heatherr30 wrote: Hi I live in Germany too. Just wanted to say that kale is called “grunkohl” and is available in shredded form in the frozen foods section of nearly all supermarkets. It’s harder to find fresh, you may have to wait thru spring, but I have only found it fresh at the farmer’s market. They also have a “vitaminmix” that I really like (lots of dark leafy greens all mixed together).
I have a bag of the frozen Grünkohl in my freezer. 🙂 But I can’t seem to find it fresh, even at the Wochenmarkt. Haven’t seen the “VitaminMix”. Do you know which supermarket brand carries it?
As for birth control, have you heard of charting? It’s just as effective as the pill when done correctly, there is a free website that could get you started at fertilityfriend.com. A book that a lot of women read when starting to use this method is “Taking charge of your fertility” by Toni Weschler, which could be ordered to Germany. It may be a lot to get your head round at the moment with the other health issues but it’s far better on your body than taking hormones.
I’ve been off the pill before (2005-2009), so I have a diaphragm, and I know how to keep track of my cycles. However, the last time I went off the pill was when my stomach problems started, so I’m interested to see what happens this time around. Tomorrow’s the first day off!
I’d be really interested to see your drs recommendations and find out what breads/ lunch meats etc are allowed. I also share the same problem as you, we rely on bakeries a lot esp when out during the day and I can’t imagine what to eat during the day other than bread rolls.
I’m going to try to hit up my Hautärztin tomorrow, so we’ll see what she has to say. The sheet she sent me said Vollkornbrötchen are okay, but the only Brötchen I’ve been willing to consume thus far are Vollkorn-Dinkelbrötchen made without any Hefe, and I really only have one of these a day. At Kaufland the other day I found a Vollkornbrot mit Hafer und Weizenkeimen that’s made without yeast. My sheet also said “Knäckebrot” is okay (maybe with some homemade bean-and-hummus dip? is that allowed?). Now I know folks here tend to lean in the direction of NO grains, at least not wheat or rye, so this is one discrepancy between the sheet my doc gave me and the version endorsed here. I hope to find out more tomorrow. Good luck to you, and if you have any more advice, please let me know.