Yes, it’s been quiet here again lately. I’ve been pretty much craft free for the last couple of weeks due to the left elbow problem not just being my left elbow but my shoulder as well. Each different craft I tried was a no-go. I had to minimise the activity I did with my left arm, especially anything that required holding it in a single position, extended or any repetitive movement. Yep, sewing (machine or hand), knitting and crochet all out. And yes I did try each. Luckily I’ve had the last week off work so have had a good break from sitting at the computer and typing all day, which yes, fits into the activity I was needing to avoid.
This week I’ve been busy catching up with friends, shopping for a friend’s newborn baby and visiting with the cute and tiny little girl, running errands including opening up a special savings account for my house deposit and I’ve been changing my diet to try and improve my health.
Yep, that last one is the big one. I’ve been trying over the last few months to improve my eating, consuming more and the right kinds of food but have still been struggling. Despite 14 years as a vegetarian, I still fall back too easily on dairy to get my protein and even then I’m not getting enough. I’m also still having problems getting enough calories even on the days that I manage at least one snack and I find that like relying on dairy, I’m relying on too much of things like pasta and bread and high sugar and fat foods to get the calories. So I’m trying something new to get my diet improved and am hoping that in a couple of months I’ll be regularly eating enough of the right sorts of food.
So what am I doing? I’m cutting out all dairy, wheat and refined sugar. For now. I can add them back in again after I’ve learnt not to rely on them. And on the days where I’ve followed this properly, I’ve managed three meals and two snacks and have felt more alert than on the days when I’ve not. I know that this will sounds very restrictive given that I’m adding these to a vegetarian diet, so what can I eat? The answer is plenty of very tasty stuff. And I’m making sure there is protein with every meal.
My breakfasts have definitely improved. So far I’ve had:
- This delicious home-made granola, served with almond milk blended with banana and berries.
- Smoothies full of fruit, with oats and spinach added and made with an almond milk base.
- Buckwheat pancakes with sliced bananas, blueberries and maple syrup. I made these with 1 cup buckwheat flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 1/4 cups almond milk and 1 egg then added blueberries into the batter to cook. The taste takes a little getting used to and I found I needed more maple syrup than pancakes made with plain white flour, but I did enjoy these all the same. Next time I might add some apple puree to the batter to add some sweetness without having to use as much maple syrup.
Lunches and dinners I’ve tried:
- Roasted tomato and red pepper soup. This was tasty, but next time I think I’d add a little chilli for a little more depth of flavour.
- This alternative bread to go with the soup. This one was an epic fail and I won’t be trying it again.
- These absolutely delicious sweet potato wedges, great with a big salad and hummus.
- Mushroom and chickpea stew. This made a massive amount and didn’t fit into my largest pot. If I made it again I would halve all of the ingredients, except maybe the spices. Every time I dish some of this up, I find myself adding things to it as it doesn’t quite taste complete.
- Butternut squash risotto
This week I want try: