Risky Chicken

The food blogs are driving me crazy… You may wonder why? Well, as a lacto-ovo vegetarian I only eat vegetables, eggs and dairy products. And as I’m not a faithful vegetarian I also eat fish. I started with this diet about 5 years ago as I’ve never been especially fond of meat. The first years of this diet I also ate chicken, as most people say that white chicken meat is healthier than red meat. But that was before I got ill… One spring day in 2003 my knees swelled up and the following months consisted of operations, medicine and uncertainty. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me, and the pain was killing me, furthermore I could’t walk properly so the summer was spent at home in pain. Finally the doctors came to the conclusion that I had eaten chicken infected with campylobacterias. Most people that get a campylobacter infection only get diarrhoea, but a small percent get a reactive inflammation that attacs the bigger joints in the body, in my case knees and left wrist. The treatment that I got was special rheumatic medicine and cortison injections and the doctor’s told me that it could take two years to get well but also that there is a risk that it has become chronic.

The chicken that made me ill was rather easy to trace. The whole spring of 2003 I ate chicken for lunch everyday, bought from one of two Thai restaurants near my former job. Every evening I only had cheese sandwiches for dinner, so I came to the conclusion that it was one of the two restaurant’s fault. Anyway since that episode I don’t eat chicken, only very very seldom when I get an enormous urge for it and I cook it myself at home. But most of the time I just loathe it…
It’s now been almost 2 years since I got the inflammation and even though there has been a mayor improvement during the last 6 months I still have pain, and even if I don’t have as much reduced mobilty as I had earlier, I still have problems with pain, walking in stairs and bending my knees.

Fredrik loves meat in almost all shapes, except for lamb’s brain etc, and at home we have to be imaginative when cooking dinner. Most of the time we always figure something out (thank God for Quorn) or we just go to a restaurant so that both of us get what we want. One of our favourite dishes at home is baked potatoes. We eat them with chopped red onions, sour cream, Crème Bonjour Cuisine with Pepper and Crème Bonjour Cuisine with chive (Crème Bonjour is absolutely amazing, but don’t confuse it with the cheese because I’m talking about a totally different product, a kind of cream or something). In addition to all theese things Fredrik eats bacon to the potatoes, and myself I eat corn. When Fredrik fries his bacon I always get a big urge even though I don’t really want to eat it. And it’s the same thing with most of the meat dishes that I read about in food blogs on the internet. Some of them sound so delicious, even though I probably would feel sick if I had to eat them. I’m a bit worried that the food blogs will ruin my diet and life, but we’ll see about that :-)

4 Responses to “Risky Chicken”

  1. Anne
    January 20th, 2005 17:09

    Åh, men hojta till nästa gång du ska upp då! Jag har nämligen det perfekta lunchstället – http://www.stationshuset.se/

    Jag har velat gå dit jättelänge, men Per är väldigt anti-veggo-eko-nyttigt så det har inte riktigt blivit av. Men perfekt för foodisar, tror jag. (Hoppas.)

    Brännaren ja.. jag har inte testat igen ännu, faktiskt. Väntar på något bra tillfälle, det är ju lite tramsigt att slänga ihop en brule bara till MIG, och Per uppskattar det inte alls. Men jag måste träna, helt klart. Kanske kan göra en karamellisering till nästa SHF… fast jag lutar åt att försöka mig på traditionella wienerbröd. Vi ska ju ev. ha forumfika hemma hos mig i februari också, så det kanske kan vara ett bra tillfälle :) (Livsfarligt att baka en stor sats wienerbröd annars – DET äter nämligen Per. Jag är inte så förtjust själv, men.. finns det hemma går det säkert ner.)

  2. Zarah Maria
    January 24th, 2005 23:27

    Sorry to hear about that, I’m sure you will be all fine eventually. I’m not good with chicken, but bacon, ah!I’m such a sucker for it, I just can’t help myself! I can’t eat a lot, just a small slice but it’s goooood when I do… I’m a poor excuse for a vegetarian… Ah well, we can’t be good all the time! Nice blog, I’ll definetly stick around!

  3. Barbara Fisher
    January 30th, 2005 05:30

    Campylobacterias is nasty stuff; I am sorry it hit you so hard.

    I hope that your health improves as time goes on.

    I am not a vegetarian myself, but I do tend to prefer vegetables, especially legumes, greens and tofu, to many other foods. If you ever get stuck for cooking ideas, contact me at my blog–tigerberries.

    BTW–I love your cat pictures! I have seven cats myself.


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