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My stomach has been quite annoying lately. I won't go into gross details but suffice it to say, I have to change tactics with eating. I don't know why it's being so uncooperative unless it's too much white bread or too much other simple carbs? I had some vegetable lo mein that I added extra vegetables to for lunch yesterday and for some reason, my stomach was gurgling all afternoon. I even chewed two alka seltzers and had a palmful of crystallized ginger and it still didn't help.

I'm also finding meal planning to be annoying since while there are tons of fresh vegetables in summer, the challenge is cooking them because it's too damned hot to turn on the stove and certainly not turning on the oven. But I need to do better.

Today I'm doing an intermittent fast day which I hope helps to restart the tummy and have it start behaving again. These days end up being basic meals and generally lower carb because roughage-filled salads and soups fill me up for longer than breads/pastas/rice. I didn't start off too well because I tried a new pineapple-matcha green DailyHarvest smoothie that was in my freezer and I wasn't all that fond of it. I ended up tossing half of it out and made a cup of coffee with soy creamer instead. I have a lunch packed of a salad with a bunch of chopped romaine, cucumbers, shrimp and carrot-miso dressing. I also have some watermelon which I hope I can save for an afternoon snack instead of getting the urge to eat it at lunchtime too. For dinner I'm experimenting with combining a minestrone soup that you'd normally add water or broth to and instead adding a can of tomato soup (non dairy). I'm hoping that it's good enough that I can have half tonight and half on Thursday when I do this again.

I'm going to try to start weaning back to fully vegan again. While I didn't lose weight on that diet, my stomach was far happier on it for the most part. The only non-vegan stuff I've been having regularly have been egg whites and seafood. I wouldn't think that those would upset my stomach but it's worth experimenting to cut out one of them for a while and then the other and see if that has any effect.

As usual, ideas for hot weather veggie meals very much welcomed.

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amethyst_witch
Jul. 16th, 2019 01:57 pm (UTC)
...I am so having Minestrone soup now today. Thank you!!

Our favourite hot-weather dinner is cold (rotisserie) chicken and raw veggies. Do you eat a lot of nuts? Maybe a chunk of baked tofu with some almonds or other nuts plus the veggies?

Hungry now *Lol*...
missdiane
Jul. 16th, 2019 03:12 pm (UTC)
A chunk of baked tofu sounds so unappealing LOL

I do eat nuts but on fast days, I'd avoid those since there's a lot of calories in a small amount of them. For those days, I'm thinking maybe I need to do a better job with the proteins provided by beans and legumes. I have a vacuum sealed lentils in the fridge but I'll have to check the date. A multi-bean salad might help too.
amethyst_witch
Jul. 16th, 2019 11:03 pm (UTC)
*LOL* I know--I cringed a little when I re-read it.

xD

BEANS! I always forget about the poor bean family. Great idea! ^_^

Edited at 2019-07-16 11:03 pm (UTC)
spikesgirl58
Jul. 16th, 2019 04:00 pm (UTC)
Good luck. You have more trouble with your stomach. I hope you find something you like. My tum will gurgle too, but usually only if I've had too much liquid. Hopefully you can find the happy medium.
missdiane
Jul. 16th, 2019 04:41 pm (UTC)
I do and lately I don't know what is triggering the problems. Yesterday may have been from too much onion or oil in the original pre-packaged lo mein that I doctored up.

Even though it didn't improve my labs, I will have to say that the vegan diet helped my stomach immensely. I had far less problems with it swelling up randomly and churning like it's been doing lately.
spikesgirl58
Jul. 16th, 2019 09:16 pm (UTC)
You are smart to listen to your body. It will tell you what it wants.
stolenglimpse
Jul. 16th, 2019 06:01 pm (UTC)
I need to change the way I eat, too. I would love to have a slimmer tummy. I'm not in excess junk food or anything but I have a round belly that annoys me. And it happens at times that it gurgles for a good part of the evening after dinner.
missdiane
Jul. 17th, 2019 11:05 pm (UTC)
The gurgles and other tummy issues are annoying, aren't they?

I know I'll never, ever be slim or even normal weight, but I'd love to get from obese to overweight and stronger. I've been a big gal since the first grade and several years ago, I got down to the 150s before the weight crept back up.
stolenglimpse
Jul. 19th, 2019 01:36 pm (UTC)
They really are!!

I'm not big, I just don't like my tummy area at all and so far, nothing I've tried helps so... I know age doesn,t help either and, funny enough, I'm at my recommended weigth for my heigth, give or take 5-10 pounds.

I think though that as long as you feel confortable with yourself or something, that's what's most important.
veganhothead
Jul. 17th, 2019 01:37 am (UTC)
Hey, don’t knock the baked tofu. I’m about to test out a recipe for tangerine baked tofu with rum. If I love it i’ll bug you till you try it.
missdiane
Jul. 17th, 2019 11:04 pm (UTC)
I like baked tofu in things but I just don't know if I could have a plain hunk of it lol
veganhothead
Jul. 17th, 2019 11:06 pm (UTC)
I seems to have a yummy sauce...
fauxklore
Jul. 17th, 2019 10:51 pm (UTC)
What about gazpacho? Or other cold blender soups? For ones that require cooked veggies, you can steam them in a microwave before pureeing.
missdiane
Jul. 17th, 2019 11:03 pm (UTC)
Good suggestions - thanks!
My microwave is getting a LOT of play lately. I had a minestrone soup last night.

It's interesting that I like bloody mary mix (without the alcohol) and Iike salsa but gazpacho never appeals to me. But I could look up some "green" ones - this one looks good (since I'm allowing occasional seafood). I'd sub the chicken broth for veggie and use a vegan yogurt but it might be yummy!
https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/green-goddess-soup-jumbo-lump-crabmeat
njlorelei
Jul. 19th, 2019 10:45 pm (UTC)
RE: Good suggestions - thanks!
I saw a white gazpacho recipe made with grapes recently. That could be fun.

Tonight I made a corn and cucumber salad. The only cooking was the corn but honestly you could probably eat it raw or microwave it. So easy. Cut the kernels off 2 ears of corn. Chop a cucumber and dice a 1/4 of a red onion. Make a dressing of 1/3 cup mayo, 1 tbsp sour cream, 1 tbsp lemon juice, dill - fresh or dried to your liking, plus a little salt and pepper. Mix it all up and chill for an hour.
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