Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ED: Day2

Today, I had the same breakfast as yesterday, since my oldest boy, Grady, wanted some too.

Snack: Kiwi and trail mix base (no dried fruit, except the banana chips)
 


Lunch: Bed of greens, celery, 1/2 roasted beet, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts,1 can Shelton's chicken breast (5oz size), 1/4C black beans, avocado dressing

Dinner: Bell & Evans Chicken Burger, spaghetti squash, broccoli, side salad with avocado dressing, homemade pear juice with ground chia seed (to help make me feel full)

Snack: Apple, 1 roasted beet, chicken broth with wild rice blend and garbanzo beans garnished with parsley

Today I went to my local health food store (yes, again!) and got coconut aminos to make stir fry sometime this week and buckwheat flour so that we can have pancakes. The ground chia seed that I mixed in my drink at dinner will also be an egg substitute, but I will post more on that later.

Monday, September 29, 2014

ED: Day 1

Today is the official start of my journey on the Elimination diet. Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging about what I ate every day and I hope to take a lot of pictures too, so you can see how yummy these foods really were. Keep in mind all foods are organic.

Breakfast: Farina (hot rice cereal), raisins, raw local honey, unsweetened coconut milk, and raw pecans.

Snack: 1/2 bosc pear and cantaloupe

Lunch: bed of lettuce, cauliflower, cucumber, 1/2 small roasted beet, celery, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, 1/2C black beans (not canned), avocado dressing (avocado oil, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, dried parsley, Himalayan pink salt in a condiment squeeze bottle I bought from Wal-mart)

Snack: Apple & 8 raw macadamias

Dinner: steak (from Tierra Verde Farm), baked garnet sweet potato with raw honey and cinnamon, broccoli, side salad mixed greens with avocado dressing

Snack: Rice cake (Lundberg plain), almond butter, banana, trail mix (Yes! I was hungry...)

Today, I went through my pantry and found many different types of raw seeds (pumpkin and sunflower) and nuts (cashews, pecans, and almonds) and threw them together in a glass container with coconut chips, unsweetened banana chips to make a trail mix. I will throw a few raisins or other dried fruits in when we are on the go, or I just need something to munch on.
Second, I got out the dried beans I had bought from our coop a few months ago and started them soaking so I can have a variety of beans to choose from to eat during the day. The garbanzo will also become crunchy beans, since the kids and I enjoy those as snacks every so often.
Lastly, I made some mixed rice to be able to make miscellaneous things during the day also.

I figure with the chicken bone broth I made this past weekend and some rice and beans and a little bit of canned chicken and veggies, it will make a really nice soup.

Pre-making items are key to eating healthy in the first place. This way, I am eating healthy and can't just say I can't do this ED, since nothing is made.

Update and Elimination Diet

Wow! I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get back to blogging, but life this summer was pretty crazy. Even right now life is not normal.

All summer it seemed to rain too much and my garden over grew with weeds and choked out most of everything I so lovingly planted in the spring.

In August, Eric had 2 huge jobs that were at least an hour away, and thankfully we had just purchased a used travel trailer, so we decided to pack up and go with him. All I have to say is that it was quite an eye opening adventure. We stayed at a total of 4 different RV parks in a span of 4 1/2 weeks. We know that we will never be visiting 3 of them again. We really enjoyed our stay at Heritage Hills in Thompson, OH. I enjoyed that the owners were at the front actually working and interacting with their guests. It was nice to get to know them and their beautiful Golden Retriever, Shiloh. Once we got home, we had to get used to life in our house again.

In the past 2 weeks, we have had our grass done again and it is finally growing! We also had a mishap with Carmel, our orange and white Tabby, with his tail. We find out tomorrow if it is healing correctly or if he has to have the top half amputated...


The last thing is, I have had some things going on for the past year personally, that I have tried everything under the sun to get rid of myself. Nothing worked and it just got worse, so I finally found a naturopath and decided to give her a try. As of tomorrow, I will be on the Elimination Diet and I would like to keep a blog journal to show what I eat everyday and hopefully in the end be healed as well as help others who are searching for ideas on what to eat on this diet.  On the diet itself, here is the list I am not allowed to eat:
Conventionally raised meats
All dairy
Gluten containing foods
Corn
Eggs
Soy
Nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplant, white potatoes and peppers)
Citrus fruits
Coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol
Sugar & artificial sweeteners
Food additives
Peanuts
Harmful oils (canola, safflower, sunflower, corn, Wesson, or peanut)
Condiments
Fermented foods (even vinegars)
Yeast
Fungi (mushrooms)
Chlorinated tap water

So, what does that really leave?
Here is the list to eat. Everything needs to be organic!
Protein (poultry, lamb, lean beef, lean pork, and wild game)
Milk substitutes (almond, rice, coconut)
Grains (brown or basmati rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, tapioca, oats)
Beans
Vegetables
Fruits (fresh or dried without sulfates, sweeteners or preservatives)
Sweeteners (raw honey, local maple syrup, stevia)
Nuts & seeds (sprouted, raw or dry roasted only)
Oils (organic cold-expeller pressed olive oil, flax, coconut, avocado, walnut, hazelnut, or sesame)
Spices and herbs (except cayenne, paprika, or other peppers)
Beverages (water, decaf green tea, herbal teas)

Over the next few weeks, as I go through this, I hope to keep a blog journal with my daily menu of what I find to eat (please don't expect anything too gourmet or exciting...). I hope to help others, as I have already said, that are doing this too, as there are so many variations of this and it seems mine is much more strict than most others out there. I have checked many other blogs and sites and have mostly given up because they almost always have something in the recipes that I am not allowed to have.

Even as I type, I have a batch of homemade pear sauce in the crockpot making pear butter for me to be able to eat, since every single 100% fruit preserves out there has citric acid in it. I will also be making my own baking powder, since they all contain corn starch. I spent an hour yesterday in the gluten free section at my local health food store and ended up only buying 1 thing (rice noodles), because everything had either corn or potato starch as binders in their ingredient list. It was very frustrating. So, as of tomorrow morning, I will embark on a new and challenging endeavor. Hopefully all my followers will learn something along with me.

If you do decide to do this, please comment.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Update

Today I ate my first sun warmed tomato off the vine. This will be the first of few. This spring brought too much rain and much of my garden has either been drown or eaten by ground hogs. I did get many peas, but other than that, the ground hogs enjoyed a mixture of my lovingly grown broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and peppers. Most of the flower garden is non-existent, the herbs are stunted, and the rest are trying desperately to hold on and grow. Even the yard that we seeded is having a very hard time.

In another subject, my wonderful, dear husband will be 40 at the end of this month. I know he doesn't read my blog, do it is safe to tell everyone else that I am planning a surprise get together with family and friends. Just incase he does read this, I won't tell you where or exactly when, but scheduling has been very difficult. It is even more difficult to get ahold of his friends, since I never call them, no one would answer their phones, since they don't know my number! It took me calling 4 times to get ahold of one friend!

Life has been such a whirlwind the past few months, and I wouldn't change most of it. As long as I have my God, my husband, and my children, I am happy.