Lesson Learned

Yesterday we did something very unusual for us–we took part of the day off.

But we didn’t go to the beach or anything like that. Instead we visited a midweek farmers market in a nearby city, investigating whether it might makes sense for us to become a vendor there in the future.

Because we were away from home at lunchtime, we did something else very unusual for us–we ate at a restaurant.

We chose a funky coffeehouse joint where we’d eaten in the past. The last time we were there we both had delicious vegetarian omelettes, and Cherie ordered one again this time. But my eye was caught by another item on the menu–identified as one of their specialties. Fish and chips.

It was a gloriously salty deep-fried lunch. I cleaned my plate and was a happy man.

But only for about an hour. Then my stomach commenced a full-scale riotous protest. I’ll spare y’all the details.

I can’t remember the last time I’d eaten deep-fried food, but it’s been many years. It seems that years of healthy food have left my innards unwilling to accommodate greasy french fries and battered deep-fried fish. Lesson learned.

The other meals I had yesterday were more to my body’s liking. For breakfast–shakshouka and cantaloupe, for supper–a pork chop, an okra/peppers/rice dish and watermelon. Everything but the rice we grew ourselves.

That’s the kind of food my stomach is used to now.


21 comments on “Lesson Learned

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  2. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, it is amazing how our bodies can adapt to bad food and still maintain a some what healthy life. However, it usually catches up with people that live that way in later years. The digestive tract can only deal with junk for so long. Fried greasy food makes the digesting of sludge tough for the body. It was the same for me with soda pop. After weaning off the vile liquid, I thought I would just take a sip and see what I was missing. It gagged me. Now I might drink a Root Beer now and then but hard core Pepsi or Coke is almost never in my diet. I still take a sip now and again just remind me that I’m not missing any thing. My diet is pretty fried food anaemic. I don’t have gastric failure when I do but it does leave me a little unsettled. So I’ve learned to eat every thing in moderation.

    Your goat/buck has turned into quite a handsome looking guy. I’m surprised that he still hangs around with the goats. I too hope that he makes it through the hunting season. As much as deer wreak havoc on your garden, it is unique and heart touching to see the inter specie bonding that has taken place. I’m glad to hear that Abraham doesn’t view him as a threat. It will indeed be interesting to see what happens during and after the rutting season.

    Have a great paseo evening.


    • Bill says:

      Yeah I can only imagine what fast food would do to my stomach these days. A friend of ours who is a teacher was escorting kids on a field trip and they stopped to eat at McDonald’s. She hadn’t eaten any fast food in several years. She told us that as she ate her meal she was thinking how tasty and inexpensive the food was. She enjoyed it. But not long after eating her stomach revolted. Same experience I had. I imagine my stomach was saying something like, “I don’t know what this is you’ve sent down here, but it isn’t food.”


  3. associatedluke says:

    Funny, I thought that post was going somewhere else! About how sometimes a break in the ritual and rhythms of our days are very much welcomed change. That Sabbath can come at anytime. Imagine my surprise!

    Hope your stomach has returned to normal. Thanks for the great twist ending 😉


  4. Joanna says:

    Oh Bill, how can you suffer so much over Fish and Chips? I had those whilst away and enjoyed every mouthful and didn’t even suffer afterwards. It is the one thing we both do when we go to England. Mind you, there are good Fish and Chips and there are greasy soggy things – horrible! Mine wasn’t too bad at all. A nice change. Hope you are feeling better soon.


    • Bill says:

      I don’t think it was Fish and Chips per se that caused the problem. Fried catfish or chicken nuggets would’ve done the same thing. The meal was delicious and I really enjoyed it. But my insides didn’t! I got over it soon. Nothing major. Just a reminder that my stomach isn’t accustomed to that kind of stuff any longer.


      • Joanna says:

        Chicken nuggets would do it for me. It is not the fried food that challenges me, it is the preservatives and other chemicals in it that does it. I can take most foods as long as it is food and not a chemistry experiment


  5. Oh my. I hear you brother. I changed my diet about two years ago and quit eating sugar and processed foods. Now ice cream has no appeal and things can taste too sweet or feel too heavy. Our bodies seem to react like we are some kind of poison and want it OUT.

    That said taking a day off is a good thing. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep seems like a luxury. Coffee in bed which was a daily ritual for us has nearly disappeared but we try and savor it on the rare days we have the opportunity. Sabbath feeds the soul and restores the body though our new normal makes a weekend of chores at the house instead of a trip to the farm feel like a relaxing guilty pleasure. Hope your tummy feels better and you keep the occasional “date night” on your schedule.


    • Bill says:

      We aim to have a date night once a month, but since our idea of a good time is sitting quietly and reading a book (our date nights often ended up in book stores), and since we do that just about every night, we don’t feel like we’re deprived of much fun. 🙂

      I think my experience was evidence to support my belief that our bodies only accept bad food because we’ve conditioned them to it. I’ve had people tell me they can’t live without (fill in the blank with junk food of choice). I tell them that if they wean their body off of it, then not only will they not miss it but their body won’t want it back.

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  6. avwalters says:

    When I venture out into the regular food world, I do so with great caution. I hope you have a full recovery.


    • Bill says:

      Yeah it was pretty foolish of me. It was a big plate of fries and fried fish. There were lots of reasonable options on the menu. The effect was short-lived and I was back to normal by the end of the day.

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  7. BeeHappee says:

    I hope you feel better soon, Bill. Time for beet juice. 🙂
    I was thinking last night about wanting to thank you for your blog, and so many things that I had learned from reading it for a bit shorter than one year. I suppose I can add the fish and chip lesson to that also. 🙂 So thank you for all the lessons!
    Oh, yes, and you did not have time off, you were just doing market research.


    • Bill says:

      Oh, thanks for the nice words and thoughts Bee. I’ve certainly enjoyed getting to know you virtually and I enjoy your beautiful and thoughtful writing, here and on your blog. If you’ve learned anything here, it’s only be traded for the things I’ve learned from you. 🙂


  8. Sue says:

    I’m in the same boat—It seems my tummy only likes GOOD food now.
    I had a restaurant meal yesterday—-something I GUESS most people would consider a real treat. I was up most of the night–and oh the rumblings and grumblings. I’m still miserable almost 18 hours later………..


    • Bill says:

      I hear you. And to think I used to eat at restaurants nearly every day, often fast food or airport food. My stomach must have hated me then. But it loves me now. 🙂


  9. Norma Chang says:

    Like Sue above, my tummy only likes GOOD food. I am not a vegetarian but my meals are heavily plant base and most of the veggies are from my little garden. I am a strong advocate for healthy eating.


    • Bill says:

      We’re on the same team then! 🙂 Like you, my diet is heavily plant-based and we grow nearly everything we eat. Because of my diet I’m confident I’ve added years to my life and I’m absolutely certain I’ve made my life better.


  10. EllaDee says:

    Same same. Last weekend on the road we decided to indulge in some ‘back in the day’ food. Not good. Never again. It’s just not the same and neither are we.


    • Bill says:

      Lol. I like the way you put it: “It’s just not the same and neither are we.”

      Once my insides got used to be treated nicely, they responded rudely when I didn’t treat them as well. I can’t blame them.


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