Saturday, 17 March 2012

A Week in the Life of My Food

I kept a one-week log of the food I ate, with the intention to mark if any foods caused marked bloating. Bloating, gas, and IBS had been regular symptoms of mine for a couple of years, but they have dramatically reduced over the past 12 months. There was only one meal in this week (Saturday) that caused real abdominal pain and gas - I believe it was the instant noodles.


Five years ago, I seemed to have started developing a sensitivity to wheat and dairy products, but I tested negative in a blood test for lactose and gluten intolerance. I don't seem to have the such a heightened sensitivity to wheat and dairy at the moment, though, which has been good. I'm also currently living in an Asian country, where wheat and milk products have traditionally had little popularity, and maybe because of that, Asian populations are not genetically susceptible to developing gluten intolerance. The number of bread/dough products are on the increase, though, and in the past five years, following the success of Yakult, a growing number of pro-biotic milk drinks and yogurts are available in the supermarkets. Overall, though, wheat and dairy products are still not a main staple of average Asian diets. I likewise find myself not consuming as much wheat and dairy as back in the West, so not sure if that has helped in the improvement of my IBS over the past 12 months or not.

Apart from that, my diet on the surface looks relatively healthy, although there's clearly still a lot of dried and preserved food stuff that would better be replaced with natural, unprocessed ingredients.

Anyway, if anyone's interested in what I eat in a week, here it is:




SATURDAY


Breakfast:

1 banana, 1 prune, dried cereal flakes, 1 glass Chinese raisin tree tea

Lunch:

Soy bean paste soup, parsley, brocoli, cress, tomato, dried basil powder, kimchi

Cream bun, 1 calcium supplement ('Lil Critters), 1 half-pint milk with green tea powder added



Dinner:

Instant noodles, parsley, Belgian waffle cookie, 3 dried figs, 1 chewing gum




SUNDAY

Breakfast:

1 banana, 1 slice of dried preserved ginseng, dry cereal flakes, 1 glass Chinese raisin tree tea

Lunch:

Soy bean paste soup, dried basil powder, parsley, tomato, rice noodles, 4 preserved chestnuts, some dried fish flakes

Powdered sweet-potato supplement drink in hot water, 1 calcium supplement

Dinner:

Perilla porridge (contains starch), 1 tsp maple syrup, 3 dried figs, 1 small ginger cookie




MONDAY

Breakfast:

1 banana, 1 prune, 1 Soy Joy (manufactured by Otsuka, who also make Pocari Sweat) bar

Lunch:

Pork, 5 lettuce leaves, lemongrass, rice

2 cookies, green tea

Dinner:

Rice, pork, green beans

Slice of preserved ginseng, kit-kat bar, vitamin C tablet




TUESDAY

Breakfast:

1 banana, 1 prune, 1 Day-by-Day cereal bar



Lunch:

2 fish, rice, acorn jelly, kimchi

2 cookies, green tea



Dinner:


2 toasted sandwiches (egg, lettuce, pickles, potato slice), naato

1 kiwi, vitamin C tablet





WEDNESDAY



Breakfast:

1 banana, 1 prune, 1 Soy Joy bar



Lunch:

Rice, various raw vegetables

1 Ferrero Rocher, red bush tea

Dinner:

Pancake, fried mushrooms, radish

2 choc-chip cookies, 1 kiwi, vitamin C tablet, 1 chewing gum





THURSDAY



Breakfast:

1 banana, 1 prune, 1 Day-by-Day cereal bar



Lunch:

Rice, boiled cabbage leaves, roasted and oil seaweed flakes

3 oreos, crysanthemum tea

Dinner:

Rice, fried potato, seaweed soup, fishcake

1 kiwi, 1 Kit-kat, 1 vitamin C tablet





FRIDAY

Breakfast:

1 banana, 1 prune, 1 Soy Joy bar, 1 CoQ10 supplement (see related post below this one)



Lunch:

Chicken and potato soup, rice, coriander leaves

1 Ferrero Rocher, 1 oreo, green tea



Dinner:

California roll (with salmon), 1 chocolate bar, 1 kiwi, 1 slice preserved ginseng

1 comment:

  1. Have you looked at the low GL diet? Patrick Holford has written an easy-to-use book that you may be able to get from your local library and there are some relevant clips on YouTube too.

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