After paying more attention to my diet for the past 5 days or so, I’ve realized that I eat a lot more poorly than I realized. I mean, I know things have gone downhill as my defense has gotten closer, and since Husband left… but damn. So basically I kept track of what I was eating for 4 days without changing anything or going out of my way, and then this morning I went to the grocery store. For the first time in quite a while (2 months…. Husband did it before, and since he moved, I’ve been relying on food from Subway or from my roomies).
I have tried looking up good information on this diet on the interwebs, but there is so much quackery and bullshit that it’s actually been pretty hard. Really the best info I’ve found so far was on Epicurious, actually, which I think is a bit of a travesty. There was a federally funded study on the effects of following an anti-inflammatory diet, but the details of the diet followed weren’t available, and nor were the results. I suppose I shouldn’t be that surprised – this diet, named as such, only begins appearing primary literature within the last decade or so, and it’s never delineated that well. The basic idea, so far as I can tell, is to eat very little carbs (no refined grains, maybe some whole grains or maybe none, no white rice, brown rice is ok…), lots of leafy green veggies, fruits (especially avocado, tomatoes, oranges…), nuts (especially walnuts), very little poultry, beef, or pork, lots of oily fish (salmon and trout), and lots of garlic and ginger and certain other seasonings.
So, I’m sort of a picky eater, in that I never really want anything, I just dislike some food less than others. Except for cake, I almost always like cake. And, I do genuinely like food, I can just never decide what I want. But, I often don’t breathe through my nose while I’m eating, and don’t chew properly so I can eat faster (all of that sounds incredibly weird when I write it out). Anyway, I was walking around the store trying to get things that sounded good – I like avocados, but I like them as guacamole (…with chips), or with tomato and salsa (…on tortillas). I love pesto, made with spinach, walnuts, parmesan, olive oil, and garlic (…on pasta). The recurring problem is that the vehicle for the good stuff is “bad” stuff. I got some gluten free brown rice pasta… and it was disgusting. Like.. gluey. Gross – I would rather just eat straight pesto, but that’s sort of hard. So, I decided that I am making a solid effort, and reducing the amount of refined carbs I’m eating, but not eliminating all together – I had the nasty pasta for lunch, and regular with dinner. Plus, I’m not sure if corn tortilla chips (for the guac) or corn tortillas (for the little taco things) are “bad” or not.
I think I’m going to go visit the nutritionist through my university to see if she can help me lay out a diet with good meal ideas, and also just help me get a better handle on what is good and what’s not. I am feeling sort of pessemistic about it for some reason, I guess I’m afraid it might be too much hippy bullshit, or not scientific enough for me – since I am having trouble finding it myself. But, I’m trying to quelch that thought process, and hopefully I will have something more constructive to follow next week. Until then, I’m trying this at least better version of a diet, even if it isn’t quite right.
Oh, and with my pesto pasta, I had salmon, baked with some olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic, and lemon zest. It was fantastic. If I could eat that every day, I would, but my wallet wouldn’t like it… and there’s that whole mercury thing…