April 02, 2010

Elimination Diet: My First Food-Based Nightmare

I have really strange sleep behavior. I've been known to call people from my sleep, to wake T or my various roommates up in the middle of the night and sleep-talk to them (my mother does the same thing, apparently), and to have some of the strangest dreams ever.

I have at least one weird dream a night. I'm not talking weird like you're naked in front of your high school biology class weird. I'm talking dreams where I have huge lumps on my legs and my stepdad offers to cure them by peeling back my skin and applying an animal stew remedy made exclusively of roadkilled skunks. I mean, who dreams that?

A lot of the time, the things and people I think, talk, or stress about right before I fall asleep are featured prominently in my dreams. So, given the care with which I've been planning my meals, I guess it was only a matter of time before the elimination diet showed up dans mes rêves, right?

Last night I dreamed that I was at my friend M's house (the same friend who forced me to brake my no sweets Lent pledge), and that I couldn't stop eating foods that are prohibited on the elimination diet. Like potatoes. I kept boiling and then sautéing potatoes and eating them right out of the pan with celery salt.

And then I helped M make this really giant and grotesque batch of chocolate chip cookies, and put water into the eggs for some reason. M put the cookies into the oven all stacked on top of each other, and I became really upset that she was going to ruin them. And then I ate a lot of the cookies.

The last part of the dream I remember involved me, back in my own kitchen, holding a bag of bulghur and crying that I had thrown away all of my hard work just for some potatoes and some cookies.

Who am I?


  1. putting water directly into your eggs will make them fluffier (at least with scrambled eggs)--maybe your subconscious is on to something! Like really cakey cookies!

  2. i like the analysis that says "dreams are like the lawn mower turning over a few times after you have shut it off."