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Literally foraging through the pantry of my mother-in-law’s house like a bear. Found a jar of peanut butter. Again bear like, I opened it and ate it straight out of the jar. This is where the bear analogy stops: I used a spoon.
Whew, hungry. I am (very quickly) realizing how much gluten is in my diet. Feeling a bit weak.
What’s in the fridge that I can eat? Carrots. Bell pepper. Tomato. Ate all of those. What’s next? More of those. Then we need to go to the store. More bear scavenging with same results: peanut butter. Ouch, no cocktailnoten (nuts covered in some sort of gluten-ish yummy).
So this is what my dinner tastes like.
I staved off the habit of having several slices of baguette with my eggplant soup and … wow, the soup tasted all the better. Why? Because I was eating the soup, not just some bread with some soup spilled on it.
At pizza place (of all choices … ) and had goat cheese salad (savored every chunk of rich cheese) and the soup. No bites from kids’ pizzas. Ouch. Also probably tastes better because … I’m actually hungry for a change.
Woke up feeling lighter. Don’t know if I’ve actually lost any weight, but frankly, the pounds are only part of weight loss. I just like feeling lighter.
Put lots of old fruit into blender. Drank most of blender over the period of a day.
Finally went to the store. Let’s see: rice cakes, ooh, rice cakes with chocolate on top, peanuts, nut variety pack, carrots, nectarines. This could work.
My wife and friend got a Hefe Weizen at lunch today and I had a white wine. Ooh, that was a tough one. Hefe Weizen is going to be tougher to pass than even a warm baguette with butter. In fact, I was even planning on having a Hefe next week in Germany with my friend.
Did have those Hefe Weizens with my friend in Germany and yes, they were good, but it was an interesting twist to the challenge. Although I enjoyed them and even had told myself beforehand that I was going to allow myself the exception, it was somehow still “cheating” a bit, but only cheating on myself. Cheating on yourself isn’t fun for anyone–you or the other you you’re cheating on. But I had my beers, had a great time with my friend, and continued gluten free the next day. In Germany with a baker on every corner, it’s been tough. Bought some rice cakes at the Rewe … some with chocolate.
CostCo (in Rancho Cordova, CA) had more gluten-free products that I’d ever seen. Was it just because I was on the lookout? Or were there really more? No, there were more. A nutty bread, multi-grain crackers, even pancake and waffle mix. Also found a nice beer at Raley’s! But after several weeks without beer, it’s always a bit amazing how fast we can adapt to new habits. Going strong gluten free! Do have a wedding tonight and we’ll see how that goes. “Could I have another salad, please?”
Wow, 2 months! Didn’t think I’d get this far–especially without having stated any sort of timeline or even a goal. So yep, I’m not eating bread (or any gluten). Great, yep. But I seem to be doing just fine eating everything else! Weight loss wasn’t my original goal, but it was one of them, or at least a hoped-for side benefit. Brown rice, more meat that I care to eat, corn tortillas, even corn chips and I have to say it’s been fun finding new gluten-free products out there in the marketplace. It’s really opened up and there are some fun ones out there. Do I “feel” better or lighter or smarter or has my skin brightened or … well, I do feel less “full.” Bread is such a killer for me: I’ll happily share an entire baguette with my youngest son. Then be bloated and full of “empty calories.”
People have asked me what I miss. The occasional beer, but less so than I thought I would. But mostly I miss a gorgeous burrito with a smooth and slightly moist flour tortilla that melts in your mouth like silk. That I miss.
Next step: keep going with it, but get back into juicing especially in the mornings–doing too much breakfast foods which I don’t really need.