Day 31: Coffee, wine and coconut tea. The fun has found me.

(Note: I apologise in advance for typos, rambling and general annoyance. The wine testing is already underway).

So it was probably silly of me to try coffee and wine on the same day, after my extremely careful 3 or 4 day testing of EVERYTHING, but today I really did throw caution to the wind.

First of all, the ‘completely natural’ orange and coconut-infused tea that I ordered from Wellness Warehouse (they’re amazing; every time I order something they throw in some deeelicious freebies, like strawberry body lotion or mango body butter) actually has ‘natural flavourings’, which we’re warned about time and again on SCD. I’m sure most other people can handle it fine though.

Anyway, I took a chance and tried a cup, and it made me a little bloated. Plus I didn’t like it very much, so no loss. I’m still loving the rooibos and vanilla tea and the apple juice I ordered, and this time round I bought some pear juice too.

If you have 4 minutes to spare, definitely watch the video below. It’s brilliant, and anyone following a clean eating path will be nodding along the whole time!

Testing, testing, come in coffee

First thing this morning, with my boiled eggs, I had my first cup of coffee in 31 days. I used the Nespresso machine at work so I diluted it with hot water, and it was lovely (if black, sugar-free coffee can be described as ‘lovely’). Plus, I didn’t seem to suffer any ill-effects, like the ‘coffee cramps’ my sister and I often joke about.

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First coffee in 31 days. Even my owl felt perked up!

Then of course, tonight was WINE.

I made it a big deal. Instead of eating supper in front of the TV, I insisted we lay the table, whip out the ‘for guests’ serviettes, light some candles (despite the heatwave) and make it a bit of a ceremony. K had wanted to take me to a roof-top bar near our apartment for my first glass of wine, but as usual my stress kicked in (“When will I cook supper?” “What about traffic?” etc etc – my tendency to stress is going to be my undoing).

So here’s what dinner looked like:

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(In case you’re wondering, that’s a plate full of gem squash, butternut, roasted garlic and minute steak. AND WINE)

And here’s a close-up of my beautiful wine, which was actually a bottle I got for my birthday in December. My friends have good taste. Just FYI, I think a chenin might actually be too sweet for this diet, so next time I’ll go for something drier.

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I’m a little bloated after dinner, wine and bananas for dessert, but nothing major and nothing I can’t handle. I am well aware that wine might well cause me bloating, but it’s a risk I may be willing to take a few times a month. I’ll wear stretchy pants on those days 😉

I’ve had no other bad symptoms today despite the weird tea, coffee and wine, but let’s see how my tummy behaves in the morning. My morning BMs are always a great indication of my overall response to the food I’m eating.

I feel I must just note: if you still have symptoms, or you’re in a flare, DO NOT DRINK. It’s recommended that you only consume alcohol once you’ve been symptom-free for 3 months. I started Asacol in November and have been symptom-free ever since. Alcohol is an irritant and it can be extremely harsh on your gut. Drink with severe caution and if you feel it’s worsening your symptoms, STOP. And always drink in moderation.

What’s the toll of this diet on my relationship?

Today was a hard day for K and I. It was the first time in a month that I’d turned down a social outing (drinks at the Piano Bar) because I needed enough time to cook and exercise. I can no longer just grab a chicken wrap on the way home, after all, and when I’m feeling strong, I want to take advantage and spend a quality 30 minutes with Jillian.

I realised that I’ve been fairly selfish this whole time, making it a lot about me, and K has been so incredibly supportive. Sometimes I need to let go (I’m a TOTAL control freak, and if I can possibly find a way to stress about something, I will). And I need to learn to compromise more. But we also both know that these 90 days will be the hardest – and actually, as they progress, it’ll get easier. I think life will be SO much simpler when I can eat raw fruit and veggies that aren’t cooked to death, and dinner can be cooked in half an hour rather than 2 or 3 hours.

Also, it’s hard because K sees me striving towards a healthier life, but doesn’t really have the inclination to do it herself. She is trying to eat healthier these days, and she’s doing really well, but she feels like she should be doing more to get healthy because I am. But she doesn’t have a serious digestive disease, and she’s making an effort on her own path, so she needs to go easier on herself (without giving up).

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This diet doesn’t just affect you. It affects your partner too. I’ve heard of people who’ve done it as a couple, but I would never subject someone to this diet unless they too had significant health issues. I think it’s enough that K reminds me not to contaminate my SCD counter. She’s been an amazing support and I’m pretty sure I’d have thrown in the towel without her beady eye watching me.

More wine, madam?

Don’t mind if I do! No, I’m just kidding. I’d love another little splash, but I had one glass and I’m going to leave it at that. Too much could skew my results. But ahhhh… okay, maybe another little sip…

The other problem, of course, is that the minute I start drinking wine, I start craving BAD SUGAR. I have a mental block in place now that says I CANNOT HAVE ANY, but I’m not sure how far I want to test that resilience.

I’ll certainly keep testing the wine, and I’ll definitely let you all know how it goes 😉

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A cautionary tale

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4 thoughts on “Day 31: Coffee, wine and coconut tea. The fun has found me.

  1. Glad to hear things are going well! SO JEALOUS of the wine (but glad you haven’t noticed adverse affects so far!!) K sounds like an amazing support, and she shouldn’t feel bad for not eating like you do. It is HARD (hard hard hard!) to make a drastic change in eating habits, and if you don’t have an illness prompting your change, there’s no reason not to take it slowly. (I know from experience that it’s difficult to stay motivated when you’re not looking or feeling better immediately, but it helps me to look back at where I was a month ago, 6 months ago, a year ago, and see what kinds of changes I’ve actually managed to make. I am the queen of turtle-slow change, so reviewing it over time helps me see that there IS a difference in my life.)

    That was a lengthy aside. Ahem.

    Continued good luck and blessed bowels to you! 😉 haha…

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  2. Hehe, thanks Heather – the wine is pretty amazing. I think I was quite annoying and ‘talky’ after my glass (and a quarter) though… and I woke up with such a sugar craving in the night. You’re right, even slow changes are good. In fact, slow changes are usually the ones that stick.

    How’re you feeling? x

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    • At the risk of sounding like a whiner (again), this sickness is kind of decimating my morale. I loooove to eat and not being able to most of the time sucks! But, surprisingly, I feel good energy-wise. (I’m a pretty low-energy person to begin with, so it’s not like I have boundless energy right now…but I don’t feel much different, which is really nice.) This pregnancy has been pretty different from my last two, so maybe that means it’s a girl? (Or twins! hahahaha…not. Every time I make a twins joke to my husband, he glares at me.)

      Oh, you mentioned this in today’s post, but which probiotic are you taking? And when did you start noticing a difference? I started taking one a few days ago (I’m doing everything I can to help my digestion since I can’t really manage it diet-wise right now) but I don’t know how to tell if it’s working. I think it takes a while to build up the bacteria in your gut, so maybe I won’t notice for a few weeks?

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  3. That’s awesome about your energy levels. Low energy is awful, so I’m glad you’re not feeling too drained. I hope you’re also giving yourself a little more leeway in terms of what your body is craving… 🙂

    I take a probiotic from a company called Ultrafloral Synergy by Metagenics. I honestly can’t tell you if it’s making a difference because I started taking it when I started this diet, which I guess was silly. I’m just assuming it *is* helping (mainly because it was so damn expensive!). When it finishes, perhaps I’ll take a break for a few days and see if I notice a difference. I read about digestive enzymes yesterday, but haven’t taken any. Perhaps you should look into that?

    Haha, twins! I’ll hold thumbs that it’s just one healthy, albeit fussy, baby you’re carrying 😉

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