Archive | October, 2010

Reflections

31 Oct

Being more than half-way through this crazy experiment, I am starting to reflect on the changes I have noticed and wondering what I’ll do about it once I’m done on December 7.

I have always thought I would re-introduce some things….fish for starters. I would kill for a big hunk of BBQ salmon…..or smoked salmon…..

Trouble is, when is it “re-introducing” and when does it become “back to my old ways”? I’m still having regular cravings for things like eggs, feta and these fantastic chicken sausages we get from a local farm (ingredient list = chicken, spices). Will this ever go away completely?

Is once a month too much? Do I go full-force for a couple of days after my period (I want to keep this pain free thing going) and be diligent the rest of the month?

I don’t know for sure, but I do know it’s a slippery slope and I’d like to hang on….

Week 7 Report

31 Oct

I’m more than half way done – yay me!!!

HOW I’M FEELING:

  • Physically: Feeling great. Definitely sleeping better and more energy.
  • Emotionally: Doing alright – no complaints.

GI SYMPTOMS:

  • Bowels are AWESOME. Ever improving….

MENSTRUAL STUFF:

  • Back to the waiting game….excited to see what next month brings.

WEIGHT:

  • Down two pounds

CONFESSIONS:

  • Naan Bread – and maybe a little taste of Sag Paneer (spinach and cheese). Who eats Indian food without naan?!

SUCCESSES:

  • Making it to hot yoga on a semi-regular basis. Loving it…

Week 6 Report

24 Oct

Eek – the days have been getting away from me. Just realized it’s almost time for my week 7 report and I haven’t done week 6…..bad, bad blogger!!

HOW I’M FEELING:

  • Physically: Feeling well, well, well!! No complaints, more energy.  Fun fact: I’m not as stinky. I have had a lot of issues with mainstream deodorants/antiperspirants in the past – blocked sweat glands etc – very painful, not at all fun. So, I use an organic deodorant only – mainly a blend of different essential oils. It works alright, I’ve just had to adjust to a new normal when it comes to how much stink is ok. As long as I’m not noticeably odorous to those around me, I’m ok with it. Usually, come the end of a long birth though, I’m keeping my arms at my sides!! Recently however, it’s not been a problem. In fact, there have been several times where I have forgotten to put deodorant on and I can hardly even tell. So bonus points there.
  • Emotionally: It was a rough week for other reasons. Food related stuff has been fine.

GI SYMPTOMS:

  • Bowels have been good. Little bit of constipation related to my period as has been the norm lately, but I think less than usual? Tough to say.
  • Over the past few months, I have been noticing a very unsettling thing related to my period. Late in the day on day 1 and peaking on day 2/3 and then resolving day 4, I feel like I have the flu. Like full on influenza – aches, chills, shivering, sweating. Except I don’t. No fever, nothing. And I get WICKED intestinal cramping – small and large intestine. Like it hurts to the touch and I can’t even stand up straight.This past Sunday I spent the afternoon sleeping off a birth, shivering under piles of blankets ’cause I was so chilled, but sweating. And curled in a ball for the pain. I don’t like this one bit. Trying to figure out what is going on with this. Any ideas ?

MENSTRUAL STUFF:

  • HALLELUJA!!!! Shout it from the rooftops!!!! My cramps were SOOOO less than they usually are. I took NO ADVIL!! [not entirely true, I did take meds for the intestinal cramps as described above – but it was certainly not uterine related and it wasn’t until day 3]. I did get some cramping and discomfort, little bit of pelvic pressure but it was nowhere near what I normally get. I kept waiting and waiting for it to get worse and it never did…..After 20 years of wanting to throw up and die with my periods, I can’t even explain what this means to me.
  • This was really only the first period I had since starting the diet (the other one was 10 days in) so I can only imagine it’s going to get better.

WEIGHT:

  • Same

CONFESSIONS:

  • Nothing

SUCCESSES:

  • No advil, no wanting to die, no hating my uterus and wanting to scoop it out like pumpkin guts.

Week 5 Report

11 Oct

HOW I’M FEELING:

  • Physically: Feeling well – very surprised at the long-lasting effects of the crap I at in Palm Springs. Yikes! Good to know though.
  • Emotionally: Well – enjoying my holiday from work. Still having fun coming up with new ideas – and melding different recipes into my own.

GI SYMPTOMS:

  • Just ok – I’m really being conscious of how much water I am (not) drinking and trying to increase that. I think it’s helping.

MENSTRUAL STUFF:

  • Nothing yet – due this week and I’m SO excited to see if there are any changes. I don’t think I’ve EVER looked forward to it this much!

WEIGHT:

  • Down 3lbs from Palm Springs – so back where I was.

CONFESSIONS:

  • After the blow out last week, I was pretty careful this week. So really, nothing to confess. No, REALLY. 😉

SUCCESSES:

  • Made my own Buddha Bowl and it rocked.
  • Tonight I will be having a GF/V Thanksgiving dinner. Mostly because I’m bringing all my own food.
  • Getting more greens in my smoothie every day.
  • Gave the dog a bath – not related to food in any way, but a success nonetheless – he’s a big boy and bathing him is always an event.

Roasted Vegetable and Coconut Curry Stew

10 Oct

With our CSA, we end up with lots of yummy veggies. It’s great, but the reality is that sometimes we can get a little overwhelmed – too many greens, too many veggies, not enough time/creativity to plan all the meals. Most of the time we do alright – lately our greens have been ending up in smoothies –  but every now and then we need to do a fridge clean-out, figuring out a way to use all sorts of things in one big meal.

This Roasted Vegetable Stew did just the trick. Tasty, spicy and a clean fridge at the end! 🙂

Ingredients*:

Fridge is all clean!

  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Potato, chopped
  • 1/2 Butternut Squash, peeled and chopped
  • Small Acorn Squash, chopped
  • 3 Golden Beets, chopped
  • 4 White Turnips, chopped
  • 2 Green Peppers, chopped
  • 2 Handfuls of Green Beans, chopped
  • 1 inch of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • Olive Oil

 

  • 2 Cloves

    The spices smelled so good!

  • 1 tsp Ground Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp vegan butter (I used Soy Free Earth Source)
  • 1/2 cup “milk” (pick your own)
  • 1 can of Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 Shredded Coconut
  • 1 tsp Thai Green Curry Paste
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Water as needed

*The nice thing is that you can put whatever veggies you want in this thing. Most of it was great – the acorn squash got a bit squishy, so I probably wouldn’t put it in again.

 

 

Directions:

All ready for the oven!

Throw all the veggies except the tomatoes and ginger into a roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil, add some salt and pepper and roast at 375 degrees F. It took about 35 mins. Stir them every 10-15 mins or so. You want them slightly browned, but they don’t need to be cooked through since they will get tender while cooking. Roasting the veggies gives them a great flavour.

When the veggies are done roasting, heat a soup pot. Add the cinnamon, cardamom & clove & dry roast at medium heat you can smell the spices.

I wish this picture was scratch and sniff -

add the "butter"...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the butter, thai green curry paste, and ginger.

 

 

 

 

 

Add all the roasted veggies, except for the tomatoes  & stir at medium heat for about 5- 7 minutes.

Toss the veggies in...

Add the salt, pepper, turmeric, tomatoes, milk substitute, coconut milk and water if needed. Cook until the carrots and potatoes are tender. It shouldn’t take too long since they were already on their way from being roasted.

Add the coconut milk - it smells so fantastic!

All done, can't wait to have a taste...

Top with shredded coconut and enjoy!

YUM!

 

 

It’s a little frightening…

10 Oct

Yesterday was the first day I felt truly well since the incident.

DIY Buddha Bowl

8 Oct

Well folks, I finally did it. I made my own Buddha bowl and it was fantastique!

I was inspired by my darling husband. You see, it turns out that KindFood is also a place he likes to frequent – sometimes even without me! So, while I was in Palm Springs, he stopped in for some food and while he was there, he asked them what kind of rice they use in the Buddha Bowls – and then he bought a bag for me. *love*

So, when I came home the other day I gave him his gifts (a retro looking Star Wars t-shirt and skinny jeans – which are really for me, but I think he’ll like them too!) and he gave me mine – a bag of short grain brown rice. And last night, we had a go at the Buddha bowl and it was almost identical.

Given that I didn’t use a recipe, just looked to a list of ingredients (and tweaked it a bit) I don’t mind sharing here – but please know this idea came from someone else.

BUDDHA BOWL (or as I like to think of it, “post-birth bowl”)

Ingredients:

  • Brown Rice – steamed
  • Sweet Potato – sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • Red Onion – chopped
  • Tomato – chopped
  • Avocado – chopped
  • Cilantro – chopped
  • Basil – chopped
  • Almonds
  • Sprouts
  • Tamari Sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt/Pepper

Directions:

Start your rice cooking on the stove or in a rice cooker. Slice your sweet potato and drizzle with olive oil and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until cooked and browned. I did mine in the toaster oven at 400 degrees F and it took about as long as the rice took to cook – 30ish minutes. Meanwhile chop the onion, tomato, avocado, cilantro and basil. I chopped the cilantro and basil together and pretty fine at that – you will sprinkle it on at the end.

When the rice is done, put it in a bowl and add the onion, tomato, avocado, almonds, cilantro/basil and a few pieces of now-roasted sweet potato (how much of each you add is up to your tastebuds). Toss on some sprouts and sprinkle with the tamari sauce (not too much though).

Enjoy!! 🙂

 


Almost done...all it needs are the sweet potato slices!

 

[Note: I didn’t have any sprouts to add. Also, KindFood adds sunflower seeds which I also didn’t have. Pumpkin seeds might be nice on here. Really, you can add/remove stuff to your liking.]