Tuesday, August 21, 2012

original food update

... or, why we went vegan / no sugar / no bread and never looked back.

i haven't updated this blog about our little original foods journey because, well, i've been busy trying to raise money to adopt a baby. sorry. but i figured since our 44-day journey is "over", it was time to tell you about it.

1st of all, we love this so much-- we're not as hungry as we were before. B, we eat amazingly delicious food. third, we discovered we have a mild gluten intolerance (gasp!).

how we feel:
great. end of story. pretty much. one of the biggest things we notice is that we don't get very hungry. well, i say WE and i mean I. because husband still gets hungry sometimes (he'll be the first to tell you that)-- but overall, we eat what our body needs and have learned a lot about using food for fuel instead of to fulfill a want or because of a certain emotion. it is so awesome what happens when you do that.

what we eat:
you can see my board here for the things we eat. i've made almost everything on it by now, and we have had VERY few failures. here's some of our favorites:
sweet potato curry
various lettuce wraps
soups and chilis
roasted veggies
roasted cauliflower (so amazing, it gets listed separate from regular veggies)
stuffed bell peppers
snacks-- nuts, fruit, nuts, fruit, nuts, fruit.
salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette
and we also eat out. with our new voluntary limitations, we do not have meat, bread, or any animal product. we stay away from sugar as much as possible, but are very aware that there may be some sugar in many restaurant sauces. and you know what? we eat it anyway. because one thing we won't do is become legalistic about it. so we often eat out at asian or indian restaurants, but one of our new favorites is the veggie plate at a local ethiopian hole-in-the-wall joint. ah-mazing.

why we don't eat bread:
besides the fact that there's usually sugar in bread, there's not really much benefit to eating it. if it's not doing our bodies any good, we don't eat it. now, a new reason we don't eat bread? we've discovered a slight gluten intolerance for me, and a (not so) slight gluten intolerance for husband. makes sense, after all. look how good we felt after losing all of those foods! part of it has to be because of the bread. woah. i'm not going to go into why we determined we have a bit of a gluten intolerance. you can google that yourself. i suggest you not, though.

so, what now?
nothing new. the only thing that changed is that we had bread once (NOT happening again), and we'll occasionally add responsibly-caught fish in our diet. rarely. like, twice a month. maybe. because many times, "responsibly-caught" translates directly to "expensive". oh, and husband is eating eggs. we made these hard boiled BAKED eggs and he raved about them. it's an easy way for him to get more protein in... and before you ask, yes, the eggs come from responsible sources as well. call us hippies, it's okay. it's important to me that the animals we DO eat be treated well. and since we eat them so infrequently, we can afford to do so.

a beautiful side effect of this new diet is our weight loss. people have really started commenting on it for both of us-- i'm down 20 pounds and husband is down 25 pounds. we both feel better, feel like we look better, and couldn't be happier. this is for sure a new way of life for us!

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