This Week’s Menu: So Far, So Good

builtburgerLet me start out by saying that I feel terrific! I can’t believe how much better I feel without starches/carbs in my diet. Seriously, I had no idea the change would be this dramatic, and happen so quickly.

At the end of last year I developed Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and ended up on medication; I have a gastro endoscopy scheduled for next week. The medication made a difference, but I still was suffering at night, once it started to wear off, and the pain often woke me up and kept me up at night. But, while I’m still taking the medication, the nighttime symptoms have completely disappeared! I’ve gotten a good night’s sleep every night since I dropped the carbs (by the way, I have no symptoms for anything more serious than GERD, and the doctor doesn’t think it’s anything more than a condition of aging, but ordered the endoscopy just to make sure).

The best part for me though is that I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. I’ve been fine going without rice, or bread, or any other starch. Who knew? I think this is a diet adjustment I will have no problems following.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

  • Tuesday (this evening: All natural beef Polish sausages; sauerkraut; steamed green beans; onion rings (none for me)
  • Wednesday: Mabo nasu made with tofu; steamed rice; sautéed bok choy
  • Thursday: Chicken, pineapple and green pepper skewers with pineapple-mandarin sauce; steamed rice (the recipe calls for fish, but I’m substituting chicken. Also, no rice for me)
  • Friday: Grilled hamburgers; onion rings (no bun or onion rings for me; I’ll have tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots)
  • Saturday: Leftovers
  • Sunday: Snacks for dinner: deviled eggs; deli roast beef; cheese & crackers, fresh vegetable tray; fruit (no crackers for me)
  • Monday: Spaghetti with marinara; grilled Italian sausages; sautéed greens; garlic bread (no pasta or bread for me)

There turns out to be more beef than usual for us this week, but that’s temporary. We’ll need to pick up cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, and bok choy and other greens at the farmers’ market this week. Otherwise everything is in the pantry, fridge or freezer.

4 thoughts on “This Week’s Menu: So Far, So Good

  1. Laurel says:

    When my DH was diagnosed with heart disease last year (asymptomatic, thank goodness), we changed our diet considerably and dropping many carbs was a big part of it. What I found most helpful personally was cutting out sugar. I have had increasing heartburn problems as I’ve aged, and none of the standard tests have shown anything significant. So I am left to monitor and figure it out myself. I slipped off the wagon over the holidays (of course) and I find sugar very addicting. But knowing I will be in pain later that evening keeps me ‘honest’. And, like you, I feel SO much better when I’m not eating it. I also drop weight almost immediately (but slowly at this age) when I cut out the sugar/refined carbs.

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    • Laura says:

      It truly was surprising how much better I felt so quickly after cutting out the carbs/starches/sugar. The one treat I allow myself now, a couple of times a week, is two tablespoons of granola (locally made) on my plain non-fat yogurt and strawberries. It’s enough. My fantasy is the GI doctor will tell me I no longer need any medication at all as long as I stay away from the starches and sugar.

      I climbed on the scale last month, but want to give it a couple more weeks to see if there is any change in my weight.

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