I found this photo on Flickr under a group titled “Food Porn”. 😀 While there are so many things that I can’t eat anymore….or that perhaps I can only enjoy in very small quantities….I still love food. As a friend said yesterday…”Boy! You’re a REALLY cheap date!” I can’t have alcohol, caffeine, gluten, chocolate, tomatoes, citrus, spicy foods, sugar or artificial sweeteners and I can only eat one cup of food at a time so going out to eat is much more about conversation and friends and lingering over a meal…it’s not about satisfying a hunger.
I may have to enjoy some foods vicariously but I’m enjoying the challenge of taking my new limitations and creating a new cuisine that I’ll find interesting, healthy, cost-effective, and easy to prepare. There are a lot of resources on the web, of course, but most of them are geared toward those who are trying to lose weight. There’s very little information for those who are trying to gain or maintain their weight. So, imagine how excited I was when I read the recent issue of Cure Magazine and discovered someone just like me! Like me, Chef Hans Rueffert had a tumor in his stomach and he eventually lost half of his esophagus and 60% of his stomach. He’s also written a book, Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow, which just arrived in the mail and will, no doubt, give me further inspiration.