Are YOU on a diet this January?
Was it your New Years resolution?
Are you trying to lose a bit of weight?
Save money on your food bill?
I guess one could say I am trying a diet plan of sorts. All of that heavy rich food of the holidays was really doing a thing on my stomach. I am not celiac, but my gut really hates wheat in any form. I also suffer from occasional pancreatitis which seems to be triggered by too much sugar. And that is SUGAR, not honey or maple syrup or stevia, just sugar.
I've also found myself craving produce. Vegetables and fruit in some quantities.
There is a lot of flu and Norwalk virus (which we used to call the stomach flu) around. I found this recipe on the internet and decided to give it a try in an effort to stave off those bugs:
About two inches of nice fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped.
Enough water to cover with about two inches or more if necessary. You want to have a cup of this brownish ginger tea when you are done.
Simmer the ginger a couple of hours. I think you could do this in a slow cooker if you have a small one. Strain the liquid. You must have a cup. If not, put some more water on the ginger and bring it to a good boil for 15 minutes or so.
Mix this hot ginger tea with an equal amount of liquid natural honey from a good local source. Make sure they are well combined, then store in a sealing jar.
To use, mix one or two ounces of this tea with the juice of 1/2 lemon and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Top up with warm water and enjoy!
I find it quite a pleasant tea to sip on in the afternoons instead of eating a crappy snack.
I also take about 5000 units of Vit. D. all winter and very rarely get the bug of the week.
So here is my plan: Drink my tea, take my vitamins, eat lots of fruit and vegetables, try not to eat things which I KNOW will make my belly rebel, and try to get more sleep.
Today I had some gluten free, sugar free raisin toast early in the day. We had to run to town for some errands. When we came home, I made a pot of potato leek soup, using the chicken broth left over when we simmered the chicken trims from yesterday's dinner. I think this meal cost about $1.50.