December 7, 2020
Not a lot to report this week. Life has been moving along at the usual rapid pace and I’ve been plugging along doing the normal stuff. Now that I know I can eat raw veggies without any issues (so far) I’ve been eating more of these and it’s been heavenly.
We are really fortunate where I live to have a very diverse population of people. This means that we have a variety of foods available to us. We have an Asian market very close to my house and I absolutely love shopping there. Not only does this place carry a huge variety of produce and other ingredients that are common in Asian cooking, they also carry Mexican and Russian ingredients as well. There is so much available that I wouldn’t find in my normal grocery stores so it opens up a world of possibilities for me. I’ve also been fortunate to have a friends from varied ethnic backgrounds who have been able to show me how to use a lot of these ingredients. There is a Korean dish (Kongnamul) that is made with raw soy bean sprouts, green onions, and sometimes some thinly sliced green and red peppers. Oh my gosh! This stuff is so delicious to me. I used to make it all the time and I could eat a huge bowl of it. It’s got a nutty sesame oil flavor (very little oil) and the crunch is so satisfying. And the soy bean sprouts are different that regular bean sprouts… they’ve even got some protein which is always a good thing. Anyway, I hadn’t had this in eons (mainly because I forgot about it) and when I went to the market this weekend, they had some packaged and pre-made. I picked some up just to give it a try and it was PERFECT. So… I see a lot more of that in my future. I will also be making a Korean spinach salad side dish tonight (Sigeumchi Namul). Again- the flavors in this dish are so satisfying and there’s very little oil or calories and tons of nutrients. My world sure is opening up quite a bit now that I can comfortably eat vegetables. Phew.
Reintroducing fiber into my diet has been a good thing! My intestines were a little confused and panicked at first but they’ve cooperated nicely, if you get my drift I’ve been having a much easier time going to the bathroom lately (THANK GOD) and I am so relieved that I get to have some of my favorite things in my meals again. I have always been a big vegetable eater and having to scale way back on that has been tough. Yes, I’ve been able to have cooked vegetables since about week 4 or 5 but many of the veggie dishes I love are either raw (salads) or veggies that are on the crunchier side. It appears that my body is OK with this now and I could not be happier.
I spent the weekend cooking a lot for the holidays. Speaking of Asian-type food, I make Lumpia (filipino egg roll) around the Christmas season and I freeze them and then give them to several of my friends and family so that they can thaw them out and fry them fresh whenever they want some. They really are delicious but they are labor-intensive. So I don’t make them often but when I do… I make tons of them. Saturday I prepared the filling mixture (ground pork, ground shrimp, seasonings) and then on Sunday I rolled, bagged and froze about 200 that I’ll distribute closer to Christmas. I also gathered a million ingredients for fudge, peanut brittle, candied almonds, and about 5-6 varieties of Christmas cookies. I know none of this sounds like a good idea for someone like me who should not be eating sugar and lots of fat ! But the good news is, sweets are not really a temptation for me and while I LOVE lumpia, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble avoiding it. I will fry some up for my son and my husband but while I may have a bite or 2… this is not a huge temptation for me, mainly because I know fried stuff won’t sit well with me.
I am so enjoying cooking still which makes me happy. It seems to have filled the void for me since I can’t eat like I used to. Cooking has always been such a big part of my life. I love trying new recipes and cooking for people. My limited diet has forced me to get pretty creative and adventurous. I have many people in my immediate circle who do not love to cook so they get the benefits of my love for cooking too! I share the love with my sister and her husband, some close friends who live near us, and of course, my husband. So it works out just fine.
How am I feeling? I definitely notice the increase in my energy levels. I find that I’m doing more during the days and staying active around the house. I did all that before but I was constantly dragging. The increase in energy and mobility is definitely noticeable. That is such a huge benefit for me. I was always SO TIRED prior to surgery and now… I find myself up and around and moving more. What a relief! My physical changes are really starting to show to me. My clothes that fit last month are now way too big. My husband even said “I think it’s time for you to get some clothes soon” . We were at a discount store this weekend and I was poking around in the XL exercise pants and my husband gently moved me to the large section . This is all taking some getting used to.
Mentally/emotionally? I’m feeling pretty positive and pretty stable. No issues to report. I meet with my Psychiatrist next week for our monthly check-in and she’s going to be bored with me
Weigh in tomorrow… I’ll report back then.