6.5 hours last night. And, my cough/sniffles are dwindling down too!
Yogurt + Granola + Fruit = Healthy Breakfast 101
- Trader Joe’s European Style Organic Plain Nonfat Yogurt, sweetened with NuStevia
- 1 small organic peach
- Vanilla Almond Galaxy Granola
Creme au Caramel Rooibos.
New bowl! <—Martha Stewart collection at Macy’s – on sale now
I took Julius for a walk and met my friend Andrea at Bricks and Scones.
The place has really gotten popular since I interviewed the owner when they opened! Inside, it’s like a library – every table was packed with laptops and it was very silent. Outside, you can actually talk without feeling weird!
The same leftover salad for lunch – there were no more blue tortilla chips left so I replaced them with sugar snap peas for crunch.
Still hungry, I had a bag of Kruncheeze with my tea and lollipop.
This is the last of my Kay’s Naturals stash, and probably my least favorite of all the products. They’re just kinda weird.
Food in Books
When I volunteered reading at BookPals last week (where I suspect my sick germs came from!) Val made a comment about how she used to love children’s books with food/eating scenes; perhaps this was an early sign of her destiny to become a food blogger! I realized that the books I loved the most growing up all had great food writing as well. And I LOVED reading them while I ate. Here are some I pulled off the shelf:
100 Pounds of Popcorn by Hazel Krantz –
A Girl Called Al by Constance C. Greene. In this book, one of the characters always made soup and fixed a snack of bread, butter, and sugar. Yum!
My most favorite food descriptions are from “Little House in the Big Woods,” where Laura Ingalls Wilder went into great detail describing how they survived in the middle of nowhere- the churning of the butter, smoking of the meat, making maple sugar candy in snow – truly, every page is dripping with some of the greatest food writing ever.
But probably the book that made the biggest impact on me (both as a kid and an adult) was this one:
Fat Elliot and the Gorilla is the story of an overeating kid named Elliot.
I was obsessed with this book growing up. I’m not blaming Elliot for my eating disorder (which I’ve had some form of since I can remember) but he was definitely a part of my recovery. Throughout my years of therapy, I named my eating disorder “Elliot” (at the suggestion of my shrink) and often pulled this book off the shelf during my darkest times to remind myself where it came from, and how far removed it really was.
Inside I found a bookmark/note I wrote myself.
That was usually the real question I had to answer whenever I got that binge-y feeling. To stop avoiding my emotions by stuffing and eating them away.
Spoiler alert – both Elliot and I wound up with a new relationship with food/our bodies.
How did food in children’s books affect or influence you? What are some scenes you can remember from your favorites?