Eat Real Food!

Where to Begin

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.