Having begun the new year with the firm resolve to lose weight and get into better shape, I am always looking for new sources of nutritious food. For the past month I have strictly followed Elizabeth Arnott’s Detox Lifestyle Eating Program. I have lost 6 kilos and I feel wonderful. Has it been hard?
Most of the time, no it hasn’t. Although many foods are on the “restricted” list, there are still a lot of delicious ones on the “recommended” list. And with Elizabeth’s cookbook, it is easy to fix flavorful meals and still stay within the guidelines.
However, I have decided to moderate the diet for the next month. I will have the odd cup
of coffee, alcoholic drink, piece of chicken, plate of eggs and serving of cheese I will continue to stay away from all wheat products, refined sugar and red meat. If the pounds don’t keep coming off, I will be back at it hardcore in March.
I started out this post by saying that I am ever on the lookout for new places to buy healthy food. I shop at my neighborhood outdoor market for most items, and I must admit that I kind pooh-poohed the idea that fresher produce could be found. But, not for the first time, I was wrong.
The Merida Slow Food Market is a weekly event where organic food growers and local food artisans have an opportunity to shop their wares. I have managed to stay away from the specialty French and Italian breads, but Jorge is an avid aficionado. Everyone says that the focaccia, croissants, baguette, tarts and so on are to die for… Our little friend Pricilla told Jorge that she loves them!
But there is also just-picked produce and fresh cheeses; there are organic eggs and meat – lots of items that my local market has never stocked and doubtfully ever will.
Another thing I must fess up to is that I believed the Slow Food Market was an initiative started by and patronized by only foreigners. That is simply not true. I saw lots of local people, both buying and selling.
Although the concept may have come from international sources, it has been embraced and I expect to see more and more of my neighbors buying there on Saturday mornings.
My husband, daughter and son-in-law (and their little
dog Andy) enjoyed the market as did other families. As I sat with my friend Linda drinking a delicious cup of coffee, we saw a young father walking by with his two daughters riding on his shoulders.
“Look… a little girl tree!” someone else said, and yes… that is what it looked like!
I think that any community is enriched by new people. They bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm. The Slow Food Market is such a project. It is in full swing every Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm… but come early because the good stuff goes fast!
The location is: Avenida Reforma (calle 72) por Avenida Colon, Centro Comercial Colon García Ginerés