Well, the hectic pace of Christmas is behind us. On one hand, it’s so depressing to think that wonderful time of year is now an entire year away again, but on the other, I’m tired from being so ridiculously busy for the last month that I almost welcome taking decorations down (except those lights outside…those puppies will hang, lightless, for at least another month).
One thing I really enjoyed this holiday was the food. Having been diagnosed early this year, this was my first Christmas where I couldn’t eat any gluten, dairy or eggs. And while there was a ton of food out on the table that I couldn’t eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, my wife did an amazing job of keeping a lot of delicious food in front of me - simply put, I ate like a pig and it was great.
Ever since I was diagnosed this past January, I’ve battled with setbacks, possible issues with other foods and just trying to figure it all out. Like a lot of other Celiacs, when I didn’t feel better in 2 days, I thought I was having other issues, but I think the healing process is just taking longer with me (I ate a ton of food this past week - and a lot of it was stuff that I didn’t think I could have (sugar, certain grains) - and I feel great). I talk to people all the time that tell me how they gained 20 lbs as soon as they went GF, but so far, I’ve dropped about 25lbs. Thankfully it was all weight I could stand to lose anyway - I’ve got abs! - but I think the majority of the weight loss was because I just wasn’t eating. I had felt so bad for so long, once I knew what the problem was I became so nervous about everything I was eating - I figured it was easier to feel good if I just didn’t eat much at all or was very selective about what I did eat. Not going to gain much weight eating carrots, apples and spinach. The thing is, I never stopped to think that in order to heal faster, I should have been eating - supplying my body with the nutrients it needs to fix itself.
Anyway, now that the holidays are behind us, I’ve actually got some leftovers…er…did have some leftovers (my body’s been loving the extra calories and I’ve since finished off every last bit of “extra” food we had). One of the best breakfasts I put together from these leftovers was this great sandwich. With a fresh smoothie to wash it down, I was in heaven. What a way to start the day!
GF “Leftover” Breakfast Sandwich
2 slices The Celiac Maniac GF/Vegan Rosemary/Kalamata Olive bread
1 sml organic zucchini, diced
Organic yellow onion, diced
Leftover beef tenderloin, cut into small pieces
3-4 thin slices Daiya Cheddar Style Cheese
Heat a little olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add zucchini, cook for about 2 minutes, or until softened. Add onion, cook for another 2 minutes, or until slightly opaque. Add tenderloin and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until heated through. Toast bread. Place one slice of bread on plate and add veggie/meat mixture. Top with Daiya cheese and other slice of bread.
3/4 - 1 cup frozen blueberries
1 medium sized carrot
8oz organic unfiltered apple juice
4-6oz lite coconut milk
1 good tsp vanilla extract
Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Now go eat!