Monday, March 25, 2013

Food For Thought :: What We Eat & What We Dream

      One thing I know for sure: I cannot eat pickles, chocolate, or any combination of the two within three-four hours of going to sleep. If by chance I break this rule, my dreams will be haunted, I will wake up in a drenched sweat, I will most likely scream and wake up the neighbors, and Stephanos will have to rub my arm and tell me it’s okay until I fall back asleep.
My point – I am almost sure that what I dream at night is 100% directly influenced by what I consume during the day. Typically, I consider myself a healthy eater, and I think nightmares are a way of punishing me if I stray away from that at all. I tend to believe this because every time I have a nightmare, I look back into what I ate that day, and I can usually pinpoint the culprit. Spicy foods, sour foods, and chocolate seem to be my biggest dream offenders.
My questions – Why does this happen? In my opinion, dreams are the absolute wildest part of life. Think about it, you lay in your bed, close your eyes, and within a period of time, your mind drifts into another state of consciousness, and before you know it and without any of your control, an untamed, vivid story is playing behind your closed eyes, and you have no choice but to watch. How about this, have you ever had a dream that you were dreaming? This is even more extreme. Waking up and wondering whether or not I am actually awake is a bizarre place to be, and it usually ends in me pinching myself for reassurance.
      Does what we eat during the day affect not only the outcome of our dream, but how many dreams we actually remember? Are there any foods linked to happy and inspiring dreams? Can someone promise me that if I eat a certain food three hours before bed, I will slowly float my way into a magical dream that I will remember every detail of?
      Some medical theories state that the heat from spicy food elevates your body temperature enough to the point where it interferes with your sleep, making you uncomfortable. The distress then works its way into your subconscious, and it is reflected in the storyline it creates. Some medical theorists claim that “real-life stomach aches and other types of gastric distress can end up as dream pain experienced by your dream self.”

      Another speculation is that it isn’t really what you eat before bed, it’s how much you eat. Digestion increases brain activity, so the more work your body is creating to metabolize your food, the more vivid your dreams will be.

What is your theory? Does this happen to you? Do you want to start a dream log, too?
Should I never eat pickles or chocolate again?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Welcome, Twenty Six

Thursday the 28th of February was my 26th birthday, but you already know that because of my last post. (Here is where I will apologize for the brief hiatus I took from posting. Life can sometimes get overwhelmingly busy!) I woke up energized and eager to begin the day. I didn’t even consider pressing snooze on my alarm. Even my normal routine of showering and blow-drying my hair was exciting—I was getting all dolled up for a 6 hour car ride, but it was a 6 hour car ride with my boyfriend whom I would undoubtedly be taking photos with at every chance I could get, so of course I had to look cute.

We arrived in Pennsylvania six hours later, and after a few coffee and bathroom stops (more like ten because I have the bladder of a five year old and the excessive coffee intake makes it that much worse). It felt comforting to arrive at my aunt & uncle’s house with four days of enjoyment in an unfamiliar, yet familiar enough place to explore ahead of us.

Between dining in remarkable restaurants to drinking free draft beers at the casinos in Atlantic City, I can honestly say these were four of my favorite days. I welcomed 26 with enthusiasm, alongside some of my favorite people, with a good buzz that lasted for the entire trip.  



As we drove through the busy city streets of Philadelphia, no one knew but I was quietly day dreaming of a life writing for a magazine next to a cute organic coffee shop while Stephanos wore his best business suit to work in his office made entirely of glass windows, where he would work until we return to our high rise apartment after sipping on after-work-drinks at the local vodka bar. (Yes, there is a vodka bar in Philly. Tell me that’s not enough to make you want to move there right now.)

Hey, a girl can dream right? This vacation was definitely one for the books, or dare I say, for the blog.