My gluten-free experiment is over for the time being. Though my sickness did curb temporarily over Thursday and Friday, I'm not sure whether the result had anything to do with gluten itself. My regimen forced me to eat more vegetables and smaller meals, which would help any digestive condition. Plus, I got back into exercising, which is associated with the reduction of gastrointestinal symptoms.
The experiment did show me, though, that I can live perfectly comfortably without gluten in my diet if need be. If I am not diagnosed with celiac disease, it may be a good idea to keep the refined carbohydrates to a minimum anyway. Later.
Today was very carb-happy, mostly because I have a lot of food in my kitchen that has been ignored for the past week and should be consumed. For breakfast, I had peanut butter on whole wheat toast with light cranberry grape juice. For lunch, it was leftover Friday Night Pizza with Tropical V8 Splash. I had half a cinnamon-raisin bagel with Tofutti cream cheese for my pre-nap snack, then hopped on the treadmill before dinner while these beauties baked:
This is half a spaghetti squash and ear of corn. I have never had spaghetti squash, but have read glowing things about it, so when I saw it in the grocery store this morning I grabbed one to try. I prepared it by cutting it lengthwise and removing the seeds, then placing it face down on a foil-lined baking sheet and in a 375° oven for 35-ish minutes.
I followed the suggestion on the sticker of mixing the extracted strands with butter and some Italian spices. I also mixed up a Green Monster to cover the other conspicuously lacking food groups on my plate.
My dinner would have only been one color without that smoothie o.o
I have to be honest, that squash is nothing like spaghetti. It's slightly sweet, crunchy, and smells like pumpkin. I didn't finish all of the squash on my plate, because the smell of the butter and spices became nauseating. The vegetable was completely innocent, but something about that Italian mix I have makes foods other than stews hard to choke down. I have one serving-worth of leftovers in the fridge, so I'm going to look for another way to prepare them. I thought mixing it with some meats and other vegetables to make a casserole would be nice: like this one, only with ground beef and no cheese. I really need to make an effort to eat more protein.