I love to travel and as I sit at my desk in the living room, I look out at the southern sky watching the planes fly east from SeaTac airport. I often imagine myself on one of those planes, wondering where they’re bound. Spending the last year at home, I’ve done a lot of vicarious travel, through meditation, through the internet, through the tales told by friends when they return from their trips.
I love to eat, too….or….rather, I used to. Following the partial gastrectomy in October 2008 to remove the tumor in my stomach, I now have a tiny stomach and an altered digestive system. My vagus nerve had to be removed which means that I no longer feel hunger….ever. I have to eat frequently throughout the day and my medication requires extra fluid intake so I’m constantly eating or drinking something. The options, though are rather limited. I am now…
Sugar and Artificial Sweetener Free
Caffeine Free (except for a cup of green tea in the morning)
and I’m primarily vegetarian but not “religious” about it
…..so, if you stop and think about it, that doesn’t leave many options. I used to love wine but now I can only enjoy a sip from a friend’s glass from time to time. I used to love coffee but now I just walk around the house with a cup and enjoy the smell, pretending I’m someone who can drink coffee. I LOVE bread…..so I’m not even going to think about that and imagine what the holidays are like without cookies and candy. I just can’t do that anymore. Instead, like travel, I have to enjoy food vicariously. I watch food and travel shows on TV and I’m reading the book above “Alone In the Kitchen With An Eggplant”, a collection of essays by food writers. As I write this post, I’m nibbling on “Gerbil Food”, a mix of nuts and seeds and listening to Tom Douglas’ local three-hour radio show about food and wine. In the kitchen, a four pound bag of quinoa waits to see what clever woman with a tiny stomach can come up with for dinner. Tonight, thanks to Heather Swanson….Heather’s Quinoa Recipe. Tomorrow….ahhh, well, you’ll just have to tune in tomorrow! 🙂