The Rabbit Food Diaries: My New Little Adventure

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I want to take some time tonight to share something super personal with y'all. And I want for you to take it just as that: personal, and not me pushing any kind of agenda onto you and yours. I've been suffering from a handful of slight medical issues lately (nothing life-threatening, and certainly nothing y'all should be worried about), and my doctor and I have been discussing a few options to solve them. Together with her, and with a nutritionist that was recommended to me here in the city, we've landed on a new diet that I'm going to follow for roughly five months (140 days, to be exact) to see if it makes a difference with my problems.

This new diet is not one that I'm completely thrilled about, if I'm being 100% honest. I'm from the south, and I thrive on fried chicken, sweet tea, and biscuits. So when my doctor and nutritionist suggested that I go for a few months on a whole foods, plant-based diet, I had to hold back from straight-up laughing in their faces. Live without BBQ? Could I do it? Did I even want to? But as the medical issues got worse, we circled back around to the idea, and I told myself - hell, Molly. Let's try it. It's only five months.

I was going to keep this struggle with food and new dietary restrictions to myself - keep it private and in the shadows - but as I was sharing this all with a close friend at dinner tonight, he told me that I should open up and write about it. And as we talked more and more, I got to thinking that he might be onto something with the idea. There are some adventures (and misadventures) in life that are meant to be shared among inner circles, and then there are some that you need a little extra help with. I think that this might be one of those pivotal times for me.

Being ever a planner at heart (Type A child right here, y'all), I wanted to find a solid date that I could start this new journey on. So, rather randomly and by happenstance, I ended up with February 11th. This is going to be the start of a new exploration with food, general health and wellness, and life lessons - and I want to be able to share it. It's not going to be easy, truly. As I write this, I'm already craving a fried chicken sandwich, and I miss the sweet, lovely, rich taste of my favorite chocolate churros. Coffee was one of my go-to's in the early mornings before work, and a big ol' glass of wine was always a solid friend who could cheer me up at the end of the day. I've had a love affair with the worst foods. And now it's time to clean up my act.

So, if you have a recipe that you'd like to share with me - a website, a blog, a general tip on how to bypass the cravings of potato chips - please feel free to e-mail me at hippieteaparty@gmail.com or leave a comment below. All love, struggle, and support is welcome here - I have a strong feeling I'm going to need a lot of it in the next few months.

xx, Molly

A Brief Reading List on Plant-Based Diets:
- OneGreenPlanet.org
- NutritionFacts.org
- The Permanente Journal
- Forks Over Knives
- US News

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