When I was younger I never understood when people said that they liked a certain food but it didn't like them. I used to think, what a cheek! Food wouldnt dare not like me. I was happy to say that I could pretty much eat anything and everything. Alas those days are gone. I have always had what could politely be called a sluggish digestion and so fibre and fresh fruit has usually figured large on my menu. However slowly over the last ten years or so my innards have been protesting and getting fussier and fussier. And finding a happy medium is proving very hard.
Raw fruit is a really tricky one. It has to be so ripe, almost on the turn before I can tolerate it. A wonderfully juicy slice of melon can leave me doubled up in pain. It's sad but I now have several things on the 'they don't like me ' list. At the top is apricots, if they are dried it's worse. I have no idea why.
In an effort to improve the situation I started drinking Actimel and other such daily supplements. To start with, all was well, but then I developed an intolerance to milk and although plain yogurt seems OK the L-cassei immunitas stuff is now on the list.
So. Now I am trying fermented foods. Basically pickled vegetables. The idea is that you have a spoonful every day with your main meal and it should help improve your digestion. I started with sourkraut, or fermented cabbage, which turned out to be nothing like the tinned stuff. In fact it is more like the pickled cabbage we had in Japan. Crunchy, a little salty and not at all onerous to eat.
Today I grated some carrot and layered it with salt just like I did with the cabbage. I can start tasting it in about a week or ten days. It improves with age apparently.
The special lid allows carbon dioxide emissions from the veg to escape but doesn't allow oxygene in, which would turn the veg bad. The old fashioned way was to place weights on the veg so that it remains underneath the juices that it makes by itself. No extra liquid is added. Just veg and salt.
There wasn't very much juice produced by the cabbage, perhaps it wasn't as fresh as it could be. Anyway. To cut a long story short, so far so good, but remembering to eat a spoonful with each meal is hard. But here's the thing, I don't have any digestive issues when I eat chocolate cake. Or puddings, it seems that only healthy food upsets me. Funny that.
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