Monday, October 25, 2010

Riding Alone No More

Back during WWII there was an effective ad campaign that promoted conserving gas through car pooling by exclaiming that if you ride alone you are hurting the war effort. I was trying to think of an analogy about eating alone since for the past year I mostly ate alone when I was not entertaining clients (Guy friends don't do "dinners"). For me, it was effective since I did not need a cheerleader, or a buddy to help me through my daily vegan quest. When I rode alone I was happy enough and stayed true to eating a nutrient dense diet. Now, I am not riding alone anymore and virtually every meal this weekend was with the Tennis Star (who is not much of a star at darts I discovered). Eating with a girlfriend you become more interested in variety and tasting each other's meals. For me it is more of a challenge even though she is very careful about what she eats. So, when you eat alone you eat with yourself...that's about it, that is all I got from the creative department! Lack of creativity aside, my point is that having a girlfriend certainly adds a new dimension to my eating habits.

Sagaponack Restaurant

Friday night we went to a play at the Irish Repertory Theatre, "Banished Children of Eve." We were in the front row of this tiny theatre and it was quite good. For dinner we went to the restaurant Sagaponack on 22nd Street. It is a nice, new seafood restaurant named after the picturesque coastal town out on Long Island, and oddly enough is in a place that used to be a bar where I celebrated my 39th birthday in grand (read: unhealthy) style.

Here is the deal, I had some shell fish and a fish ravioli dish that was terrific. But, this weekend I simply had too much pasta - I was rather indulgent because I was not really concentrating on myself and my diet. It was not terribly by any means, but I certainly was not as disciplined as I normally am. I am not riding alone anymore and it is a terrific feeling -- now I just need to reconcile that with my goals and all will be perfect.

Il Gattopardo

Today had a client luncheon at Il Gattopardo which is a fantastic Italian restaurant in midtown. Their lentil soup special (made with vegetable stock) was exquisite. For an entrée I just could not pass up the eggplant ravioli - fantastic. Not sure why I have had a huge pasta kick recently, but I need to curb it quickly.

I guess, in the end it is only fitting that this new lifestyle of mine, started 1 year ago has paid terrific dividends in my health and general well-being, and now in my personal life.

As someone recently said about me, "You are now Terry 2.0." Indeed. 


Naina said...

Sounds like a great weekend. :)

Having someone to share good food with, makes the meal.

Vegan Epicurean said...

Sounds like a good weekend. It is much harder to eat healthy when you are out but it can be done. Really, too much pasta? Is that even possible? LOL, just kidding but my Italian side was itching to come out. ;-)

I think it is great that you have recognized the problem and I am sure your new friend would love to be of help any way possible. Women like to do things like that you know. ;-)


Terrence said...

thanks so much Naina, and Ali! Yeah, it's pretty special to have a new teammate.

Anonymous said...

Glad you found somebody special! So happy for you. This road has been life-changing for you. Congrats.


Terrence said...

thanks so much E