Friday is weigh day and I was excited today because I have basically been really good this week. I really had been good. I lost 3 pounds this week which puts my loss this year so far at 26 pounds. I am very happy with that. I found it all quite easy last week which is a relief. I didn’t have to do battle with my inner demons and I found it easy to choose healthy things to eat. I actually wanted to eat plants and not a lot else.
At least I did until I had some pineapple for breakfast today. I had half of a sweet and perfectly ripe pineapple. I enjoyed it to start with but then my tongue started to burn or at least feel as if it was burning. I have experienced this mildly before but never this strong. I should have stopped eating it but I didn’t. I regret that now because my tongue and the back of my throat have been painful ever since and I actually feel quite unwell. That may be me done with pineapple for a while. For lunch I made a salad a colleague at work had recommended I try. Spinach with 1 tbsp sultanas, 1 tbsp toasted pine nuts and less than a tbsp each of maple syrup and olive oil. I added cherry tomatoes to the salad and because I wanted some comfort food, I also boiled a potato and steamed some broccoli. I have come a long way because in the past, “comfort food” would have been refined carbs such as cake or a cheese toasted sandwich. Today it was potato and broccoli. The salad made my tongue hurt. It seemed to be the tomatoes and sultanas. The 2 dates I ate while I prepared this lot also made my tongue hurt. I was feeling fed up. This was lovely but I confess I did add some butter. Butter is the one thing I find hardest to give up. I would have thought it would be cheese but it is actually butter. I don’t want it very often but today I did and it was lovely, melting over these lovely vegetables. I shut down my lap top at 5:00 on the dot today so my long weekend could begin. I wanted to see a beautiful flower on my kitchen window sill and this was the prettiest one I could find in my garden. A beautiful pink camellia. Well actually it’s 2 cuttings, one of which had a double flower. Isn’t nature beautiful? I also find certain objects very beautiful, such as these white pots. They look like paper cups but they are a very fine matt ceramic. They feel lovely to touch and I like the way light comes through them. I bought them in Stockholm last year. I continued to feel quite rotten in the evening. A snooze helped a bit but not much. All I fancied for supper was banana nice-cream with almond butter and cacao powder. I had it topped with coconut. The smooth coldness was lovely on my still sore tongue and throat.
I think my love affair with pineapple is currently on hold.
Congratulations on a job well done this year Zoe. I have heard of this happening when you eat the core where all the fiber of the pineapple is, because of the protein in the Bromelain that breaks everything down and why it is used as a meat tenderizer.
I didn’t eat the core but I think you are correct re the bromelain. Having done some research it is a known effect of eating pineapple. It breaks down protein, including your tongue! So I need to eat smaller portions or have it in with a smoothie. I will be chopping up the remaining pineapple and putting it in the freezer until I feel up to consuming it again!