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Leesburg is a really cute town that’s grown ever since we’ve moved to here about 5 years ago. There has been a lot of changes especially in Downtown Leesburg. Others call it Old Town Leesburg. Really whatever floats your boat! It’s basically Historic Leesburg. Okay, are we done here?
Let’s talk about my favorite eats in town!
Senor Ramon Taqueria – One word. TACOS. And sangria. This is such a cool taco joint. Everything is so fresh and the flavors just mesh well. Every time. There’s always a line every time we go. Make sure you know what you want to order before you go because the options are literally ENDLESS. If you ever wanted to try beef intestine or tongue on your tacos, they have it. 🙂 Cheers.
Fire Works Pizza – We first came to Leesburg and our next door neighbor told us their favorite pizza place. I had heard about this place from a group of friends for a while as well. We figured this would be the place to go while we unwind from endless unpacking! Oh man, where has this place been all my life? They make delicious affordable pizzas! Even available with gluten-free dough. Not only that, but a long lists of craft beer and local wine. Even dogs can enjoy the patio seating with you. Ruff life huh?
SideBar – I was away one weekend and my husband went with a few friends one day and told me about their amazing brunch. They had just opened. I was dying to try their cinnamon roll! People, it’s not gluten-free but if you can stomach it, order one! Hashtag heaven please.
King Street Oyster Bar – Don’t bother going if you’re not a fan of seafood. I love coming here for their oysters and cocktails in the summer time. Keeping it light is key. Their oysters are pretty decent not to mention how fresh they taste. It changes every time we come in for a treat and they come from the east and west coasts. Not a fan? They have non-seafood meals available. Their lobster pasta is a fav as well. Just shuck it and eat it.
Bites – The best place for chilly weather comfort food. If you enjoy grilled cheese and tomato soup at home, you will like this place. It’s ten times better and they have grilled cheese ranging from salty to sweet with the most delicious soups available that day. You can even opt for a gluten-free bread!
Gruttos – This is literally ice cream heaven. We discovered this hole in the wall ice cream place in Purcellville. They had such a long line out the door the first time we stepped in. They’ve recently opened a location right in Downtown Leesburg! Tons of ice cream options even the “Elvis” which is a banana soft serve ice cream with peanut butter sauce, whipped cream and a cherry on top! Ye-ow! You may want to wear your yoga pants because bloat ain’t pretty!
Delirium Cafe – This place opened up last year on such a perfect corner on King Street and of course, they have great beer with elephant pictures on them. Just kidding, it’s a Belgium based cafe/bar. The atmosphere is pretty decent when you walk in and continue to the back where they have outdoor patio seating that reminds you of a German Oktoberfest. They open late too. 10 or 11 pm. It’s late for Leesburg. Just don’t ask me why. If you’re looking for late night grubs, make sure you include their amazing truffle fries with your favorite Delirium beer sans elephants.
Cocina on Market – This restaurant has a rooftop seating. Hashtag make sure you wear your sunscreen. Great view of the town! Always love coming here for their amazing margaritas and gourmet style Mexican food. They use seasonal and local ingredients that create “holy mackerel” meals inspired by the chefs travels. It’s a good place. Just go.
This is still quite a journey.
After the last blog, I discovered more food that I may be sensitive to while eliminating most of the food on the list I tested for positive sensitivity from Part One.
One, my acne had gotten worse. It was more cystic than anything I’ve had before. When I suffered from chronic poor sleep, I was up at 1:30 – 3 am almost every night which is the liver/gall bladder time. I had done a gallbladder flush in the process and passed a ton of stones. That process entails drinking organic apple juice for 5 days which my liver wasn’t able to digest the sugar enzymes due to how inflamed it was in the beginning. The doctor put me on a few liver supplements to help with it because the acne location was centered around my chin and nose. And that stems from the liver according to my Esthetician and Chiropractor. As a massage therapist, learning Traditional Chinese Medicine has also taught me this as well. My liver had been chronically inflamed for some time due to my leaky gut.
My blood panels would show a healthy number but it definitely showed elsewhere. My face.
Two, I also learned leaky gut is what causes this. But I was in the process of healing it but why is my skin still having volcanic eruptions?
Research has taught me a few things. Lectins are proteins in some fruits and vegetables that can cause gut inflammation but are considered healthy foods by most people. I’ve been growing most of the “nightshades vegetables” which have lectins and not knowing those “healthy foods” were causing the stomach and skin issues I’ve been having. So that’s stopped. My skin has been slowly healing since then.
Speaking of the elimination diet, I’ll be doing this a few more weeks and slowly adding some of the eliminations back in one at a time to see what reaction I have. If there’s an obvious reaction, chances are it’s not good for me. Listen to your body! What affects me may not effect you.
What I’ve eliminated so far:
Eggs, dairy, gluten and pseudo gluten, cashews, pecans, nightshades including tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, whey, casein, and any beans including soy (which I never touch).
A lot of people have been telling me “You only live once. Stop worrying about it.” Exactly. I have only one life and plan to live it to the fullest. I can’t stand watching other people suffer and at the same time ignore their health but that’s their choice. I have always enjoyed life but will be able to enjoy it better. I am not worried either. It’s really more about taking the next step to bettering your health. Functional Medicine is really going to help me in the future.
Books my dear friends have recommended:
Link to it included
“Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine..”