I wrote this post saturday night— it’s now tuesday and I’m just getting around to posting it. I’ve received more bad news since writing the post (not gut related). which I’m processing, somehow, before talking more about. In terms of my gut, it’s the same since I wrote this post. I guess the good news is, it’s not worse. The bad news is, it’s not better. I’ll figure it all out eventually– right? Right. Sure. Yes. Until then— here’s my diet/stomach thoughts:———–
So, to be completely honest, I’m sitting here with a bit of frustration as I write this post. I’m trying to stay all positive like, since I know I have things to look forward to and things will get better, but its a bit tough sometimes. It’s saturday night right now and all I want is to feel wonderful and to be snacking on something delicious. We’re going away tomorrow morning, Alex and I and spending the night in Miami because I have a super early monday morning doctors appt— for non stomach related issues. Which, is good to have other things taken care of, but one of the main things on my mind is, how do I fix my once again broken stomach? And less important, will I be able to eat ANYTHING delicious when I go to Miami? Since I’ll be posting this AFTER our Miami night, chances are you’ll already seen anything I’ve eaten thanks to social media. But since I’m not sitting in the future yet, I’m going to sit here and wonder and hope delicious things other thank liquids will go in my body.
Indian food always seems to sit well with me. Though I’ve found, typically when made by an actual indian person. Why you ask? I think it’s because I’m typically too lazy to soak my grains. I’ve decided this has been a huge step that I’ve really stupidly looked over. The more I see what grains do to my body and the more I read about grains, the more I’m seeing that grains really do seem to be tough on the body— any body. Prior to c. diff, I had no issues with them— or not that I noticed anyway. After the c. diff, I kind of see why so many people cut them out. I don’t really want to cut them out completely for me— and/or especially for Marlowe, since they are her biggest protein source, but I do plan to be more proactive about proper preparation of grains. I plan to long soak/sprout as often as I can. so this dish: Dal with greens? When properly soaked, not so bad on my tummy. Rice? Major brain fog. I’ll be soaking rice if I have it again too. Quinoa? Neutral, but still not super easily digested.
I was eating almond flour bread with coconut butter for a long while. Then I started adding in coconut flour or buckwheat flour to lesson the almond flour. Then I just cut it out completely. I noticed I do have a lot more issues with nuts, even nut butters now. Coconut butter is freaking delicious and almost like a sweet treat in a world where I haven’t had sugar for 7 months, but now it’ll be a rare treat because of the fat content. Sorry coconuts. sorry tastebuds.
This curry recipe I posted the other day. This worked out not so bad on my gut. I had the leftovers with quinoa instead of rice though. Side of fermented cabbage. I would eat this again and maybe slice up the bok choy a bit more.
We’ve been having spring rolls but cooking the filling since I can’t have raw veg. I also found brown rice paper wrappers that are wonderful! Sure still made from grain, and still processed, but this meal always feels like a wonderful treat. I shared the recipe HERE last month.
I’ve been playing around with breakfast a lot. I really enjoyed eating oatmeal everyday, but like the other grains, sometimes it gives me a bit of trouble (brain fog). Not at all as much as rice or lentils, but a bit. Really, I just need to soak my oats longer and then I should be okay. This is chocolate quinoa bowl with a bit of unsweetened coconut yogurt, strawberries and a tiny sprinkle of granola. On the good days, I have little problems with a breakfast like this. On the days that my stomach is upside down, I must avoid.
This was my go to for a few weeks— we had so many giant avocados! Chocolate avocado pudding! It was SO good! But since I was told I have to cut down on fats (yes, even my beloved avocado), this will have to hold off until my body is better.
Okay so eggs. I think I mentioned it, but I stopped eating them. I got to a point where I was eating a good amount of them a day— then about a week ago, I just grossed myself out too much and stopped again. I know I should still be eating them. I know my body needs the non-grain protein. And I know it’s still the one protein my stomach can handle. The rational thing is for me to eat them. But now, I don’t know, I gag a little. Oof. I often wish I didn’t have that feeling inside that keeps me away from eating animal products— that I thought it was part of nature to eat animals. But I don’t, obviously. Maybe I’ll get to the point where I eat eggs again, we’ll see. But this is what all my typically meals looked like prior to last week. Pretty well rounded, Id say. A bit of a grain sometimes (quinoa in this case), one or two fried eggs, roasted veggies, half avocado, and a bit of fermented cabbage.
The oatmeal. I also slowly started adding a bit of fruits back into my life! Kiwis are something I used to love as a kid— and my stomach mostly handles them now!! Thank goodness! And guava (from our garden). I have to be super careful with the seeds, but they’re mostly okay. And theres my beloved coconut butter.
Same as before, my rounded meals. a bit of eggs cooked up with garden spinach, small bit of grain, roasted veggies (rutabaga in this case), half avocado, and fermented cabbage.
My sheet tray of veg. pre roasting. I’ve been roasting up loads of fennel! I was iffy about fennel for a long time, but I’ve been really enjoying it roasted lately. And given the fact that it’s super wonderful for your gut? Well, I’m all about it. And purple sweet potato from our favorite produce place LOVE. My acupuncturist says I need to eat less sweet potato though. She’s right, one large potato in one sitting is too much— but I do plan to still eat it often, just in smaller portions.
Same as the others, no grains though. Also, I’ve been roasting up small amounts of kale now too! I’d say 2 out of 3 times I don’t have grain with my veggies and eggs. Well, now I don’t eat eggs either. So now it’s more like roasted veggies with roasted tempeh for protein. I was surprised when I looked at the back of the tempeh package to see how much protein it had. Not happy about the price of tempeh, super happy about how it sits in my stomach and the amount of protein it has though!