Day 68: Packing SCD food for a weekend away

Tomorrow, K and I are heading to Tulbagh for a wedding. It’s about an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town, and we’ll be there until Sunday. I’ve been dreading it not only because I’m not particularly partial to protracted periods of socialising (especially with people I don’t know so well), but also because of the food issue.

It’s one thing to pack food for a weekend away; quite another to pack for a wedding, where the food is supposed to be one of the focal points. I mean, of all the weddings you’ve been to, what do you remember the most? For me, it really is usually the food.

The way I see it, I have three options:

  • Give the caterers a plate of my own food and ask them to serve it when everyone else receives their main course.
  • Speak to the caterers in advance (one of the benefits of arriving at the venue the day before) and find out if they can prepare something for me.
  • Eat prior to the wedding and avoid food at the actual event. But a wedding takes HOURS and I don’t know if I’ll be able to hold out for that long, especially if I’m drinking. I’d hate to get hangry, which is a real possibility when I’m hungry.

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Either way, I’m going to plan for each of these eventualities as I’m not sure what I’ll end up doing. Because we’ll be there from tomorrow night until Sunday mid-morning, I need to pack food for:

  • 2 dinners
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch

I’ve planned what I’m taking and I know we’ll have a fridge in our room. I’ve also decided not to worry too much about my beef with bananas this weekend because I really will need to rely on them. So here’s what I’ll be packing:

  • 8 x boiled eggs – great for breakfast on both days, and for snacks
  • 2 pre-grilled chicken breasts
  • 1 portion of venison mince cooked with veg and tomato paste
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 large tuppaware of mixed vegetable (cauliflower, butternut, green beans)
  • My own tomato sauce (made from tomatoes, garlic and onion)
  • Fresh coriander
  • 1.2kg box of small ripe bananas
  • Jar of macadamia nut butter

I think that this should cover it for the time that I’m away. Plus, the guesthouse we’re staying at serves breakfast, so I’m sure I could get some more eggs (cooked plainly) if need be. I’ll try to remember to take a photo of my bounty tomorrow when I pack it all up 🙂

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What I’m taking to this weekend’s destination wedding. And a dress.

What’s that fishy taste?

Last night, and again tonight, I started experiencing a fishy-tasting reflux in my mouth, and couldn’t work out what it was – I mean, I haven’t eaten any fish and the only new thing I’ve introduced is macadamia nut butter. I’ve heard of stale pumpkin seeds smelling fishy, but not nuts!

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FINALLY tonight I realised that it’s the omega-3 capsules I’m taking. I started them about a week ago. I honestly can’t tell if they’re making any noticeable different to my health, and that, combined with this disgusting after taste, is enough to convince me to give them up once this batch is done.

All I can say now is – TGIF! Even though it’s not the weekend I’d have planned, it’s still a WEEKEND (or as I like to think of this one – a ‘wEEKend’). Do you have any big plans?

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Day 67: Observations part 2 – Besides food, what else can cause bloating?

Yesterday I spoke a lot about bloating and the food that I think is causing my biggest problems.

Today,  I didn’t eat ANY bananas! I know! Amazing! I did experience some bloating and also some cramps after a lunch of vegetables and avo, which I suspect will require further investigation. But I also had a realisation about other factors that could be causing my bloating:

1. Eating too much. I’ve never been one for moderate portions, which is probably what helped get me into this predicament in the first place! Whether I’m eating a bowl of chips or a bowl of broccoli, I eat a lot of it. I’ve always said that I’m missing the ‘fullness indicator’ and that I could just keep eating and eating and eating without stopping until I burst like a cartoon character. Anyone else have this talent problem?

Basically me at every meal, minus the roll

Basically me at every meal, minus the bread

The average adult stomach is roughly the size of a clenched fist and can stretch to fit about a litre’s worth of food in it. I like to take that as a personal challenge and try to pack in around 3kg at every meal. And then I’m surprised when my belly blows up to the size of the Times Square ball.

2. Eating too fast. I’ve never had any reason to eat my food like a prison inmate about to have it snatched away. My parents always cooked plenty of food and there was always enough for seconds and thirds… for us and the neighbours. My dad also eats super fast, and in fact, when I go out to eat with other people, I have to consciously slow myself down so as not to embarrass myself. Thank goodness K and I seem to keep the same pace!

3. Not exercising. In Jan and Feb, the first two official months on the job (prior I was freelancing for the same company), I was able to leave work at about 4.45 each day, and be home by 5.30. I’d exercise until 6, shower and then make supper, with plenty of time to spare. When we hit a crisis at work about three weeks ago, I found myself easily staying at the office until 6 or even 7, getting home after dark and then still having to cook supper. I simply haven’t had the time to work out, and I know it’s so bad for me. Could this be contributing to the bloat?

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4. What I’m drinking. For the first 19 days on this diet, I drank only water. For the first 30, I drank no coffee or booze. Now, I still drink my 2l of water a day – but I also have a glass of wine most days, and one to two cups of coffee. There’s no doubt that drinks can have just as big an impact on your gut as food, and it’s careless to think they don’t.

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5. Stress. When our work crisis hit, our stress levels shot right up. Some days, my colleagues were running to the bathroom with diarrhoea – and they don’t have IBD! I felt a gnawing nausea for days on end, and I was constantly in a state of high-strung anxiety. I’ve no doubt that this not only aggravated my gut, but also contributed to my bloating.

So what’s the next step?

Now that I’ve got a more holistic picture, so to speak, of the root causes of my bloating, I can start to fix the problem (if I can commit to it). It’s almost like working retroactively, going back and fixing what I’ve broken. Now that the bananas are gone, I know I should take a break from booze and coffee too, and keep working backwards like that until I am able to identify the food causes of the bloating – and then of course I need to address the non-food causes too.

I’ve just had dinner and I tried not to overeat. I had yogurt for ‘dessert’, with honey, because I’ve already cut out bananas today and I felt I deserved it!

Ugh, damn bloating. I feel like a stuck record. Imagine how AMAZING life would be without bloat!

Oh, to be a cat and be so unconcerned about bloating!

Oh, to be a cat and be so unconcerned about bloating!

Day 66: Important observations about SCD so far

I’ve been on this diet for 66 days, and even though it’s not a massive amount of time, it’s long enough to have realised that my progress has fallen into two distinct categories:

  • Extremely strict
  • Experimental (within the bounds of legal, stage-appropriate SCD foods)

I haven’t once knowingly cheated on this diet and I’ve stuck to the 3-day rule (at times 4 days) since the start. But I’ve also become less fanatically strict and terrified of introducing new foods. Maybe it’s manifesting more psychologically than physically, because I’m not running around shoving random bits of food into my mouth. But it does mean that one big problem has crept in: Bloating.

Can totally relate

Can totally relate

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it because when I’m healthy and not in an active flare, the worst symptom I have is bloating, which also causes pain and that lovely, totally-not-embarrassing ‘talking’ that most often happens when I’m sitting in an echoey boardroom with several of my bosses, a handful of clients and the perfectly preened magazine editor.

Yet here I am, 66 days in, experiencing bloating most days. So, below is what I have deduced about my particular reaction to foods on SCD. As always, bear in mind that everyone tolerates food differently.

1. Bananas cause me significant bloating. I’ve known this since day 4 or 5 when I introduced them, and you’ve known it too because I haven’t shut up about it. I try to eat fewer but usually I fail because…

2. I’m a snacker which makes SCD REALLY hard. Who wants to snack on a dry meatball or a cup of carrot puree? So I snack on bananas. All. The. Time. And then for dessert I have banana ‘ice cream’. I do in fact always have prepared vegetables and ripe avos in the fridge, but bananas are also easy to eat on the go or take with to work, social occasions, movies, etc.

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3.  Other things besides banana make me bloated. What are they? I’m not sure. Because in this experiment that is the SCD, you need to use your own body as the control, and I’ve often failed to do that effectively. You need to feel good and bloat-free before introducing new foods, and while I’ve done that to some extent, I have also compromised my results by continuing to eat bananas while testing other foods.

This means I’ve often experienced bloating while testing, but I’ve always blamed it on bananas. However, I’m now noticing that I can eat other foods (ie: meals of meat, assorted vegetables and avo) and end up bloated – and because of the muddied test results, I can’t pinpoint the culprit.

4. You have to introduce SCD yogurt CAREFULLY. As good as it can be for you, dairy-free SCD yogurt is made up of not one but a number of ingredients – and some of these (most notably nut milk and honey) can be problematic.

Nuts, even when blanched, blended, strained and squeezed into milk, can aggravate a sensitive gut, which is why they shouldn’t be introduced until 3 months on this diet (or 3 months symptom-free, which I reached in about February). Honey is also tolerated by some but not by others, and both nuts and honey are considered potentially ‘problematic’ foods for people on SCD.

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5. Nut milks and honey are probably adding to my bloating. They’ve made a fairly recent but regular appearance in my diet in the form of my yoghurt, and since their debut I’ve come to really enjoy them. Is the benefit of the probiotics outweighing the bloat? I can’t honestly tell you because while my BMs are satisfactory and quite regular, I haven’t noticed a marked difference since introducing the yogurt. But I do love the sweetness of they honey and yogurt is such a perfect after-dinner treat.

6. I felt my best during intro and phase 1, but my BMs were terrible. Swings and roundabouts? Maybe, but there must be more to it than that. There must be more that I can do to control my symptoms so that I can heal and enjoy a varied diet without bloat.  This means that I probably need to go back to the drawing board – or at the very least, stick to meat and veg for a few days and see if it helps.

7. This diet is about more than mindlessly following the phases. It only works if you listen to your body and respect your symptoms, and if you actively work to manage them. I haven’t always done that. I haven’t always been fully committed to being symptom free as much as I’ve been committed to eating legally and according to the phases. In other words…

8. Just because a food is SCD-legal and allowed in the phase you’re on, doesn’t mean it works for you. I found out that mushrooms don’t agree with me so I avoid them. But I’ve ignored the ill-effects of other foods and now I have this major bloat problem which is really a huge tangled mess. You have to be actively involved in really feeling your symptoms, identifying what’s causing them and eradicating problem foods from your diet – if only temporarily. Mindless eating is not going to cure you, even if you’re eating SCD legal foods.

So those are my observations for now. On this diet, I am definitely my biggest ally and also my worst enemy. It’s also why I haven’t yet opened my new jar of macadamia nut butter: The cashew butter was going brilliantly until, after 3 days, I caved and ate the remainder (about half of it) with a spoon straight out of the jar.

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My goal for the coming days: WILLPOWER. I’ve already made so many sacrifices that I can’t allow these little weaknesses to trip me up now. Now to just find the motivation to do better…

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Day 65: 3 awesome things today

My latest batch of SCD yoghurt is complete and it’s pretty darn perfect! It has the gloopy consistency of the real shop-bought variety, but without all those pesky bad things added to it. It’s cashew milk-based and it tastes delicious, especially with an added dash of honey.

I’ll post pictures and the full recipe later this week. It was definitely a case of ‘third time lucky’ for me, and now that I’ve got the basics right, I can play around with ingredients and flavours. SO EXCITING!

How does this fit into the phases? Well honey is allowed after 30 days, and most nut milks can be added in phase 3, where I am now.

As for the 2 other awesome things:

2. Bananas and eggs – mixed!  I suddenly remembered about SCD pancakes made from bananas and eggs, and attempted to make a batch. They were a disaster – didn’t solidify and simply couldn’t be flipped. So rather than waste my mixture of two large bananas and one egg, I turned it into a scramble. It looked hideous but it tasted delicious! A filling, healthy breakfast or snack that I highly recommed.

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Mix. Scramble in pan (oil optional). Be brave. Dig in. Fall in love.

3. Better BMs: For me, nothing has been as up and down on this diet as my BMs. The first few weeks were constipation central, and they’re still pretty unpredictable. But the past few days have treated me kindly, with regular (for me) BMs and feeling like I’m properly empty.

Bonus: Veep & other series: If you’ve been hit by a flare or, like me, simply needed two straight days on the couch to recover from life, you’re probably in need of a fresh batch of series. I discovered Veep this weekend, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which is a political comedy and brilliantly written. It also stars Tony Hale (Buster from Arrested Development) whom I love. And come on, Arrested Development is just the BEST.

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‘Glasses are like wheelchairs for the eyes.’

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Also stumbled upon a new series called Resurrection – only two episodes out so far, and it’s quite eerie, but I think it’ll be good. We’re also loving the new Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, and as always we’re slaves to Grey’s, even though every series inevitably leaves us gutted. I tell K that the stress of watching Grey’s is bad for my colitis.

It’s nice to stop talking, well, shit every now and then 😉 Series recommendations, anyone? 🙂

 

Day 64: Crying into my cauliflower

Positive thinking is an essential ingredient of this diet. Positive thinking, willpower, psychological commitment, faith in your ability… basically, superhuman mental strength. But even the superhuman need a break now and then, and on this diet, your mental tenacity is bound to take a hit from time to time.

Tonight was my night. I’d been in the kitchen for hours, making my food for the week, as well as my next batch of yogurt. I was irritable and on top of it all, I still had to make our roast for dinner after I’d finished cooking everything else. Without thinking, I grabbed a glass bowl that had just been in the microwave, and it was so hot that I dropped it and it smashed everywhere.

There was glass in K’s food and there was glass in my big batch of freshly-cooked cauliflower. It was all over the counter, the floor and between my fingers. So I hurled the food into the bin and I had a GOOD sob. Let me tell you, a GREAT one. It put the Oprah ugly cry to shame.

Tonight's selfie

Today’s selfie

K of course ran to my aid and tried to help, but I just wailed at her about how I can’t stop breaking things and I’m always the one making mistakes in this relationship and I’m always screwing up and I’m so over cooking and I’m so tired of all the prep and IJUSTCAN’TANYMORE. The more she tried to reassure me with kind words and make me feel better with hugs, the more I insisted I was a failure. She laughed a little as I decorated her T-shirt with tears and snot, because it really was so ludicrous. But that only made me more indignant and hate the cauliflower and the microwave and the diet AND THE WORLD even more.

Anyway, I sobbed and snotted my way through the clean-up after chasing K out of the kitchen when she tried to help, and an hour later, new food had been cooked and we were enjoying our Sunday roast. That was a couple of hours ago and I feel fine now, my little tantrum a distant memory. I did, admittedly, feel like a crazy person when it happened – and even now as I feel so calm!

How I felt today

How I felt today

This is not a frequent occurrence for me. Of the 64 days on this diet, I can count on one hand the number of days my resolve has wobbled – with fingers to spare. I’ve felt committed, positive, strong and, more importantly, stronger the the sum of this diet’s parts. Which obviously is the only way to do this diet successfully.

But every now and then, things do feel overwhelming. It can be extremely frustrating to spend hours in the kitchen, just to eat the same food day in and day out, and to feel like your life revolves around what you’re putting into your mouth. It’s frustrating to have to plan your days and your life around what you can and – more to the point – can’t eat.

It’s also extremely frustrating to not be able to satisfy your cravings with a piece of cake or a slab of chocolate. Plus, you’re constantly planning ahead so that you don’t end up stranded without food. There’s no quick ‘running into the shop’ to grab a snack when you’re hungry – and gosh, if you have a family, this must be a million times harder, whether or not they’re doing the diet too. In fact, I really can’t complain because I have it pretty easy.

Anyway, the point that I’m trying to make is that even when you put your mind to it and think positively, there will be days that suck and there will be some or other insignificant mishap that pushes you over the edge and makes you feel like a raving loon.

Food has such a major impact on our mental state, that this kind of reaction from time to time is an inevitability. Go easy on yourself. Recognise that it’s a symptom of an intensive healing process, and move past it. Don’t let it become the norm, but realise that it’s all part of it. Perhaps just warn your family and significant others that this might happen… 😉

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Day 63: When you gotta go…

For most people, bathroom habits are intensely private and seldom discussed, which I suppose is ironic considering it’s one of the few things every human being has in common. It’s also why so many people with inflammatory bowel disease delay going to the doctor – and, like me, end up in hospital before finally being able to get a diagnosis.

The fact is, discussing what comes out, especially when it’s abnormal, is embarrassing for many of us. It’s also why we don’t like to talk about our illnesses. People often ask me, ‘But how did you know you were sick?’ or ‘How did you know you were lactose intolerant?’. I usually allude to it by saying, ‘Oh, I had terrible symptoms that you don’t really want to know about…’ but of course they do, and they ask! And you know what? We shouldn’t be embarrassed to talk about it! We didn’t ask for this disease, and we sure as shit didn’t ask for the symptoms. ‘Well, I started crapping blood every day,’ is, I suppose, the accurate answer. And when I give it, it really shuts people up 😉

Following on from this is the actual act of going to the toilet to do your business. For me, for most of my life, this was something that I only ever did at home. It was very private and I didn’t talk about it, unless there was a problem. In fact, I believe there’s a huge psychological component to it: My bowel would literally shut down when I was away from home. I remember going on overseas trips in my early 20s and going for a week or longer with zero activity – simply because I didn’t feel comfortable.

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I remember feeling so humiliated when, age 21 or so, my stomach was assailed by a Mexican feast, and I spent so long in the bathroom at my then-boyfriend’s apartment that he put a whole fresh pack of toilet paper outside the door as a joke. I always tried to avoid the dreaded ‘number 2′ at boyfriends’ houses – or anyone’s house for that matter. And public places? Forget it!

Even further back, I remember leaving for school in the morning, needing to ‘go’, and thinking, ‘Now it’s going to have to wait until I’m home again.’ And it did.

Of course, all of that largely changed when I developed UC. Suddenly, despite the power of my subconscious, my ‘second brain’ managed to overcome it to a significant degree. I had no choice but to answer the call when the flares knocked (and knocked and knocked) – no matter where I was. The worst place was my sister’s wedding – right there at the reception, in my gorgeous bridesmaid’s dress. That was my first flare in fact.

Sometimes you just gotta go right there in the street, in a wedding dress. Also, watch Bridesmaids #Best

Sometimes you just gotta go right there in the street, in a wedding dress. Also, watch Bridesmaids #Best

The flip side of this has been a conscious effort to try to go whenever I feel the urge – wherever I may be. I’ve come to learn just how unhealthy it is to hold it in, especially when you have an already damaged gut. I loved this post by gutwrenchingtruthaboutcrohns called ‘Pooping in public… and adults with no sensors‘, and now it always pops into my head when I’m in the bathroom at work and I just gotta…

Luckily I haven’t encountered any rude people (and of course we all like to think that leave hardly a trace behind us), but I do think that ‘going’ in a public place is difficult for many people – especially girls, and especially anyone who, like me, has an intense germ phobia about public toilets! Hovering when you pee is a fairy easy skill to master. Hovering when you have a flare takes significantly more practice!

Interestingly, during the worst of my flares last year, I’d go to the toilet several times in the morning while I worked from home, and innumerable times during the night, disturbing my sleep. However, no matter how severe the flare, my BMs mostly (not completely) held off during the four or so hours that I taught at a school each day. I walked there every day – half an hour each way – and then taught for about 3 or 4 hours. And apart from the odd occasion, my colon usually played nice while I was in front of my class. Or maybe my lessons were just so boring it fell asleep (it had been up all night after all).

Just what every IBD sufferer needs. K, pay attention #Chrismukkah #Presents #Multitasking #Productivity

Just what every IBD sufferer needs. K, pay attention #Chrismukkah #Presents #Multitasking #Productivity

So that always felt to me like the psychological component creeping back in. Obviously it’s impossible to completely control a serious digestive disease with one’s mind (unless you’re Dynamo or David Blaine maybe). But, speaking only for myself, I know there’s a huge brain connection and so healing myself is as much a psychological journey as it is a physical one.

It also means that when I go to the theatre with my mom, like I did tonight, and I’m in the queue for the toilet with a gaggle of well-preened older ladies, I just have to bite the bullet and do my shiz, no matter how inconvenient it may be. Because if I don’t (and sometimes, even if I do – like tonight), I have to sit through a 2-hour production with unbuttoned pants and audible fireworks in my belly while the bloat monsters play basketball in my stomach.

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I don’t know why it happened tonight but after I came home and enjoyed some QT with my loo, I felt a million times better. It makes me think it’s something I ate (I promise I only had a few bananas today), and that it could actually maybe (sigh) be the cauliflower. Investigations ongoing.

The point of all this is that going to the toilet is the most basic of human activities; the one thing we all have in common; and that when you need to do it, just do it. Holding it in is never healthy – and as we all know, ‘better out than in’ 🙂

While searching for images for this post, I came across this hilarious piece entitled A lady’s guide to pooping in public. I highly recommend you give it a read – perhaps when next you’re spending 5 minutes in the loo 😉 And her solution to the public poo conundrum? The best EVER. Read it.

Day 62: New veg; old bloat

I’ve been so focused on my yogurt and cashew nut butter that I temporarily forgot that I was supposed to be introducing new foods every 3 days!

Although I’m on phase 3 now, I’m still eating very few types of fruit. You all how I love my bananas, which I buy in huge bags that I decimate within days. This is NOT good because I know that they cause me to bloat. I’ve tried limiting my banana intake to 3 or 5 a day, and some days I’m able to. Other days, like yesterday (which was mainly a ‘couch day’ of movies, series, and trips to the kitchen to grab yet ANOTHER banana) see me chomping my way through ten or more.

I found this twin banana today. I really wasn't surprised, given the obscene amount of bananas I eat each day - I was just surprised that I didn't give birth to it

I found this twin banana today. I really wasn’t surprised given the obscene number of bananas I eat each day – I’m guessing it was a statistical inevitability. I was more surprised that I didn’t actually give birth to it

Why I can’t stop with those damn bananas

I think it’s because it’s the only thing I can easily grab and munch when K is enjoying ‘regular’ TV snacks like everyone else. No chips for me, no chocolate or popcorn. If I want a TV snack, it’s vegetables, a hunk of meat or bananas! I think this is why I was so bloated by the time I got to bed last night – but like hard bloated, where your tummy feels like its filled with rocks. It was also tender to the touch, so I’m trying to put myself on banana lock-down today.

Tomato and avo

The other fruits I eat are tomato, peeled and de-seeded (WHAT a mission!) and cooked, and avo. Tomato is wonderful to add to meat dishes, and I also make a tomato and garlic sauce every week to add to my meals. I adore avo, and at any given time I have up to 10 avos in varying states of ripeness in the drawers, fridge or mashed up in the freezer. Perfectly ripe avos can be kept in that state for up to a week or so in the fridge, and you can also mash them up and freeze them. Sometimes the colour goes a little weird but the taste is fine, and once its defrosted and re-mashed a bit, the green emerges to some degree.

Avo and honey

Honey slipped into my diet quite sneakily a few weeks ago, when I added it to my first batch of yoghurt, and then used it to sweeten the yoghurt a bit when I ate it. I was of course aware of this new addition, and I seem to be okay on it. I should probably test it in isolation though. Do any of you have trouble with honey?

Apparently you can add it to avo and it’s delicious, but I haven’t been brave enough to try it.  Have any of you done this? Is it any good? The only time I’ve ever considered mixing the two is for a facemask.

These are the ingredients for a DIy avo facemask. For me, they'd never make it as far as my face. But if you'd like to try it, here how: http://bit.ly/1iN0seD. Looks like fun!

The ingredients for a DIY avo facemask. For me, they’d never make it as far as my face. But if you’d like to try it, here how: http://bit.ly/1iN0seD. Looks like fun!

The rest of the fruit contingent: Not for me, but maybe for you

Other than that, I’ve avoided most other fruits for two reasons: it either doesn’t agree with me (such as apple puree), and, fruit still has to be cooked at this stage of the diet, which I actually can’t face. Cooked watermelon, anyone? Stewed pineapple? No thanks. Too much effort for too little result. Plus I don’t think I can face any more bland purees.

This is not how I envisioned eating my fruit...

This is not how I envisioned eating my fruit…

I’ll move on to fruit when I can eat it raw, but that’s not to say that you have to wait. Cooked fruit can be delicious and of course it’s packed with vitamins and other good things that you need. Kids, I’m sure, would prefer it to mashed butternut, so bear that in mind too. Just be aware that too much fruit can cause your tummy to react – it’s one of the four foods (together with dairy, eggs and nuts) that are often the cause of gastric discomfort on this diet.

New veg: Cauliflower

I love cauliflower. Even before this diet, I’d often eat it in place of rice when I had curry, or I’d pour my pasta sauces over it. It’s also very versatile – sheesh, you can even make cauliflower pizza! (though I haven’t attempted it yet).

Can anyone verify this? And does anyone have a SCD bbq sauce recipe? ;-)

Can anyone verify this? And does anyone have a SCD bbq sauce recipe? 😉

I cooked it until it was falling-apart soft, and I had it with my meal of ostrich ‘bolognaise’ last night, which is a yummy mix of ostrich mince, tomato, garlic, green beans and seasoning. I may also have added a dash of red wine…

Because of my banana bloat (every time I write that, I mentally facepalm because it really is my own fault and totally within my control to avoid it), I’m unsure of whether the cauliflower agreed with me or not. But I’ll keep testing it today WITHOUT the bananas to check.

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I really hope it works for me because cauliflower cooks SO quickly, plus it’s tasty, easy to get hold of and I just really love it. I’m so thrilled that my diet is becoming so well-rounded!