I never thought I’d say this, but, I’m totally sick of eating.  Seriously.  I’ve been eating for what seems like weeks, and not eating in the I need nourishment to keep me alive sort of way, in the today is a celebration sort of way.  I guess that’s the problem with this time of year, and I’m sure I’m certainly not alone.  It’s just that besides holiday parties, I also have my birthday, which usually I’m all about.  This year less so as I feel like the whole world is in a funk, but I’m eating my requisite weights worth in everything I see.  Last night my very good friend, who plays my roommate on Pretty Imperfect (Rina, that one was for you, yes we do get along in real life, we’ve been friends for years) took me out to dinner to an Indian restaurant.  I love Indian food, and they had a really reasonably priced prix fixed menu, which made me feel a bit better about being taken out.  Also, they brought me a huge pastachio ice cream sundae and sang Happy Birthday at the end of our meal because our waiter over heard her wish me a happy birthday.  So cute.  That really did lift my mood.  Random acts of kindness and icecream always make me feel better.  I added the pictures from my co-worker sponsored lunch and friend benefacted dinner to yesterdays post.

Today will be more birthday hoopla, even though my real birthday isn’t till Tuesday.  Some friends and I are going to tour the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side.  I love museums and I especially love historical reenactments.  I’m a sucker for fake life; perhaps that’s why I’m an actor.  Then we’re going to get some banana pudding at my favorite bakery in New York.  It’s only my favorite bakery because of the pudding, but trust me this pudding is worth it’s weight in calories.  Around 8pm, I’m going to meet up with a bunch of friends for dinner at Hooters.  I love cheesy things!  And if anyone’s down we’ll do some karaoke, if not we part ways and all is good in the world.

Since I’ll be eating more than my fair share of junk-in-the-trunk producing foods today, I’ll try to go a bit lighter on breakfast and lunch.  Honestly, I can’t wait for the holidays to be over.  I have a few more birthday outings and Christmas/Hanukkah dinner to contend with.  I think I’ve forgotten what it feels like to be hungry.

Oh and Rina, I didn’t forget about answering your question.  Well, actually I did which is why I wrote that, to cover up my forgetfulness.  The honest to goodness truth is that I have no idea what it is responsible for my skin, besides genetics.  But, I have been more and more conscious of the fact that my skin won’t stay this way forever and have taken more precautions with it lately.  I have read that good fats such as avocado and nuts are good for your skin, so I try to make sure I keep them as an ongoing staple in what I eat.  I’ve also read that meat and dairy can contribute to premature aging, I don’t usually eat much meat (although you couldn’t tell from my last few blog entries).  I refuse to give up dairy though.  I use a moisturizer with sunscreen daily and eye cream and night time moisturizer before I go to bed.  I generally wash my face with dove bar soap.   As for my eating habits changing my skin, honestly I haven’t noticed that.  But, I didn’t eat so differently before I did the Self Challenge, than I do after it.  For most of my grown up life I’ve tried to eat a healthy, mostly organic diet.

On to the food:

Breakfast 12.20.08

breakfast-1220FiberOne Harvest Clusters Cereal
Raspberries
Soy Milk

Lunch 12.20.08

lunch-1220Left over lentils and rice with spiced nonfat yogurt