Yesterday was day one for me on the low-iodine diet. I won't go into all the restrictions- you can find a complete list of them here. I'll tell you what I've been eating, and what I plan to eat. It hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. Maybe a little bland, but that's my fault since you can have most herbs and spices. I should really be trying to get more creative.
Breakfast has been good, actually. Probably my favorite meal of the day. Oatmeal with cinnamon and blueberries. I miss having a little milk in my coffee, and I find that I drink less of it when it's black. Maybe I'm more tired and cranky than usual? I can't really decide. Maybe the kids are just making me crazy and the extra caffeine wouldn't help me anyway.
Lunch has been the same for the past two days. A green salad with tomatoes and chicken, with olive oil, vinegar, and pepper. Tastes good, but not overly filling. I've been having fruit with it. Today I also had some carrots with unsalted peanut butter. That was actually way more delicious than what I expected. The peanut butter was by Golden Organics and it was delicious. So creamy, that I didn't miss the salt at all.
Yesterday I also snacked on raw cashews- definitely need to be spiced up. I was not expecting them to be so bland and chewy. I found a recipe for roasting them in the oven with some spices. I may try that tomorrow, or I may just make cashew hummus. I also snacked on matzoh crackers- very bland and I will be spreading peanut butter (or cashew hummus?) on them from here on out.
Last night for dinner I had chicken, chard, and a peeled potato mashed with a little sweet curry powder. It was ok. Part of my problem is that I don't usually eat chicken anyway, and I'm remembering now that I don't actually like it that much. My husband cooked up a couple of chicken breasts for me though, and I feel like I need to finish them. The diet limits you to 6 ozs. of fresh meat a day, so I probably won't finish the chicken until tomorrow. I might try turkey meat for the rest of the diet instead. I don't know that I can rely on egg whites and unsalted peanut butter for my sole protein sources.
Tonight it's an egg white omelet with some spinach- I may skip the chicken. Thankfully you can still drink on this diet. It would be sad indeed if I couldn't wash this stuff down with a glass of wine.