Monday, November 13, 2006

A New Leaf

I've blogged a bit about feeling physically crappy of late, you know those 'downer' and 'boring' posts. Those ones.

Anyhoo, as part of a new resolve I'm making some diet changes and trying a few things to see if I have any other food intolerances or allergies. First cab off the rank is ditching wheat. It may not be an issue for me, but I figure if I ditch the main ingredient in two of my favourite food groups - the Pizza food group and the Pasta food group - then I'm kind of forcing myself to change bad habits, right?

It may be coincidence, because I've only been off wheat since Friday, or it may be that I've just been eating a much more healthy diet in generall over the past few days, but I feel great. Really great.


Saturday night dinner: Greek Haloumi fried in a light spray of olive oil, with a chopped salad of cucumber, spanish onion, cherry tomatoes, mung bean shoots and capsicum (bell pepper), dressed with extra-virgin olive oil, italian herbs and balsamic vinegar.

Sunday night I repeated the chopped salad, but with a piece of grilled fish and some dark rye bread on the side. I don't want to eat too much dairy, because I know that I'm lactose intolerant, but some cheese every now and then and yoghurt seems to be fine.


Dessert: kiwi fruit and green apple.


Breakfast for the past few mornings: Bircher muesli (untoasted organic muesli, grated apple and no-fat organic yoghurt - left to soak overnight in the 'fridge, and gets better with age!)

So it has been an interesting exercise. Too early really to tell if I've discovered the evil voodoo curse that has been making me feel bad, but I'm certainly eating better than I was a week ago! I've also discovered some gems, like Carman's muesli. OHMIGOD. I bought the Natural Blend Muesli and made the Bircher muesli recipe on the side of the pack. So good it makes me want to claw at myself in pleasure. Really.

So there you have it. I don't want to be one of those people who are ruled by allergies, I mean, I'm high maintenance enough as it is, right? But it feels good to be more pro-active about eating better and I really do feel less bloated and more energetic this morning. Time will tell.

11 comments:

morgan said...

Glad you're feeling improved but, um, don't forget about that other interesting exercise: high intensity cardio exercise...

M x

The Other Andrew said...

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I can't hear you!

::la la la::

:)

Sunshine said...

That Haloumi salad looks incredibly inviting. I can almost smell and taste it over here. *drool* - a self-confessed cheese monster

Jodie Sorrell said...

Why not add a little lemon juice and ground pepper to your haloumi. Miss E introduced me to that and it is YUMMY!

Watch out for all the Gluten in things you wouldn't expect to find wheat in...like couscous. And the San Remo gluten free pasta is really good!

tracey said...

there's a great GF pizza dough mix at Woolworths, and they also stock the Orgran GF pasta - if you're feeling like you're missing out :) they're my staples, lol.

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks Sunshine!

Jodie, I often take Haloumi along to a barbecue and it's really good if you marinate it in olive oil, lemon juice and rosemary. Greek style. I love Greek style!

Tracey, I only have 2 IGAs near me. One is better than the other (that's where I found the delicious Carman's muesli), so I think I might need to take a trip to Broadway on the weekend, or maybe Marrickville Metro.

Anonymous said...

Oh man... I'm with Sunshine... that haloumi salad shot is amazing... and looks highly edible! You're obviously channeling your inner food photographer...

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks Yani, the shot has a bit too much of a golden cast for my taste (even with the tungsten correction setting on my camera) but aside from that I'm pleased with it. I don't have Photoshop or any fancy schmancy software to try and correct it.

Anonymous said...

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The Other Andrew said...

Thanks Yani!

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

ooh Carmen's, isn't it yummy?

you can do a lazy-person pseudo-porridge with it too. heat it in the microwave with whatever liquid you like. I do orange juice and tinned fruit.... yum!