I don’t know of anyone else going through what I am going through right now who can put it all so eloquently — other than my friend Kate Wirth in Germany. You must read this blog she wrote if you want to understand what she and I are both going through — half worlds away from each other. We grew up in the same Northern California neighborhood, eating the same American diet. Now, we suffer the same gut issues — her with Celiac, me gluten-intolerant — and both of us dealing with auto-immune issues.
Kate’s blog really strikes me today as I am faced with the same decisions in eating. I can eat what I want for enjoyment like I always have, but then I end up again in the same “shit pickle” I always have. (A phrase I steal from the lovely and talented Kris Carr, whose work has helped inspire my wellness journey although I can no way sustain the veganism I once did).
I made such Kate-esque eating choices today as I wandered my Whole Foods Market here in Wichita, Kansas.
Here I was, rolling up to WF today with a weather headache as we are expecting tornadoes in a few hours.
I make frequent trips to Whole Foods for small quantities of foods…one day at a time I’m getting well. I had no Earthly idea what I might buy to make my head feel better today. But my mission is to make food my medicine. Although I wanted comfort foods like frozen mac n’ cheese I can microwave quickly, I know that’s going to kill my gut.
I decided I’d French press brew some decaf coffee. My gut is still not ready for caffeine and I know there’s not enough caffeine in the world today to get rid of my pre-tornado headache. Doctor’s orders last month — no caffeine. It does not heal a gut.
It’s a coffee and chocolate kind of day. But I don’t have to choose caffeine and sugar and milks. That would only inflame my gut. If I gotta do coffee and chocolate, this is my best choice today.
I’ve taken to buying and making my own food at home. I can. I have this luxury as an unemployed, work-from-home freelance writer. The tarragon is actually in hopes I can bake some salmon later — but the weather may interfere. This will make a good lunch today. Chicken, veggies, greens. Is it mac n’ cheese? Nope. Will this keep me well? Yes. Will it give me energy? Yes. Will I eat this and be able to go about my day juggling three freelance writing jobs and a Reiki business and a staff meeting at the recovery center today? Yes! Why? Because I will be able to digest this without pain, bloating, and discomfort. This is all I want out of life each day.
Enter the $7 salad dressing. This looks to be the only salad dressing I can have. Most have something in them to razz my gut — whether it’s tomato, mushroom, basil, balsamic vinaigrette… There are so many things I’ve discovered as problem foods. Dressing is usually not possible. I usually avoid it. But this looks promising today. I broke down to buy some salad dressing. For once. I’ll let you know how it goes.