Resilience: In Lee’s Game and the Game of Life

August 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

[As you know, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness staff members are big Phillies fans. So when one of our newest volunteers, Nadina Fraimow, told us she shared the same passion for sports, wellness and all things Phillies, we had to get her on board. Nadina will be sharing her gluten-free experience throughout the 2011 Phillies season.]

Resilience: In Lee’s Game and the Game of Life

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One word comes to mind as I watched Cliff Lee perform on the mound against the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates: Resilience.  Just as Lee’s passion and determination to throw outstanding pitches are clearly apparent, so too is his ability to recover after setbacks.  Exactly when did Lee exhibit resilience from inning to inning and, most recently, game to game?

July 19: Phillies 4-2 win against the Chicago Cubs

Setback:  Lee started off with a few pitches that allowed the first Chicago Cub in batting rotation, Reed Johnson, to double.  Unfortunately, Lee’s next pitch mimicked the last few and he gave up the only two Chicago Cubs runs of the evening—Starlin Castro’s home run that caused Johnson to also score.

Resilience:  Lee did not let one setback inning ruin his game.  He recovered strongly by Phightin’ for no more Cubs to score—which landed him a total of 8 hits, 0 walks and 6 strike outs.

July 25: Phillies 4-5 loss against the San Diego Padres

Setback:  Lee’s game never really started, with a failed pick-off of Padres Jason Bartlett at first base that allowed Padres Chris Denorfia to steal home.  During a short and un-sweet four pitched innings, Lee allowed 10 hits and 5 runs.

July 30: Phillies 7-4 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates

Resilience:  Just a few days after his game setback, Lee definitely appeared ready to score a win for the Phightin’ Phils with one great pitch after the next.  Lee achieved competitive double digit strike outs, with 11 at the final count.  Additional accomplishments for Lee included 4 runs on 8 hits, 2 walks and in first place for number of hits by a Phillies pitcher with 2 more under his belt.

I have learned from Lee that the secret in baseball and the game of life is never getting stuck on the mound for too long and never losing sight of the destination.  For Lee, his focus is on the World Series; for me, I want to be healthy, happy, and gluten-free.

On my journey, I am physically exhibiting resilience, as I recover from a sports injury.  This week, I have a positive outlook with new support from Kinesio tape (increased popularity after the use by athletes in the 2008 Beijing Olympics) that was recommended by my physical therapist.

This month, I share more dish and product reviews, on the following baseball-inspired scale:

Single– Fair
Double– Good
Triple– Very good
Home Run– Must try
Grand Slam– Sublime

Ciao Bella Dark Chocolate Sorbet- Triple

A very good gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free dessert purchased from Whole Foods.  It appears semi-sweet in coloring, taste and finish.  Nice balance of light consistency and refreshing flavors on palate.

The result:  In contrast to the “decadently rich” and “dark chocolate” labeled pint, sorbet lacks the luster of real 70% dark chocolate. [Note: Due to recent Ciao Bella ingredient changes (as confirmed by a phone call with Ciao Bella staff), the product tastes differently than branding on pint.  Original Ciao Bella Dark Chocolate Sorbet would have received Grand Slam rating, as it was both dark and decadently rich.]

Mixed green salad with grilled chicken and vegetables at The Bards- Triple

A very good dish marked by juicy grilled chicken and an assortment of greens.  The lettuce was fresh with seasonal vegetables and added nice crunch to balance the softness from grilled chicken.  The grilled chicken that I added to the salad was portioned in four wide, pounded flat chicken strips.  All four pieces of chicken were cooked equally well with enjoyable flavoring from grill.  [Note:  Prior to dining, I inquired about the kitchen preparing a grilled chicken dish, which is not included on The Bards after 3 p.m Sunday gluten- free menu.  The Bard’s chef was extremely accommodating and prepared my desired dish.]

Gluten-Free Food at The Bards

A gluten-free friendly sign outside The Bards

The result:  Affordable and delicious grilled chicken dish at a pub in a prime location, on the edge of Rittenhouse Square at 2013 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.  The good news: gluten-free pizza served daily, and at 3 p.m. every Sunday, The Bards prepares a gluten-free kitchen and serves strictly from a new gluten-free menu.

The scene:  A double date at The Bards on Sunday night.  To my excitement, the chef was able to accommodate my grilled chicken dish request, even though it was not among the other delicious pub-esque gluten-free options on the menu.  In recent news, The Bards hosted a gluten-free event with support from NFCA’s good friend Michael Savett (of Gluten-Free Philly) and the local community.

Gluten Free Sign at Citizens Bank Park

Spotted at July 27 Phillies game: Gluten-free sign at Citizens Bank Park

Tune in tonight and cheer for Cliff Lee and the Phillies at 10:15 p.m. ET, as they resiliently play the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. It’s time to Be-LEE-ve!

– Nadina

About Nadina:
Nadina Fraimow began volunteering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in April 2011, and will be happy to answer messages sent to the email account. Nadina learned that she has gluten sensitivity in February 2011, and is grateful for having been diagnosed promptly and correctly by a knowledgeable gastroenterologist. She enjoys running, shopping for gluten-free sweets and creating recipes that are both tasty and healthy. Nadina is a Marketing and Communications professional living and working in Philadelphia. Nadina is also a proud Penn State alumna and an avid fan of the Phillies.


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