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Skipping Dinner Experiment

24 Apr

I have been skipping dinner for two nights in a row now. The first was when Michelle and I had very late lunch together–you can read about our adventures in this post. And yesterday, my husband and I were running errands and stopped at our favorite Peruvian restaurant, which in fact Michelle suggested to us a long time ago, and ever since it’s been in our top five places to go! It wasn’t even 6 p.m. yet, therefore it constitutes as a late lunch in my book, rather than an early dinner. :)

Going through the evening without dinner wasn’t hard for me at all. I hadn’t even realized that I hadn’t eaten anything until it was almost time to go to sleep, and it made me feel really good. Kudos to me! It made me think whether I’d be able to go without dinner for a whole week. Perhaps the consistency of this habit will show some results. And since I have already accomplished two days, another five should be like a piece of cake. Or even better, like a piece of skipped cake! The trick is to eat somewhere in between five and six o’clock in the afternoon and keep myself busy in the evenings.

Wish me luck!

— Vita :)

PS: If you haven’t voted on our little poll about meat or seafood yet, go ahead and check it out here. We need your vote in order to create our own analysis of the results and post it later.

Thanks in advance! :)

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Vacation Eating: East Coast Edition

10 Apr

We only get to go to New Jersey to visit my husband’s family about once a year because it’s hard to budget for the airfare these days. But when we get there, it’s a whirlwind of house-hopping to see each of his FIVE brothers, his mother, his aunt and cousin, and our friends in the area, all set to the sounds of merengue, salsa, bachata, and hip hop, and the smells and tastes of Peru, Brazil, and Newark. It’s always an amazing time. I fell in love with Newark when I moved out there to go to college…and then I fell in love with my husband, whom I met there. His family moved to Newark when he was a little kid. Being from the west coast, it was a crazy culture shock at first

Newark bridge

A Newark bridge on a cold, overcast morning.

to move to Newark, but after the first week, I knew I’d found a new home. I spent nearly five years there before we decided to move to Los Angeles for a while. It’s an area that has a little bit of everything from nearly every part of the world…with a distinct New Jersey attitude about it. Plus, it’s only a 15-minute train ride from Manhattan, which is awesome, of course.

Newark sunny

Newark on a bright sunny day during our trip. Beautiful springtime.

I can imagine us moving back there someday, but LA is my home too, so we envision a life of living in several places in the future. As long as we’re together, home is where your heart is, right? Anyway, my point is that we have a blast when we go there. And a lot of the fun and visiting is centered around food, which is a terrific, bittersweet problem to have because everything tastes great but I’m trying not to eat too much. When you’re around family and on vacation, it can be extremely difficult to not over-indulge or even feel pressured by others to eat more, as I described in this previous post. For example, practically the first words out of my Peruvian mother-in-law’s mouth were, “Estas rellena. Toma, come,” which, loosely translated means she told me I looked like I had filled out (was a little heavier) than when she last saw me and then she told me to eat the huge plate of food she was handing me. She cracks me up. I love her to death and she’s an awesome M-I-L, but how am I supposed to eat after being told I look ready-to-have-babies heavy? Ha! Because she raised six boys, bless her heart, she typically overloads a plate for me–even if I tell her it’s too much, she insists I eat it–so sometimes, when my husband finishes his plate before me, I’ll switch my half-eaten plate with his empty plate when no one is looking. :) He happily eats more, I sit there happily stuffed.

I noticed a few general diet-saboteurs that occur when traveling:

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