Not my To be or Not to be – Vegetarian post. I think we covered the salient points in just a few sentances on Facebook. Not enough for a whole post there.
Everywhere I go people are talking about food and their relationship with food. Tomorrow is a Spoken Word event on food. These are nights where people get up and tell stories. I am not sure if I want to go, we’ll see. I actually won the last one which is especially amazing when you realize I have terrible terrible stage fright.
Because I go to a gym regularly and am on the Facebook group my facebook is filled with people trying to lose weight. They post pictures of their weekly food and talk about it a lot. I do not talk about losing weight often because I concentrate more on building strength and because I don’t want anyone to offer advice on how I should lose weight (usually a list of things I can not do) , or how I shouldn’t lose weight at all because I am “sick”. So instead I concentrate on getting as much strength as possible and eating as healthy as I can.
I am a vegetarian which means I can not eat a lot of foods. I have damage to my digestive system because of previous abdominal radiation and some of the chemo drugs I have taken in the past. Think of it like a really extreme case of IBS. In general my body can not break down food. I have to eat foods that are very gentle on my poor sad intestines. When I travel I find myself only eating junk foods, because junk foods have no nutritional value they are easy for a body to digest. I don’t like being sick while on a schedule.
Everything in small amounts. If I eat more than a fairly small amount in a day, I will be very sick the next day. I have never tried to quantify the amount but I suspect if I ate only frozen meals I could eat three lean cuisine type portions and any more than that would be too much in a single day.
Trying to eat really healthy the last six weeks as my husband went on a low carb diet made me quieckly drop weight because I also do a lot of strength and cardio training. But is also means I get very quickly bored with my food. I started making a list of the foods that I can eat without getting sick the next day. At the bottom of this post is my list. It’s terrible because there really aren’t too many healthy foods. I am so glad I discovered some supplements that help me get some nutrients in me, that helps so much.
Food is no longer a joy for me, it is a challenge. It is a hurdle in my life that I must get through. Honestly most days I think I could just eat three nutritious shakes for meals and two servings of pretzels to get over my need to chew and I would be good.
Not to be rude – but I am NOT looking for advice on how to heal myself. I have consulted naturopaths and doctors and have tried everything out there with varying degrees of success. I am 900% better than I was so I think at this point it qualifies me as more of an expert than most people.
HOWEVER – I would welcome suggestions on food that maybe I haven’t thought of that fits into my allowable criteria! I get so bored with what I can eat!
Apple – small amount
Avocado-no more than half
Baked Potato – no skin
Cheese Ravioli – Not too acidic – like Annies canned
Dry roasted Edamame – small amounts
Egg & Cheese Scramble with Potatoes – Smart Ones
Fettucini Alphredo – Lean Cuisine
Green Beans – frozen or canned
Mac & Cheese
Oatmeal – Instant
Orgain Meal Replacement drink
Peas – Frozen or canned
Quest Nutrition Bars
Sausage Egg & Cheese biscuit – MorningStar Farms
Sesame Sticks – oat bran
Tomato – No skin
Vegetarian sauces that aren’t spicy
Zuchinni – small amounts – very well cooked