This week, my awareness of how food affects my body has been heightened. I’ve been plagued with consistent stomach aches & heartburn each day after lunch, so I really can’t help but notice it. It’s very reminiscent to years of past, when I’d basically barrel over myself at my work desk with pain. I was interning in DC at the time and couldn’t afford to go to the doctor. I popped antacid pills on the reg and hoped for the best. I fixed up my diet (eliminated fat-free products), and I was good as new. Until now. I’m not sure what gives now. Old (27 years) age?
As usual, I made several dishes for the week on Monday. One of them was this Quinoa Salad with Lima Beans & a Vinaigrette Dressing. This dish reeked havoc on my body for two days straight: immediate pain, heartburn for hours (the rest of the day even). I’m not saying it’s the author of the recipe, but rather that my body has a hard time handling vinegar in general. This is disappointing, certainly, but it just means that I’ll need my vinegar in smaller doses.
On the upside, I made two dishes this week I absolutely loved – like this butternut squash mac n’ cheese (which contains NO CHEESE). How could it be cheese-free and still creamy and delicious? The secret ingredient was coconut milk; the squash was actually simmered in it. Imagine the relief my body felt eating this rather than something extremely acidic.
If you’re going to make this, set aside a lot of time. Basically, don’t make it on a night where you’re already starving because inevitably - you will eat something else while you’re making it. Like these Cheesey Quinoa Cakes. Yes, these are definitely more of an appetizer food, but I made them as a dinner. Why? Because I don’t read blog posts fully sometimes. The recipe basically says to bring these to a party. I guess I brought them to the party in my mouth.
Also on the agenda this week are lentil meatballs. Would it be too much to serve them over a bit o’ spaghetti squash? Sometimes I think that’s what gets my guts in trouble: vegetable overload.
Man, this eating healthy thing takes up a lot of time. Time cooking, time preparing, time thinking about it. I still think it’s totally worth it though. Despite my terrible stomach, I still feel healthier overall. I’m not trading that.
Anyone have any advice for my acid reflux/IBS/whatever/stomach problems? BF says I need to suck it up and go to the doctor. He suffered from similar problems, got on meds, and now has a stomach of steel. I must admit – it’s enticing – even if I do hate doctors and meds.