Over a month ago I gave up caffeine. In fact, I gave it up for 21 days. Now it’s been 5 weeks, and I haven’t gone back. During my initial kicking the caffeine, I also cut out wheat, any animal products, refined sugar, alcohol, and I increased my veggie intake. I felt really great. And some things I’ve kept up but I have had an occasional treat. Treat meaning an egg here or there. A little cheese. Some balsamic vinaigrette that has sugar. One glass of wine. And then I sent my kid to college. And all I have wanted to do was eat my feelings all week. Like pass me a chocolate croissant at Starbucks eating. I still haven’t gone back to caffeine. But I know I am eating for emotional reasons but sending your kid 5 hours away and letting them figure life out at college is emotional. Sure we text. Sure I ordered her books online. But she’s up there and I am down here.
A few weeks ago, in the midst of my 21 day elimination, I went to Santa Barbara. It turns out it’s a great place for gluten free vegans. It just costs you a little dough.
Katie and I ate at this little restaurant for breakfast that was completely vegan with GF bakery. I have been using Happy Cow to help find vegan places to eat when we are on the road.
My decaf latte was great and so was my gluten free toast with not real butter. It may have been coconut spread. But it’s been a long time without toast and butter. I found my food to be lacking in something, but I am not sure what. It seemed like a small portion for the price and cooked spinach is not my favorite thing. I prefer it fresh. Katie enjoyed her oats, of which I may have stolen.
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Santa Barbara, California
Another meal was at Backyard bowls and I have to say it was fantastic. My quinoa PB & J bowl was delicious. And Katie lover her acai smoothie. And that was a big stretch for her because she is the worlds pickiest eater.
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While in Santa Barbara, I enjoyed the fairly hippie tree hugging environment but the problem with Santa Barbara is that is also a college town. Katie and I avoided most of state street (except in the morning) and the fiesta days celebration because it’s like Cinco de Mayo for a week. And in the hands of college students, it’s drinking for a week. We visited a friend, hung out on sterns wharf and snacked on GF cookies while thrift store shopping.
The Summer To Do List so far
I see London, I see France Hollywood Bowl Beach camping Facial
Santa Barbara trip
- Visit a museum in Southern Ca
- Have friends over for dinner
- Swim somewhere, sometime
Eat more veggies
- Work on our backyard
Plan for my teen to move to college See a movie with my kids
- Visit Seattle!