So, last week was different…….I went to hospital and had a camera shoved down my throat to try and see why it’s been driving me bonkers since September.
The good news is there’s nothing seriously wrong with me that a heap of medication can’t hide – but, now that I know that I have decided that rather than just take that medicine to mask my symptoms, I’d prefer to try and tackle what’s causing them. As such, I am attempting a pretty radical diet makeover for a couple of weeks to give my gut some time off. I am limiting – note I’m not saying quitting, just not consuming 90% of the time – gluten, dairy and sugar. While still attempting to limit starchy carbs to 2-3 meals a week (which adds a new dimension of fun).
Now normally this would be impossible for me – my brain would immediately go into some kind of tantrum of the first order and start screaming for all of the above louder than a tween at a One Direction gig. Demonic like possession would ensue that would see me buying foods like crumpets that I haven’t eaten since I was about 10.
However, one thing I have learned doing the High Fat diet is the absolute best way to go on any kind of restrictive eating plan is to live by this simple rule
Forget about the things you can’t have and just focus on everything you can.
In the last few days following this rule has seen me doing things like….
Eating my own body weight in beans and pulses – I never normally eat them because there doesn’t seem like there’s room on the plate if you have meat, veg and carbs – but I absolutely love them. Dinner twice this week has been beans, chorizo, veggies and passata eaten with a spoon from a bowl. Note: eating things with a spoon from a bowl, has also become a theme – I’m not sure why, but it just seems easier to eat ‘unconventional’ meals, in an unconventional way.
I have pureed frozen bananas to make ‘ice cream’. I have also learned that frozen bananas take half an episode of Man Men to defrost and you should take them out at least 20 minutes before you want to eat them.
Cauliflower rice is actually amazing – I didn’t want to believe it but it is
I have made hummus – and it made me stupidly happy. I have been skipping round the house like I found the meaning of life via the blender. Along with the rest of the world I bought the Deliciously Ella book (I had to see what the fuss was about) and used her hummus recipe. It was really creamy and tasted pretty much like my M&S fave. I didn’t feel like dipping though so I’ve been eating a bowl of hummus with chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumber and chopped red pepper mixed in it – and crispy bacon on top. Who needs crudites?
I admit I haven’t got through it without any cravings. I’d pretty much quit carbs while on High Fat anyway so I’m not missing them, but I am desperate for cheese, milk and sweet stuff (I normally soothe my sweet cravings with milk). The ironic thing about this is that the fridge is full of ALL the cheese because The Boyfriend, has taken to the High Fat diet like a duck to water, but instead of staring at the shelf drooling and cursing that it’s denied to me, I think about the fact that I can have cashew nuts instead! Thankfully I’m not trying to do this to lose weight!
So, what can I eat? Well here’s 40 odd answers to that question that I’ve found so far…….
Instead of pasta/cereals
Courgetti, c-oodles – and a billion other veggie noodles
Rice, quinoa, buckwheat – if I do want a starchy carb
Lentils – red, green and Puy
Instead of bread
(these work as wraps or sandwich bases)
Half a bell pepper
These are a bit more out there but trust me….
Bacon, smoked salmon and ham….pile stuff on top like inside out sandwiches
Crushed nuts work like breadcrumbs
Omelettey eggs make a good base too, pile stuff on them
Instead of milk/cheese
Cashew cheese (another Ella creation, I havent tried it yet)
Instead of sugar when sweet cravings hit
Frozen pureed bananas
A teaspoon of coconut oil (I suck it off the spoon)
Cashew nuts – super sweet
Every day the list grows a little more. So do I feel any better? Possibly – I’ve noticed I’m not as mucusy before, my eyes are super white and my skin looks less sallow. The throat symptoms are more of a work in progress, it might take a bit longer to tackle those but at least I’ve got 40 odd foods to play with while I try…..so,, do you have got any more suggestions for me? What can I add to the list?