I can eat eggs! This news opens my menu up to all kinds of things. Two nights ago I made Turkey Meatloaf; it was terrific. I had sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce with it. It feels really good now that my meals are looking more substantial and less like gruel. Tonight I am going to make a squash casserole.
I tried bread this week, too. That didn't go too well. I think I can tolerate it now and then, but truthfully, I am better off without it. I also found out this week that I can eat melon. It was cantaloupe. My mother took me out for lunch and I had salmon, rice, and cantaloupe. It was nice to be able to eat a full meal out. Most places have salmon on the menu.
I have crossed rice noodles off my list. Apparently, the only grain I can handle is rice. Even with rice, I can't eat it at night. I have been buying Basmati Rice and I bring one cup of rice to a boil in 1 and a half cups of milk, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover it for 15 minutes. I put spices and sugar in the milk. I use ginger, cinnamon sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Once it has simmered for 15 minutes, I remove it from the heat and let it sit another 10 minutes, I add a little more milk before it sits for 10 minutes to make it creamier. This portion makes three good breakfasts for me.
I have been alternating the rice dish with smoothies for breakfast. My smoothies have Daiya yogurt, 1 cup of Lactaid Milk, a half cup of grape juice, and a half cup of Papaya Nectar, and a half scoop of Sun Warrior Vanilla Protein Powder. They're pretty good.
Lunch has been an alternation of Ritz Crackers with Egg Salad or three vegetable plate - beets, carrots, and applesauce. It's interesting to me that all of the vegetables I have been able to eat so far are root vegetables. My mom says I should explore the Chinese Market near my house, they have other types of root vegetables.
Dinner has been soup, I had success making my own squash soup with crackers, tortillas with Daiya shredded cheddar and a little Texas Pete, some version of ground turkey or salmon with vegetables. I'm happy with the way my choices have grown and how much I have learned about what I cannot have.
There are so many people with illnesses that would give anything to be able to alter their diets to be well. It's a very small sacrifice when you look at it in that light. Do I miss doughnuts? Of course. But I have zero cramps, normal bowel movements, and a flat-for-me tummy. I wish I had done this years ago.
More later. Thanks, Heather