Wednesday, February 6, 2013
WHY??? the crazy lifestyle change?
Lots and lots of questions about how we are eating now. Mostly the deal is we are eating high amounts of good fats, good organic proteins and lots and lots of fruits and veggies. Why? We have been researching what grains can do to your body. Even whole grains and wheat, beans, rices.... They can cause many digestive problems as well as spike your blood sugar every time you eat them, causing messed up metabolism and sugar levels in your body. The thought is to try to keep your sugar levels as even as possible throughout the day. You can read info in the Wheat Belly Diet or many blogs that talk about Paleo/Primal eating. For breakfast, we eat a lot of eggs with lots and lots of veggies in them and sometimes meat. I have also made some paleo versions of pancakes and donuts. Lunches, we made sandwiches on lettuce wraps, salads with lots of veggies, meats, nuts and and oil and vinegar dressing. OR, we just have leftovers. Dinners are usually a high quality meat with a couple veggies. We make soups with homemade broth and no noodles, potatoes, or rice, just LOTS of veggies. We've been having fun experimenting with grain free pizza recipes on friday family game nights. Homemade broth is one of the best things you can feed your body. SO much nourishment. There are some really great recipes for desserts and treats. Some are hits and some are TOTALLY misses! I've made great lemon cake, brownies, peanut butter cups, coconut balls.... Snacks are easy... raw almonds, or other raw nuts and seeds, dried fruits, plain greek yogurt with fruit, fruit with nut butter, homemade crackers.... The fats we use are... tons and tons of coconut oil, butter, olive oil, bacon fat.... Sweeteners that are ok are pure maple syrup, stevia (a little more processed), raw honey (raises your blood sugar a little more, but has amazing health benefits) You want to eat for fuel, so you want the least processed, chemical free, organic, not nitrate..... food you can buy. Never low fat and never artificial sugar. This, like any lifestyle change or diet, could consume every minute of your life. The point is to live healthy so that you aren't sidetracked from what you were put here by God to do because of health issues or obesity. You also don't want to go too far the other way and become a diet snog or so consumed with what you eat that you don't have time for anything else.