About a month ago I started feeling really craptastic. I had increased pain in my body, stomach issues and lethargy. I knew that it had to be stress compounded with food choices. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t eating at McDonald’s or anything like that, I was just eating out too often, because I was traveling, and it was wreaking havoc on my body.
I started doing some research on food. As a general rule I don’t eat processed foods. I eat a lot of vegetables and fruit, lean protein, fish and whole grains. My one weakness is potato chips. I really, really like potato chips. I’m getting off track…
There more I read about wheat and gluten, and their effects, the more I started putting things together. I did a trial run for a couple of days. For two days I ate no wheat and, more specifically, no gluten. I felt more energetic, significantly less pain and zero stomach issues. It was a welcome change.
After the two days, I ate as I normally would. Wouldn’t you know it? The pain, stomach deal and the sleepy’s returned.
Since then I have been extremely careful to avoid gluten. This does not mean that I am eating a low-carb diet, I’m just not eating gluten.
I’m not a doctor. I am not giving advice. I’m mentioning what worked for me. I’ll do anything that will keep me from having to take daily ibuprofen.
I have been looking at a lot of recipes for this new adventure. I have found the most amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies and I will post that recipe soon. Right after I stop eating them.
Plus, potato chips are gluten-free so I’m all set.
I’ve made an executive decision. During this time I will not be dieting per se. I will be conscious of my decisions, but I will not deprive myself. I need comfort where I can get it. I will eat the chocolate I need and the cheese I crave. Neither will just become a food group though.
I have been mostly gluten-free for the past month or so. I have a post in the works right now with that story. Let’s just say brownies were painful. I’ll explain later. I will continue to do mostly GF for now. It’s changed my life.
The bottom line is that as long as I am conscious of my choices, and don’t overindulge, I’ll be fine. I’m happy with myself, but I feel girl guilt about food.
I don’t need that right now. What I need is potato chips. Lightly salted, lower fat, crispy kettle chips…covered in chocolate. No? Ok, just the chips then.
I’ll eat the chocolate later.
There is a difference between a curry dish and a dish that has curry as an ingredient. Curry dishes involve cooking the spices to release their fragrance. A dish that has curry is one where you just add curry at the last minute. The flavor is less intense, and it’s a good way to introduce the flavor to your palate if you aren’t familiar.
I personally love intense flavors and colors in my food. I’ve taught my son, who is six, to enjoy a depth of flavor when he eats. He is not a child who eats chicken nuggets. Thank goodness.
That being said, I don’t like to take forever to make lunch or dinner. I like things done quickly, so I can get on with my day…or night.
Enter Easy Lentil Curry. It only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. It’s vegan, gluten free and delicious.
Easy Lentil Curry
1/2 red onion
2 cloves garlic
1 T. olive oil
1 cup chopped potatoes
1 cup chopped baby carrots
1 cup snow peas
1 cup cooked lentils
Water (approx. 1 cup)
1 T. curry powder (use your favorite)
Salt to taste
Chop the onion, potato, and carrot into small pieces.
In a sauté pan brown the onion and garlic. Once translucent, add in the potatoes and carrots. Pour about a 1/4 of a cup of the water and cover. It should take about 10-15 minutes to soften the vegetables. Put the snow peas in and let them soften. Add in the lentils and stir.
It’s getting steamy in here…
Once everything is warmed through, add in the curry. You may need to add a bit of water to mix everything up.
I served mine with a cucumber salad. A little pear vinegar, oregano, olive oil and salt made this salad easy. Alongside the curry it was a fresh and light addition.
Please go make this. You won’t be disappointed.