I've mentioned in the past my issues with eating meat, and my preference for a vegetarian diet. Well, as some of you may remember, I started eating meat again around Christmas. The reasons for this were that I was concerned that I wasn't eating well enough to keep my iron level under control. Plus, I was worried that my diet preferences would make more work for people, and I didn't want to be a pain. Anyway, after talking to my doctor during the huge drop in my iron level she is convinced it's due to... Erm... Natural things that are beyond my control, and not diet related. I eat those things that are most important for someone who is anemic to eat (green vegetables) so she sees no reason why I should have to avoid a vegetarian diet if that is my preference. Therefore, I have resumed the vegetarian diet, since I feel better in myself when avoiding eating meat and fish. It's been a month since I made this decision - after only about two months of eating meat again - and, yes, I do feel better for it.
As for being a pain to others? Well, it's so far not been an issue. Everyone keeps buying me fruit, nuts, etc, and I brought myself a braille book with instructions in it for cooking most types of food in the microwave. Why the microwave? Because my parents' cooker is a gas cooker, and I don't get on with gas cookers. But I wanted a way to make myself dinner if it's a help yourself day, or if it would be a lot of work for people to adapt the meal for me to have some. Most days people are cooking potatoes, veg and meat, so I'll just not have the meat. But something like shepherd's pie, for example... Well, you'd have to make a whole other meal for anyone who didn't want the meat when that's being cooked. And that's when my book comes in handy. :)
I haven't had the chance to make much using it yet, since it only arrived on Thursday. Thursday's meal was already planned without it, Friday I had food out with Mam, Saturday Nan offered to make me food, and there's always a roast dinner cooked Sunday, so I can easily just have the rest and not the meat on a Sunday. And that brings us to today. I did make myself some stewed fruit on Saturday though, and that was very tasty... Stewed plum and pear, with a little orange juice for an extra little bit of flavour. Very tasty, if I do say so myself! :)
I'm also no longer drinking "proper" tea. I'm now drinking herbal teas instead, since they genearlly have no caffine in them, and I want to avoid caffinated drinks. So, I'm drinking herbal teas, orange juice and water most of the time, with the occasional cup of cocoa or malted milk drink before bed. Well, I have had the odd bit of pop/soda when out, but that's only because there isn't always an alternative drink available.
Oh yeah, for anyone wondering... My iron level was up to 11 the last time it was checked (bearing in mind 12 is normal). It's due to be checked again on Thursday.
That's enough out of me for today, I think. So... Enjoy whatever's left of your day, and stay safe! :)