Along with every single other person on Instagram, I started a lifestyle change at the beginning of the year. I use that phrase because it sounds more upscale and significant than saying, “I went on a diet last week.” One week ago. Wow, Mona. Your struggle must be rough, not eating like a hippo for seven days. No, please keep talking while I dust off this medal for you.
I’m going the Whole 30 route which based on some frantic New Year’s Eve research pretty much eliminates alcohol, sugar, grains, soy, dairy and maybe some other things. I don’t remember much more than that. There’s so much information out there, mostly these beautiful women yelling, “New year! New me!” And I’m like, “I’m the same me! I just want to to fit in my old pants. And hot pants. Any any pants because I’ve exploded so much I can only wear fabric that belonged to the sails on decommissioned boats.”
I haven’t been doing the Oprah-trumpet-call where I tell someone who was not asking, “HEY I’M ON A DIEEEEEEET!” Or just jerk-steering every conversation back to me so I can say, “Oh I can’t eat anything that you are eating. I’m on this dieeeeeeeet.”
It’s made me a bit food paranoid. And so poor. I went to Whole Foods and bought a lot of raw, organic, good stuff. There are few downsides in No soy means no soy sauce and I love soy sauce in everything. There’s Super Man, Iron Man, Spider Man and my hero: Kikkoman. I love the heavy salt bomb that dark elixir brings. But there’s no dark msg-laden soy flavors allowed on this plan. The big change is not drinking any alcohol which is hard because I love ordering at drink at my shows. But I know those drinks are a big source of my calories and also for my dumb jokes and red cheeks.
I do feel better. I’ve felt more focused, less lethargic this week. I’ve been working out regularly, to fight all these things my body can accept willing, like lethargy. I am lethargy-ready. I am also gout-ready but that’s because I’m really aware of what I’m capable of genetically. Yes, I want to lose weight, but also I need to keep both of my feet. I can’t rock one leg!
It hasn’t been that bad. I’m not tempted by my workplace coffee shop and snack bars because I know that nothing there is clean, why bother looking around. I’m drinking black coffee, eating good, fresh foods. Last night we went to Dairy Queen and I didn’t eat a damn thing, even though TJ tried to shove a fry in my mouth with an insistent, “EAT THIS MOMMY!” I’m not imposing this on my family, they will continue to eat the way they do and I rejected the fries even though that would be the first thing I would shove into my facehole without an invitation. I don’t know if that’s the diet talking or I’m no longer myself anymore and an alien has snatched my body and I’m just this pod, a human-like sack of skin filled with squirrels that move around long enough to keep me mobile.
The biggest problem is that I can’t seem to photograph any of the food in a way that makes it look appealing. My food is clean, but looks like a Quentin Tarentino-Grindhouse deleted scenes, too gross to even be included in the fake movie trailer where the guy is trussed up like a turkey. Worse than that. All these Whole 30 posts look so perfect like people eat in a sterile hospital room in the best lighting.
I made some chicken sausage with peppers, but the plate illustrated a story of a someone who went out in a skirt too short, heels too high, drank all the fireball shots pushed her way, lost her voice yelling, “WOOOOO,” came home and found a battered piñata, mistook it for vegetables, tossed it into a pot and ate too much before slurring out, “I don’t think this is food!”
I spent an hour cooking up turkey meatballs with an almond meal crust on a bed of spaghetti squash and organic tomato sauce. What it looked like was a plate of diseased organs that belong on a side of cigarette pack in full color so people know not to smoke. Don’t smoke, kids! But eat my meatballs! They’re good.
I cooked up a plate of (questionable) asparagus with a small salad and a homemade salmon burger. I liked it, though I’m not going to win any awards or be cheered on by a crowd of adoring fans, with signs saying, “You are a hero!” and people coming up to me with towels ready to wipe my brow, their whispers carrying me through to the next meal when I try to cook something that tastes decent and healthy but looks a like a whole lot of awful.