There is a very good reason I haven’t posted in a LONG time, I promise! It all started last March. Ryan and I were driving back from our last ski day at Mount Sunapee, brainstorming creative ways to be able to move up to that beautiful region. I joked that there was only one job in the New Hampshire/Vermont area that could make that dream happen, and what were the odds it would be available any time in the near future.
Flash forward one month, and I was sitting across from the Executive Director of Human Resources at The Tuck School of Business for an initial interview for the position of Director, Alumni Engagement….the ONE job that could make our dream a reality!! Flash forward to July 14, and I am saying goodbye to my amazing MIT Sloan colleagues, packing up a U-haul, and Ryan and I are on our way to the Upper Valley of New Hampshire! Holy $%*^!!!
See, a perfectly good reason for not writing, but hopefully you have been following me on Instagram so you have stayed up to date! But if you haven’t, a quick update: in the last 3 months, we have bought a home, said good-bye to the love of our lives Reisey, hiked a mountain, shopped at incredible farmers markets and settled in to our new, COMPLETELY DIFFERENT “country” life.
While everything in this last 3 months has gone more smoothly than we could have ever have dreamed, I am not going to lie, it definitely took a toll on my eating habits. As many of you know, about 2 years ago this past February, I quit eating dairy as part of an elimination diet to figure out the stomach pains I was having. Not only did my stomach pains completely disappear, but I also lost 20 pounds in just 2 months due to the inflammation and negative effects dairy was having on my system.
The following spring, March 2016, I did my first round of Whole 30…and I loved it! I was amazed by the willpower I showed myself to adhere strictly to the program. I felt wonderful, and was never hungry. But the best thing to come out of Whole 30 was during the “reintroduction” period. Throughout the entire 30 days of the program, I didn’t experience any of the shoulder pain, headaches, or skin issues I had on the right side of my body that always seemed to come at the same time. The second I reintroduced gluten, BAM! They were back! Before cutting gluten out completely, I talked to my doctor to make sure this even made sense. Apparently, it makes perfect sense! Gluten (or the chemicals and processing of gluten) causes inflammation in some people. It seems that when I eat gluten it causes inflammation in my shoulder which in turn causes my head and skin (caused by nerves being pressed on by the inflamed muscle) issues.
The net/net is that for the most part I eat a dairy free and grain free diet. I don’t follow this exclusively, because who wants to live a life 100% without pizza, or pasta, or sandwiches. But a generally eat this way 90% of the time, and I feel better for it. Needless to say that during the last 3 months my diet has not been my priority. But as we slip into our new “normal”, I look forward to coming back to Eat.Live.Blog and writing regularly.
There are so many amazing adventures to be had out here! I can now be a locavore, a hiker, a skier and fixer-upper-er all in my neighborhood! How incredible is that?! Welcome back readers, I have missed you all!
A quick shoutout to some of the amazing businesses I have had the opportunity to work with so far: Heidi Reiss w/ Coldwell Banker Lifestyles (she is seriously amazing and GOT us), Rob Messenger from Title Mortgage (he can make magic happen, FAST), Meghan Lee from Goss Logan insurance (she got everything done AND had a baby and still followed up with us), Jim from Whaleback Storage for keeping our belongings safe during the move and dry during July’s crazy weather, and the Norwich Farmers’ Market for being so amazing that we knew immediately we needed to live in this area.