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?
Coleslaw for Sandwich
I don't normally eat a lot of 'fake' food. But one vegetarian food that I love is a product called Fakin' Bacon.
A tempeh product made from fermented soy and other organic grains, tempeh is high in digestible protein and fiber as well as loaded with iron.
Soy isn't normally on our menu - it's a devil in disguise - but in the form of tempeh (re:fermented) it's actually a good protein source. Plus, the price was right on these, about 80% off retail, and I love them in a wrap!
Please read more about soy, and why we only eat organic AND fermented soy, at this website: Natural News. (Sometimes the NN website is a bit inflammatory, but the information in this article is an excellent primer on why soy is not good for you. Want more information? Try this Weston A. Price Foundation article: Soy Alert!)
So, enjoy this recipe, it's a perfect antidote to all the heavy comfort foods we generally eat this time of year...
Recipe: Fresh 'BLT' Flavored Wrap
6 strips Fakin' Bacon, cooked crispy in pastured lard or olive oil
2 tbsp homemade Mayo
1 cup shredded Purple Cabbage
1/2 cup grated Carrot
1/3 cup thinly sliced Red Onion (or to taste)
1/3 cup Sprouted Lentils
3 large Lettuce leaves, washed (I like the red or green leaf lettuce, it rolls nicely!)
In a mixing bowl, mix together the mayo, cabbage, carrots, onion and lentils. Add some crushed red pepper if you like spicy!
Hold the lettuce leaf the long way, like a boat, and spoon in about 2/3 cup of the coleslaw mixture. Add 2 strips of Fakin' Bacon, and then wrap the lettuce around the mixture. Make 3 of these, then sit down with a glass of lemon water.
The fats in the mayo will give you energy, the protein will fuel your brain and muscles, and the fiber in the veggies will fill you up. Enjoy!