managing an LCHF lifestyle in Israel
Some years ago, I wrote some posts for an international LCHF site. Unfortunately –the site got hacked and all the texts were deleted. Fortunately – I save all my own writings.
** This text was originally written before Purim, but I think the subject is valid for any holiday and as Chanukah will soon be here, I thought I’d post it again.
I don’t know what traditions you have in your family but in general, it seems like many traditions somehow are food related. It can be special dishes for a holiday or just sitting together for a weekend family dinner. And when we talk about traditions, frequently it’s very important to keep them just as they have always been. That’s what makes a tradition, right?
But what to do when you can’t eat some of the traditional dishes? If you have an allergy, most often there’s no problem. People seem to understand that you might actually die from eating that nut cookie, if you happen to be nut allergic. But what about affects you might not die from right away? How understanding are people then, in general? Hmm…
Sometimes it seems that many, kids and grownups alike, are “allergic” to certain foods when they actually just don’t like it. One can, of course, debate whether it’s better to blame an allergy or maybe being perceived as impolite. But we’re not going to discuss that here. Instead we’re going to discuss the “in between”; those who aren’t allergic according to the strict medical definition but definitely suffer health problems, though not as severe as instant breathing distress.
Many times we don’t even know what is causing our discomfort. How many are walking around after a meal feeling all bloated? Or have a lot of gases? What advice do we get? Eat “healthy whole grains”, right? But that might actually be what’s causing the problem in the first place! Or how many think they are lactose (milk sugar) sensitive? A lot of times they do have the right amount of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down the lactose) but the process can’t work properly because the intestines are inflamed due to gluten intolerance they aren’t aware of. Hey, these persons may even have checked whether they have Celiac Disease but tests haven’t detected it. (When you have Celiak you are more in the category of “deathly allergic” than “just sensitive” and a lot of physicians don’t acknowledge the simpler but more widespread “gluten intolerance”.)
So what does one do at a family gathering with lots of foods you can’t or shouldn’t have? Thankfully most people are caring enough that if you say a simple ‘no, thanks’ it’s accepted with no questions.
BUT then there are those dishes that we ourselves want to have, to feel that certain festivity. How do we say ‘no thanks’ to ourselves?
One way is to think about the rationale behind the tradition and see if it can be expressed in another way. Another approach is to realise that traditions can be changed. Living in a “new-family” constellation (remarried, both having kids from before) one learns to adapt and even change some traditions, as well as create new ones.
Why am I ranting about this? Well in Sweden it’s** “semlor” time and in Israel it’s Purim with food gifts. (It used to be about real food dishes but has developed into huge candy boxes …) And since I love semlor on one hand, and will give and will be receiving mishlochey manot on the other, this has been on my mind for the past few days.
So this is my strategy: I found some good LCHF recipes for semlor I’m going to try. Yeay! And I’m giving away LCHF friendly foods and hopefully won’t get to much candy. (And … shhhh …don’t tell, but … maybe I’ll redistribute the candy to those who don’t mind …)
How are you dealing with non-LCHF food traditions?