Monday, July 11, 2011

Welcome to my refrigerator!

Welcome!
You'll notice the outside of my fridge has been beautifully decorated by two wonderful artists!


Meet the artists


Inside my refrigerator you'll find TONS of veggies and fruit.  You may even find "a little spinach".  Get it?




 My best tip for eating well is to have healthy things on hand that are ready to grab and eat.  You'll see that I have tons of cut up veggies.  I also have a container of chicken meatloaf muffins.  Yum!


I find myself making my favorite protein pancakes most mornings for breakfast.  Therefore, I always have plenty of liquid egg whites and cottage cheese on hand.  Oh, and the nasty looking thing hanging out in front of the cottage cheese is actually homemade pesto and not nasty at all.


In the picture above you'll notice half and half.  Here's the deal on that one:  I've tried everything else in my coffee. This is what I like.  I figure a few tablespoons of half and half in the morning won't kill me. 

I love almond milk in my smoothies.  Without a doubt, homemade almond milk is the best.  But it's summer and I feel too busy for almond milk making right now.  So, store bought it is.


We are not a soda drinking family.  I love to keep some mineral water (bubble water, as my kids call it) in our refrigerator.  Truthfully we don't go through mineral water very quickly either.  It's a rare treat.


What you can't see from the pictures...
We do have some purchased salad dressing but for the most part I like to make my own.
There's ground turkey breast hiding in the back for my favorite turkey burgers.
I keep tons of Asian and Indian spices in my refrigerator so I can easily spice up a meal.
And, last but not least, I didn't clean for you.  :)  Maybe next time.

What is in YOUR refrigerator?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fraud!


Fraud.  That is the word I used to describe myself to my friend in an email last week.  I told her that I feel like a fraud having a blog about healthy eating while my eating has taken a turn for the worse.  I explained how hard it is to post about nutritious foods while I'm finding myself eating garbage.

When I wrote that, I was feeling a little hard on myself.  I really don't believe that about myself.  I recognize that my version of unhealthy eating is still better than the average American diet.

Over the course of the past few months, I've let more and more junk into my diet.  I've gained five pounds and I kind of think that stinks.

I have to say that my weight is still relatively great - a few years ago I would have loved to weigh what I currently weigh.  In fact, my current weight is the same as what I graduated from high school weighing - and I was kinda cute back then! 

I've had a few things that have not been working in my favor.
1.  This darn never ending winter!  Today is April, 20th.  I woke up to snow.  It makes me feel blue. 
2.  Bad cycle.  I'm down about eating lousy - so what do I do?  Eat lousy.
3.  Poor stress management.  I've been eating my stress rather than working it off at the gym lately like usual.

Sunday was my low point with food.  We had some family stresses that day and my eating reflected how I was feeling.  At one point I found myself feeling so full that I was sick to my stomach but still shoving in more snack mix and licorice nonetheless.  I felt like a character on a mediocre made-for-tv movie about an eating disorder.  I went to bed with a tummy ache.  While I lied in bed, I made a decision.  Enough was enough.  The last few days have been much better!    

My "Operation Enough is Enough" Plan: 
Let it go.
Forgive myself.
Love myself enough to MOVE ON.

So what if I gained five pounds?  It's hardly the end of the world.  The sooner I stop fixating that and start making better choices the sooner I feel like "myself" again.  Nope, I haven't felt like myself at all while I've been making crappy choices.

I stumbled across something I had written about weight months ago.  I wrote it at a time when I was feeling invincible.  I was positive that I had figured out the food thing once and for all.   I never posted it because it didn't feel appropriate.  Somehow it does today.  Hopefully it will be helpful to you too!


A Word About Weight

This blog hasn't been and won't be dedicated to weight and the act of losing it.  The reason why I am writing about this is because I'm sure that many people will stumble upon this blog in their journey to becoming a healthier weight.

Thankfully, I never had a huge (so subjective) amount of weight that I needed to lose.  Although, I was once 35 lbs heavier than my current weight and many times 20 lbs or more above my current weight.  My body doesn't handle the extra weight well.  My blood sugar is out of whack when I'm not taking care of myself.

On that same note, my husband has also been heavier.  His top weight was 40 lbs above his current weight.  His cholesterol is screaming at him when his weight is not at a healthy number.

For both of us, when our weight is not at a healthy number, we require medication.  Somewhere along the line, we decided that making poor health choices and treating the side effects with medication was not a life we were willing to live.  Sure, if we made good choices and then needed medication, why not.  But to treat something we had control over, did not feel acceptable to us.

In a quest to lose weight, we tried all of the diets out there.  I am thankful that we are not playing the diet game anymore.  We have moved on and would never go back to that.

We wouldn't go back to a lifestyle that suggest that bacon is healthier than carrots because it has fewer carbs. We won't be on diets that suggest that a chemical laden ice cream sandwich is somehow better for you than an apple with almond butter since it's lower in calories. 

Here's what works for us.  We choose to eat for HEALTH.  We choose to exercise for FITNESS. 

When we decided to stop worrying about the number on the scale and to start eating for HEALTH, that's when our health (and weight) changed.  If you choose to fill your body up with foods that nourish it because you want to be in the best health possible, having a great body is just a happy side effect.

Don't get me wrong... I do keep an eye on my weight.  I do that with a different lens than before.  Now if I see the number creep up a bit:  I know that I need to chill out on making healthier treats.  I need to load more veggies onto my plate.  I need to not have that glass of wine and go for a cup of tea instead.  It's about balance.

May I please suggest this...
If you are trying to lose weight, let it go a bit. 

Instead, think of changes you can make for health.
Make a list.
What is on your list?  Maybe things like: stop drinking soda, eat smaller amounts more frequently, don't order fast food, cook more at home, try new veggies, cut back on sweets, etc.
Then not all at once, but rather, one at a time ~ TACKLE THAT LIST.
Pick one thing to change.  When that change becomes so automatic that you forgot that you were working on it, pick another thing to tackle.
You can do it!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Protein Pancakes

This one is a winner.  Literally. 


Call me goofy but I do this sometimes - we have family cook-offs.  About a year ago I was looking for the best tasting and healthiest pancake recipe I could find.  I looked around and found four different pancake recipes to try.  I made them ALL and we tried them all.  We had a unanimous winner and I'm about to share that recipe with you.

I was shocked that this recipe was the winner.  Believe it or not, it was by far the easiest and healthiest recipe of the bunch!

I originally found the recipe on allrecipes.com.  Thankfully I printed it off because it no longer exists on the site.  I've looked several times.  The original recipe credits the South Beach Diet.  I want to give credit where it is due but unfortunately, I can't give a more specific link.

We have changed this recipe and over the past year and have made it our own.  So the recipe I am sharing with you is a variation on the one I once saw. 

close-up of Caleb's plate
Protein Pancake Recipe

1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese (I use 1%)
1/3 cup ** liquid egg whites 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

** Be sure to use plain liquid egg whites - NOT an Egg Beater type of product that contains seasonings that would be nasty in pancakes!!

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Pour the pancake batter into a bowl and let it sit for five minutes.

Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray.  Add batter and cook over medium heat until both sides are lightly browned.

NOTES:
This is one generous serving.  Multiply the recipe to serve the correct number of people.

Immediately once it's blended I pour the mixture into a bowl and let it sit on the counter for about 5 minutes.  This was not in the original recipe.  I've tried to make the pancakes right away and they're too runny.  I've also tried to skip the bowl and let them sit in the blender instead but because it thickens as it sits it was hard to get the batter out of the blender.

ADDITIONS:
I've blended 1/3 of a banana per serving into the batter.  It makes a thinner pancake.
The kids love mini-chocolate chips!
Fruit is wonderful mixed in to the batter - especially blueberries.
Walnuts make a nice addition.

TOPPINGS:
almond butter
peanut butter
strawberries
blueberries
maple syrup
nutella
lemon curd

As an FYI: these pancakes are much denser and heartier than a typical pancake.  They are definitely not the fluffy floury kind of pancake.  To me, that's a good thing.  Those flour filled pancakes tend to give me a tummy ache.  Not these bad boys.  ENJOY.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Homemade Almond Milk - easier than you think!


I am crazy about making homemade almond milk for our family.  It is so good.  Once you try homemade almond milk, I just dare you to even try to enjoy the store-bought stuff again.  I'm sorry, but this recipe will ruin that for you.

Our entire family loves this recipe, although I must say that Caleb might be the biggest fan.  For a while, he was telling everyone that he loves to drink his "mama's milk" and that his "mama's milk" is the best milk ever.  That turned a few heads and raised a few eyebrows... hehehe!   

Most friends I talk to are convinced that making almond milk would be difficult.  That couldn't be farther from the truth.  It's really very simple.

If you do a little looking around online you'll find tons of almond milk recipes.  After playing with many, the following is what we've altered to make our own and like best.

Homemade Almond Milk by A Little Spinach

1 cup raw almonds
4 cups water
2-3 tablespoons agave nectar
1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate
1 teaspoon vanilla
dash sea salt

Step 1:  Soak raw almonds in water for 4 hours

Step 2:  Drain and rinse

Step 3:  Blend raw almonds, water (fresh water - not the soak water), agave, o.j. concentrate, vanilla, and sea salt in blender for two minutes.
*  I start the blender on low and gradually turn up the speed as the almonds begin to blend.  Once I reach a high speed setting, I set my timer for 2 minutes.

Step 4:  Strain
*  This can be done a few different ways.  I have nut milk bags that I purchased on Amazon.  They are very inexpensive - about $3-4 a bag.  They are reusable and easy to wash and take care of.  It makes it very simple to make homemade almond milk.  Note to crafty friends:  I bet that you could make your own nut milk bag easily too!
*  If you want to try to make almond milk but you're not sure that you're "nut milk bag" excited yet, feel free to use a colander and a cheesecloth for straining.
In both cases, you'll want to do a little squeezing to get all of the yummy milk into your container.  You should just have some very dry pulp left once this step is completed.  Ditch the pulp.

Step 5:  Refrigerate

raw almonds that have been soaked, drained, and rinsed

nut milk bag

ready to blend

while blending - starting to look like milk to me!

pouring the milk into the nut milk bag

straining into container

the very dry pulp that remains


MODIFICATIONS: 
Adjust the water to suit your tastes.  You could use as little as 3 cups if you want it very creamy or as many as five cups if you want a much lighter taste.
Play with the agave.  Make it as sweet or unsweetened as you like.
You can use almond extract rather than vanilla if you prefer.
Orange juice concentrate is not necessary.  It does not make the almond milk taste "orangey".  As strange as this sounds, I think it really brings out the almond flavor even more.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spinach Smoothie - Part Three


If you've been reading this blog for some time now, you already know that we love our spinach smoothies around here.  If you've tried them, you're probably already addicted too.

The kids love the taste.  I love that it's a great way to get in a lot of nutrition quite effortlessly. 

Over time, we've all discovered our favorite spinach smoothie concoctions.  I've shared Noah's favorite smoothie recipe and my spinach smoothie recipe.

Here is Caleb's.  It has both orange juice and yogurt in it which give it a nice tang.  Enjoy!


Spinach Smoothie by Caleb from A Little Spinach

1/2 cup of low fat vanilla yogurt *
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 giant handful of spinach
1 heaping tablespoon of ground flaxseed
3 - 4 ice cubes
1/3 - 1/2 of a frozen banana - optional (nice if you want it thicker)

Blend all together.  This makes one large glassful.

*  Our tip for purchasing yogurt:  When looking for yogurt, make sure that you can read and understand all of the ingredients.  Many yogurts are filled with some pretty funky stuff.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hummole - Is it Hummus or is it Guacamole?

I got this recipe quite some time ago from the co-op where I frequently shop - Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville, MN.

Being in line with my other favorites, it is:  fast, easy, delicious, healthy, and nutritious.  Hummole is packed with protein, fiber, and good fats.

You may be wondering if it tastes more like hummus or guacamole. It is much closer in taste to guacamole than hummus.  Think of it as Power Guacamole!  Added fiber and protein are a benefit to this recipe over traditional guacamole. 


Avocado and Chickpeas - the best of both worlds!



Hummole from Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville

16 oz cooked chickpeas (if using canned, don't forget to rinse beans)
1 avocado
3/4 jalapeno
1 clove garlic
juice of one lemon

Blend all in food processor until creamy.  Makes a great veggie dip.

Could it be easier?

While I do love this recipe as is, feel free to change it up a bit.  Here are a few things I have done to this recipe:  add a little sea salt, switch out the lemon juice for lime juice, add a little evoo, use a little chipotle for a smokey flavor.


Caleb says, "Dig in!"



What is Caleb eating in the bowl?  CHILI!  Be sure to check out that recipe too!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Elimination Diet completed, or is it?

I've been asked by many to give a quick update on the elimination diet I started at the end of December. 

Before I started this journey, I was excited but also wondering how much of a difference it could really make.  As one friend said, "You don't need this.  You eat healthier than most already."  Perhaps I didn't need it, but I was curious to see how I would feel cutting out some of the major offenders:  gluten, dairy, sugar, caffeine (I still did tea), etc.   

Two weeks into the plan, I posted an update on how it was going up to that point.  At that point, I was still missing coffee but otherwise feeling good.  No, I wasn't feeling good.  I was feeling GREAT!

Here we are - almost a month after my last post about the elimination diet plan. 



I've been asked a lot of questions recently... here are some:
What happened to me?
Did I finish the four weeks?
Do I have food allergies?
How am I eating now?
Did I lose weight?  (not my goal, by the way)
Do you need to buy the cookbook in order to do the elimination plan?

Let's tackle these one by one.

This is probably why I haven't posted an update.  I don't feel like there's much of an update to give.  I feel so darn good without all of the junk that I just haven't added it back.  Am I allergic or sensitive to gluten or dairy?  No idea.  I haven't had any since end of December.  I figure, if I feel better without, why add it back?  Will I someday have those things again?  Sure - in moderation.  Eating some of those things makes socializing easier but I could live quite happily without.  So, technically I'm "done" with the plan since it's been more than four weeks, but I am not done in the sense that this is just my new way of life.

How do I eat now?  I eat a lot of veggies, fruits, gluten-free whole grains, nuts, and seeds.  I also eat salmon about every three days and chicken once-a-week or every other week.  I was never a big meat person before I started this so it's not much of a change. I am also buying as little prepacked processed stuff as possible.  I have even cut way down on the "healthy" packaged items.  I'm making more homemade items like almond milk, buckwheat cereal, etc.  I am eating lunch as I type.  I'm having leftover coconut quinoa pilaf and a big smoothie with:  tons of spinach, blueberries, banana, pea protein, and ground flaxseed.

Weight:  Weight loss was not the goal for me.  When I started this plan I was at my lowest adult weight already.  A month-and-a-half later, my weight is still the same.  That's fine by me.  I'm not skin and bones by any means and I *could* lose a few pounds if I really wanted and tried hard.  I'm not in that mindset now.  I am very happy and comfortable in my own skin.  I love that at 36-years-old, I'm in the best shape of my life.  I love that I eat as much as I want (and I eat A LOT!) but since I'm just fueling my body with TONS of good foods, the weight works itself out.  I would guess that I'm being asked this because people wonder if they could lose weight on this plan.  Why wouldn't you?  If you replace garbage with good stuff, weight comes off. 

The Book:  You do not need to own the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook in order to do the elimination diet.  It's a fabulous cookbook and the elimination diet only takes up about two pages in the very back.  You also don't need to do the plan to get a lot of great recipes and ideas from the cookbook.  It's just a great cookbook.  I will say this though, if you are considering doing the elimination plan owning the cookbook will make your life a lot easier because it gives some great ideas.

For more wonderful ideas and recipes, check out this blog by the people who wrote the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and the elimination plan.

Any other questions I should answer?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My new favorite cookie! Almond Cookies


What ingredients come to your mind when you think about cookies?
I think of:  white flour, white sugar, butter, and eggs.

Obviously, eating an occasional cookie made from those ingredients isn't the end of the world, but I certainly wouldn't want to put a lot of those things in my body on a regular basis - especially the white flour and white sugar. 

I don't know about you, but I want to eat more than the occasional cookie.  That's why I love having a recipe for cookies that I can enjoy and feel good about eating.

This recipe so wonderful because it is made from natural ingredients that provide nutrients like good fats and fiber - all while fulfilling a sweet tooth.

Another bonus to this recipe?  Speed!  I swear... if you try this, you'll be amazed at how much faster you can whip up a batch of these over your standby cookie recipe.  All you really need is a food processor and a few minutes.

Once you discover how fast, easy, and delicious these are, you may find that you want to make a double batch! 


Almond Cookies from Raw Food Made Easy For 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet

½ cup raw almonds
¼ cup raw walnuts
Dash salt
½ cup pitted Medjool dates
¼ teaspoon almond extract
¼ cup raisins or dried cherries (optional - I used dried cherries)
¼ cup ground almonds

*Sometimes in raw foods recipes, you'll see that the nuts and/or dates are soaked first.  Nothing needs to be soaked in this recipe.

Place almonds, walnuts, and salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until coarsely chopped. Add the dates and almond extract and process until the mixture begins to stick together. Don’t over-process; you should still see chunks of almonds and walnuts. Add the raisins or cherries, if desired, and pulse briefly, just to mix. Remove from the food processor and place in a small mixing bowl.

Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the almond mixture into your hand and squeeze firmly until it sticks together. Roll into a 1-inch ball and flatten slightly, to make a cookie. Repeat until you have used up all the almond mixture. Roll each cookie in the ground almonds and place on a plate. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. Stored in a sealed container, Almond Cookies will keep for up to one month in the fridge or three months in the freezer.

Yield: 12 cookies, 4 servings

* The recipe may say that they keep for a month in the fridge, but let me say, "No they don't!"  You'll gobble them up long before that.

You may be asking yourself, "Does it get the kid stamp of approval?"  My answer is, "See for yourself!  In other words... YES!"



Friday, January 21, 2011

Cashew Cream - This is the recipe you want!

Why is the title of this post "this is the recipe you want"?

The title is in reference to a few special people.  But trust me - this is the recipe that YOU want too!
1.  This is for my dad who said, "You've got to blog about this!"  When I didn't blog about it in a timely manner he emailed to ask for it.  It is that good!
2.  This is for my sweet friend, Libbie (the middlest sister), whose son fell in love with it.
3.  This is for my close friend and fitness partner, Leah, who like me is trying to eat the most nutrient-rich foods possible.



This is a great fruit topping that can be used with all fruits.  I especially like it with berries.  My dad loved when I served it with grilled pineapple.  

Cashew Cream by A Little Spinach

1 cup raw cashews
3-4 Medjool dates (depending on how sweet you want the topping)
1 T. frozen orange juice concentrate
approximately 1/4 cup almond milk
a few drops of vanilla extract

1.  Soak the cashews in water for one hour.  Drain and rinse.
2.  If you are using soft dates, you may skip this step.  If your dates feel harder, soak for 10-30 min in water to soften.
3.  Put cashews, dates, frozen orange juice, and vanilla in food processor.
4.  Blend ingredients.
5.  Add liquid to desired consistency.  About a fourth of a cup is perfect.

Be sure to use RAW cashews.

Soak cashews for one hour.  Drain and rinse.

Medjool dates taste like caramel.  YUM.

Be sure to remove the pit in the middle.

Soak only if needed.

ready to blend

blending

the finished Cashew Cream

THAT'S IT!  Now tell me it's not simple.  It is so easy!

Friday, January 14, 2011

SNACK ATTACK!

I am often asked about good snack options
Here are a few ideas.
There are MANY more things that could be added.  

Fruit - a perfect snack!

ALL THINGS FRUIT
apple and nut butter
applesauce
fresh fruit
fruit kabobs
dried fruit
dates

VEGGIE LOVERS
veggie kabobs
veggies and dip

FOR THE LOVE OF HUMMUS
veggies and hummus
tortilla with hummus and veggies
pita chips and hummus

DAIRY, MOO
cottage cheese
crackers and cheese
string cheese
yogurt (yummy with granola and fruit!)

CARBS, PLEASE
granola bars
healthy homemade muffins or cookies
oatmeal bars
bowl of nutritious cereal
vitamuffins
popcorn

GIMME PROTEIN
edamame
hard boiled eggs
sliced meat with crackers
tuna – chicken – or egg salad on crackers

GOOD OL’ FAT
homemade trail mix
nuts
olives
rice cakes with nut butter
guacamole

MORE IDEAS 
smoothies - of course!
smoothie popsicles
quesadilla – tortilla, beans, cheese, salsa
meal replacement bars  

One more tip...
I often make up large batches of staples such as sweet potatoes, quinoa, cut veggies, etc.  So if hunger strikes I can grab half of a sweet potato, a little quinoa, and some veggies.  I like mini-meals for snacks too!
Of course, I am a huge fan of filling my hunger with smoothies!

What are your favorite snacks?  Do tell!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Elimination Diet - first two weeks

As you probably know, right after Christmas I started a 28-day elimination diet.  I wish it wasn't called a "diet".  I am really not a fan of the "D" word. 

An elimination diet is quite different the the diets you may be familiar with.  The goal of this diet (let's call it a plan) is eliminating all possible food sensitivities and allergies and slowly adding them back to see how they affect you - all while nourishing your body with tons of nutritious foods. 

I embarked on this journey for two reasons. 
1.  I really am curious to see if anything presents itself as a sensitivity - primarily dairy and gluten. 
2.  I hadn't been eating well over the holidays and I feel SO much better when I'm eating well.  This was like pressing the reset button for me with food.

I have completed the first two weeks, otherwise known as Phase One and Phase Two.  Phase One is the most restrictive and throughout the phases, foods are being added back slowly.  Tomorrow will mark the start of Phase Three for me.

The elimination diet begins with two days of a green smoothie fast - all of the green smoothies you want for two days.  I used ingredients such as:  spinach, mangoes, blueberries, raspberries, kale, flaxseed, hempseed, rice protein, and more.  I did not feel hungry during the first two days because I was diligent about making tons of smoothies.  The hardest thing for me was that I did miss the act of eating.  I wanted to eat even though I wasn't hungry. 

my first two days

Phase One begins on Day Three.  With that comes an approved list of foods from which to eat.  Believe it or not, Day 3 was the hardest for me.  Once I began eating, I wanted to eat EVERYTHING.  Eating from the approved list only was very difficult for me. 

Phase One Food List
Do you eat a lot of these foods now?  Have you heard of most of these foods?
brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, amaranth, teff, apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, berries (except strawberries), cherries, grapes, figs (dried and fresh), mango, kale, collard greens, lettuce, spinach, dandelion greens, bok choy, cabbage, parsley, cilantro, sprouts (all types), brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, parsnips, winter squash (all types), yams and sweet potatoes, avocados, onions, garlic, and ginger, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seed butters, pine nuts, mung beans, adzuki beans, lentils, wakame seaweed, kombu seaweed, nori seaweed, dulse flakes, fresh herbs, coconut milk, coconut oil and olive oil, kudzu, arrowroot (be sure its GF), guar gum (in small amounts), agave nectar and maple syrup

Once I got past the first three days, this has been a piece of cake!  I keep getting asked how it's going for me.  Truthfully, I tend to forget that I'm on some type of plan because eating from these foods has become second nature to me.  

This was my lunch today.  How could one complain about eating yummy food like this?

sunflower seed burger, sweet potato, sprouts, avocado

Actually, that's not all that I had for lunch.  
We can't forget to include the yummy spinach smoothie!  
I wake up craving green smoothies now in the way that I used to crave coffee.  
I am continuing to have at least two a day.


I need to tell you all something about this elimination diet plan so far.  
IT IS AMAZING, AWESOME, WONDERFUL, FABULOUS, BEYOND WORDS GREAT!!!!

The changes I've seen in only two weeks are beyond belief.
*  My skin better than ever.  I wake up every single morning excited to look in the mirror because my complexion is better every morning than it was the day before.  I have a vibrancy to my face that is phenomenal. 
*  My nails are growing like crazy too.  I keep needing to file my nails because they are growing hard and strong and long and not breaking off like normal. 
*  My energy level has changed too.  Before I would have more extreme highs and lows (thank you, coffee, I'm sure) and the best way that I can describe how I feel right now is a peaceful evenness. 

I didn't begin this journey for beauty reasons, but I'm thrilled by them.  It just goes to show that the outside reflects the inside.  If only eating this way would magically shave my legs for me too!

One more perk:  Although we don't have the kids on this plan with us (yes, US... Baard is doing it too!) they are eating so much better by default.  Thankfully for the most part, they also really enjoy the food we're eating. 
 
As far as my two goals: 
Pressing the reset button:  I feel so amazing that I want to continue eating like this.
Food sensitivities:  I'm just not there yet.  That will become more evident over the next few weeks.

The ONLY downside (in addition to missing coffee) is that most people don't eat like this.  It's a little hard socially.  So if you are a friend that is reading this and we're going to see one another soon, just let me bring food to share, okay?

If you're interested in learning more, please visit the Whole Life Nutrition elimination page.
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