The day after I made Valentine's Day cinnamon buns for my dear husb (and sampled one of them), I stopped eating gluten. I decided to go a month without eating gluten to see if it makes a difference in my health.
So, on a perfect day, my diet now excludes:
Dairy products (except yogurt, which I can and do eat)
And if we take FavoriteBoy's definition of a "perfect day," his diet would consist of:
No problem, right?
Actually, it's not that bad so far, as long as I'm at home for every meal of the day. Eating out, or being invited to someone's home - that gets a bit more tricky, because I want to stick to my eating rules, but I also think that being polite and gracious is vastly more important than whether or not I have a headache, so it's my policy to eat what I'm served. But as long as I'm home, as I usually am, I can just eat lots of veggies and legumes, and I'm a happy camper. Wouldn't you be happy if you got to eat these golden, oven-roasted brussels sprouts for lunch?
Yesterday I made a big pot of vegetable soup, and it turned out absolutely divine. I put in tomatoes, red potatoes, carrots, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, and green beans. I was especially proud of myself because each vegetable was cooked to perfection, and none of them were too mushy or too crunchy. With some in the refrigerator and even more in the freezer, I have an easy go-to meal that is delicious and nutritious. I also made a batch of chili. I made up the recipe as I went along, and I was pretty pleased with how that turned out as well.
There are lots of things that I can eat without ingesting sugar or gluten! I love to eat roasted broccoli and cauliflower, roasted curry chickpeas, and Southwestern egg rolls. (I've modified the Southwestern dish, and I just serve the chicken mixture spread on top of a warmed corn tortilla instead of wrapped in a wheat one.)
Isn't it nice to know that the world is full of good foods that are also good for you?
Now if only I could get FavoriteBoy to believe it...!