So, for those of you waiting with baited breath about news of my ongoing battle with my delicate tummy, the tummy is winning. I’m still on the low-FODMAP diet, and I haven’t cheated at all. But my tummy is still winning.
The thing is, I forgot (okay I didn’t forget… I rationalized) that my stupid stomach doesn’t like rice. But I figured that rice flour would be okay because it’s been processed to death. Sounds logical to me, right? And I figured brown rice flour would be better than white rice flour because… I really don’t know why. Maybe because it’s the only one they had one the shelf. So anyway, I’ve been making the recipes in the low-FODMAP cookbook for snacks and breakfasts so I can stay on track… like these totally delicious muffins pictured to the right. Totally delicious. I ate three of them warm out of the oven. And I enjoyed it! Until a few hours later, when my stomach reminded me that I’ve been eating way too much in the way of rice products. See, to most of the world, rice is fairly innocuous. People can eat rice right and left and have no problems with it at all. It’s the most harmless grain in the world. It’s what babies start out with! Not me. Nope. My stomach gets angry with me if I eat too much of it. And most of the recipes for this low-FODMAP diet call for, you guessed it… rice of some kind.
So now I have to ease back on the rice and find a different kind of flour that will produce the same results in baked products. The good news is, this low-FODMAP diet has given me the energy to cook my own food and experiment with things like gluten free, dairy free cooking. Who would have thought I’d excited about cooking again? And it’s for me… the hubs doesn’t like what I’m cooking so it’s just me eating this stuff. For example, today I made a frittata (like a big, baked omelette) which he might like but it has three things he dislikes in it — spinach, sweet potatoes, and blue cheese. I happen to like all three, and it’s from my cookbook so I know I can eat it without disaster (hopefully, spinach is iffy). And there’s enough for breakfast for days. Dinner if I don’t feel up to cooking.
Also, with all of this cooking, I have food to feed my worm farm. Did I mention that I’d started a worm farm? I totally bought one because I’m not good at hobbling things like that together. Because eventually I will be growing stuff like spinach and sweet potatoes in my very own garden and fertilizer is good to have. So yeah, I looked it up and it’s way easy to do. The worm farm is sitting in my mud room just inside the front door. It’s thriving right now after three months (after I almost killed it the first month in my homemade version), so here’s to hoping I get some good compost out of it. I’ve used the worm juice for my plants and it’s worked pretty well.
Anyway, having the extra energy to cook and clean is nice… So there’s that. Well, except for the last few days when my digestive system has been exacting its revenge on me for daring to think I can sneak too much rice into it in the form of sweet, delicious baked goods. Not to mention some tasty risotto. Ha! That’ll learn me. But all in all, now that I’m actually following the plan and not winging it like I did last time, I think this diet is working. I just have to stop rationalizing and know that there are certain foods that I simply cannot indulge in. It’ll take a few days to get back to base, and then I’ll start anew. It’s not as simple as you’d think to replace one flour with another. For example, I shouldn’t eat soy products because of my thyroid — so soy flour is out. I need to stay away from flax products because of my bipolar, so flax seed is out. Now I need to avoid rice products. I tell y’all… my body hates me. Hates me! But, I like having the extra energy that sticking to the diet has given me, so I’ll stay on it. I’ve lost a few pounds too, but nothing to write home about. If I lose more than ten, I’ll get excited. Until then. I’m not dancing in the streets over it.
Stay tuned for further updates. ^_^