Monday, April 19, 2010

Day 11: Elimination Diet

I have a confession: I didn't quite follow the ED. I was supposed to be challenging tamari, then I bought the wrong kind (I didn't buy wheat-free) so I decided to challenge lemons and limes. On Saturday I had lime twice. On Sunday I bought the right kind of tamari and then came home and challenged that. I forgot to buy lemons/limes at the store and didn't want to go back so I just switched. Honestly, I don't think I'm sensitive to either, so I should be fine.

Whew! Such a rebel I am!

Cynthia asked about tamari in the comments from Day 10. I had to look up the answer, but here's what I discovered about the difference between soy sauce and tamari and the wheat-free vs wheat kinds:

Although soy sauce and tamari [tuh-MAHR-ee] are both made from fermented soybeans, Japanese tamari is thicker, darker, and richer than its counterpart. Think of it as the kinder, gentler (and less salty) soy sauce. It has a more complex, smooth flavor compared to the sometimes harsh, overwhelming bite of a salty soy sauce.

It appears that wheat is required in the fermentation process and therefor both soy sauce and tamari have wheat-free varieties.

So yesterday I made avocado-carrot-cucumber sushi for the family for lunch. Yum! I made my rice without rice wine vinegar, but it was still good. Dinner was fried rice with a bunch of veggies and left-over brown rice and tamari.

I was really craving something sweet last night and made an almost sorbet out of frozen cherries, frozen blueberries, agave nectar and lime juice. I threw it all in the BlendTec and set it on the ice cream setting. SO good. It was completely smooth. I am going to remember that little treat when I go back to eating regular food.

Also? I was so excited to go to the farmer's market and get some produce. It turns out our local farmer's market has tons of flowers, meats, breads, cheeses and, this time of year, lots of plant starts. VERY little actual produce. I got only spinach and baby bok choy. Other than that I saw apples (from Tiny's, I got apples cheaper at the store), radishes, braising mix and potatoes.

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