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Ugg…I fibro’d myself

October 23, 2009 Leave a comment

All three kids were here last night for dinner so I wanted to make something special  (and cheap).  So I picked up some beef ribs and decided to make my own bbq-like sauce.  I’ve been doing so well that I got a little cocky thinking I could probably try making a tomato based sauce.  And if it’s done from scratch it would probably be safe.

Wrong.

It tasted okay, nowhere near as sweet and mellow as cheap store bought.  Man, they must have a ton of sugars in theirs.  The kids and Kevin liked it and the ribs were snarfed up in short order.

Then I woke up this morning.  And guess what?  Fibromyalgia…all over.  It’s kinda amazing if it didn’t feel so crappy.  A generous serving of tomato sauce and it causes my whole body to ache and be stiff.

The score is nightshade plants 1, Jacki 0.

At least it was a clear reaction and not one of those vague “I don’t feel too good but that’s about it” reactions.  So…no more tomatoes.  And that should probably go for potatoes and peppers.

Fine with me.  Now all I have to do is work this out of my system.  Ugg.

Cheaters never prosper

October 15, 2009 2 comments

Food cheaters, that is.  I didn’t so much cheat as just try something new…a challenge to the Diet Experiment.  Last night we had burritos with homemade salsa.

Tomatoes.

But man that salsa was good.  Ramsey and I made it…she was my little food processor since she can stir tomatoes with a spoon until they give up all their juice.  It was freshly made from chopped tomatoes (red and yellow), chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, olives and green chilis.  Hmmm…chilis, that’s in the nightshade family, too.  To the veggie mix we added cumin, chili powder, sea salt and a little bit of agave.

Nummy.

When I put my burrito together I used rice tortillas, refried beans (from freshly cooked pintos), a little hamburger (that was cooked in more tomato sauce), a little cheddar cheese (dairy), lettuce and salsa.

So really the tally of forbidden foods is more like this:

  • Dairy from the cheese
  • Tomato from salsa AND hamburger (nightshade plant)
  • Green chilis in the salsa (nightshade plant)

This morning I woke up with a groan.  The pain isn’t too bad, probably a 5 out of 10, but it such a familiar and unpleasant feeling.  Body stiffness and general achey-ness.  Not worth it.

As a side note, yesterday I woke up with a rash on my forehead and my scalp is really itchy.  I tried some new “organic” shampoo…it’s probably made out of corn or something.  Did I read the label?  No.   That print is so small.  But I’m not going to use it again.

I have this morning to get my sh*t together because Jacob’s caseworker is coming over at 2:30 to go through his yearly Service Plan.  Ugh…an hour or more talking about what he can’t do.  Not my favorite.

Gotta eat clean today and get myself back on track.  I’m really beginning to think rice might need to go off the list.  Or at least be like soy and eggs where I try not to eat very much but allow little bits through because not to would be an extra level of vigilance that I’m just not ready to attempt.

It’s a learning thing.  But no cheating for today.

Ugg…popcorn not worth it.

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Yes, I succumbed to temptation last night when Kevin made popcorn.

Maybe I was wrong about that really strong reaction I had to corn last time?? I should try it again just to make sure.  That sounds like a good idea!

Well, it wasn’t.  Yuk, I woke up achey, sore, tired and grumpy (the four dwarfs).  Definately NOT worth it.

So this morning I have to focus on clean eating.  I had a delicious “milkshake” for breakfast made from frozen bananas, hemp protein powder and chocolate almond milk.  Okay, maybe I’m not eating super clean…but it should help.  Next up will be a hot bath or shower to loosen things up and wash off the funk.

The house is a mess and it’s going to stay that way for a little while because I finally started a new piece.  And I’m going to work on it all day.  It’s an artist’s book.  I might know what it’s going to be about but not enough to say yet.

So here’s to the big four, Gluten, Corn, Soy and Dairy.  I surrender.


A gluten challenge

October 7, 2009 1 comment

On Monday night, I decided to try a gluten challenge.  To isolate it further I used barley instead of wheat.  Using the wheat might show a wheat sensitivity but not clear up the gluten question.

Yeah, I’m almost like a scientist.

So it was pork chops and cauliflower with barley.  It went down all right but I thought I noticed an increase in pain later in the evening.  Nothing substantial yet.  I went to sleep and started waking up in the wee hours with hip pain.  This hasn’t happened since I did the corn challenge.  When I got up, I felt like crap.  (okay, maybe I’m not a real scientist)

The crappy feeling got mixed up with the whole dog issue yesterday but I still feel like I had a reaction to the barley.  Plus, my bowels got messed up.  Let’s just leave it at that.

So that’s gluten.  Oddly, the reaction wasn’t as painful as the corn challenge.  Interesting.  And corn is in everything!  I’m just going to do my best with the corn and try not to make myself crazy (crazier) eradicating every little bit of corn in my life.  Since I don’t seem to be having an traditional allergic reaction with asthma, hives, etc, I think I’ve got some leeway.

On to food and comfort.  Yesterday I was feeling sad and I wanted some comfort.  And I knew I had to eat pretty clean because the gluten was working it’s way out. In the afternoon I finished off the last piece of Quinoa Cake with coconut milk. For dinner it was sweet potato with Smart Balance margarine and cinnamon.  I’m using the Smart Balance but it has soy, soy and soy in it.  So far, I haven’t found a good substitute and yesterday I wasn’t in the mood to skip it.  By bedtime I was tired and sad and needy.  So I broke out my Pamela’s Pancake Mix and made some pancakes.  Just little ones.  With more Smart Balance and agave syrup.  They were okay but had that extra “this certainly doesn’t taste like a regular pancake” flavor.  Sigh…

It could have been worse.  I don’t like to be sad (duh) and have always used something to get through it.  So last night it was sugar/carbs.  How am I feeling this morning?  Not great but I don’t have a lot of body pain.  That’s pretty good.

I’m glad I let myself (and my diet) bend instead of break.  Today will be a better day because of it.

Well, there goes that promise

October 2, 2009 2 comments

Sorry I didn’t do a recipe update like I said I would yesterday.

In my defense I will say that I had several interactions with my mother…which usually results in eating a batch of cookies and/or a quart of ice cream.  Well, I don’t have these things available anymore so I had to actually cry.

What is the world coming to?

My mother is very old, very sick, and very frustrating.  She loves me and my sibs the best she can…and most of the time that just creates confusion.  Whattya going to do?  I only have one mom and she’s not going to last forever so I just am trying to walk through it a step at a time.

Okay, back to food.

Yesterday I was so hungry.  Not so much the kind of hungry you get after skipping some meals…which I didn’t.  No, it was hunger for something comforting, filling, mothering (I guess).  Quinoa and hummus would not fit the bill.  Yesterday was the day before payday and we were pretty broke so I had $10 to spend on dinner for the four of us.

Off to Albertsons.  Definitely not the health food store.  But I found some beef round steak on sale cheap and picked up five.  Then to the veggies where I got a head of cauliflower.  Not organic and it makes such a difference.  But I was in no shape to go all around town. Last but not least, I splurged on some portabella mushrooms.  Total spent?  $11.60…HA!

Beefy, mushroomy dreams began as I drove home.

So the menu looked like this:

  • Beef strips and mushrooms in gravy
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Roasted cauliflower

Yes, I said potatoes.  I thought I would go with a food challenge that shouldn’t do me in.  The roasted cauliflower was a recipe I got from Gluten Free Goodness, an excellent food blog that I must remember to put in my links. She cooks with no gluten, dairy, soy, eggs or corn.

Anyway…I made the potatoes with vegan margarine (which is disappointingly full of soy) and hemp milk since it is a little more creamy than rice milk.  I find the hemp milk has a stronger taste but it couldn’t affect the mashed potato taste so it worked beautifully.

I’m going to try and approximate the beef recipe because it was good!

Beef Strips and Portabello Mushrooms

  • 3 lbs of round steak (Yes, this is a wild guess.  Just get enough round steak for your family.)
  • 1 cup sliced portabello mushrooms
  • 1/2 to 1 cup brown rice flour (which is the only usable flour I had in the house)
  • 1/4 scant cup seasoning mix.  I used two kinds of Mrs. Dash.  But as I say that, I’ll bet it has corn in it somewhere.  Argh!

I used my big soup pot/dutch oven type pan.  This recipe would work even better in a crock pot but I was pressed for time.  I cut the round steak into strips.

In a bowl I mixed the flour and seasoning salt together.  Here’s the place to improvise.  Got some rosemary?  Try it.  Your family loves Italian?  Throw in some Italian seasoning.  I think I also put a dash of cayenne in the mix.

A big handful at a time I put the beef strips in the flour mix to coat.  Then into the hot pan with some canola oil.  I would have preferred olive oil, though it might have been too hot for olive oil.  But we are out of it.  So canola oil it was.

I fried up the beef strips…and there were a LOT of strips.  The flour thickened the juices nicely.  When the strips were about cooked through I put in the mushrooms and soon thereafter, I put in some water (just about 1/3 cup) to extend the gravy and salt/pepper to taste.  Then let it get all warm and bubbly and thick.

Mash the taters, and serve the meat over them.  Hits the spot.

And how did I fare with the potatoes?  Not too good.  It wasn’t shocking but I started to wake up from body pain in the wee hours.  Getting up this morning I feel sore and stiff and my throat feels sting-y (yeah, I’m so technical).  But it’s also raining outside so I have to figure that in.

In the end I’d have to say that potatoes are do-able but in small amounts and not with any other marginal foods like cheese and egg.  Seems like my two lists, Can eat and Can not eat, are morphing into three.  The new one called “Can probably eat a little bit without too much problem but don’t try and push it.”  I think potato is on this list.

So there you are.  At least it’s a recipe finally.  Even though you had to wade through some mother issues to get there.

A new month

October 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Whoa, it’s almost a month on the Diet Experiment.  Fabulous!  I never dreamed it would be working so good.  The weather is changing and my life is not draining away like the warm days.  How cool is that?

I’ve been trying to plan some meals so I can go big shopping again this weekend.  But before I put too much energy into it, I need to do a food challenge or two.  I’ll bet anything that corn and wheat stay off the list but that’s just my gut.  I don’t want to spend all the extra money on corn, wheat, gluten free if I don’t need to.  So a food challenge is on order for the day.

You know, it’s actually tough to find a day where I can say, “Sure, I don’t mind risking a whole bunch of body pain tomorrow.”  But I need to get on with it to pin down what all is making me sick…or sicker.

I’m a couple of recipe’s behind still.  I beg your pardon, Faithful Reader and promise you I will get caught up today for sure 🙂