The wiens enjoying a chew together
The wiens enjoying a chew together
Let it be known, that on July 17, 2019 at 9 months and 5 days old, Odin Kratos Cochran reaches his final form:
He made me carry his butt around like this, in a bag made from sheets, for about 10 minutes – until Dad came home and he leaped from his bag nest.
And now Odin has reached his life goals – now I’m *never* going to be able to fold sheets in peace.
Coffee: a great excuse to get out.
This was my fourth week on the FODMAP Diet. Well, not straight – last week, I went pretty off the rails while on vacation.
This week, the meal plan was simple – we got back from vacation early in the week, I had some planned meals out, and really just wanted to concentrate on eating smaller meals full of simple things that I know wouldn’t hurt my stomach – and to me, that means Japanese (light).
My meal planning consisted of a breakfast: Strawberry Milk Overnight Oats (recipe coming soon), and simple “safe” veggie + rice bowls with a little protein.
I knew I wanted to batch cook some veggies – was craving bok choy, carrots & cucumbers – and steak nibbles sounded great. I made a 4-portion batch of veggies (recipe for this coming soon too) + steak bites and combined that with a couple portions of leftover rice I grabbed for dinner the day after we got back.
What did I learn this week?
You’d *think* I’d have learned to not schedule 2 big food days in 1 week, or to make sure I’ve get my butt to the grocery the day I get back from vacation, but no. Did not. Oops.
This week was all about mitigation and having fun with my friends without going completely and totally off the rails. I did fairly well, at least according to my GI system – it hasn’t been terrible this week. A little pain some days, and some poo issues – but nothing major, and nothing that kept me from living my life. Bonus: this was also a very low carsickness week. Not sure if carsickness is related to the rest of my gut issues or if I’m just a delicate Princess, but I was in and out of Ubers in the heat and really only got nauseous and spinny once. I’m counting that as a win, even if it’s unrelated!
Looks like I’ll be continuing on with FODMAP for at least two more weeks – I go see my doctor again on the 25th for an assessment. We shall see what happens then. In the meantime, I need to remember to update my symptom tracker app religiously – I’ve been a touch slack in pain reporting because I’ve been tired of worrying about or paying attention to it in the last couple weeks. I need to get over that for these next two – we won’t know if this diet has actually done me good unless I’m accurately reporting symptoms and trying my hardest to remain compliant.
This recipe came about because after ODing on pork, potatoes and Diet Coke (to the point I didn’t want to see another potato or fizzy drink which is suuuuuuper weird since that was 90% of younger-me’s diet) during my recent German vacation, I needed a reset. And what says “reset” more than Japanese food and bok choy?
Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, Paleo, Whole30, FODMAP
Cucumber Carrot Greens
1 – 2 c. chopped cucumbers
Few grinds salt
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. soy sauce or coconut aminos if Paleo
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1/2 – 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
1.5 c. carrots, in thin coins
3/4 – 1 c. chopped bok choy
1 inch ginger, peeled and chopped
Few sprays garlic oil
In a large pan, heat the garlic oil over medium-high. Add the ginger and stir-fry until fragrant.
Add the carrots and 2 Tablespoons water. Stir-fry until just beginning to soften.
Add the bok choy and 2 Tablespoons water. Stir-fry until softened.
Turn the heat off and set aside while you whisk the rest of the ingredients together.
Add the cooked veggies to the cucumber and dressing and toss again.
My little creeper:
Here’s a peanut in lieu of any kind of good pictures because I was so busy chatting at my girlfriends’ goodbye lunch that I didn’t want to take the time and get up to take a picture of the huge oryx statue out the window.