My elimination diet has changed my relationship with food. I don't know how to totally describe it, but it is there. Part of it is my connection to the world. My garden has always been a huge connection for me. To me the garden is not just to feed my body, but my soul. To plant a seed and see it grow into food is a miracle. Growing food is to see the circle of life and our connection to the earth. I once had a talk with my mother. To her food is just fuel for the body. For me it goes deeper than that. With my elimination diet I had a much more adversarial relationship with food. It got better as more food was back into my diet, but the lingering effects are there.
And even more so, the food was poisoning me. First the nightshades a few years ago, now the legumes and mushrooms. I'm also worried about how deep my legume problem goes and the variety of food I can eat. So food has become less happy than it was. I want to eat health food, but what does that really mean for me? In the past I probably ate about 90% of my own vegetables for 10 months out of the year. March and April were often hugely supplemented from the store as the winter stores ran out, but the rest of the year I did pretty well. Now I'm doing more store bought vegetables to supplement what I have. In the past I would have felt guilty over it as I have a huge pile of produce in the fridge. That isn't to say I don't eat from my produce, but I do supplement more now.
I do eat snacks too. They tend to be an apple, nuts, cheese, and/or popcorn. My meals tend to be simple and filled with veggies. If you noticed we tend to eat fish for three days and poultry for three days. Unlike my husband I do eat beef. I tend to have steak when he travels if I haven't had it in a while.
I have a three week menu that I rotate though. Though that menu changes up occasionally. I rarely follow it exactly. But I've found I like a plan. Then I know if I have to make pizza dough or start the brown rice or pick up an ingredient when I'm at the store. For the next week I have planned:
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Pasta
- Turkey Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes (for hubby not me)
- Tuna Fish Sandwiches
- Chicken Soup or Grilled Chicken with Rice
- Salmon with Mushroom Tarragon Pasta
Now I won't have enchiladas tonight as the avocados aren't ripe yet. So we will probably have shrimp instead.