But, we have to see other people for a while. I know, I know, it’s tough for me, too. ? Every time you go away, you take a piece of me with you. ? Alas, on this new diet, I cannot two-time. I can only one-time. And coffee won. Yes, avocado is my new bestie. But it isn’t the same thing. DO NOT EVEN TRY TO GUILT ME WITH COMPARISONS. Doritos, I’ll see you soon. We are about 11 days into this new way of eating, and I must say, aside from my break-up with Doritos and block cheese and the Fat Friday K-Hubs and I participated in as we gave up our favorites one last time, it isn’t so bad. The recipes in The Autoimmune Solution will cause even the most uninterested person to salivate. I didn’t know I was such a horrible cook all those years prior, because these recipes with just a few ingredients, all incredibly healthy, are way better than anything I ever made when I had an entire ingredient pool at my disposal. And you know the recipes have to be decent, because, I’m sorry, but I cannot be a part of this if the food is going to suck. I don’t hate myself enough. The one person in our house who is plotting mutiny, though? Nope, not that child. The other one. Twinkle. Of all people, the almost-twoer is the one planning to murder us at breakfast. And at lunch. And at dinner. Unless an avocado is involved. Even Toodle has embraced…wait for iiiiiittttt…vegetables. Yes, for real. In this lovely new book we’re following, there is a recipe for 5 veggie soup. And SHE EATS IT. I don’t remember the last time Toodle willingly ate a vegetable that wasn’t an onion, a garlic, or hidden in her food. While we never force Toodle to eat food, we have explained that a few of them, especially the homemade bone broth, are medicine for her. That without them, nothing else we do for her will work. She seems to understand and has taken to drinking her bone broth willingly. After a few tries, she grew to actually like it. I think the veggie soup is on its way to being a genuine favorite as well. Phew! Because that’s the other food group she needs for health. Vegetables. Brianna is the dietitian who came up with all these concoctions, and let’s just say if I ever meet her in person, probably I’m going to hug her and never let go or maybe just kiss her RIGHT ON THE FACE IN FRONT OF ALL THE PEOPLE. I love Brianna. She does not know me. But I love her loyally. Twinkle, on the other hand, absolutely wants to tell us what we can do with those veggies. If only she could talk. She does not appreciate Brianna yet. That’s okay, Brianna. Three out of four isn’t bad. While K-Hubs and I are experiencing significantly better energy levels throughout day, and my bursitis is acting up less, I swear we are seeing hair follicles on Toodle, and even blonde peach fuzz around the crown of her head. It is super cute but hard to photograph. I tried, and she was all, “Are you done yet?” Sure. Let’s just do this later when you aren’t looking and I have lost the will to care how a photo turns out. We have given up ALL GRAINS, omigosh. And dairy and nightshade vegetables (think peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes) as well as nuts, seeds, and sugar. So what’s left? Brianna’s genius of a recipe book, that’s what’s left. Lettuce chicken wraps, sweet potato hash browns, and turkey sausage for breakfast (a Toodle favorite). Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t know I was living at a fancy hotel now. Except, I definitely remember I’m not living at a hotel what with ALL THE DISHES WE GO THROUGH IN THE COURSE OF A DAY. It’s a problem. An illness, if you will. Everything is made from scratch, and so everything is made using 45 pots, pans, measuring cups, and spoons. I need three dishwashers in my kitchen or a river in my backyard to clean everything. It’s reminiscent of when K-Hubs and I were first-time parents and went through a Costco-sized pack of wipes in a day. In. A. Day. The upside of this diet is that in spite of giving up favorite foods, it is a way of life worth following in our family. The book itself is so fascinating with Dr. Myers’ take on how illness works in our society that adopting her ideas is, while not easy, at least understandable. When I think of people who struggle with their health in one form or another, especially where diet and exercise might benefit, I think, the important issue is finding the eating plan or exercise routine that is right for that person and his or her family. I’m not sure I could break up with cheese and Doritos if all three of my family members weren’t going to directly benefit from the change. However, if you do see a woman wearing her prom shoes with denim capris in the chip aisle of the grocery store, chowing down on Doritos and a block of cheese, just swing by and say hi to me.