.Good Food.

So, we're a couple days into our new eating lifestyle, and I'm really encouraged. It hasn't been too hard, and once you begin filling your body with the good stuff, you don't miss the bad stuff. In all honesty, I havn't had any cravings that something we can eat hasn't satisfied. Really, the point isn't a diet, but moving towards a lifestyle of eating natural, real, and quality foods, which unfortunately in our culture takes creativity and adjusting. So far I'm still pretty tired in the afternoon, but I'm trying to pay attention so that I can see if that starts getting better. Other than that I feel great, and even if it's all in my head, I'm happy to be able to feel good about what I'm putting in my body. (Keith reports goodness as well, it's so fun do to have his partnership in this.)

As far as the details go, on sunday I cooked for about 3 hours or so, after grocery shopping. I made black bean soup, lime-cilantro vinaigrette, and ratatouille to provide for meals throughout the week when we wouldn't have time to cook. For breakfast we've been eating granola, fruit, and either organic yogurt or soy milk. I try to snack every few hours on nuts or fruit. 

And today I discovered my hero: Heidi Swanson of 101cookbooks.com, seriously the most beautiful, thoughtful food blog I have ever seen, chock full of healthy, vegetarian, natural food goodness. 

But we have not forgotten the most important food in all of this. The kind that will never leave you hungry. The daily Bible reading plan is such a blessing, and has really been transforming my mornings. 

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." John 6:51


Patrick said...

I don't get it. Why yogurt but not dairy? Why granola but not wheat? Why whole wheat next week but not other wheat?

Elaine Davis said...

the difference between yogurt and dairy is the live active cultures. The difference between granola and wheat is that granola is made of rolled oats, not wheat, and rolled oats are one of the most nutritional foods around. a "superfood" if you will. As is yogurt. (http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/superfoods-everyone-needs, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfood) or just google superfoods. Most lists are basically the same. The issue with wheat is two fold. 1) many people have gulten allergies that make them feel crappy, so part of the "detox" is to avoid potential allergens for long enough that when you re-introduce them slowly you can tell the difference. I don't think I have a gluten allergy, so eventually I will happy reintroduce whole wheat, but still avoid white flours that are stripped of nutrient. To make baked goods and pasta you have to have some gluten in them in so they'll hold together, but for other purposes there is a huge variety of more nutritional flours. I just like the idea of trying something new and not letting a big grocery chain completely dictate my diet. But for the things that wheat is best for, yay for wheat. http://theholisticchef.blogspot.com/2008/05/alternative-flours-explained.html. Keep the scrutiny coming. It's good for me.

Britney said...

Way to go elaine for keeping to this new lifestyle! It's going to be neat to hear your feedback from how it goes-- it's definitely intriguing.

P.S. so glad to hear the soup turned out well!