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Tuesday, December 11, 2007
What to do????
Know what this is? I didn't either because the bag read, "Boghvedegryn". I made a guess that it was something called buckwheat, which I wasn't sure if I'd ever tried before. Turns out I have tried this. Kahsa! The little kernel thingies in kasha varnishkas (buckwheat with bowtie pasta) or the stuffing in kasha knishes. Why did I pick a bag of this not knowing what it was? Because on the back read, "GLUTEN FRI" (fri being the Danish word for free). It's a long story. Well maybe not that long.
It all started about 2 weeks ago when I decided I wanted to cut out red meat and swine. At least for now and cut it down to a minimum forever. I've just been reading a lot about cancer and the dangers of too much red meat. And yes, I think I am growing a more sympathetic heart for the poor, slaughtered animals. I haven't been able to bring myself to buy chicken either. What's HAPPENING TO ME???? So it goes on a bit.
I've also been pondering the possibility that I might have a gluten intolerance. You see...without getting too much into it I have had some ...let's just say digestive challenges over the years. Not to mention respiratory problems and ADD. Fun. A blast! So I thought I'd try cutting out wheat products too. My friend Tracy just recently cut out wheat products and feels much better. At the final suggestion of my cousin Jessica I decided to try the experiment. Along with.. MILK PRODUCTS TOO!!!! WTF???
So after a couple of days of eating rice, lentils, greens, almonds....I actually do feel more focused and more energetic. And my intestinal issues have calmed a bit. Perhaps too early to tell yet. And I probably should have started this experiment with one product at a time, but I know if I have some milk product after a week or so I'll feel the effects pretty fast.
One other thing - this morning I had a bowl of polenta. This complicates things because I remembered being told I had an allergy to corn as a child. After years of ignoring this information I think I really felt a difference after eating the polenta. I woke up fresher and lighter than I had in years, but the corn flour sent me wheezing again and put me back on the toilet in no time. Could it just be the corn? I mean anything is possible at this point. I've been limiting my diet so much these days that maybe I just noticed more what an effect the corn had on me. So what? Wheat? Corn? wheat and corn? Lactose? We'll find out I guess within the next couple of weeks when this mess unfolds.
Meanwhile what the hell can I possibly offer now? " weeks ago I was serving you shrimp nachos (nachos made with corn flour) and before that yummy pasta (wheat) and before that goulash (red meat) and now I can offer you some Kasha porridge. Oh god...unless I can learn how to make those beautiful and colorful macrobiotic dishes...I guess the Heady Pepper will be out of commission for a while. Or in an altered state. Or...just a heady pepper! :(
- ▼ December (12)