Recently I have been diagnosed with IBS after having a particularly bad few weeks. I have been told in the past that I might have it, and I worked out for myself that I was probably lactose intolerant, but after this particularly bad flare up I decided we really needed to do something about what we eat. Our meals aren’t ‘bad’, but not great either, and the snacks on top don’t help.
I immediately started researching what I should be eating, and perhaps influenced by the toddler watching My Neighbour Totoro for the fifth time that day, I started looking into Asian, and more specifically Japanese cuisine.
I’ve always loved Chinese food, and anyone who knows me knows about my long standing obsession with noodles. I have never dared Japanese food though, as I don’t really like fish, particularly raw! The more I looked into it though, the more I began to like the idea, fresh ingredients cooked in a healthy way, and with all the flavours I love.
I took a deep breath and researched sushi. I found, to my delight, it was not the horrifying raw fish ordeal that I imagined. You could even have vegetarian. I wrote my list, headed on down to the local supermarket that I knew sold everything, and filled my basket.
First I tried Miso soup. After 24 hours with little food, I found this broth to be a really delicious and filling treat. That night we tried the sushi. We set it up, and after watching a tutorial on Youtube we went for it. We used seafood sticks, carrots and spring onions for one, and the other was tinned tuna and cucumber.
I think you’ll agree that it’s not bad for a first go, and it was absolutely delicious. Not only that, for the first time in ages we left some as we were so full. We served it with kale crisps, which is just shredded kale leaves sprayed with oil, seasoned and baked. No reaction afterwards, which meant that for the first time in days I went to bed without a bad tummy.
Spurred on by this success I decided to try Vietnamese spring rolls for my lunch. Not the deep fried kind, but instead a very light meal of chicken, vermicelli noodles and salad wrapped in rice paper with a chilli dipping sauce. I have been having bad reaction to bread, particularly whole wheat, and this makes a great, healthy alternative to a sandwich. You can pretty much fill it with what you like. Incredibly tasty and no bad reaction afterwards.
I really think I’m on to something here, and I’m excited about all the possibilities. Next up, won ton soup. Bring it on!