I love the taste of meat, I seriously do. Its delicious, and no matter how hard I have tried in the past to say “the fake stuff can be just as good,” the truth is: most of the time it can’t. Meat is delicious, and nothing can replace it. Ever. Not in my book.
That being said, over the past few weeks, with different health issues surfacing and a food budget dwindling quicker than I can sometimes blink my eyes, I have made some health and budget decisions about my diet that have caused me to become a:
Low-Gluten Pescatarian (who only eats goat/sheep products due to, you know, my whole cow dairy allergy).
Now, I know you might be thinking, “but fish are the most expensive type of ‘meat’ out there!” But, the reality is that fish is the only type of ‘meat’ I can eat without getting bloated, pain or the runs. (Sorry if that was TMI, but its true). So I won’t be eating it frequently, but I won’t rule it out – need those omega threes!
I’ve also discovered over the past few weeks that I have a gluten intolerance. I started having skin rashes show up on my body as I started unintentionally doubling my gluten intake. I found some bagels on sale, sandwich thins, had a couple additional beers, and next think I knew I had skin lesions on my body — which can be a symptom of gluten sensitivity/celiac disease (see below). And although I’ve tested ‘not positive’ for it in the past, I am going back into the doctor for more tests and answers, and right now I’m eating as if I actually do have a sensitivity.
From Derma Harmony
About Gluten Intolerance
An estimated 2 million Americans suffer from an allergy that many don’t even know exists. Celiac or gluten allergy could be the most common allergy afflicting Americans today. Recent research has revealed that an undiagnosed gluten allergy can be especially problematic for those suffering from psoriasis and other skin conditions. Though occasionally patients are asymptomatic, usually symptoms mimic other conditions, and often physicians misdiagnose it as Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS). The wide array of symptoms include:
- Canker sores
- Irregular Menstrual Cycle
- Joint Pain
- Sleep Irregularity
Dermatitis Herpeformis, a persistent, itchy rash with red skin and watery blisters often appears on the knees, elbows, backs and buttocks of individuals with wheat allergies.
And, unfortunately, I have everysingle one of those symptoms.
So what does this mean for me? Well, I’m eliminating gluten from my household (once I finish all my gluten-filled foods, and limiting my intake to 1 serving/day until that happens – I hate wasting food), and otherwise I can have:
- Rice (all kinds!)
- Corn Tortillas
- Soy/Goat Yogurt and Cheese
Hi, my name is Elise and I’m a goat/sheep cheese & yogurt addict…and a cheese ends bin at WF and New Leaf addict. And no, I don’t want to recover.
This is going to take a bit of getting used to for me, but I’m so excited about how much better I should feel all the time in both my body and my budget.
I will be saving money (only buying fish for special occasions or on super sales at WF or New Leaf) and listening to my body on what it needs and keeping out what it clearly doesn’t want. So I can be a happy Californian.
Happy Californian post-haircut from earlier this week. Can’t wait to be this happy about the way the inside of my body feels all the time.
While I will never try to sell the ‘fake product’ as being ‘as good as’ or ‘replacing’ the real deal, because no soy product will ever take the place of meat on my plate, I will try to find delicious alternatives for some of the dishes I love. Why do I say this? I’m a meat eater, and always will be. I just need to make some dietary adjustments that require me to give meat up. *shedding a tear* I will miss it.
And if I slip up, I’m only human. And adjusting to a new lifestyle can be very, very difficult and daunting. This way, at least I’m accountable to someone
Have you had to make adjustments to you diet for health reasons or just because? Why? What was your biggest challenge in making the adjustments?