In My Refrigerator (199/365)

by Lee Santiva July. 18, 2019 205 views
That's alcohol-free beer, in case you were wondering...

That's alcohol-free beer, in case you were wondering...

"In my refrigerator" is today's theme? Really? OK, here you go, another food photo for the hungry 365-challenge-calendar maker!

Every Sunday I spend almost all day prepping vegetarian lunches and dinners for the week. Due to my stomach issues I have to eat a special diet and I've found that making my own meals in advance has enabled me to keep my symptoms completely under control since I invariably have a reaction from cafeteria or restaurant food.

I hate looking into the refrigerator and seeing the same thing for lunch every day this week and knowing none of it is „fun“.

I can live a "normal" life without any medication but it also means no coffee, no alcohol, no acid of any kind which also means no juices, nothing tomato-based, no oil and vinegar, no marinades, no hot spices, no cow's milk (the milk in the fridge is for my husband), no fried foods, no artificial anything, very little sugar...I could go on, but you get the idea.

That is also why I find all of the food topics on the 365 calendar in a range from annoying to saddening because I cannot have it but must photograph it.

Discovering what I can/cannot tolerate was my personal 365-challenge in 2018, however there was no official webpage/calendar to guide me and I was all alone in the trial and error. Some days are better than others, unfortunately today‘s 365 topic did not inspire any creativity but rather negativity, sorry for that.

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Camellia Staab 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't envy you., Not being able to enjoy so many different food items is no fun and having to constantly be aware of what is good and not good for you, takes a lot of planning.. My nephew has Crohn's disease and I have seen what it does to him when he does not watch his diet. Although, I don't envy you as far as the stomach problems, I do envy how organized the inside of your fridge looks......did you prep it just before this shot? smile  

I hate my fridge because whomever came up with the placement of the shelves, definitely did not own a fridge themselves and I was stupid enough to buy it many years ago. Every day I pray that it breaks down so that I can have an excuse to replace it but no such luck so far.

11 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia Staab 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the kind words! Yes, I took the picture on Sunday as I was in the middle of prepping. The dinners were all boxed up and finished and the lunches were still in the oven.

Refrigerators in Germany, probably most of Europe, are much smaller than in America. The freezer is below so everything in the refrigerator is at a comfortable level no bending down to get to the bottom shelf.

Crohn‘s disease is much worse than what I have. for example,  I‘ll never need an operation, thank god. So I feel for your nephew, he‘s probably still young and that‘s tough

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Sherry Hill 11 months, 3 weeks ago

i feel for you.. food should be enjoyable.. that is a lot of restrictions.. i have my own too.. it does get frustrating.. luckily i enjoy preparing my own meals.. i rarely go out to eat..

11 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Sherry Hill 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Thsnk you for the kind words and sympathy Sherry. Living as remote as you do then it‘s more natural that you cook at home so it‘s hood that you like cooking. I‘m finding lots of shortcuts like the Crockpot for soups in the winter and salads (without dressing) in the summer, yes, we all have our health chsllenges

11 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Lee Santiva 11 months, 3 weeks ago

yes.. i am diabetic, lactose intolerant and allergic to sulfites.. diabetic means no sugar, but also no white bread, white pasta, white potatoes, white rice.. anything with white flour, like pizza, cake, pie.. CHIPS and french fries.. erghhh.. i will sometimes just roll the yummy food around in my mouth, get the taste of it, then spit it out.. sad right? LOL.. :D but i'm alive and well.. shrugs.. 
good luck Lee.. try to get creative..

11 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Sherry Hill 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Were you diabetic as a child or develop diabetes as an adult? I think the age at which we start to have restrictions plays a role - it seems unfair to suddenly not able to drink or eat pizza without “paying for it” after decades of indulgence. You are absolutely right, we’re alive and can live quite well with the restrictions, but it doesn’t mean we have to like it, necessarily

11 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Lee Santiva 11 months, 3 weeks ago

nope, just developed diabetes a few years ago.. go figure.. it's gotta be genetics.. Native American Indians seem to get it.. ah well.. i don't eat much sugar anyway.. but carbs? ahh.. miss them..

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Berckmans Peter 11 months, 3 weeks ago

That must hurt,missing out on some great tastes. What is a real treat for you,foodwise. Have been on a strict diet myself for a year,after a while I got really grumpy and asocial

11 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the sympathy, indeed it makes me asocial because I don‘t want to be a burden to the others either in what they cook when they invite me over or in the choice of restaurant. A real treat is the Oreo ice cream sandwich for some reason I tolerate that really well 😀

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