Thoughts

What’s your unfair advantage?

On our drive up to Stanley Lake a few weeks ago, Rachel’s sister introduced us to a new podcast, StartUp, which tells the story of one man’s efforts to start his own podcasting company. It’s an entertaining and informative account, and I’ve really enjoyed learning from the entrepreneur’s mistakes, second-hand.

In one episode, the entrepreneur recounted a meeting with a potential investor who asked a penetrating question: “What’s your unfair advantage?”‘

Food

Cookbook | Dreams vs Reality

Starting a few weeks ago, I began working with a dietician who specializes in helping people with digestive disorders (me me me!), and it’s been going pretty well so far! The first step has been helping me work through an elimination diet to identify what will make my body feel better and worse. I started off by eating from a pretty limited pool of foods that excludes all refined sugar, gluten, packaged food, and a good portion of fruits, vegetables, and proteins.

That was going pretty well, but then we decided we should also cut some of the more starchy foods plus all dairy. And all happiness. Ha ha?

We’re 2 weeks in now, and we’ve hit a few more roadblocks this week. By the end of the week, I could be drinking straight bone broth. Soooooooo there’s that!

Some days I feel like I’m handling things really great! Other days, I find myself standing abnormally close to Aaron while he eats a cupcake just so I can smell how delicious it must be.

Above all, I find myself dreaming of a life without stomach issues and a much clearer understanding of what my body is telling me! I also dream a lot about what I want to eat after the elimination diet is over. High on the list: fajitas at La Parrilla Suiza and bean and potato burritos from Carolina’s. Oh my heart.

Then there’s imagining what foods I’ll get to make! If you look at my Goodreads profile, you may notice that literally 1/4 of my books are cookbooks. Whoops! Sorry, fellow Goodreaders! Were you hoping to see actual book recommendations?  Behold, the dream list:

Grilled Cheese Kitchen | Layered | The United States of Pizza (Um, did you see that they have a sourdough crust recipe??)

Here’s my reality check: there’s a good chance that wheat, refined sugar, and most packaged foods are the cause of all my woes. Wah-wah. So in the future, I imagine I’ll be shifting at least 90-95% of my diet to a different way of eating than I’m used (sourdough pizza crust, I’m still coming for you!).

Naturally Sweet (America’s Test Kitchen is killing it!) | The Big Book of Fabulous Food | Eating Purely (I think my dietician would do cartwheels over this one!)

So much of my life has been spent in the pursuit of good food, cooking what I love, and also fearing what may be hurting me. It’s a relief to be finally closer to finding some answers!

Books, Mind, Thoughts

The Dream Team: The BFG vs. Inception

Rachel and I enjoy reading to each other out loud. We’ve trekked through Middle Earth, fenced on the Cliffs of Insanity, washed up on the shores of Hikueru, and we are currently on an ill-fated expedition to Isla Sorna.

Just prior to Isla Sorna, though, we spent some time in Giant Country with the Big Friendly Giant and his slightly smaller friend, Sophie.

It had been about twenty years since I last read The BFG, Roald Dahl’s classic children’s nocturnal adventure novel. I had never read it out loud, which is a shame because Dahl is a master of gloriumptious language. As we approached the climax, the story began to feel familiar, but not because I was remembering the plot from my childhood readings. It felt familiar, I realized, because I had experienced it more recently in another form.