It’s been a really long time since I shared some eats.
Not too surprisingly, as if you’ve been reading lately, I’ve been going through some dietary…. experimentation?
I’ve been having to take a look at my food in a way I never have before.
Since it’s been so long, I thought I’d just go a ways back – a few weeks or so – and share some of my recent “food diary.” Some things I was – and am now – eating and the things I’ve been noticing and changing along the way. Plus some things I’ve been making to try and appease some of those changes.
Lemon and ginger
A couple weeks ago, I was loving my ginger/lemon/cayenne shots. My co-worker and I had a tradition of starting each shift with “shots.” (I scored this fancy version for home one day, which I split over a few mornings). Both lemon and ginger are known to be great immune boosters, detoxifiers and digestive soothers, and it always snapped me out of a brain fog immediately. I loved it. I’ve stopped with the lemon and ginger for now, though. Too much acidity, possibly.
Acai / yogurt / banana / strawberries / blueberries and a slew of seeds: chia, flax, hemp and pumpkin
I was also loving me some fruit heavy yogurt bowls with lots of seeds, as per one of the suggestions made by the TCM doctor. I was having a lot of strawberries back at that time – as you can see – and I started to get a strange feeling that they weren’t settling well with me. So I stopped buying them.
Chocolate chip banana muffin with homemade ghee + yogurt / cocoa / maca / banana / strawberries / hemp seeds
I’ll say it now. There are still zero answers.
And this post is going to be one big smorgesbord of non-sensical analyzing.
I have been following the low-FODMAP diet – pretty closely – for the last couple weeks and, no matter its significance, I have noticed a large improvement in my symptoms. Mostly in regards to bloating and distention. I havn’t had nearly as much.
That being said, the dietician that works alongside the NP I saw this week told me not to follow it.
So, there’s that.
2 slices of my banana flour double chocolate loaf + peanut butter + more strawberries
I think the best advice I have gotten through all of this has been from my mother.
My mom said I should just, “eat naked.”
…. to which I replied
“Mother. I already do that. 90% of the time.” #istilllivebymyself
Ba dum bum ching.
Baked oatmeal / blueberries / banana / peanut butter
What she really meant, of course, was I just need to eat plainly.
Back. To. The. Basics.
Essentially this matches well with a low-FODMAP diet as it means no fancy sauces (no onion or garlic), no weird baking (applesauce, honey), and just no complex recipes.
Oatmeal + peanut butter + blueberries + a quinoa/black sesame/pumpkin seed crunch I created after the TCM suggested more black sesame seeds. Recipe will be coming!
So, out come the basics: Oatmeal. Rice. Potatoes. Meats. Veggies.
I think the best medicine is just letting my body do what it needs to do, on its own. I hope getting back to the basics and eating simple – non-acidic – foods for a while will give my stomach/bacteria time to turn itself around and get re-balanced. Even if it doesn’t, eating this way is proving to decrease a lot of my discomfort at least in the short term. It’s also making it much easier to pin point when I have something that triggers an upset. Which is very important right now.
Oat/ blueberry/cranberry muffin
Oats have been settling really well.
There’s a cafe near my house that sells this wheat free, super dense, oat berry muffin, and each time I have it my stomach feels really good. So, I’ve been heading there a few more mornings than I care to admit. But its delicious, and if it feels good…. I’m going to keep it coming.
I’m not a smoothie person. Which sucks because there are some really awesome ones at work. There is one, however, that I really love and was trying to have nearly every shift. Almond milk + banana + maple syrup + cocoa + coconut oil + maca + mesquite. Super delicious and super good for you. I’ve been pumped to get in more maca, as if you remember this post, I started incorporating it into my diet a while back for its hormone balancing benefits.
I’ve been sticking away from most fruits lately though, so the smoothies haven’t been much of an option anyways. I tried having a fruit and veggie smoothie yesterday (orange, strawberries, blueberries, kale, spinach) and not even half way through my stomach started to ache. So, that was a bit of a testimony.
Yogurt/peanut butter/ berries + homemade sourdough blueberry muffins
I made a batch of blueberry sourdough muffins, which were delicious, but I either burned them or shouldn’t have used muffin liners because they stuck like crazy.
And unfortunately, this breakfast killed me. I know this sounds crazy, but I think anything fermented is causing a not-good reaction. I’ve noticed the burning sensation very strongly after eating yogurt, tamari, saurkraut, and tempeh. All of which I was having quite frequently at work.
Homemade gluten free sourdough bread that I was totally jazzed about. With peanut butter / banana / sesame seeds
This obviously sucks. Especially since I’ve been doing a lot of sourdough baking. You know, to do good things for my stomach.
Ironic right? Fermentation = probiotics = supposed to be good for your stomach.
Who knows. All that to say, I’ve stopped eating anything fermented.
….back. to. the. basics.
My most impressive meal ever: Homemade sourdough + homemade ghee / farmers market eggs, kale and carrots / bone broth
I’ve been drinking organic/grassfed bone broth and have been finding it really soothing for my stomach. It took a while to get it to a place that actually tasted drinkable. But once I did, I’ve been excited to reap the benefits of the natural gelatin, collagen, digestive enzymes etc.
Chicken thighs / roasted potatoes sans onion or garlic / steamed broccoli with ghee and salt / homemade ketchup
In my low-fodmaps trials, I knew I couldn’t be happy without ketchup. I mean, come on. So, I made my own! This homemade low-fodmap ketchup is DELICIOUS. I added a few drops of liquid smoke (you don’t need much) and it absolutely wins over the real/fake/store bought stuff.
Chicken breast / roasted kabocha squash and japanese sweet potato / steamed broccoli with ghee and salt post pic
I’ve been reminded the wonders of simplicity – and that it is totally possible to have a delicious meal without onion and garlic. I’ve been cooking chicken in a very simple marinade of maple syrup, worcestershire, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar and am really pleased with the results.
I didn’t see myself lasting too long without garlic though. So I finally found this gem that is hopefully going to open up a whole load of recipe options again.
Homemade meatballs / tomato sauce / zoodles
First place to use my new condiment was in throwing together a simple, low-FODMAP tomato sauce (tomatoes, garlic oil, Italian seasoning, kale and grated carrot) to serve with some really simple meatballs I also threw together (beef, egg, Italian spices). And if you saw Instagram you know the story behind the zoodles.
Homemade low-FODMAP chocolate pudding using this recipe (frozen – as I forgot to take a picture of the thawed version)
Ooooo and my new favorite treat: Robyn’s chocolate chip cookie dough bars. SO delicious.
Waiting for a late night bus: superfood hot chocolate (almond milk, cocoa, maple syrup, coconut oil, maca) + kabocha + peanut butter + greek yogurt
Yogurt. No bueno.
Weirdly enough, popcorn has actually been a huge help. I swear there’s been a couple nights where it has actually made the discomfort lessen. I had never tried any of the skinny pop/boom chika/bagged popcorns before, but this guy was on half price and I gotta say, its pretty good. I just have to eat half the bag is all.
I think these guys – digestive enzymes – have been the biggest help of all, though. It seems to be really helping taking one with each meal.
Dark chocolate + oranges + blueberries (low-FODMAP approved fruits)
Chocolate also seems to be on the safe side.
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So to recap, in the last few days I’ve been eating a lot of oatmeal and blueberries, chicken and potatoes with my homemade ketchup, my homemade tomato sauce and meatballs, popcorn, and chocolate. Each of these things I’ve made have not contained onion and garlic, I have not been eating much of any fruit besides blueberries, no nuts besides peanuts, no complex sauces from work, and no fermented foods. Between this and taking digestive enzymes…I’ve been feeling quite a bit better. I don’t know what the real reasoning behind it may be, but I’m going to stick with keeping things really simple for at least a while yet. Then, if I continue to feel better, I’ll slowly start bringing back some of the “regular” items and see what happens.
I don’t want to over-dramatize. In fact, I don’t think there is going to be anything found to be wrong. I still have a couple more tests I am being sent for and am being referred to a gastro specialist, but – unfortunately – I think this is a situation that is needing to be healed by me and me alone.
Have you ever made your own ketchup?
Have you ever gone “back to the basics” to reset your body?
What is your favorite super simple meal?
I am 200% not a relationship expert. Let’s get that out right now…