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?|
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.