Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Day 26: Elimination Diet

Mostly feeling better today. I was smart enough to not push it with food and ate very little. It really helped to keep any tummy discomfort at bay.

Breakfast was . . . . hmm. What was breakfast? Oh, right. Applesauce.

Lunch was left-over tomato soup and ginger tea.

I didn't eat a proper dinner. I had a snack of two rice crackers and hummus (homemade with sunflower seed butter instead of tahini) and some pineapple at about 3:00 or so. At 8:00 I felt hungry enough to eat something salad-like and decided that I would challenge vinegar and make a cabbage salad with cilantro dressing from the Whole Life Nutrition book. Oh yum. SO good. The recipe is really simple.

4-6 cups chopped cabbage (recipe says savoy or napa, I used regular ol' green)
1 shredded carrot
4 sliced green onions
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds (I toasted raw ones on the stove)
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
(the recipe called for a touch of hot pepper flakes but I don't really care for that)
Toss the dressing with the rest of the salad and voila! I used to make something alot like this from another cookbook called Feeding the Whole Family. The recipe in that book also added uncooked ramen noodles. I ate two small-ish bowls. I could eat more but don't want to push it.
So, if you haven't yet, please go buy Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair. I included the link to the newest version, but I have the older, purple one, and they are mostly similar. The new one has a few more (really yummy) meat recipes, for example. Cynthia was a fantastic teacher of mine at Bastyr. In fact, I probably learned more from Cynthia than I did all of my other teachers combined.

The other thing I've thought a lot about while doing this diet is what the long-term view is for me now. I went in to it knowing that even I didn't find a single thing that I am sensitive to, I still wanted the ED to severely shift the way I was eating on a day-to-day basis. I have seriously considered going vegan after this.

In the fall of 1991 I became a vegetarian. I was a freshman in high school and a beef soft taco at Taco Bell was the last meat I ate. Fast forward almost exactly 12 years to the fall of 2003 and I am newly pregnant with Iris. Not only are pretty much every kind of food I was used to getting protein and iron from incredibly revolting to me, but I was absolutely craving meat. It was then that I fell of the vegetarian band-wagon and have been a pretty die-hard meat eater ever since. I swore up and down that I would become a vegetarian again when I was done birthing and nursing babies. Eloise weaned just after her third birthday at the end of last summer. Oops.

But here I am. At a real crossroads. I have a whole month of an amazing way of eating under my belt and a damn fine stepping stone for moving on in to a (mostly) permanent new phase of my food journey.

So we'll see, but that's what I am toying around with in my mind. I sort of have to just make the decision and leap because that's how I really decide to do things. Make up my mind and then my ass follows, or however that saying goes.

Oh, I also wanted to include this picture of the asian soup stock I made yesterday. I got the recipe from the Whole Life Nutrition book and omitted the mushrooms and seaweed. I also added cilantro and tamari. I think I finally realized I do not like celery in my soup stock, as well, so I have that going for me!

1 comment:

  1. Sybil what kind of sunbutter are you eating? I think I need to pick some up. I'm really struggling today. It hit me this evening at dinner. I think I'd hurt someone for some chicken or ground beef.


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