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Low Carb and life without potatoes and tea.

Posted Sep 22 2008 11:04am

Life is moving on even without potatoes.  It’s almost weirder than not eating gluten for some reason.  What I miss the most right now is tea though.  I usually have a cup of hot tea after dinner.  Sometimes in the afternoon instead of coffee.  I have been drinking pure peppermint tea or ginger tea in it’s place.  But, it’s not the same. I used to drink unsweetened iced green tea all day long.   Sometimes I get sick of water and I’m not a pop drinker.  Over the weekend I bought some sparkling water.  I’ve been adding a wedge of lime to it.  It’s really good!  

I’ve also been reading quite a bit about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  You can read about it here.  In a nut shell, you only eat specific carbohydrates.  It is a form of a low carb diet.  But you do eat fruit, tomatoes, and carrots.  No grains and no potatoes.  No refined sugars, but honey is allowed.  Supposedly, people who have any kind of bowel diseases do really well on this diet.   I’m not following it exactly, but I am cutting out most grains and sugars right now.  Just till things calm down and I’m feeling better.  Then I will add things back and hopefully be able to eat a normal gluten free plus my other 15 things free diet.  

I have found some really great recipes for this diet using only almond flour.  It’s very pricey, but works really well in baked goods.  For those of you on the South Beach Diet or a low carb diet, there are some great recipes.  I made some no carb cheese crackers and found the recipe at No More Crohn’s.  This gal has a great web site with lots of low carb recipes. Scroll down the page until you see the cheese crackers.   These crackers are really good.  They didn’t even last a couple hours at my house by the time the teenagers discovered them.  You can find more at SCD Recipe.  I made the pumpkin muffins from that site and the were wonderful.  Very moist and held together even without xantham gum.  

Tonight I made some beef stew.  Normally, I would put potatoes in it.  I had to come up with something else.  I used cauliflower.  I figured, hey, it’s white :)  It was pretty good!  I didn’t even really miss the potatoes.  When it comes down to it, it’s all about finding substitutes for things.  

I want to thank everyone for the comments and encouragements left.  It really means a lot to me.  I really have not been inspired to cook much at all.  I feel like everything I’m eating is just plain, so why blog about it.  In a couple weeks to make matters worse, I have to travel.  For ten days.  I wish it was a short trip.  Ten days is long enough that it would be hard to take enough food on an airplane to last that long.  We don’t have a choice in the hotel we are at since it’s a trip with my husband’s band and the people hiring us have chosen it.  I will have a refrigerator, but no kitchenette.  Always a new challenge!  Guess I’ll be buying lot’s of Imodium just to be on the safe side :)

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