Thursday, June 26, 2014

Feeling good!

Other than the nasty baby germs I have picked up from school (I work fulltime as an Infant Teacher for those not in the know), I am feeling pretty good right now.  I might go out on a limb and even say great.  Physically other than this cough that has invaded my body, I feel healthy and energetic.  Maybe all the pain and discomfort I have been feeling for months was my body's way of saying "Hey!  You are eating the wrong foods!"

My GI doctor suggested I give up dairy, meat and stick to a low FODMAPS diet. 

 She said I should try an all plant based diet.  This was two months ago.  I go to see her today and I am actually pretty excited.  I haven't been strictly plant based until this week.  I felt like I needed to still eat eggs because my body couldn't tolerate beans.  Oh, things have changed since I last posted about longing to eat  hummus!

Just one of the many hummus containers I have conquered this week!

I really just needed some inspiration.  Someone I respected who could sit and talk with me about food for an hour.  A mutual friend of ours has been trying to get me to live a plant based life for months.  I always resisted with a list of excuses.  But finally hearing it from my doctor made it real.  Plants became my friend.

I've actually always aspired to be vegan.   I just could never quite do it.  It is a challenge eating both gluten free and vegan.  Especially going out to eat with friends and family.  And it's eye opening to discover how much crap is in our food these days.  Our vegetable side dishes are either covered with cheese or breaded and fried.  Why?!

Like I said, I have only really embraced the plant based approach this week.  Up until the other day I was still eating eggs and fish.  Lots of eggs!  I'm not sure if I will go back to that.  If I do, I won't beat myself up.  Right now I am plenty happy eating what I'm eating which includes lots of hummus!  I think I am making up for lost time!

Some pictures of my eats lately.  Again, not entirely vegan but a step in the right direction!

Salmon, brown rice and green beans at Legal Seafoods.

Gluten free Dairy free carrot cake with coconut icing for my mom's 80th birthday.  Paired with coconut milk ice cream.  Food orgasm!

Igo to Whole Foods several times a week now.  Often I leave with a container of golden sesame tofu.  I love that stuff!  Paired with some vegetarian California rolls.  That's a party on a Friday night for sure!

Salmon, baked potato, and carrots at the Bull Run restaurant.  I only just discovered this restaurant on the way back from doing a parade.  They were great about accommodating my food/allergy requests.  This restaurant uses food from local farms.  Nick had a grass fed burger which he said was the best burger he has ever eaten away from home.  And the ambiance could not be beat for us history lovers.  If I had more battery left on my phone, I would have taken pictures.

And lastly part of my lunch/2nd breakfast (my lunch break is at 9am because I start work at 6am) that I was so excited about yesterday:  soy yogurt, frozen bloobs that I had thawed and a nectarine.  I loooove nectarines!  I won't eat peaches because the fuzzy skin just causes me all sorts of issues.  But nectarines are like a gift from God!

I love that I am excited about my food these days.  And I love that I am feeling better.  Cleaning out my body has inspired me to get out and walk again.  Yea!  I honestly feel reborn.  It's a nice feeling.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I just want to eat hummus!

There is only one thing going through my mind these days!  Okay, I lied.  There are many things going through my mind lately.  But the thing that keeps popping back up is "I just want to eat hummus!"

If you are one of the lucky people in the world who don't have food intolerances, be grateful!

It's one thing if you just don't like a certain food.  Or it's out of season.  Or you have to travel to a certain restaurant or food store to get that food item.  It's quite another thing when your brain says "I love hummus more than life itself!" and your body screams "NOOOOOO!  No hummus ever!"

I am miserable.  I just want hummus.  I can go buy it anywhere.  I could even make it myself.  It's vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free.  It's so perfect.

But I can't tolerate it.

I am tempted to go buy a tub, eat it with a spoon and suffer the consequences.  Maybe then I would make the brain-body connection finally as I have done with so many other foods.  And then I could get on with my life.

These are the decisions that occupy my brain.  Stay tuned.