Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The noodles got me
Yes, I'm allergic to wheat. Yes, I'm allergic to soy. But these lovely ramen noodles from Santouka ramen were singing their siren song to me for two days (the beautifully arranged extra-rich pork slices and delicious salt broth didn't help the cause) and I caved. The FAQ fell off the wagon, and now you have hard evidence.
After I did the deed, I felt terrible, both physically and emotionally. (Wheat affects your seratonin levels, which for me means I get really depressed. Think of how many people out there are on anti-depressants when what they really need is to cut out wheat!) This in turn made me sleep badly, which made me look awful and puffy for about two days. It was a smack-upside-the-head reminder of how much food allergies impact my health overall. And once I cleared it out of my system, how amazingly good I feel when I behave. I usually choose bean thread (cellophane) noodles in Korean chop chae or Thai pad woon sen to get my noodle fix, but sometimes you see the right path and still deliberately drive off of it. You have to be bad sometimes as a reminder to be good.
(But for those of you who can have wheat, go for it!)
In the Mitsuwa Marketplace food court
Corner of Centinela/Venice