It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s WIAW. Even though tomorrow’s Turkey Day dishes are sure to be more exciting, I figured I’d share anyway. It’s become such a habit! So, diving right in to Tuesday’s eats – for breakfast, I tried Arman’s Microwave Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone. Even though it didn’t look at all like a scone, it was indeed delicious, and I chalk up the lumpier facade to the fact that I am just not a pro at the pretty food thing like he is. I made it entirely grain free and tree nut free by using quinoa flour in place of the recommended almond meal, and dairy free by using coconut milk.
Lunch was also doughy and sweet, in the form of an Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cake that I baked the night before and brought to work, topped with peanut butter from the handy squeeze packets I keep in my office. I paired it with a Siggi’s plain yogurt. Basically, this meal contained the entirety of grains and dairy that I’m supposed to consume in one day, but it was well worth it. And as a side note, I’ve noticed Siggi’s doesn’t bother my digestive system at all, maybe because Skyr has no added sugar or is more strained than regular Greek yogurt – I’m not sure.
For an afternoon snack, I had a piece of Michele’s cassava flour banana bread that I baked over the weekend. Hearty, delicious, and totally Paleo and grain free. It’ll make it easier to do a total grain and dairy elimination for awhile if that’s the route I decide to go, that’s for sure!
Dinner was a piece of wild sockeye salmon, a baked sweet potato, and some roasted asparagus with garlic and olive oil. Basically what I’ll be eating all the time if I embark on the aforementioned plan. I love eating this type of meal, so it shouldn’t be an issue…
…but what I foresee being difficult is curbing my sweet tooth. Which is the other reason, in addition to trying to settle my stomach once and for all, that I’d do it. I always have dessert, even if I’m not really hungry, and instead of eating more of the main dish if I am hungry I always decide to have something sweet. Not that dessert is bad, but I love sweet flavors at all times of day so much so that I find myself eating way too much sugar and always having to end a meal with a sweet. Even if it’s just fruit, it’s still sugar and it’s still an inability to eat a savory main and let that be that. Everything has its place, like yesterday evening’s dish of coconut milk ice cream. It’s just that having the ice cream, and then following it up with kettle corn, and then having fruit and a few pieces of dark chocolate, is a little much.
I’ve enjoyed reading about others’ experiences with this kind of elimination, like Brittany’s and Laura’s. I also agree with some of Brittany’s reasons why something as restrictive as the official Whole30 is not right for me. So after Thanksgiving, I’ll be starting with what I described – no grains, dairy, or added sugars – and go from there. If it doesn’t make my stomach feel better after a month or so, it’ll be time to reevaluate. And legumes stay in. A girl can only go so far, and this girl draws the line at her peanut butter.
Have you ever tried an elimination eating plan for health reasons?
Do you find yourself fighting to curb a sweet tooth?
What’s on the menu for your Thanksgiving?
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