I’m slightly ambivalent about What I Ate Wednesday. If you’re new to the blogging world, find out more about it at Peas & Crayons, one of my favorite blogs.
For folks in recovery from an eating disorder, I think it’s really important to see what and how much other folks are eating in a way that’s not, as Jenn so nicely articulates it, comparison, judgment, restriction or guilt. I remember that when I was in recovery and first getting adjusted to the idea of eating six times a day on my meal plan (ack!) it was comforting to read that other bloggers do the same. Then, when I was moving away from my meal plan, it was also nice to know that some folks snack frequently, and others do the three-meal-a-day thing, and that both of those are perfectly okay ways to eat.
And if worrying about what other people eat sounds really silly…congratulations! That’s a good sign that you have a healthy relationship with food.
On the other hand, one of my main frustrations when I was in recovery was that I felt obsessed–constantly obsessed–with food. That’s a normal side effect of starvation, and it can take months or even years for that obsession to go away. I still struggle with it, as evidenced by the fact that I’m now writing a blog about food. (To a certain extent, I’ve also had to come to terms with the fact that some level of preoccupation with food is part of who I am now–just like some level of preoccupation with the Animorphs books is part of who I am–and as long as I can manage it and it’s not managing me, I’m okay with that now.)
If you think constantly thinking about food sounds absurd…congratulations! That’s a good sign that you’re eating enough.
So that’s the part about WIAW I feel a little not so hot about. Keeping a detailed record of everything one eats is a bit obsessive.
But there’s another reason why I’m doing it. As I mentioned in an early post, knowing what you can eat in the elimination and the re-introduction phases of the low-FODMAP diet can really be a struggle. And since I’ve been doing it for a while (probably too long) and have it down pretty well, I’d love to share some of my ideas with other FODMAPers out there, as well as other folks with food intolerances (gluten, lactose, fructose, onion and garlic, etc.) The low-FODMAP diet is doable. It’s tough, but you can do it!
I’m going to approach my WIAWs in a slightly different way. Rather than posting every single thing I eat in one day, I’ll share a few meals and snacks I’ve nommed throughout the week. Again, my intention here is to share ideas.
So here we go. Thanks to Laura at Spring 2 the Table for hosting the link-up this week!
I’ve been eating a fair amount of eggs and grits with spinach.
I got the stone-ground grits at Trader Joe’s, and I have to admit, they’re not my favorite. Usually I like the whole-grain version of things, but the grits have a really–well, gritty–texture, almost like there’s course grains of sand in it. I’ve also found that when I follow the recipe on the package, they turn out really soupy. Like, basically corn soup. I might have to try the Quaker quick grits sometime and see if I like those better.
Other breakfasts: I’m a big fan of Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise Flakes. They have such a wonderful whole-grainy bite and crunch that I miss so much from my favorite cereal from the time before the IBS: raisin bran. When people ask what food I most miss since I’ve gone on the low-FODMAP diet my answer is usually raisin bran. That, and my mom’s homemade biscuits.
I usually have my cereal lactose-free dairy milk, a banana or some thawed frozen blueberries.
I’ve also discovered a new love for something I never used to like: green smoothies. I keep mine really simple, and maybe that’s what helps: one frozen banana, a couple of handfuls of fresh baby spinach, a sprinkle of ground flax, and vanilla almond milk. It has a really creamy, rich taste!
I’ve been eating them with a homemade granola bar or, this morning, a simple bowl of quick oats topped with maple syrup and cinnamon.
Lunches and Dinners:
Of course, I’ve been eating my leftover Spicy Macaroni Bake!
I had an awesome spinach and tuna salad for lunch yesterday. Baby spinach topped with a chopped carrot, sliced green onion, canned tuna mixed with mayonnaise, and Rice Thins crackers on the side.
Last night I had some friends over for soup and games. I made this vegan red lentil Thai chili that my mom often makes for winter get-togethers. Not low-FODMAP, but I scraped a few licks out of the bottom. I also made a low-FODMAP potato corn chowder that I’ve been modifying over time and will have to post soon.
Since we were playing games and being social, I didn’t get a chance to get any pictures of the soup. All I got a picture of was the gluten-free brownie batter. This cookbook is amazing if you or a loved one is gluten intolerant. Once at a party, a guy I’d never met told me these are the best brownies he’d ever had. Warning: bring them to a social gathering and you will not be bringing any home.
Snacks and Treats:
More mesa sunrise cereal with lactose-free milk. Cereal makes a great bedtime snack when I’m hungry and need something more substantial than chocolate.
Homemade popcorn. (Also a great bedtime snack)
Cuties! (pictured here with a few bites of mozzarella cheese)
And homemade hot chocolate. My mom’s friend made these amazing homemade peppermint marshmallows for Christmas. We only got four, but they’re big enough I can only fit about a third of one on top of my hot chocolate. I make my hot chocolate really simply–I nuke some LF milk, stir in a couple of spoonfuls of cocoa powder and sugar, and top with marshmallow. They melt all frothy and the peppermint flavor has really being hitting the spot!
It’s been cold here in Ft. Collins–all I want to drink is tea and cocoa!
So there you have it! I may not be doing WIAW every week, especially now that school’s going to be starting up again, but I intend to share my low-FODMAP noms from time to time to help out those folks staring at a FODMAP-filled pantry thinking, “Huh.”
Do you have any food intolerances or allergies? If so, what food do you miss the most? Is it what you would have expected?
How do you feel about documenting your meals and snacks? Too obsessive, or positive and assuring?