The Big Changes...
I'm eliminating anything white. White processed flours, sugars, white pasta, white rice, all oils. I'm adding tons more greens. Replacing those empty flours with whole grains and nuts/seeds.
My day looks kinda like this...
slice of Ezekiel toast
smoothie (usually kale, blueberry, 1/2 banana, 1 date, unsweetened soy milk)
oatmeal, fruit, seed/nut combo
very very large green salad (mixtures of lettuce, kale, cabbage)
tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, mushrooms (anything and everything that is fresh)
seeds or nuts
no oil/no sugar dressing
soup or chili or steamed or roasted veggies or
quinoa, beans, lentils
a sugar and oil free dessert, usually fruit or a homemade dessert
Every day is like eating from a spa menu. I've been on this for 3 weeks now and am really starting to see a difference in the way I feel. I'm not getting those high and low feelings from food. I feel more even. If I get hungry between meals then I make a fresh veggie platter or grab a piece of fruit or some nuts or seeds. I've also been experimenting with delicious desserts that rely on fruits for sweetness.
You may be wondering the impact these changes will have on my budget. So far so good. The farmers markets are exploding right now with an abundance of fresh veggies and fruits and the prices are very reasonable. Also, without buying all the processed foods any longer that should offset any costs for eating this way. Plus eating out is going to be even rarer than before because there aren't many restaurants that cook without the ingredients I'm eliminating. And we are not even talking about the long term benefits of eating a diet so rich not only in vitamins and minerals but micro nutrients too.
Those Pecan Truffles up there are delicious and easy to make. Just a few raw ingredients and about 15 minutes of your time. I found them here at the Simple Veganista, a beautiful vegan site. Just pecans, dates, cinnamon and vanilla extract, I left out the pinch of salt. I rolled mine in cocoa powder, which isn't necessary either but man are they good. Perfect for when you just want that little bit of sweet after a meal.
In a food processor combine
1/2 cup oats
1 cup pecans
1 cup dates
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pulse this all together until it becomes pliable. I had to add 2 teaspoons of water to my mixture.
Form into small ball size bites. I put mine on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer for an hour or so and then transferred them to a container and keep them in the refrigerator.
My recipes from now on will rely on simple, fresh ingredients and less crap. You in?