Well I officially lose at keeping up with the blog. But hey, that’s okay! I’m re-evaluating my priorities in life and I have decided that cutting down on my computer time does a lot of good. I am currently doing some online classes (since I moved back home for the semester) so I already spend enough time starring at the Mac screen as it is. With all that has gone on over the past several months, blogging just doesn’t seem like a priority anymore. I’ll still be around, just probably not as often. Instead, I’m going to be busy LIVING LIFE. The way it should be! :)
Anyways, I did want to do a little update on how the “new diet” is going.
In short: It rocks.
At first, I didn’t know what to do with myself. No grains? No dairy? No sugar? How will I survive?!? That lasted about a day. I soon realized that there are in fact plenty of ways to be perfectly satisfied on a Paleo (ish) diet. In fact, once my body adjusted to the new changes, I started craving only those nutrient dense foods and not really even caring about the ones I eliminated. Only 2 1/2 short weeks ago, I ate a diet heavy in grains and dairy and sweetener (ehhem, stevia). Now I am currently free of all three. WIll it be forever? Not entirely. For the foreseeable future, yes. My insides are very inflamed (from infection) and I am in need of healing foods. I will do whatever it takes to get back in good health, so that’s that! Once this whole health mess is behind me, I do plan on most likely sticking with a lot of the changes I have made, just a little bit more relaxed. Grains and dairy were unknowingly causing me a lot of problems and now that I know how good I feel without them, I will definitely use moderation with them in the future if I do introduce them back. Another plus is that once those things are eliminated, you have a lot more room for other delicious, nutrient dense foods…foods that your body is begging you for!
- my sweetener addiction is broken = cravings have decreased
- my fat intake has doubled
- I usually end up eating 4-5 whole eggs a day
- I cook everything in lots of coconut oil or grassfed BUTTER
- my fruit and veggie intake has increased
- my skin is so SOFT and CLEAR
- no more energy slumps
So yes, food: my diet is heavy on grassfed meats, eggs, nuts & seeds, avocado, butter, all things coconut, fruits, vegetables, potatoes, and a few baked treats when I’m feeling creative. And you know what? I am not bored one bit. I still love and enjoy everything I eat, except now I feel a lot better. Win, win.
Here are a few plates I have enjoyed lately:
strawberries, 3 egg spinach-garlic-daiya dairy free cheese-omelete cooked in butter
omelete and bacon
noatmeal: 1 mashed banana, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup almond mlik, 1 tbsp coconut flour, 1 tbsp ground flax, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract cooked on the stovetop. + almond butter
lunch bowl: romaine, cabbage slaw, avocado, sardines, coconut oil roasted butternut squash
dinner plate: shredded brussel sprouts cooked in butter and mixed with pulled pork + avocado
chocolate pudding: mashed avocado, mashed banana, and cocoa powder. topped with cashew butter. Avocado is amazing for desserts!
pumpkin micro-muffin: 2 tbsp coconut flour, 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1/4 cup almond milk, 1 egg, dash of baking powder, pinch of sea salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract and butter extract.Topped with canned coconut milk (aka the most amazing whipped cream).
I am having fun experimenting with new foods and new recipes on this new way of eating. It’s good to switch things up occasionally, so I have decided to embrace it. I’m slowly but surely getting back on my feet, and my diet is a large part of that. Ultimately, YOU decide what you put into your body…and I’m not going to kid myself anymore. I am focusing on real food and my body is thanking me for it.
That’s all I’ve got! However, DO check back soon for a giveaway opportunity that you will not want to miss! ;)