Vegetarian Diet

As you know, I’ve been on a primarily gluten free diet.  Actually I was eating gluten free from June until a week after my gallbladder surgery.  I’ve only had a few foods that have had gluten in them – a small piece of pretzel, half of a Hawaiian roll, and some of a tortilla.

This week I read about people who have a gluten sensitivity – not Celiac – should try sprouted wheat bread instead of just gluten free bread.  I’m going to try eating some sprouted wheat bread to see if it bothers me or not.

Anyway this post is not about my gluten free diet.  It’s about the fact I’ve been eating a vegetarian diet for the past month.  On the 12th of February, I had some delicious sausage.  The sausage made my gallbladder mad so I had another attack.  On the 14th of February, I decided that I needed to go meat free.  My last taste of any meat was on the 13th of February.

I could take and leave meat at times.  Sure there are times that I miss the convenience of eating meat especially when I am out and about.  I don’t really think I miss the meat.  Just the convenience of being able to get something quick to eat.

Until you begin eating vegetarian/ vegan do you realize how much of the standard American diet relies on meat?  There are so many more choices.

For example, Hubby was looking at restaurants in Louisville because we are going there in 10 days.  He told me a restaurant had a vegetarian choice.  So what was it?  Fried green tomatoes – I’m like that is a NOPE.  Number 1:  It might have a breading which means gluten.  And Number 2:  I’m not a big tomato eater so that won’t work.

Then yesterday he tried to tell me that I could eat the rest of his beef lo mein.  I used to love shrimp or chicken lo mein before I went gluten free.  I have not had Chinese from a Chinese restaurant since February 2017.  He told me that I could just pick the meat out of the dish.  Again I am like NOPE.

So what do I eat?  Well, I am a work at progress with my food.  Sometimes I eat healthy and then there are times that are not so healthy.  Because just like with the Standard American diet not everything that is available to a vegetarian is healthy.  There is a such thing as vegetarian junk food.  I love to get a pizza from Mod Pizza or Rapid fire and load it up with all kinds of veggies but that is junk food.

So join me on this journey I am taking with my eating.  I have linked up my Instagram on the right sidebar.  When I have eaten something healthy, I will share it on Instagram.  I will also share the not so healthy foods that I am eating.

The one benefit from eating this vegetarian diet is that I am losing weight.  I was losing it prior to my illness.  Since my surgery, I have lost 7 pounds for a total of 36 pounds lost since February 2017!

Happy eating,
Traci

Back to Downtown Charleston – Day 7 Part 6

After we left the Citadel, we once again visited downtown Charleston. Once again, we parked on Church Street in front of the St. Phillips Church. We, meaning the boys, were starved after the walking tour of the Citadel. Hubby and I promised them some ice cream before heading back to the beach house.

The family began walking down Queen Street towards Waterfront Park. Instead of ice cream, we found gelato which is even more delicious than ice cream. At Belgian Gelato, I tried a new dessert which was a scoop of gelato with espresso. The espresso flavor I tried was pistachio.

After we got our gelato, we walked to the Waterfront Park. There is a pineapple shaped fountain in the park. Kids and even some adults can get in the water to wade around. So cool.

There was also a splash pad area. The Wee One thought that was cool. He opted to try to avoid the streams of water, so he wouldn’t get wet.

We then walked to Philadelphia Avenue. When we were in Charleston in 2013, Hubby tried to find the geocache that is in Philadelphia Avenue. He wanted to try to find it. Success! It was found.

A stranger offered to take our photo at the entrance of Philadelphia Avenue. The photo is my current favorite photo of the family.

After we were finished getting gelato, we headed towards the Marketplace so that I could find some chocolate. Again, success!

Since we had chocolate and gummies, we headed back to the car so that we could go back to the beach house. On the way back to the beach house, we stopped at Chick-Fil-A for our dinner. The Wee One did not complain about his feet hurting while we were walking around the Citadel and then downtown Charleston, so we allowed him to pick our dinner.

Enjoy the video I created for the time we spent in downtown Charleston.

Have a magical day,
Traci