In the beginning of this little personal challenge, I was really thinking about the days. I would think about how many more days it was until I didn't have to think about everything I was eating. I would think about missing out on certain foods or going out for my favorite meal. There has been a switch flipped. I don't really want to go back to the way I ate before. I will eat some corn chips and corn tortillas now and then and some homemade sprouted spelt bread or soaked pizza dough, but really, I don't desire to go back to how it was before for the most part. Our food supply has been altered and we just can't tolerate what corruption has been done to our food, especially dairy and wheat. I am a little scared that once I eat a little, I will just slip back in to old habits but I hope I remember how it feels to eat the way we should. I have been a good eater for a long time. I keep it healthy for the most part but we can always do better. Better is better.
The most important thing to do when you want to make a change is to study everything you can about why it is bad to eat/do certain things. To break the habit, you need to have a reason. I knew gluten was hard on the body and that wheat is a huge GMO crop. However, I have now read so much that it is a testimony to me. I understand it. I believe it and I know that if I want to remain in good health, I need to stick to the lessons I have learned. If you don't have a good reason to change, change usually doesn't happen. For many of us, change comes when we are forced to change like a health problem in the family. This is a blessing. Being compelled to change sometimes is the only way it will happen. I thank my lucky stars for Tate and all his gut issues. I am sorry he had to suffer but our family are all truly blessed because we were compelled to change.
Day 13 was yummy.
Breakfast: Buckwheat and Brown Rice Blueberry pancakes and a very "healthy" green smoothie (code word for "didn't taste good").
Lunch: The last go round of the sweet potato salad, a cucumber and an apple.
Dinner: Vegetarian Chili Fries
My boys were tired of "lady food" (salads, veggies, etc.) My boys want man food. So , I decided to give them a hearty dish of Chili and Fries with a side of carrots and cucumbers. Unfortunately, when dinner time came, only the little man Tate and the princess child were home. Papa Bear made it just in time but the three who wanted the man food had to miss out. I enjoyed it. Maybe they will get the left overs today.
You don't miss the meat in chili and I did the Yukon Gold potatoes and fried them in some coconut oil. Yukon golds are more nutritious and less starchy than Russets.
I used pinto beans with black beans. Pinto's have been bothering my little tummy lately so I was a bit leery of eating them. I was pleasantly surprised when my stomach was perfectly content after a bowl. Something must be working.
**I really throw in whatever I have but here is today's ingredients:
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced sweet peppers
2 garlic cloves, minced
Saute in some olive oil (I used jalapeno olive oil)
Puree a pint of whole tomatoes. Add it to the peppers and onions.
Add in a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes. I use Eden brand. No BPA.
Add in beans as desired. I used pinto and black but you can use whatever you like. I probably had around 4 cups of beans. Use more tomatoes or beans as desired.
I added in about 3-4 tsp of chili powder.
Smoked chipotle seasoning, to taste
Simmer for a good 1/2 hour or more.
You don't need the chipotle seasoning but it makes the chili in my opinion. You can also add veggies like carrots and zucchini's or even cooked quinoa.
Make extra to freeze!
A little treat: I made a little treat for Tate today that I was looking forward to sharing with him. I ate half of the cookie and I realized that the sweetness didn't even taste good to me and that I didn't want/need one. He loved them though and they are easy as pie. I think I have posted them before. They are from my friend , Kami's blog:
Gluten/dairy free Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp baking soda
Mix and bake at 350 for about 9 minutes.
Can't get much easier.I used up the last of my peanut butter that wasn't recalled.