Day 2

For months now I have been meaning to go to the Northey St Markets. Ever since I found about Raw and Peace I’ve been very muchly wanting to try their cupcakes. But there has always been a reason- work, slept in, raining, not raining, too hot, other plans (i.e. WoW). Today was not that morning either.

I did however have a proper breakfast this morning. I don’t normally do breakfast. I think about it. But never actually get round to eating it. I normally just wait for lunch time. But I have my new gluten free rice bubbles to try out.

Packet says serving size is 35g. A cup size would have been easier as I have lots of measuring cups. No idea why. It’s not like I bake or anything. So I dig out the scales and weight out 35g. And I’m not prepared to do this every morning so I have a look in the cupboard for some small containers. 35g just happens to fit very neatly into some Decor 200ml containers and I have 4 portions of breakfast ready to go. That take me through to Friday, my RDO and I’ll have more time to mess around with things like portioning cereal. During the week I must try to remember to by some more of these containers.

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During the week I must also remember to take out a portion of frozen strawberries each evening.

I tried some of the cereal plain and its quite sweet and sugary to my palate. Hopefully after a week of it I won’t notice it too much. Breakfast was served with a cup of almond milk, sliced banana and frozen slices of strawberry. Interesting, but not ideal. But the strawberries did help cover up the taste of the cereal.

Lunch was left over curry. All cold and congealed. I dislike reheating food. To me food always tastes better the next day, eaten out of Tupperware. Think almonds slivers or maybe some green beans would help give it a crunchy textures. Still yummy though.

Dinner was either to be more left over curry or I could cook something new. I found a recipe for Tex Mex Tomato Quinoa I thought I’d try. Look at me Cooking two days in a row and both new recipes. This is not lazy Mexican rice, but it’s much posher cousin. And while this recipe might have been what I set out to make the end result was more inspired by than identical to.

Back to the shops for more ingredients. I need more chopped tomatoes. And cumin. A lot of the recipes I’ve been looking at involve spices I just don’t own. I also grab black beans, zucchini and baby corn.

There is no 1/3 measurement on the jug so half a cup goes in the rice cooker, along with the tin of tomatoes, black beans, garlic, chilli and my newly acquired cumin. Baby corn goes into the fry pan. Then the zucchini and onion. Rice cooker pops up as done but there is a lot of liquid still in the pot. Taste test and it is very tomato. Very tomato. I add in some more cumin, a bit of chill and a lot of garlic. I left it to sit on warm, waiting for more liquid to absorb. Otherwise I’ll have to serve this up with a slotted spoon. A quick rummage through the drawers reveals I don’t actually own such an implement.

End result is okay. Not great. I decide it will make better left overs than my dinner. Besides, I filled up on potato chips earlier.

Proper breakfast, decent lunch, a carrot and potato chips. I’m counting today as a win 🙂

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Day 1

Saturday dawns. This is it. Day one. Last nights eclectic meal is best forgotten. Let the gluten freeness begin. I am going to do this and I am going to do it right. I’ve set myself the following rules.

  1. I will do my physio every day
  2. I will (eventually) exercise the rest of my body too
  3. I will take the vitamins (even though I don’t believe in them)
  4. I will get better at meal planing and preparation
  5. I will try one new recipe each week
  6. I will not spend the next 6 months eating Lazy Mexican Rice
  7. I will not break when Cloverly do their Peanut Butter Cup as non GF

Seven littles rules. I can do this.

Breakfast is a banana. Cause I need to go shopping. Cause I’m going to get better at meal planning and stuffs. I’ve even picked out my first recipe to try a “Quick and Easy Indian Quinoa Curry“. But first I have a long list of things I’ve ben putting off to get through. On my days off he last place I want to be is at the shops but the list is reaching critical mass. So fortified with nothing but a banana I set off to face the world.

Hungry people are cranky people. Lunch time found me in Coles, having a mini melt down in the cereal aisle because the Doc wrote down I could eat Cornflakes, Rice Bubbles and Oats. But when I look on the packets they all say they contain gluten. Arghh! I was told no wheat, to go gluten free. But then told to eat these gluten containing foods. I’m confused. And hungry. I end up getting a $4 box of gluten fee Freedom Foods Rice Puffs. I’ve never been much of a cereal eater. I had planned to just make banana, strawberry and oat smoothies for breakfast. But the oats have the gluten.

So breakfast is sorted for the week. I’ve been back and forth across the aisles collecting up all the ingredients for the curry. Between the almond milk, three cans of stuff for the curry plus other ingredients and an emergency back up block of tofu the shopping basket is getting heavy and my shoulder is not happy. Seriously doubting my ability to lift 10kgs at work.

Home, groceries away and the last of the Lazy Mexican rice is consumed. Food is good.

Dinner involves quinoa. I’ve never cooked with it before. I’ve meant to. There has been a packet in the cupboard for a few months. Just never go around to it. Effort. I read through the recipe again and again making sure I understand it all. I really don’t cook much. Ever. Rice and stir-fries is about the limit of my culinary talents.

I love my rice cooker. And rather than mess around with the pots on the stove top I decide I’m going to make this curry in the rice cooker. I rinse the quinoa then chuck it and all the pot ingredients into the the rice cooker and set it to go.

Then I start on all the tedious peeling, chopping, dicing and rinsing of the remaining ingredients. Just as well I was still in the kitchen as the curry started bubbling over. That would have been an awful mess. Rice is always set and forget. I know now I’ll have to keep an eye on the curry.

Partway through cooking the vegetables the rice cooker pops as done. Not sure how it tastes but it is smelling really good. The rice cooker is a small one and not big enough to add the cooked vegetables to. The wok I cooked them in is too small to add the curry to. So I dish up the veg into 4 containers (recipes says it feeds four) and add the curry in on top, mixing them together.

Whole process has taken me about an hour. This is why I normally just make rice once a week and then buy my lunch at work. I resent the time it takes to prepare a meal.

But my hour of effort has produced a meal that tastes as good as it smells. It’s gluten free and vegan. I’ve put one portion in the freezer to see how well this dish tastes once thawed. Think I can pad it out with extra spinach and tofu, maybe some cashews or almond slivers and get 5 or maybe 6 meals out of it. Cook more, not more often.

Ended my day with some salted popcorn. And I think maybe this gluten free thing won’t be so hard after all.

Going gluten free

Yes. I am now THAT asshole. After 15 years of living as a vegetarian I am now gluten free too.

Friday I went back to my GP, hoping to get some of my working restrictions lifted so I can go back to my usual job. Not that I haven’t enjoyed my month long vacation in Swimwear. It’s been a nice change of pace. A lot slower and laid back to what I’m used to. I have even destressed enough to start menstruating again. Yay? Also the crying and the nightmares have stopped. As well the stress induced vomiting and diarrhoea. So yes, swimwear has been good for all of me. Not just my shoulder.

But I miss my friends. I miss my Lego. I miss all the shiny new things. I miss interacting with customers that are fully clothed and don’t ask me if these bikini bottoms really lift their butt cheeks.

Doctor agrees I have made progress. My lifting weight limit has been increased from 2kg to 10 kg (though my Physio only wanted it to be 5kg). I am now allowed occasional pushing and pulling and the frequent use of my injured arm. Is this enough to get me back into my old area? I’ll find out on Monday.

Work Cover cert has been extended to the end of Feb. This will get me more of the physio visits I need. On my next visit I’m hoping to move up from yellow band to red.

I have been getting some pain in my shoulder again. Started last Wed. I think it might have been helping with a debit. I picked up no more than I would out of a fitting room but I did carry it further than I usually would. Slept the pain off and was fine for physio the next morning. Pulling more stuff on Thursday for another debit the pain returned. I was annoyed as I’d been making sure to only lift a few items at a time.

Friday I was back at GP for update to Cert. He checked my movement but didn’t ask me about pain. He reiterated about always keeping my shoulder warm and covered. He told me to continue taking the multivitamin. The he told me I should add to that Zinc, Omega 3 and Evening Primrose oil. Some of these are once a day, some are twice, some are three times. I’m going to need one of those old ppl pill boxes to make sure I’m taking the right things at the right time!

And then he told me to cut out wheat……. I never been to med school. And I don’t completely understand what that has to do with my shoulder issue(s). Something about being too young to have such problems for such period of time. My first shoulder injury was my left one back in early 2014. I thought I’d just pulled a muscle. Four days later I couldn’t even breath without horrific pain. My ‘pulled muscle’ was calcification, bursitis and a partially torn tendon. No idea how I managed that last one. You think I’d remember something like that. Still have the occasional physio visit every few months to check on how I’m doing. I’ve accepted it’s never going to be perfect again. But I’m damn close.

My right shoulder I injured Nov 18. This one is thankfully just bursitis. And this one I know I injured at work. By trying to prove once and for all that my left shoulder was now fine and people should stop worrying about me I managed to injure my right one. Irony.

I’ve read up on bursitis. It’s something old(er) people get. Not me. And somehow going gluten free is going to help with this. I’m not a fan of pain. And I’m tired of being damaged. It’s for six months. So I’m willing to give it a try.

Kinda wished I’d waited till after the Doc before picking up some groceries as most of what I’d just bought was now on my no eat list. So came home, cleaned out the pantry and cooked up one last and interesting meal. Starting Saturday morning I am gluten free.