Once upon a time, James and I read It Starts with Food and did a Whole30. Basically you cut out all gluten, added sugar, dairy, booze, legumes, and corn for 30 days, and then gradually reintroduce foods to your healed body to see how it does. Even though it was strict, I found it worked better for me than trying to be reasonable. I am definitely an abstainer and not a moderator. At the end of the program, we had both lost about 5% of our body weight. We did feel great. James and I couldn’t shut up about it and annoyingly preached the Whole30 gospel for quite some time. I think almost everyone in my family has done one.
We do try to do more paleo cooking, but we’ve definitely fallen off the wagon. Italy has not helped that. Gelato! Cheese! Pizza! Wine! I can’t figure out what to make for lunch so Henry and I frequently have yogurt.
I feel less healthy in other ways, but this has to do more with stay-at-homing than with being-in-Italying. I don’t walk as much. Not because I’m driving, but because we don’t venture out as far. There is a playground steps from our door. The grocery store is only two blocks away. I used to walk to public transportation, walk around the building, walk for lunch. I’m trying to say yes to more dance parties and head out for longer walks.
Our schedule makes big walks hard though. I love our schedule. But with Mac’s morning nap, we are never really more than an hour away from someone’s nap or meal. Also, Henry will tolerate some stroller time, but he also likes to walk. If he’s walking, we cover less ground. And it is easy to release the kraken, but will he go back in the stroller?
But the other day, I decided to grab hold and seize it. We would head back to Villa Borghese and explore some other area of the park. We live 10 minutes from Rome’s Central Park. We owe it to ourselves to enjoy everything it has to offer, darnit!
This was probably too ambitious. First off, we all have colds right now. Second, instead of a low-to-mid 80s kind of day, it was more of an upper 80s kind of day. But it was too late. I had loaded up more than 50 lbs (not an exaggeration) of children and gear, and we were off.
By the time we got to a previously unvisited portion, I was sniffly, hot, and tired. And it was time to go back for lunch and Mac was not pleased. And Henry definitely did not want to go back in the stroller.
But we got to see a few new things before we turned back. While Henry was chasing pigeons or other such, I noticed this guy in a tree. He was so exotic looking that I thought he must have been someone’s escaped pet. But I saw three of them in the tree. Turns out my first instinct may not have been too far off.
We also saw this little guy. He stayed remarkably patient with the toddler who wanted to embrace him.
And then after bargaining, bribery, and threats got everyone (read Henry) loaded back in the stroller, I’m pretty sure I saw two people having sex in the park. Sorry–no pics! They were a little far off, and I didn’t want to stare. So there’s Rome for ya. Start off talking about paleo, end up with sex in the public park.