Watch Me Turn 30, by Holly C.
I'm a 29-year-old New Yorker who inherited this site from my pal, Holly P., to document the final year of my twenties. Right up until I turn the big 3-0 next January, I'll use this blog to indulge my inner-narcissist by voicing the good (I can date men anywhere from ages 21 to 50 without it being scandalous) the bad (I keep getting ma'amed) and the ugly (is it possible to get cellulite on your stomach?!). Here's to waving goodbye to my youth, accepting adulthood and remembering that every ending is really just a new beginning.
the photo for January 2, 2008
DAY 338  |  January 2, 2008
I’m working on this story for a women’s magazine about health secrets from around the world, so part of my research involves reading French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure . The basic premise of the book is that if Americans simply ate what tasted delicious and made dining a more sensual experience, we wouldn’t over-eat. Mindlessly polishing off a bag of low-fat chips in front of the TV is what makes me pack on the pounds, not eating rich foods in normal portion sizes.

So I put this message into practice today by grabbing Bryant and heading to one of my favorite restaurants in Williamsburg, a candle-lit Italian eatery with dark wood paneling called Aurora . I forced any thoughts of calories right out of my head (think: “I can’t have bread because carbs make you fat!”) and just ate whatever I wanted until I felt full.

I dipped rosemary-covered rolls in salted olive oil, enjoyed seared scallops over bitter greens with balsamic vinegar and tasted creamy ricotta-filled raviolis. And I washed it all down with Aurora’s house red. When I finished my meal, I let myself sit and talk for a few minutes before immediately reaching for the dessert menu. By the time I finally ordered a sweet treat, I discovered that I only needed a few bites of chocolate to feel content—pretty sweet! I guess the French have gotten eating down to an art.

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