Less is More
5/2/2011 11:08 AM
Every year I try hard to stick to the Passover dietary restrictions. Usually, not eating bread, rice, pasta, etc. makes me feel light and airy and good. But this year, maybe because I was in comfort-eating mode, I managed to eat a massive amount of food and feel very stuffed, despite the restrictions.
It’s almost like I tricked myself, at first, into feeling virtuous because I wasn’t eating my beloved carby items. But I was also thinking, “I’m not eating what I usually eat, so I have to eat as much as possible, so I won’t feel deprived.” And the kinds of things I was eating were not light. I went to lunch with a friend, and we usually have Japanese. To avoid rice, I suggested we go to a diner. But I ordered a giant piece of roast chicken with mashed potatoes! It’s like the fear of not eating what I crave caused me to eat more of what was available.
Plus, I went to two seders, both very festive, with really good food. And ate a lot.
And then there is matzoh crunch. When did this become such a tradition among every person I know, Jewish and non-? The first couple of years this addictive dessert was in my life, I just made do with plain. This year I made a plain version for one of my seders, but I also made a half cinnamon-clove (an attempt at Mexican-style), half salted-caramel bunch (which was basically just adding Kosher salt). The salt one was, just, um…so good, I’m rendered speechless even thinking about it.
I was actually relieved when Passover ended, because it was making me feel so stuffed!
Well, of course, these dietary rules wouldn’t be there if they weren’t meant to teach us a lesson. In my case, I feel like I ate so much, that I may have missed the point of the restrictions. On the other hand, I’m so grateful for all the abundance in my life. So maybe I didn’t. In any case, I hope you enjoyed Passover and Easter and have a lovely spring.
Food, Love & life