Skip to main content

It's Not Wheat, It's . . . Meat?

Meatless Bibimbap Rice Bowl on my chair because I'm still decluttering.

It's taken me eleven years to figure out what my food issues are.

Years ago, in 2013, I went to a nutritionist who put me on a gluten free diet. She also advised I change some things up. At the time, I was eating fewer grains, organic meats, salmon (yuck unless it's sushi), and some vegetarian meals.

I felt better, but never fully. I still had discomfort in my abdomen, but it was better than pain throughout my entire body.

So I did a low FODMAP thing for a long time thinking that it was IBS. It must be the onions and garlic in my food, right? They're known for causing issues and they're in all the things I'm eating, so why wouldn't it be that? Cutting them out helped very minimally.

Somewhere along the way, I confirmed that I was having trouble with lactose. Not like most people do. I get itches in uncomfortable places and hives.

Lactose free milks and cheeses entered my life and I was happier, because who isn't with cheese in their life, but I still felt bloating and discomfort. It was like I could feel my inflamed intestines like a balloon.

I tried to get sent to a gastro focused doctor, but my family doctor left the country never to return and the other doctors at that clinic wouldn't take on any of his patients. This is probably needless to say, but I was feeling pretty hopeless on the food thing. I had tried so many things over the years and couldn't think of anything else to try.

Then I started to notice that when I had pho with beef, my guts were upset. When I had only vegetable pho, I had no issues. I could even have all the broth and only feel like I ate a bit too much rather than that my body was angry.

A breakthrough?!

Well, after all the times I thought it was something else, including corn, I wasn't in a hurry to declare it so. 

At Christmas this year, I ate mainly vegetarian meals. I was still avoiding gluten and garlic, onions, and lactose. I felt pretty good.

When I got back to Ottawa though, I realized I had no idea what I was doing with a vegetarian diet. No one in my immediate family is vegetarian. Most friends I know do it for a little bit then go back to meat.

So I ordered a cookbook and tried a dish. I didn't love it. It didn't feel like it was an entree, but more of a side dish. I was feeling starved and tired because I was struggling with what to eat.

Seeing that I had learning ahead, I signed up for a different meal kit than I previously had. One that was more budget friendly and didn't think mayo should be in every sauce for everything. It would be a couple of days before the kit would come in.

While I waited for that day to come, I tried some things, including things with gluten, garlic, and onions in them. I even had seitan.

No issues.

While I will never again say that I am 100% sure that I've figured it out, I have an abdomen that feels like it should right now and I'm going to enjoy that.

I'm also enjoying that Beyond Meat smells like cake when I fry it. A healthy meal that smells like cake is weird, but good weird.

And I love good weird.

I didn't expect this plot twist, but I'm excited about the journey.

I'm also excited about fresh bakery bread and slightly better menu options at restaurants.


Popular posts from this blog

The Gauntlet That Was October

I had a lot of things happen in October. I watched Frankenstein in the cemetery with friends. I had tea with a friend. I started a new sport: curling. This is really fun and I'm enjoying the level of activity it provides and all the strategic elements. I'll do a separate post on it soon. Unfortunately, soon after my first game, I came down with Covid and so did the friend who I had tea with, so I think we both caught it at the place we went to. That wasn't fun. I already posted about that. I was fortunate to be free of it in time to attend Can-Con where I took in lots of panels, saw some of the wonderful writer community, bought many new books, and volunteered to help out in the rooms. The following weekend, I went to the livestream for Danielle Allard's new album release, followed by the in person release. As part of this, she has a 6 video series that releases every Sunday on her YouTube at 1:15 PM EDT. Video number 2, Falling Into Place, is one that I feel fortunate

2023 - Week 40

I felt a touch rough on Monday. After exchanging some shoes, I needed electrolytes. The heat with the egg thing made me a bit nauseus. I had lots of fluids before having noodles for dinner. That made me feel better. When Tuesday came about, I was looking forward to what I might be learning at GSL curling in the evening. I was also excited to being on the ice as a break from the unseasonal heat. It's spooky season! It's supposed to be a cool and cuddly time. We should be wearing hoodies (or bunny hugs if you prefer). Instead, I was sweating in jeans as I simply walked from my condo building to my car. Wednesday's plan was streaming, but I also hoped to fit an exchange at Home Depot in as I got the wrong shelf size for a project. Really, my original plan for something didn't work, so I was choosing to go a different way. I did stream, but I didn't get to Home Depot. Thursday featured work followed by packing for my spooky weekend away with friends. I got my oil and my

Change is in the Air

I've been making a lot of changes lately around my home and some of them might seem a little odd, but they're making me happy. One thing I've done is taken apart my dining table. I never eat in there or have people over to eat. It was just another horizontal surface that would collect things like receipts, odd screws from various projects, and countless piles of paper. I had been frustrated because of the clutter it encouraged, but also because I didn't have a space for my Yamaha keyboard. I had been trying to use my keyboard in the living room, but it felt too cluttered and it wasn't sitting at the right height. With it now in my dining room, I was able to relocate my storage bench, which happens to be the perfect height to sit at while playing my keyboard. I now have much more breathing room. There is still a lot of mess to handle here yet, but I'm making solid progress. A lot of people suggest the bedroom is the place to start when decluttering, but I haven&#