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Back to the Basics

By on May 24, 2017

It is both frustrating and amusing when strangers and friends alike ask, “Oh, you’re trying the gluten-free thing?”  I am convinced that gluten eventually caused my gallbladder to function at 5%.  So, yes, I guess one could say I’ve been “trying the gluten-free thing” and the “clean food thing” for about five months now and choose not to go back to the bloated belly and miserable “blah” feeling that so often comes with the gluten gut.

I have chosen to maintain a diet of fruits, vegetables, meat, grains, and dairy.  It sort of bugs me that the word “diet” has four or five definitions.  I have never been on a fad diet where I restrict myself to a certain amount of calories or weigh in habitually.  Those types of diets would not bode well for my personality.  Like most, my human nature is to go against whatever it is that I am supposed to be doing.  If I tell myself that I don’t need to eat the candy or to drink the soft drink, then I will gulp it down.  However, if I tell myself that I can eat whatever I want, I end up eating real food!  I recently watched a documentary on Netflix entitled “Hungry for Change” in which I highly recommend.  I will warn you that this documentary is not for those who aren’t willing to have an open mind.  The following quotes are just a few concepts from the show.

Why Diets Don’t Work: We can lose weight on a diet, but it’s a little bit like borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. We can drop 10 pounds through sheer willpower, but we’ll have to pay it back. And pay it back with interest. Every time we force ourselves to lose weight, our bodies will hold on to extra weight to protect itself from a perceived famine. – Jon Gabriel (Hungry For Change)

One may lose weight with a fad diet at first, but it is mostly fluid.  When following a fad diet, the necessary food groups aren’t always allowed.  There’s that word and negative mindset again–allowed!  The recommended amounts for weight/height from the good ole 4/5 food groups are all anyone needs to lead a healthy lifestyle.  According to www.choosemyplate.gov, I should consume 2,000 calories per day which should consist of 2 cups of fruits, 2.5 cups of vegetables, 6 ounces of grains, 5.5 ounces of protein, and 3 cups of Dairy.  I do not measure my food or chart it anymore on my app, but I do get pretty close to these amounts daily.  I have always considered my intake to be fairly healthy, but I realized about five months ago that I was addicted to sugar.  This addiction is sneaky.  It also took about three weeks for the crazy cravings to subside.  It was so worth it.  Now, I mostly get my sugar from the whole foods that I eat.  When I make bread or cookies (gluten-free), I sweeten with local raw honey or maple syrup. I hope to spark an interest in eating healthy by going back to the basics.  Focus on adding real food instead of telling yourself “No”!

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Where to Begin

By on March 22, 2017

When I started eating clean and gluten-free a few months ago, I was ready.  Tired of feeling fatigued and bloated, I thought I’d give the whole gluten-free thing another go.  I had tried a few weeks before my Cholecystectomy a couple of years ago, but the timing wasn’t right.  At the time, I didn’t really see or feel a result because my gallbladder was functioning at 5%.  Keep in mind that all of this is in hindsight.  Over the past year, the symptoms became heightened, I believe, due to the consumption of gluten.  For most of my adult life, I have checked the ingredients on packages to see just how many I actually knew or could pronounce.  It stayed in the back of my mind as I ate that bag of chips with who knows what plastered all over each one.  Heck, I’d even drink the crumbs!  You know what I’m talking about!

It just hit me one day and I realized that the time had come.  I want to be in control of what goes into my body.  I want real food.  What I have found is that real food tastes better.  We all know that it does.  Compare the tangy and sweet flavor of a fresh blueberry to the artificially sweetened cereal with blueberry-like bits floating around in it.  There is no comparison.  It’s just that we get into what we think of as a necessary convenience.  It’s really not a big deal to eat clean.  I would say I am probably around 95% clean eating and 100% gluten-free.  It has become a hobby or a passion of mine to plan and prepare meals for myself and for my family.  For example, tonight I made breakfast pork chops with brown rice (cooked with bone broth) and mushrooms.  For sides, we had kale chips and boiled okra.  I seasoned everything with fresh parsley, allegro sauce, black pepper, and sea salt.  It was super easy for me to go ahead and pack tomorrow’s lunch with leftovers from tonight’s meal.  For my lunch dessert, I sometimes pack homemade gluten-free bread or yogurt with hemp seeds and blueberries or strawberries.  I try not to eat fruit after lunch unless I know I will be doing some type of cardio.

So, I basically got tired of how I was feeling and decided to make a permanent lifestyle change.  The funny thing is that my permanent change consisted of eating real food instead of artificial ?*%!  It’s not a struggle or a bother because I am willing and ready.  I just wish I had decided to do this twenty years ago!

I started my journey by reading the following blogs:  

Next, I went through my pantry and moved all of the permitted items to the middle section.  That way, as soon as I walk into my pantry, the food for me stares me in the face.  Since I believe it is our human nature to want what we aren’t supposed to have, I don’t look at the other “food” as forbidden.  I look at is as undesirable and foreign.  I remind myself that my body doesn’t really know what to do with the “others” in all of that so-called food.

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Write to spark . . . motivation

By on March 17, 2017

“Ain’t nobody got time for that!”  I’ve heard  and made various forms of this excuse for too long myself.  It’s high time to make time for “that”. I’d like to spark motivation.  For over two months now,  I have been eating clean and gluten-free.  I am finally not blown up like a balloon with a constant feeling of blah!  With just a bit of planning and willpower, show yourself that you’re worth making the time to eat better and to feel better.

I am not talking about a “diet” or at least not the misused version of the word.  Since I am not temporarily changing my eating habits to promote a particular outcome before returning to previous eating habits, I have adopted a lifestyle change.  My goal is to promote long-term weight control and health with the latter being of the utmost importance.  A diet focuses on food intake while my lifestyle change incorporates physical activity as well as the quality of the food.  My holistic lifestyle change has positively touched almost every aspect of my daily life. After doing much research on the topic, I now believe that I lost my gal bladder a couple of years due to consumption of gluten.  I had to make a change in order to feel better. Although this change is fairly new for me (almost three months), it is without a doubt my new way of life that I have no desire to change.  It has become a fun hobby for me to find tasty treats that are actually good for us.

Please check back for clean and gluten-free recipes that have made it to my family’s weekly menu.  I look forward to sharing ideas with you.  Feel free to leave a recipe for me by either leaving a comment or sending an e-mail to amyjoneswright@gmail.com

 

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