Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gluten Free Diet - Day 4

As I opened my eyes this morning, I heard my parakeets singing away. The sun was peeking in through the blinds through our bedroom window above my vanity. And as I moved to sit up, I noticed that my knees and ankles were not feeling stiff, sore, or swollen. My shoulders are not hurting. I don't have a headache. My lower back is a bit spastic and stiff, but otherwise, I am not in pain. I also noticed something else rather strange...I was so hungry. I am not normally hungry when I wake up in the mornings. In fact, I am one to skip breakfast much of the time. Now in my defense, I have taken to having smoothies for breakfast since June of last year. So eating breakfast daily is not something totally new. I just usually have to force feed myself that smoothie each morning.

As my husband woke up, I announced I was starving to death. I simply laughed and made his way to the kitchen to make his coffee and start breakfast. He is the one that insisted that I start eating breakfast daily. This morning, he prepared Creamy Rice Hot Cereal for breakfast with Organic Raw Blue Agave Syrup and a half glass of cold almond milk.

I was a little disappointed I must admit. The cream of rice has a consistency similar to grits. I had so truly hoped that it would be almost the same as having cream of wheat. I grew up eating cream of wheat for breakfast and it has always been a comfort food for me. I ate it daily during pregnancy with all three of my children. I even ate it when I was in labor with the oldest child.

How am I going to get past not having my cream of wheat cereal if I cannot find a good substitute for it? I wanted to panic, but at the same time quietly told myself to get a grip. Life is not about cream of wheat. I will find other thing to enjoy. I might even find foods that I enjoy even more than cream of wheat. More than cream of wheat?

Later in the day, I realized that I was hungry again, so my husband spread almond butter on the cinnamon bread and sliced Fuji apples very thin to place on top of the peanut butter. Lunch is served! I drank a full glass of water with it, but it was delicious and just what I needed.

For dinner we had a nice and quick meal. Organic Polenta covered with ground chicken and Classico Tomato and Basil pasta sauce along with a salad made with spinach, red bell peppers, zucchini, and sliced almonds for dinner. Super quick and easy, but it was nice to have a quiet evening with a super quick and easy meal.

Just a note about eating tomatoes with IC, I have found that if I eat tomatoes with certain brands and not a large quantity of it, I still need to take Prelief to keep the foods acidity from causing me harm. This is a wonderful little aid to help me be able to enjoy a small amount of lemon or tomatoes in my foods. I certainly cannot overdue it, but it does allow me to eat a little bit of the things I enjoy without causing further damage to myself.

We had a snack later in the evening consisting of hummus and Boulder Canyon Chipotle Cheese Snack Chips. We found these chips at our local Costco on our shopping adventure. They are delicious! The flavor is not spicy hot like you might imagine. The hummus was a wonderful dip to complement our snack.

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