In My Refrigerator (199/365)

by Lee Santiva July. 18, 2019 220 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 1 year, 7 months 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.

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months 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

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 1 year, 7 months 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

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 7 months 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 😀

1 year, 7 months ago Edited