Jeanne Cheng’s son, Kye, is the inspiration behind her first restaurant – a place where people of all ages (and dietary restrictions) can come together to eat delicious, gluten-free food that makes you feel great.
There’s plenty of meat options (<—check out my friend Mike’s blog post), but I came with one of my favorite vegans, Leslie, and we were treated to a bunch of non-animal options.
The smoothies/shakes are excellent (get the Caramelized Banana with Maca, you won’t be sorry), as is this warm Ayurvedic Drink with all kinds of greens, cashews, coconut oil, and salt.
Also way above anything I’ve ever eaten with Goji Berries before – their Kale Salad, ordered without cheese.
But really, what you come to Kye’s for – is the Kye-rito…
…wrapped up in either Romaine, Collard Greens, or Nori and stuffed with all kinds of goodies…
…Beans Taco (above), Vegan Reuben (below)…
…5 Spice Peanut…
…and the “Nahm Jim.” (Visit the menu for detailed descriptions/ingredients.)
If you follow me on social media, you know I’ve been posting about NEDAwareness Week since the day before it started – Sunday, February 22. This year’s theme is “I Had No Idea.” Even though I’ve been an Ambassador for NEDA for three years, in recovery for over seven, and have written enough about the subject (both here and at Thick Dumpling Skin) to fill a book, there are still things I’m learning about eating disorders every single day.
Like…I had no idea…I could diet and not be considered anorexic.
I’ve already blogged about this before, but I want to address it again, since today’s theme is actually “Dieting and Eating Disorders.” I think there’s this perception that if you monitor what you’re eating, you’re automatically headed down a slippery slope to an eating disorder (or you already have one). This certainly can be true – and was, indeed, once the case for myself.
But what can also be true is the opposite – having a very ordered way of eating can actually help a great deal when you have an eating disorder. Essentially, only YOU know the truth. Only I know my weight is the same – I’m just a lot less bloated and have more energy/am in a better mood. Only I know that I am never hungry, always satisfied. Only I know that ordering 3 plates of greens (for Chinese New Year’s at PingTung) is how I balanced out the fried tofu/noodles I didn’t snap a photo of. Only I know that very little time is spent obsessing over what I “have to” order/eat because the chef/PR Rep/the internet told me to. Only I know that when I turned down the offer for cake at a birthday party, it wasn’t because I was depriving myself – it was because I had just eaten a muffin beforehand and didn’t feel like doubling up on sugar before a long day of work ahead. Only I know that my relationship with food will continue to evolve/change, and only I have to deal with the feelings that come along with that growth.
I had no idea that I know myself better than anyone else ever could.
But if you’re struggling getting to know yourself (that was definitely an issue for me for a while – figuring out how much was enough for my own body) there’s a #NEDAwareness Tweet Chat today from 12-1pm ET.