I’ve had pretty bad luck with food lately. Late last year, I visited a nutritionist to see what I should/shouldn’t be eating. She put me on a strict gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free diet, which was a complete shock to my little food world. Practically all I ate was dairy, gluten, and soy as a newly un-vegetarian — how could she expect me to live without any of it?
After three months, (I survived) I felt better but still wasn’t sure what the culprit was. I was allowed to reintroduce cheese, and ever since have pretty much been eating whatever I want (except soy – that one’s just a bit suspicious, so I figured I was better off without).
Now I have a new challenge.
After taking a bunch of interesting tests, I’ve found out that I have SIBO. And the main cure for SIBO is diet, along with a combination of herbs or antibiotics. According to SIBO’s website, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is the most effective for helping people get their gut back into shape (I wish it worked for the outside as well as the in – I could sure use some abs this summer!). So I geared myself up, all ready to try this new diet, which I read was similar to the Paleo diet all the kids are talking about these days.
I got about 3 days into it before my nutritionist turned the tables on me and suggested I go on the FODMAPs diet instead. “Oh boy, what fresh hell does THIS acronym stand for?” I thought. Luckily, FODMAP seems similar enough to what I’d originally deprived myself of (i.e. gluten, dairy, soy), but it does throw in some weird rules here and there just to mess with me. Honey is now out. Onion and garlic are kicked out of the party too. How can I live without them??
So in the spirit of gearing up, I checked out some blogs for recipe inspiration. I found a couple here, here, and here, and a fun printable page of allowable foods here. Armed with this was a good start, but I knew I also needed to get a little Type-A with my meal planning. Which is surprising. (Ask the rest of Gen*HER – on a scale from chill to OCD, I’m much closer to the chill end). So here’s what I came up with – a form that could list all of my meals, recipes, and ingredients for the week, as well as tell me if I was getting enough protein/veg thrown in there.
Here’s the PDF - GenHER_Food_Plan if you want to download it and print it out double-sided. Even if you don’t have some crazy diet you suddenly have to stick to, it might be helpful in getting all your food stuffs ready for your week!
Wish me luck for the next 30 – 60 days. As my mom said – At least I can still have wine!