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 :-)