W30 Round 2, Reintro Day 1: Non-Gluten Grains
WHAT I ATE
Well how fun was it to mix up the brekkie routine with some gluten-free oatmeal?! I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Quick Cooking Oats and that pot was ready in minutes. I thought for SURE I would need honey or maple syrup or coconut crystals to sweet it up a bit. NOPE. I microwaved frozen blueberries for a few minutes, until they were syrupy, and then mashed half of a banana. Topped the oatmeal with those and didn’t need anything else – not even almond milk. It was almost like dessert for breakfast, and it didn’t upset my stomach at all. YES. Of course I scrambled a few eggs and reheated a Cinnamon Sage Sausage Pattie from the Fed & Fit book to round out the plate and give it more substance. And when I came home I had my nutpods French Vanilla latté. Great way to start Reintroduction.
Time to experiment with white rice! I almost always make it with bone broth or chicken stock and today was no different. It gives it an earthy flavor and extra nutrients without much effort. I used Pacific Organic Bone Broth: Chicken and Lundberg Organic California White Basmati Rice. For some veg I used pre-chopped kale from Whole Foods and sautéed that in the pan of bacon fat I reserved from last night. The lazy woman’s cooking fat of choice 😉 I also chopped up that last Portobello mushroom cap and added it to the mix. Another new find at Whole Foods was a jar of Borsari Citrus Blend seasoned salt. Over in the meat department, right in front of the glass case that I’ve probably passed a million times. This time I thought I’d treat myself to a new spice blend because, like cookbooks, you can never have too many 😜 It was excellent on the kale/mushroom mixture. For the protein I found the Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausages in the fridge and those needed to go in the freezer. One for lunch, two in the freezer for another meal. I plated this meal as separate components but I should’ve just made a rice bowl out of it because it all tasted better mixed up together.
I didn’t feel any ill effects from the rice, I don’t think. I had some stomach issues going in to lunch – I waited too long to eat and got a little bloated from hunger. (And now you know why I’m always prepared with snacks!) So I didn’t get a good read on the rice at lunch. Repeat performance at dinner for a second opinion.
I didn’t need a snack in the afternoon but then it got close to dinner and I did a little pre-dinner snacking on some carrot sticks and Epic Pork Rinds Salt & Pepper. Soooo good. I was going to have those on my plate at dinner but I skipped that since I have the patience of a 2 year old and had already jammed those down my gullet.
Burgers! I like using the 85/15 ground beef because the fat content makes them super juicy and you really just need to season the patties with a little salt & pepper. I used one of the packages of organic ground beef I got at Costco yesterday and it was perfect. Martin’s Potato Buns for the table, but I skipped those and used the last of the butter lettuce leaves as a wrap. Of course there was Tessamae’s Ketchup, and red onions for that bedroom breath 😜 And I added a serving of rice to my plate to see if this exposure would be more telling. Happy to say I felt fine afterward – no bloating, no headache – so that’s reassuring. Now to see what tomorrow and Thursday bring. I’m paying particular attention to my joints, my sleep, my mood, and my afternoon energy.
WHERE I’M AT
So that’s my first day of Reintroduction with Non-Gluten Grains. In an ENORMGII nutshell. Now I go back to the Whole30 plan for Wednesday and Thursday to see how the oatmeal & rice are sitting. I have a few social events on Friday so I thought that would be a good day to reintroduce my old parenting coping buddy alcohol. HEY GIRL. I know I don’t need a separate few days to do this but I want to spread my tests out just a little. Make sure some new good habits stick, ya know?
If you want to see what I’m eating each day go over to my Instagram feed at rockpaperskillet. Otherwise I’ll see you back here Friday for an update on the Non-Gluten Grains and then my initial feelings on gluten-free alcohol.