Friday, July 19, 2013

Completely and utterly bonkers

I spent considerably more time than usual this morning at the supermarket, doing our family grocery shopping. Instead of grabbing my usuals in the fruit and veg section, I had to stop and consult my list of "safe" foods before adding anything to the trolley. Fructose, fructans and polyols, I'm not very happy with you today...

Anyway, I got through that part without too much angst. No asparagus, no apples, no pears, no mushrooms - oh wait. I did buy mushrooms, I just won't be eating them - but I loaded up with oranges, kiwi fruit, bananas, spinach, beans, carrots, zucchini, potatoes and plenty of other fresh and tasty stuff.

Then things got interesting. I found myself scouring the specialty breads, hunting for the brands the dietitian had suggested. What? I don't eat bread normally; why am I even checking this? I moved on to the dairy cabinet. Lactose-free skim milk - check! Jalna plain yoghurt (practically no lactose in that one) - check! Into the trolley with those.

Why do manufacturers feel the need to label MILK as "gluten-free", I wonder? Are consumers really that stupid?

Next up was the coffee and tea aisle, which also happens to be the biscuit aisle at our local Coles. I grabbed a couple of things that the boys like for snacks and then found myself hunting for a gluten-free macaroon thingie that Arnott's apparently make. Wait. What? Why am I looking for those? I don't usually eat biscuits*, I don't need them, aargh!

The same deal was repeated in the health foods aisle and over at the freezer cabinets. Gluten-free products, ice cream.... I stopped and asked myself: are you completely mental? The answer to that is: obviously, YES.

This all just proves my theory that if I'm told I can't have something, I immediately and desperately want it. Even if it's something I don't really like. That has to be the definition of crazy, right?

I got out of there without a whole lot of crap in my trolley by reminding myself that: a) I don't really want and certainly don't need those things; and b) it's temporary! Chances are I will be adding most of the forbidden foods back into my meals in just a few weeks. And besides, if I really want something delicious, there's always chocolate. :)

Do you go bonkers too when you're suddenly unable to have something for some reason?

*I make an exception for home-baked delicious morsels such as these.



Cherub said...

Good job on getting out of there with a healthy basket.

I find I'm the opposite to you. If I can't have something, I can't have it - simple.

Where I struggle is when I can have it in moderation. What is moderation? Something I need to learn obviously!

Kek said...

Yeah, that's a "thing" too, Claire. Sometimes moderation doesn't work all that well. Just one glass of wine/Tim Tam/slice of fresh bread...oops, where did the rest go?

There are lots of traps lying in wait; I guess the trick is to learn to recognise the ones that are your particular dangers.

Cherub said...

Usually anything sweet or with alcohol. Hmmm nuts could fit in there somewhere too. Sadly it's not usually fruit or veggies.

I will resolve it though :)

Sara said...

I don't get that so much, but I am prone to the 'last hurrah' when I anticipate that I'll have to give something up. Like when I decided to stop drinking on a Monday? Friday and Saturday were 'very indulgent'. Once I'm there, it's no problem.

Kek said...

Yep, I call that the last Supper Syndrome, Sara. There *may* have been a bit of that too. ;)

Sandra said...

This reminded me of the time I joined Weight Watchers (for accountability, apparently...) and then went to Coles and bought everything Weight Watchers made...including all sorts of processed, packaged and sugar-free-low-fat stuff that I would normally not go near...weird :/

Kek said...

Don't you love WW stuff, Sandra? I guess it's a relatively easy starting point for folks with little confidence in cooking or making their own choices, so from that point of view not bad. But man, some of the ingredients in those foods... :/

Magda said...

Haha I can relate to everything here: Last Supper Syndrome, struggles with moderation, hating being told that a food is off limits (unless for medical reasons and for a limited time.)

I admire your hardcore determination in tackling your food issues Kek. I know you're not a big drinker but my saviour would be "as long as I can have a glass of wine at the end of the day, I can put up with the rest."

:-) M

Kek said...

Luckily wine isn't a FODMAPs food. Except sticky wines. :)

Debbish said...

When I was first diagnosed as coeliac I kept locating GF biscuits and cakes and places that had GF goodies - but then I realised I've never really eaten cakes or biscuits, so why should I start now.

I saw a friend (who was just doing the avoiding wheat thing) do the same thing. She was suddenly baking all of this GF stuff and trying new recipes. She gained weight and was horrified as she'd assumed skipping wheat would mean she'd lose weight - but she started eating all sorts of stuff that didn't have wheat and there - she thought - would be healthy!!!

Debstar said...

I do the last supper thing too. Oddly enough when I have cut out all thing bad for me I get a strange desire to go through all my recipe books and drool over the desserts. I have no idea why I have so many books, I hate cooking.

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