Hi there! It’s February and GUESS WHAT? I’m doing my first Whole 30 this month. If you haven’t heard of Whole 30, you can read more about it here. Basically, it’s a month-long dietary cleanse where you eliminate sugar, grains, dairy, soy, and lots of other stuff from your diet. After the 30 days are up, you carefully reintroduce these foods to understand how each one affects your body.
I was planning to eliminate gluten and dairy for a month anyway to see if it would help my painful hand eczema, and when I read Anne’s account of her Whole 30, I decided to try it too.
February seemed like a good month to do a Whole 30 cleanse since there are only 28 days. (Kidding – I started on January 31 and plan to end on March 1.)
I’ll let you know how it went at the end of the month (I’m on day 9, so far so good.) I started a new Instagram account to micro-blog the experience – I post about my #Whole30Struggles, what I’m eating and what I WISH I were eating, haha. You can follow along @wherearemycarbs.
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Tonight I went to Trader Joe's majorly hangry and desperate for dinner and EVERYTHING had sugar, flour, or soy in it (at least it seemed that way.) I'm exhausted and I just want to put a frozen pizza in the oven! I think I'd better do some major shopping and prep this weekend if I'm going to survive next week…
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Whole 30 day 8: BIG NEWS! Last night I had my first zoodles! They were delish. Important question: are they still called zoodles in countries where a zucchini is called a courgette? "Coodles" doesn't really have the same ring. (Today it's a spinach salad with a soft boiled egg for lunch, aka one of my regular favorites.)
(I’m kind of having an Insta-identity crisis over at my personal account @la.vie.en.c.rose, but we can talk about that another time.)
I also just started my spring semester at MIIS and I’m really excited about it! I’m taking lots of localization classes like marketing, project management, and desktop publishing (we get to learn tools like Photoshop and InDesign), and in January I did a workshop in crowdsourcing translation (if you’re interested in helping an organization with your language skills/getting some translation experience on your resume, I have ideas.) Translation class is all about economics this semester – a little intimidating, but it will be interesting.
The only thing I’m really disappointed about is that I had to give up interpretation. There just isn’t enough time in the week. I could have squeezed it in credit-wise, but it requires a lot of practice, and it didn’t seem wise to split my focus when I’m not planning on a career as an interpreter.
ONE MORE THING! Last night Hugo and I started watching Gad Gone Wild on Netflix and I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s Gad Elmaleh doing stand-up show in Montreal. He takes advantage of his bilingual audience to mix in a lot of English, talking about his experience living in New York and poking fun at Americans. Hugo said it was “bof” – just okay – but it still cracked me up. Has anyone else seen it?
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