Gastroenteritis, that is. My 16-mo-old woke up vomiting yesterday and it went downhill from there. How do parents cope? I guess that, like me, we just somehow do. He's doing better today. His fever's down, and he's keeping fluids down. He won't let me out of his sight, and I don't like eating in front of him since he shouldn't eat much yet, so I've skipped a few too many meals, and eaten too much takeout. I'll survive though. I think I'll get a glass of water now :-)
That's what I was afraid the dentist would tell me today. I had many cavities as a kid, but so far my adult teeth have none! Part of that has to do with getting sealants put on them as they came in. I'm not sure why I got so lucky otherwise, but I do eat my non-secretor share of avocados, and then some! My latest is to spread some guacamole on a rice cake. It's better than you'd think, and in my opinion, a worthy substitute for chips. Nonnies only! We have to enjoy what we can
I'm beginning to think seriously about snacks. I bought some flank steak and I'm researching jerky recipes. I like it peppery, so I'll definitely make good use of my pepper mill. I've found a few recipes that don't have soy sauce in them. If I can perfect it, I'll keep making it for snacks. I have a food dehydrator; I'll check the instructions, but I think it works for jerky. I don't want to leave the oven door open for 8 hours with a mobile baby running around! I'm also making some energy balls from a recipe on RecipeBase. I'll have to leave out the dates, but otherwise it looks pretty nonnie friendly. I'll keep everyone posted on my results. I think I'll pick up a box of mangoes at Costco and dehydrate those as well. I can't find any ready-made dried mangoes that don't have sugar or cost a fortune. It's all pretty high calorie stuff, but still better than what I currently resort to when I'm hungry and don't have time to cook.
My baby's been having a hard time. I started to think that he was getting yet another ear infection, until I put my finger in his mouth. He's getting at least 4 teeth..molars at that. We're in for it now! At least he's been eating a lot lately, because he's stopped eating much now. He ate some tofu, which impressed me. It was the soft silken type, he even ate some of the miso soup it was in.
That restaurant visit was nice for the As in my family, but not for me! I should have ordered sushi. They couldn't quite grasp that I can't eat wheat or soy sauce. I asked them to prepare something from the menu that looked safe without the soy sauce, but the chef said he couldn't, and recommended something else. So I get whatever he recommended, not realizing it's battered and fried! Needless to say, I didn't eat it. I ate rice, and some of the lettuce from the salad that didn't touch the soy sauce-based salad dressing. I ate some edamame because I was hungry. IF I go there again (big if), I'll figure out some type of sushi to have, and some seaweed salad. I have such a variety of adverse reactions to wheat that I take it very seriously. Digestive problems, acute joint pain, depression, etc. etc. I went to Krispy Kreme, to humor my husband, when they first opened here. It took 30 minutes to get through the line, and by the time we walked out my joints were stiff and sore & I didn't even eat anything!
This wasn't the worst restaurant experience though. Years ago I asked a waitress if something she brought to the table had wheat in it, she just shrugged, said "I don't know" and walked away, not to return for 30 minutes. I didn't leave her a tip! There are many restaurants I never go back to, but then there are many that treat me right and I go back many many times to those places.
I was just reading the Health Library Book on Cancer, and noticed the number of servings of fish I'm supposed to be eating. Yikes! 4-5 servings each week? I've never even come close to that. Then finding fish that's never been frozen is another whole challenge. I may have the best chances of finding fresh trout here, but even it is usually farm-raised. I have no idea how they feed and treat them on fish farms here. I better look into it though. Either that or figure out some way to find time to catch my own. I love fresh-caught trout, but I'm not much of a fisherman.
I haven't been eating enough good things, even though my appetite is back, that means I've been cheating. I was reading that when Os don't eat enough protein and beneficial foods, they eat too many carbs. I need to eat more protein and vegetables...and fewer valentine chocolates.
Yesterday was a good food day. I had my egg salad for breakfast from eggs I boiled the day before, with some fresh spinach leaves, then the rest of the huge sirloin steak from the day before for lunch, with more pineapple. For dinner I had a naked burrito: pinto beans and carne asada with no tortilla, alongside some avocado and salsa.
The best part of the day was taking a long hot bath, followed by some pineapple juice/sparkling water. I tried an Olive Milk Bath from my favorite skincare company, DHC. I haven't had anything remotely resembling bubbles in my bath since I was a kid, so this was nice (I have very sensitive skin, and I also used to get UTI's an a whim). I was a little worried about it at first, but I've never reacted to any of their products, so I decided just to relax and enjoy it with my new scrub brush. I think it helped me to detox a bit, as I feel a little better today than I have in a while.
Today is already well underway, and seems to be another good one so far!