Unsolicited Opinions

When you have food issues, you become the target of unsolicited opinions.

What are you eating? That’s dinner? Oh, you’re one of those healthy eaters. You eat the strangest stuff.

Yup, I’ve heard it all. I even had one of my volunteers after she preceded to tell me I eat strange food, reach into my Ziploc bag and grab one of my bean chips. Um, okay, help yourself???

After doing this modified diet stuff for four years, it doesn’t really bother me. People will sometimes laugh because on the rare occasion I eat an almond butter sandwich, I have the tiny slices of gluten-free bread. Or, I have a mug of chicken bone broth. Or, I offer someone the chance to try my chocolate pudding….only I don’t share it’s made from avocado…and they give me a look because it doesn’t have the processed taste of box pudding mixes.

My family has learned to live with me and my strange food. My teenage daughter who does all the family dishes in exchange for her cell phone bill is never fond when I use the food processor, blender, or juicer and especially not fond when I leave bone broth remnants in the crock pot…oops! A  nice bonus…..They always let me choose the restaurant which is nice.

I make green juice and smoothies. I make gluten-free mug cakes with no sugar. I use chocolate avocado pudding as a spread on my gluten-free banana bread. I tried cooking plantains in the oven…not a huge fan of that.

Food collage

I have been eating basically the same rotation of foods since I have been home from vacation in a valiant attempt to calm my gut. (Note to self: ketchup is not a happy stomach food). I’ll save the healing foods regimen for another post…it’s a slow process but my stomach is starting to calm down, and my skin is starting to clear up. And I am trying to be really creative with chicken so I don’t have a table full of complainers….chicken again?

I work with a bunch of junk food junkies. They come to work with their fast food bags, bags of chips, and cans of pop. It makes me want to say….You’re eatin that??? But I refrain from offering unsolicited opinions.

Any thoughts?

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The “Me” Diet

Eating has become a complicated thing. Eating with food intolerances is even more complicated.

The GAPS diet, the Paleo and Primal diets, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the Starch Solution, the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, vegan, low carb, eating for your blood type….the list goes on and on…

I actually found myself in an argument one day in an online forum over a diet. I had posted something about my dental issues and my newly diagnosed ulcerative colitis diagnosis that I was trying to deal with and someone replied back that I had to do the Specific Carbohydrate Diet all the way, 100 % or I would continue to forever have issues the rest of my life.

I have tried many of those diets or variations of those diets the past few years in attempts to stabilize my GI issues, address my dental issues, improve my skin, etc… And the end result, some improvement but really, trying to follow a strict diet can make a person crazy!

I do live with food intolerances. I can read my body. Last night after eating something I normally don’t eat, I said to my husband, “My shoulder hurts from something I ate.” He looked at me like I was crazy, but honestly, that is a reaction I experience. Basically, I know that portion size, the time I eat, and processed food are things that I need to really pay attention to. Most boxed and bagged foods are not good for anyone.

So, I am choosing to live the “Me” diet-eating what I know makes me feel the best. Gluten free whole foods, not gluten-free sugar filled boxed and bagged snack food. Very, very, very little sugar. (Sugar is awful. It gives me adult acne (yuck) and makes me more prone to illness). Eat lots of veggies, mostly cooked, some fruit, enough protein but not too much. I’m not a meat fan but I do like chicken and grass-fed ground beef and occasional salmon but that’s the extent of my meat. Some eggs. I bake with coconut flour or buckwheat flour. Very, very, very little dairy beyond occasional cheese because my stomach can not tolerate it. Almond milk. Nuts and nut butter but eating a jar of nutbutter in a week…probably not a good idea…Oops! Occasional dark chocolate. Coffee…the verdict is still out…some days I can tolerate it, others, not so much! Green tea….love it! Lots of water and water with lemon and dandelion tea. Homemade bone broth. Some beans, soaked overnight. Same with oats. For snacks, I do like Kind squares and Larabars. And that’s about what I eat.

Eat what you like, in moderation. Find out what works and does not work for you. Do not obsess over following any one diet. Do your best when you eat out or find yourself in social settings where food is involved.

Food is energy….don’t let it become a source of negative energy.

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