Weekly Review - 27 Nov 2016

Monday: Woke up to more gut issues. Decided to shift my diet over toward HFLC Vegan (ECO-Atkins?) land to see if that stops it after a few days. Interestingly enough, I ended up with the same crazy hollow gut feeling that I would get while eating Paleo. Eating a small amount of fruit helped to stop the sensation, for instance: a cutie orange, or a few slices of freeze-dried strawberries.

Also, tonight I tried Beyond Chicken because I was strapped for time and wanted something quick and high protein. I wasn't impressed. Maybe it was just because I microwaved it, but it was rubbery and had a funky taste. I'll have to try sautéing it or baking it and see if that helps. Maybe it's just an acquired taste, like Daiya?

There's a phrase in the Whole30 world that's relevant here: sex with your pants on (SWYPO). It's used to talk about paleo pancakes, muffins, pizza, whatever, and make people realize that while it tastes all right, it's really not as great as the real thing. I think that's where I'm at with fake meat and fake cheese. It's really hard to recreate these flavors and textures, and chances are, it's never going to be as good as the original. I'm not saying that we should stop trying to make these products; I think they're excellent gateways for people who are nervous about adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet. What I am saying is that I'd rather eat a slice of well-cooked tempeh or tofu than a chewy chunk of processed soy, wheat, or pea protein.

(That being said, Treeline's herb-garlic cashew spread is delicious, and I do occasionally indulge in Field Roast, Gardein, Boca, Daiya, et al. It's an indulgence, though. The chik'n / chick'n that I do like tends to be breaded. Maybe that's what was missing from the Beyond Chicken?)

Tuesday: OK, that's not it. Ouch.

I'm backing it way up, White rice, tofu, well-cooked veggies, and other low-residue foods for a little while.

Ouch.

Seriously, ouch... it's been hours and I still feel pain on my left side.

Friday: So, low-residue was working. Until Thanksgiving, when I ate a ton of fibrous foods: pan-fried tempeh with fermented red cabbage, a pumpkin tofu pudding, cranberry sauce. I spent most of Friday in pain.

Sunday: Went for a short (30 minute) trail run at Saratoga Spa State Park. It felt great to run outside, and this misty weather that we've been having gave me a chance to practice running on wet leaves. Thankfully I didn't fall!