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Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Yeast of These

I'm seriously trying to cut all the yeast out of my diet for a while to see if it makes me feel better.

This is insanely hard. No sugar, no wheat, no caffeine (which means withdrawal headaches) and no fruit. I'm still finding food to eat, but not much. My husband said that this is the diet for people who don't care about food. At all. Unfortunately, none of the people living in this house fit into that category. We basically plan our lives around what we are going to eat and when.

So right now, for breakfast, it's plain yogurt. Plain. No sugar, no fruit. Plain. And maybe an egg. But those two things don't go together. An egg should be fried and served with toast. Only no toast.  Lunch has been a salad, lettuce, tuna, hard boiled egg, cukes, radishes. You can have spices and olive oil, but no vinegar. So boring salads. (Although I did make a sort of poor man's ranch dressing once, with yogurt, and it was interesting.)

Dinners have been pretty good actually.  One day it was flounder that I poached in a sauce I made with diced tomatoes and onions, basil, oregano and bay. No white wine, cause no alcohol.

So many things are fermented, who knew??

Then I sliced and grilled an eggplant (not a fan really, too slimy) and steamed some broccoli.  We've also had another vegetable I'm not too fond of, brussel sprouts. No, really. But I did roast them in the oven with garlic and toss them with butter and crumbled bacon. (It was this great recipe I saw on the Food Network, and it almost made me not hate brussel sprouts.)  We've also eaten lots of chicken, salmon, tilapia, turkey, broccoli, zucchini, onions, peppers and green beans.

See lots of veggies, but very few of the ones I really like. *sigh* I want mushrooms and carrots and corn and peas. I want potatoes.  Wait, who am I kidding?  What I really want is a hot butter caramel sundae with pecans and homemade whipped cream from Antoinettes.

But I have been learning to make lots of the foods I love in another way. It's taken a few tries for some things. I've perfected an amazing rice pudding, with brown rice, almond milk and stevia. I ate the entire last pan, all by myself, in about a day. I'm serious.

I've also been maying soy/buckwheat muffins. I experimented with all sorts of different flours, cause the first batch was terrible. Terrible. Within a day it was covered in mold and we threw it all out. The second batch was slightly better, but now I've got it figured out so at least they are edible.

This morning, I even made buckwheat pancakes and they were really good. I mean, really, really good. So maybe it is possible to live without sugar.

For a while.

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