This is the story of a Kiwi girl in South Korea, trying to eat and live as healthy as possible despite various language, accessibility, and economic obstacles.
Despite the title of this blog, I’m not really lonely at all, but I do live alone. Amongst the great wealth of Paleo material on the internet, I have discovered a lack of recipes that cater for solitary homemakers, and even less for those in the deep, dark corners of the world where certain Western luxuries are impossible to find. I hope to rectify this in a small way.
I discovered the Paleo lifestyle recently (October 2013) and launched headfirst into it Whole30-style. After struggling for years with fatigue, bloating, unshakeable excess weight, and an insatiable addiction to anything sweet, I had great expectations for the strictest lifestyle challenge I could find.
I eliminated almost everything from my diet except meat and vegetables and I didn’t allow myself any snacks. I was feeling absolutely wonderful up until about day 27. I had more energy than ever before, no cravings, I could watch people eat dessert and have no desire to even taste it, my tastebuds started appreciating all sorts of amazing flavours in real food, and I was beginning to believe I had abs in there somewhere after all!
Then day 27 hit, the bloating began and decided to stick around. After each meal I look 3 months pregnant and feel like a volatile hot air balloon. Without going into too much detail, it is very uncomfortable. After a bit of research I realized it could be one of two things. Either my gut and intestines are still healing themselves and they just need to go through their natural repair process while I keep eating clean, or it’s the dreaded FODMAPs.
FODMAPs are kinds of sugars found in a whole lot of foods that can cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome in certain people. They drag water into the small intestine and ferment super fast, giving off gas and making their unlucky consumer the least favourite party guest. I suspect that I may be one of these people.
That’s where I am as of December 2013.
As soon as I exhaust my avocado and onion stocks I will embark on an even greater elimination challenge. I will be adding a whole list of high FODMAP veggies to the Whole30 guidelines.
Wish me luck!