Today I ate a half of an Italian sub and realized yet again how horrible my food choices have become.
It's been a downward spiral for a long time, exacerbated by the challenges of a new baby, marriage struggles, and my own metamorphis of rediscovering myself in my new role as mom and wife.
Today I felt empowered to really start doing something about it. And honestly, I'm a bit leery of even sharing this struggle with anyone - I have a difficult time sticking to a food resolve. Any resolve. Especially a resolve that has me kicking my sugar and flour to the curb.
So I've given myself a time limit. Can I revamp my food, for two weeks, and run a bit of an experiment to see how I feel? So, we're going to start some solid daily journaling, you and me. You can respond, or just lurk, it's up to you.
I'll post my foods, my recipes, and my struggles. Starting with... a food list. This list is something I put together after deciding what type of change I want to see in myself. And right now, I just need to feel good again. This isn't a 'Forever and Ever' change. It's just for two weeks. I want to give my body a rest and replenish what I've lost.
That would be energy. And my figure.
I chose these foods loosely based on their cleansing properties. You'll notice I've basically gone meat and dairy and grain free. It's just for two weeks. Don't freak me out by suggesting I do that forever.
Nuts & Seeds (raw)
Chicken Stock (homemade)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (1 tsp in water or iced herb tea 4 times a day, between meals)
Herbal, caffeine free tea
Any good ones I missed that you want to add?...
Last week I started working on getting more sleep. This week I will be doing yoga and eating these foods.
Who wants to chime in?
As a kid, my mom made huge pans of granola. With four children in the house it never lasted long enough. I have the basic recipe memorized, but today, I wanted something a bit more sophisticated for my almost-40 palate.
Following the saying that I need burned onto my counter-top: 'Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.', I searched my cupboards for likely ingredients.
At the conclusion of my hunt I realized two things. One, I am a bargain shopping goddess; and two, I need to dig through my freezer a bit more, there are some neat ingredients in there!
You can use ANY nuts for this recipe. Add more, about another cup if you want to and if you have them. I used the pine nuts, not because I'm a snob, but because they were a super good deal (Oh! Did I leave that price tag on the lid? Why YES, I did get them for .29 per jar... and YES, they were originally $8.49...)
After much searching, I realized two things. One, I am a bargain shopping goddess; and two, I need to dig through my freezer a bit more, there's some neat ingredients in there!
You can use ANY nuts for this recipe. Add more, about another cup if you want to and if you have them. I used the pine nuts, not because I'm a snob, but because they were a super good deal (Oh! Did I leave that price tag on the lid? Why YES, I did get them for .29 per jar... and YES, they were $8.49...)
I hope you enjoy this recipe. I hope that you have access to fresh, raw, unadulterated milk. Phooey on the FDA. They have never enjoyed homemade granola with fresh raw cream. Maybe I should bring them some.
I could be a Raw-Milk Mary Poppins.
Scratch that. Terrible idea. Who would feed the chickens?
Enjoy, and let me know what you think.
Recipe: Tropical Autumn Granola
5 cups Rolled Oats
4 oz Pine Nuts
1/4 cup Flax Seeds
1 cup Shredded Coconut
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Raw, Local Honey
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp maple flavoring
1 tsp salt
1 cup raisins (you can use any dried fruit - apples, craisins, etc)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a cast iron skillet, I toasted the pine nuts and flax seeds in 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil. Then I mixed them together with the oats and coconut. In the same warm (heat off) skillet, I warmed my coconut oil, honey, vanilla, spice, flavoring and salt. I mixed it all together well, then poured it over my dry ingredients.
That was mixed until everything was coated well. Then I transferred it all into a large casserole pan - easier to mix that way - and began the baking process. I set the timer for 7 minutes. At 7 minutes I took it out of the oven, stirred it well, and back in the oven it went. I did two more 7 minute cycles, then took it out, gave it a final stir, and added the raisins.
Let cool completely before putting into an airtight container.
Like your stomach.