Truth be told

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 

howtobeawife:  No advice, but my doctor just told me today that he suspects my range of health issues (including the sudden worsening of my hypothyroidism) could be related to celiac disease. I go in for testing at the end of the week, but I’m already freaking out about how to cut gluten out. 🙁 So I totally get where you’re coming from.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

howtobeawife:  I’ve been primarily grain free for a few years.  I’m not a picky eater, but if you are trying it for legit health reasons, I’d give it a go even though you may find yourself to be a bit limited at first.  I would make this my game plan:

Breakfast options:

 – home made soup (you can pre-make big batches to have ready in the fridge/freezer.  Package them in quart mason jars so they are ready to grab and go)

 – A green smoothie (frozen strawberries, banana, spinach, water) and a lara bar

Lunch option:

 – A big salad that includes protien (hardboild egg, roasted chicken, tuna) and a mix of veggies/fruit/seeds/etc.

 – For snacks bring veggies and hummus (carrots, cucumber, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes), apples, pears, berries, etc.

 – Left overs from dinner

Dinner

 – Meat or fish plus a big side of veggies, roasted or sauted.  

 – Spaghetti squash with sauce.  THis is one of my personal fav go-to meals.

 – A slow cooker stew.  My fav easy slow cooker stew is to combine onions, carrots, and peppers, then top with chicken breast and pour over one can of salsa and one of tomato sauce.  Surprisingly tasty.

General short cut ideas: 

 – slow cooker!  Make big family style batches 1x per week and package in individual sized tupperware.  Put in fridge/freezer and grab and go.  In general, batch cook and save for later.

 – Buy fully roasted chcikens from teh grocery store.  

 – Meal salads are your friend.

 – Challenge yourself to try some of the foods you don’t like.  Maybe your palate will change when you change your eating habbits?  It’s kind of sucky to be an adult who’s a picky eater just because you don’t like the taste of something, especially if you are going to layer in the complexity of health related food avoidances.

 – Most restaurants are easy.  Either choose a meal size salad or a meat/fish entre and ask for only veggies on the side.

 – Up your fat intake. When you reduce grains you will probably reduce your carb intake (unless you start eating a lot of sugar – don’t do that!).  You need to allow yourself to up your fat intake to accommodaet and give you energy.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We’ve been transitioning to grain free, soy free, refined sugar free, no pre-processed anything over the past few months to address similar health issues. It’s working, and that makes the effort so worth it. I’m spending a lot of time getting educated, and I have multiple books just waiting on my Amazon wishlist. Right now we’re eating “primal”, and plan to go full paleo after we come back from vacation to see if completely eliminating dairy makes a positive impact. We’re also experimenting with different fermented foods, have added good quality probiotics and fish oil to our daily regimen, and are working on a certain someone getting his daily sun exposure for vitamin D because he doesn’t seem to know how to not be married to his office.

I cook from scratch 3 meals a day. I cook in batches for breakfasts. Right now in our fridge is a turker/sausage/apple scramble and a spaghetti squash carbonara quiche. For lunch I had last leftovers (lemon chicken with zucchini and yellow squash “noodles”). And for dinner I have a beef roast with celery root, turnips, carrots, and parsnips cooking in the crockpot. I had never eaten celery root until I decided to try it last week. It’s yummy! And, believe it or not, I’ve never had a turnip in my life. Tonight will be a first. I made a conscious decision to intentionally try new foods (this week it’s turnips and rainbow chard). I’m taking it as a personal challenge to my tastebuds and my cooking skills.

Eating what we were eating just wasn’t the answer. In fact, it was a significant part of the problem. So we could either refuse to change, continuing to feel bad, or we could take control of our health, make changes even if they are not easy, and reap the benefits. When I was thinking about how difficult the change would be, I read a quote that was something like “Food can be the greatest nourishment and cure, or the slowest form of poison in your life. It’s your choice.” I botched the quote, but maybe you get the point. That really struck me. It is our choice, and we decided that the chance to feel better and live better is worth the struggle and effort.

I have to say, I’m pretty proud of some of the yummy dishes I’ve managed to make. Some have been flops, but some even the teenager in our house begs for (like crockpot carnitas with cilantro lime cauliflower “rice”). I’m constantly experimenting and finding new recipes to try. One of our favorite breakfasts is ground meat with zucchini, mushrooms, and dijon mustard. A fav lonch is shredded chicken cooked in hotsauce (in the crockpot) with ranch coleslaw on top. Both are easy to make in big batches and eat throughout the week.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

howtobeawife:  I like to spend a few hours on sunday cooking and marinating so things are ready or at least can just be thrown in the oven during the week. with grain free a lot of things are eggs and cream because you need a lot of good fat in your diet if you dont have the carbs (in order to feel full) so just look for other good-fatty foods.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m posting to follow all the great advice you are getting. My 2 year old is extremely picky and has always been completely dairy free and our GI just recommended going gluten free to see if that helps some of his issues. I can’t keep cooking 2 meal for every meal, one for him and one for us and im sure it wouldn’t hurt the rest of us to just follow his diet

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

And I’m coming back to this thread again, as I had another thought to share. Breakfast, the RIGHT breakfast, is essential to me feeling well. If I have anything with a fair amount of carbs at breakfast, even allowed carbs like sweet potatoes or a piece of fruit, I will be hungry and crave sugar-y/starch-y food all day long. But if I start the day with a protein heavy, carb light meal I feel good all day long. Today I was lazy, so I ate leftover carnitas with 1/2 of an avacado for breakfast. No, that’s not a traditional American breakfast, but it had lots of protein and good fat, and did the trick. For me, successfully avoiding all of the crap I used to eat for the entire day depends on me eating a high protein, low carb breakfast.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

howtobeawife:  This is EXACTLY what I’ve been going through and I am also a very picky eater.  I’ve relied a lot on proteins (meat, chicken, shrimp) to get me through my day.  I have trouble with breakfast, though, since I don’t eat eggs.  I’ve been having a parfait of mixed berries, greek yogurt and GF granola.  I’m going to PM you shortly about something…    

cbgg:  THIS IS AWESOME.  Sounds very much like my diet.  

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

my fiance is allergic to dairy and has UC so we are going through the same boat – he’s been looking into low FODMAP foods as well as going gluten free and completely cutting out dairy, and it helps him greatly. So, we have to get pretty creative.

My favorite thing ever is to replace noodles in pasta dishes with zucchini – either in noodle form or sliced thin for lasagna.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

howtobeawife:  I’ve definitely heard that you can associate certain foods with making you ill and this puts you off eating them (e.g. someone who got food poisoning from a particular food and now doesn’t like that food even though it was the poor prep method etc not the actual food that caused the poisoning). So it’s possible that some of your picky eating habitats are due to your IBS and your body not having been able to work out which ones were making you ill. I am wheat intolerant and since identifying and cutting out the cause of my illness I have come to like some foods that I didn’t previously, It hink because me and my body now know the bad food is wheat. Therefore although your diet may be very limited at first it is entirely possible that once you’ve started it you may become less fussy about other foods.

Post # 15
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Worker bee

 

howtobeawife:  Hello, just wanted to say if its a hormonal imbalance – i have that so I have a pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder and the only thing that does help me is a sensible diet but crucially hormones as well so I have a gel oestrogen everyday and progesterone at the end of the month. 

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