#147 – The Learning Curve

I think I have a lot to learn when it comes to finding the right balance in my stomach and in my gut. I’ve been eating mostly plant based for a few weeks now and it’s been good. Really. But there are still a lot of things that I have to figure out…like the deal with alcohol which seems to make me really bloated.

I’ve never noticed it before, but these past two days I’ve have two uncomfortable encounters and experiences with wine.

Last night I had some rosé wine with my dinner salad because I really felt like I wanted a glass of wine. But it left me totally bloated.

Today, we had lunch with some clients and had a few glasses of white wine with our meal…and I was totally bloated afterwards. Well, it might also have had something to do with the fact that I Ate way too many different foods – way too fast. I always thought people from Southern Europe were the kind of people who ate slowly and generally took their time to enjoy their food. But today we had a very rushed lunch and practically finished 4 courses in 30 minutes! I don’t know if it was 30 minutes, but is sure felt like it…

We had a salad with tomato, avocado, black olives and goat cheese to start with. Main course was a white fish with white rice and a tomato salsa. Then, we had Camembert cheese with toasted bread. And finally, we had fruit and ice cream.

And then, my stomach blew UP.

So, the lessons I learned today were the following:

  1. I cannot eat such a large variety of food in such a short time. I.e. I have to eat slowly, chew (not swallow!) my food and have a little time to breathe in between courses.
  2. Maybe I cannot drink wine or at least not certain types of wine…because they make me bloated. And some wines (like the one we had today) also give me a headache. So, about an hour after drinking two small glasses of wine I got another prize apart from the bloated stomach.

Lessons learned the hard way…for now.

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