If there was an app that made a salad for you, would you use it?
I'm working on a(nother) idea. Note to self: learning how to make a GD app will help with all of these ideas.
Meanwhile: lunch. Spinach Salad.
If you're anything like me, you suffer from a mystery pain that alternates between your stomach and back, often rendering you useless and clamoring for more Advil. Wait, that's not a bunch of people? After many varied doctor visits and some expensive outpatient procedures, my gastroenterologist found...nothing specific. Lots of 'almosts', but no clear answer. Best, somewhat educated guess: gallbladder sad times (sludge) that sometimes gets my pancreas in a bind. I have a healthy diet. And by healthy I mean healthier than most of most. Healthy also being defined differently by many. I am not vegan, for example. I don't eat a ton of fast food or fried stuff. And I don't eat wheat flour and haven't for almost a decade. And here is where I suspect the problem lies.
I stopped eating wheat flour and lost 90 pounds.
Okay, not all of the weight was from cutting out the white stuff. I also was splitting up with my partner of 12 years—the divorcee diet and all that comes with it, stress and the resultant lack of appetite. And lo and behold, when you start losing lbs and concurrently need to be out of the house, you start running and run I did! From nada to about 6 miles a day. I didn't date-stamp it, but I lost that weight in maybe just over a year? Something like that. This was about 8 years ago. When I stopped being stressed all the time it crept up a bit. And when I eat too much or too many grains it will do the same. Likewise not run. But I know what works for me for my healthy body, weight-wise.
But then my stomach started hurting...bad. It's been years now and only after my endoscopy turned up gallbladder sludge and i started looking into how to get rid of that stuff so you don't have to get rid of an organ, did I come across an aside when doing research: gall stones and sludge are caused by a janky diet full of fried and fast food, which wasn't me. But can also be caused by massive fast weight loss. WHOA. So let's get that gallbladder cleaned out. One thing I can do is eat bitter stuff: arugula, radicchio, endive, digestive bitters, dandelion greens. I try to include some in my diet each day.
Baby spinach / endive / orange segments / crisped quinoa / persian cucumbers / green onions / sesame seeds
EVOO / sherry vinegar / homemade yogurt / homegrown sorrel / garlic / dijon mustard