Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Avoiding Grains

Mexican egg scrample with strawberry tulips
Since the tempermental colon started throwing fits, I've been on all kinds of crazy diets. Clear liquids (for when you're too sick to care much about food), full liquids (which winds up being full of sugar), low-residue (all that white stuff you've been told to avoid? That's what you eat.), and grain-free. 

I felt horrid on most of the diets. But I think you're supposed to feel crappy (ha) with diverticulitis, holey bowels and then perotinitis. Now that I'm done with antibiotics and able to eat fruits and vegetables, I have so much mroe energy. I feel like myself again.

For me, grain-free seems to be the key. When you have intestinal issues they suggest a high fiber diet. Everyone seems to think I shoudl be eating bran muffins and whole-wheat bread for the fiber. But fruits and veggies have more fiber than grain products, so I'm doing rather well without breads. When I have grains, I feel hungry instead of full. Since I haven't been able to eat much quantity-wise, this has been an issue. Take out the grains and voila, I feel almost as good as new.
Crab Salad Cucumber cups

I'm having fun on Pinterest finding tasty bites. Variety is the spice of life, especially when you've been warned off spices!

I'm not Celiac, so I don't have to be meticulous about finding the ways grains are snuck into otherwise unassuming foods, which makes it easy. Plus, I can have a cupcake if I really wanna. :D   


Therese said...

Are you going share recipes in one place? These look YUM!

Jenna Bayley-Burke said...

I'm intimidated about recipes! There are some amazeballs food bloggers out there. They take pics at every stage and I never remember to do that.

peel the cuc and slice into 'cups, a little over and inch. Hollow out with a spoon, leaving enough on the bottom to hold the filling. fill with crab salad - mine is mostly crab with a bit of mayo and siracha and then top with avocado. So good.

scramble eggs, top with shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa & guacamole.

Those strawberry tulips? Saw them on Chopped. It takes two seconds to slice them like that.