I’m not a believer in fad diets. I tried some in my younger years, but ultimately realized, FOR ME, losing weight is really just eating right and exercising. I’ve done it successfully before and I’m sure I will again.
My doctor thinks that I might benefit from some combination of Paleo and Gluten Free changes to my current caloric intake.
**stares blankly at the doctor, blinks twice and repeats “Paleo?”**
Why, you ask?
I’ve suffered from a variety of maladies over the years starting with IBS, progressing to serious vitamin deficiencies and recently a stiffness that reminds me of working out to hard, but having done nothing.
Doc says all of that could be my gut (hate that word, so going forward “tubes” = “gut”) and that it’s been pretty consistently inflamed since my teenage years. It would explain a lot! Also, recently read that they are starting to study how “tube” trouble could affect mental health. Another interesting twist!
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with the gluten free food selection available locally and some have been a huge hit, while others have been down right disgusting.
Most of my favorite pre-made dishes have come from Udi’s. They make some breads and pasta dishes I’ve liked and it’s sold in the freezer section of my Walmart and Sprouts.
Sprouts also had a pancake mix that I picked up and tried. The box has enough for two batches, so I made one and poured some into the pan. I always use a finger to catch the dripping batter from the edge of the bowl and then lick my finger. When I did this I just about spit that tiny drop of batter across the room. Since I had already filled the pan, I figured I’d let it cook and try to drown it in syrup to avoid wasting it. In the mean time I washed the remaining bowl full of batter down the drain. When I flipped the pancake, I cut a tiny pieces to see if cooking it was making a difference…and NOPE, still gross. Again, I almost tossed it, but then thought, well it’s already cooked. So I put it on a plate added syrup and OMGOSH it’s really, really good. Now I’m torched that I wasted the rest of the batter!
My true test though, is my son. For anyone that remembers the Life cereal commercials from a really, really long time ago…”Give it to Mikey. He won’t eat it, he hates everything!”…of course Mikey ate it…”He likes it, hey Mikey!” Well, my son is Mikey reincarnated. So I made the second batch of the pancakes and added chocolate chips. Took them to my son and guess what…he loved them!!!! I can’t believe I almost wrote them off.
In any case, for the sake of my “tubes” I’m adding fermented foods like pickles, olives and sauerkraut and I’m removing (slowly) all wheat. It’s going to make for an interesting year!
Anyone else try either of these two ways of eating? Advice, warnings, helpful hints are encouraged and welcome!