You’ve got to read this fabulous food blog by my friend Kate.

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.

My near-daily pilgrimage to Whole Foods...usually for purified water, fruits, veggies, and turkey bacon...

My near-daily pilgrimage to Whole Foods…usually for purified water, fruits, veggies, and turkey bacon…

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.

Decaf is good enough for me today.

Decaf is good enough for me today.

The extent of my "comfort" or "craving" food today -- some 85% organic dark chocolate. I have found myself craving junk less and less. This is a definite splurge and treat today.

The extent of my “comfort” or “craving” food today — some 85% organic dark chocolate. I have found myself craving junk less and less. This is a definite splurge and treat today.

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.

My fresh salad choice today. Don't haunt the aisles for processed food. This stuff in the "outer circuit" of the grocery store works better.

My fresh salad choice today. Don’t haunt the aisles for processed food. This stuff in the “outer circuit” of the grocery store works better.

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.

I'm going to try something new.

I’m going to try something new.

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.

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