Bread and dirges

It’s been a bit over a week since cutting out almost all carbs. From a diet perspective it’s been good. I’ve already lost a couple of pounds and I’m finding it pretty easy to not eat like crap as long as I shop smart. A lot of salads and chicken and fish and veggies. I’m liking it.

But I have been in what can only be described as a shit mood for a week. Not irritable. Just blue. I assumed that the change in diet had something to do with it. I spent some time this morning researching it and, yup, that’s a pretty common side effect. Carbs = serotonin and serotonin = happys. I probably need to exercise more to make up for it. Or to fly to Arizona on Wednesday and get paid to sit in sunny ballparks for ten days. Either way, I think it’ll even out soon.

In the meantime, I’m really getting into Bonnie “Prince” Billy. For those who don’t know him, you may remember him as the teenage preacher from John Sayles’ “Matewan.” I just got his “I See a Darkness” album, which is as beautiful as it is bleak:

And really, there’s nothing better to pull you out of dark moods than a record with songs like this one, “Another Day Full of Dread,” “Death to Everyone,” “Today I was an Evil One” and “Black.”

Good times!

Craig Calcaterra

Craig is the author of the daily baseball (and other things) newsletter, Cup of Coffee. He writes about other things at He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and many cats.

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