Weird Food

I wrote, earlier in the week, about my experience with fermented beverages, about caving in to my cheese obsession, and about making my own raw nut butter. I am 51 years old and have been eating the same way for all of those years. I’m enjoying feeling healthier and being pain free but I am having a very difficult time with all of these “weird foods”. I’ve never even eaten much in the way of fresh fruits or vegetables. I’ve never eaten sprouted grains and nut butter and coconut oil and I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to most of them but I’m determined to try. I don’t want to go back to feeling the way I did before and I definitely want this extra weight off. So far I’m not really enjoying the tastes and textures of the foods in my new diet. It’s just so incredibly different; it’s a whole new way of thinking. There’s so much health information to take in and remember. Take vitamins, use essential oils. Don’t medicate, vaccinate or exercise. Eat this, don’t eat that; cook this, don’t cook that; don’t cook in the microwave; this is bad, that’s good. Eat raw, eat clean, eat real; gluten-free, dairy free, soy free. AHHHHHHH! Who’s right, who’s wrong?  All I can do is fumble and stumble along in my own way and hope that I don’t kill myself somewhere along the way by eating the wrong thing (or the right thing cooked the wrong way).

I Heart Cheese

I do; I REALLY do love cheese. Not stinky cheese or goat cheese, but just about every other kind of cheese. I’ve often said that I want to go on a cheese tour of France once day. I want to learn to make my own cheese. So now I’m on a diet which cuts the cheese (no pun intended) completely out along with all other dairy. Insert frowny face here. Cutting dairy from my diet has done some wonderful things for me. I think I’ve been lactose intolerant for a long time and just didn’t realize it. I’ve been experimenting with the whole cheese thing for several weeks and I develop a lot of digestive issues when I eat the stuff. The last 24 hours have been a major cheese/dairy consuming time for me. I’ve eaten ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, Monterey jack and a deliciously tangy sharp cheddar made from raw cow’s milk. Dairy’s been the most difficult thing to give up. I love butter, cream, sour cream, cream cheese and cheese in abundance. I’m not saying everyone should ditch the dairy from their diets but it has definitely been good for me. If you are going to include dairy in your diet, I would suggest going with raw organic products. I will from time to time be indulging myself.
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The Instrument of My Downfall

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I’ve been doing fairly well with my new-found eating style. I haven’t really had much of a problem giving up refined sugar like I thought I would . . . until today. It’s that time of year again; the time when Kit Kat sells their (in my humble opinion) greatest creation by the bagful. They take white chocolate Kit Kat bars, artificially color them orange and sell them as Halloween candy. I can’t resist white chocolate Kit Kats. Why do they do this to me? Why do they tempt me to the dark side every year? Of course, it’s not my fault for giving in to the temptation laid before me. I can’t really be expected to use my own willpower to overcome it, right? Before you ask, yes I did read the ingredient list and yes I was horrified by said list. Yes, I do realize what I’m putting into my body and yes I do feel terribly guilty. I have almost entirely avoided all sweeteners (except for small amounts of raw unfiltered honey) for a month now. I’ve given in about twice a week, each week, for a few glasses of sweet tea and a couple of sodas. Not bad considering my previous daily Sonic habit and daily quart of sweet tea. Yes I’ve improved greatly . . . until today. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

Fermented

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I keep hearing and reading about the many health benefits of fermented foods and beverages. They seem to be one of the biggest trends right now. You know what I’m talking about; kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurts, apple cider vinegar, fermented sodas, etc.. Check out all the research; the benefits are indisputable. Probiotics are fantastic for your body. I decided to visit a cute little dairy about 1/2 an hour from me where they specialize in raw dairy products, free range eggs and grass-fed meats. They had pint bottles of kefir and quart jars of kombucha for sale, so along with some milk and cheese (which I sampled and were both yummy) I bought some. An expensive mistake! Both are going into the garbage! I can’t tolerate the taste or smell of fermented foods/beverages. I guess I have a very sensitive palate because I cannot seem to down any form of vinegar (even vinegar based dressings), sauerkraut, yogurt (even flavored ones), and now strawberry kefir and kombucha. I only drank a spoonful of each and feel quite sick to my stomach. I guess I’ll be consuming my probiotics in pill form for now.

Things That Make It Harder

I live in a house with  my husband, 3 of our 6 children (boys 17, 18, 24), and my elderly parents. I am responsible for most of the cooking. No one else, at this point is following the same diet as me, although Hubby is getting closer to it. It’s extremely difficult (physically) for me to stand long enough to prepare a meal for everyone, much less two completely different meals.

 I am a very good, old fashioned country cook and I enjoy cooking. Unfortunately for me, everything I used to cook is NOT compatible with my new way of eating. Hubby says that he has no doubt that I can use my skills for good instead of evil; but as I stated above, It’s very difficult for me to stand for very long at this point. Hopefully that continues to improve.

I am out chauffeuring my boys around a great deal and where I live there aren’t a lot of options.

There are Mexican food establishments every block here in southeast Texas; enough said.

I’m cheap. Fruits, veggies, nuts, and organic foods are expensive. I’m having to prepare 2 different meals.

My son has to be at work, 20 minutes from our house, by 4 a.m. so by the time I’m preparing the 2 dinner meals, I’m tired. That’s when I tend to cave and that’s the worse time to cave.

Partial fail

I cheated today. I ate a chicken salad sandwich from chick fil a. Then I drank a medium coke from McDonald’s (gasp). Then for dinner I ate chicken enchiladas, creamed corn and beans. I blew it. I did eat a lot of healthy things in between the not so healthy ones. My son has had to be at his new job by 4 a.m. the last few mornings and guess who is his ride, so I’ve been tired. That’s my excuse. Not a great excuse but that’s the best I can come up with. It does make me feel a little better to tell you that I honestly didn’t enjoy the coke, in fact I didn’t even finish it.

Big Mistake

I made a big mistake at lunch today. I am a couponer; ok, there, I admit it. I love it! I have about 4 bags of Chicken Fries in my freezer that I got for next to nothing thinking that my teenage vacuum cleaners would consume them in nothing flat . . . . WRONG. They hate them. Here’s another admission; I kind of liked them (past tense). I decided that diet or no diet, those chicken fries were not going to waste, so I would eat them for lunch every day until they were gone. I cooked some up and they just didn’t look very appealing to me. I ate them; I am now suffering from intestinal distress. Lesson learned. They are going into the garbage.