Monday, July 26, 2010

Still Plugging Along...

My eating habits are still not as usual, and probably won't be until my gut issues are resolved. When I'm hungry I eat, when I'm not I don't, and I am allowing myself more leeway as far as carbs: most days are less than 50gN/day - often way less. But some days may go as high as 100. As long as I don't gain weight I don't really care at this point. I just eat what I can, when I can.

It's strange how priorities change. In 2004 losing weight was my top priority, and my daily plans all revolved around that, and to accommodate meeting that goal. By the time I decided to stop losing weight, shopping, cooking and eating low carb was 2nd nature, and I didn't really have to think about it much...and that's how it's been for the last 6 years. I guess maybe that's why my way of eating has dropped lower on my priority ladder: it's become a no-brainer. Nothing special about it anymore, just our way of life.

Given this, however, with all of my gut issues has come some interesting changes. I am wanting - and eating - foods that haven't been part of my life for years. Such as grilled cheese sandwiches...sure they are great with Oopsie rolls as the bread, but with the amount of pain and fatique (pain in itself is very wearing, as so many can unfortunately attest!) Just as an example, I find it easier just to buy a loaf of low carb, or even moderate carb (pumpernickel) bread and use that. Sure, Oopsies are easy as heck to make, but minimizing pain by minimizing my activity and time on my feet has taken over as a priority now.

Cheap and easy is my focus, as it always will be. But "easy" is relative, and "easy" on my body vs. "easy" in the kitchen these days. Hence the priority shift.

Things in my kitchen will go back to normal when *I* am back to normal. Meanwhile, I continue to recycle the same meals and recipes that have served me so well and that I've already written about here, even though my definition of "easy" has changed (to what previously I would have considered "lazy" - lol), it's still all about cheap and easy low carb shopping, cooking, and eating :).


  1. Just a thought...have you checked out the possibility of food sensitivities? Just a little bit of peanuts and I have gut issues. I had just a little bit of wheat today and my gut is unhappy with me.

  2. I'm very sensitive to wheat, too. I have other physical stuff going on - hopefully surgery later this year to fix at least some of it - and then I will have to do more experimenting. Also have a gutload of yeast, I am certain...although MD's poo-poo that...which I will also address after the other things are dealt with. So you are probably right about that, Ellen!