher! The students would adore your sense of humor.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one missing wine. I love how it makes me feel all warm and cozy in the winter time. Is that a bad thing?

  4. Ela, I so appreciate your thoughtful input. I love that you are embracing life as a rule breaker. It can be both invigorating and scary, can't it?

    My friend notices the same buzzing effect with kombucha, but I can't say that I do. I love the taste, the bubbles, and even the amoeba flotsam.