Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sympathy for dieters

As I've mentioned I've been having terrible gallbladder pain. I'm having the darn thing removed tomorrow. To alleviate the pain I've been eating fat-free meals, which has given me a lot of sympathy for people who are trying to diet or who eat diary- or gluten-free.

The first night all I wanted to eat was sugar butter. I craved everything fatty, from bacon to chocolate to sweet rolls. Afterwards my cravings weren't as strong, since most fats made me nauseous. But yesterday I had some olive oil and vinegar with bread and I felt like my life was complete again.

Over the past two weeks I've been amazed at how limited I felt by fat free. I went out to eat and was constantly worried about if the food would make me sick (thankfully, non-diary fat isn't as bad). We played games with friends and I brought my own snacks since I didn't want them to feel bad I couldn't eat their snacks. I don't really want to subject everyone to a nonfat diet, but I found it interesting how the difference in what I ate made me feel separate and a little lonely. I hadn't realized how much eating the same things makes me feel at home with other people.

So, I guess I'm writing this here so I can remember what it's like to be on a diet of sorts and how, unless your body makes you miserable for eating certain foods, it's really hard to resist the cravings. Also, I wanted to list some fat-free foods in case other people have to go through this:

  • dried fruit (apples, apricots, and figs were my favorites).
  • fresh fruit
  • canned fruit (especially good on oatmeal)
  • oatmeal (made with water)
  • popcorn (with just salt)
  • fat-free bread
  • peeps
  • rice
  • fruit smoothies
  • raw vegetables are also fat-free but I never found a way to prepare them I found appealing and fat-free, besides pita sandwiches, which I admit I had with some hummus that had tahini oil in it. 

1 comment:

Andrea Landaker said...

Aw, I feel for you! It seems like going fat-free would make you hungry all the time . . . :-( Hope you are feeling better now!