Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Brilliant New Idea...

So today I was sitting at work enjoying my AH-mazing home made lunch and thinking how great it was to eat my own delicious healthy food. And then I started remembering how often people would ask me for tips on how they could eat healthier, and *eureka!* an idea came to mind! "I shall start a food diary/blog and post it," sayeth I. That way, I can keep better track of MY diet (which at this point in my life is extremely restricted and specific), people can read it and take tips if they want, and if I'm posting it for the world to see, I will be less likely to cheat on what I eat lol.

So every day (in theory), I will post what I eat. Mind you, I eat no gluten, sugar, little to no dairy, mostly get the picture. If you want to make any of the recipes I use, you can alter them and use wheat flour, dairy, etc. if you can tolerate them. The main point of my diet is this:
  • TONS of servings of veggies a day, mostly fresh
  • 3 servings of concentrated protein (eggs, fish, meat, etc) preferably organic
  • 2 servings of fresh fruit a day (if you have blood sugar problems) - i.e. 1 apple and 1 orange
  • Good fats, such as avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, coconut oil
  • Very low carb - I can only have 1 serving of whole grains a day, which = 1/2 cup rice, quinoa, etc, or 1 slice of sprouted grain bread/rice tortilla. If you DO eat gluten and grains, NEVER EVER EVER NEVEREVER EVERRR eat white flour, processed snacks/crackers/cereals, etc. EVER!!!!!! It will kill you.
  • Drink tons of water
  • Eat small meals every few hours to keep blood sugar stable
Obviously, if you're at school on the meal plan you can't eat exactly what I do. BUT it is definitely possible to basically follow the rules so you DON'T feel like death and get fat and then complain how bad the food is when it's largely your own dang fault ;-)

Ok that's all I can think of for here goes my food diary for today!

  • 2 organic eggs
  • Smoothie made with 1/2 frozen mixed berries, a few tablespoons flax seeds, handful of almonds, some almond milk, and a squirt of agave nectar (if you've never tried this, you MUST. It is an all-natural sugar substitute with no gross aftertaste, AND it doesn't affect your blood sugar!! LOVE <3>
My lunch today was SOOOO lovely - a Mediterranean delight :-)
  • 1/2 cup plain, lowfat, organic yogurt with half a nectarine slice into it and a handful of walnuts and sunflower seeds
  • Spinach leaves and carrot sticks with homemade hummus* and tabouli on top (I either leave out the bulgur wheat or substitute quinoa for it in the recipe)
  • A couple organic dried mission figs and dates
*Hummus recipe:
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (add the liquid if the hummus is too dry)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (to taste also)
  • 1 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 clove-ish of garlic (basically just add to taste)
  • some lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sprinkle some paprika
  • maybe a nice roasted red pepper...mmmmm delish!
  • Throw it all in the blender or food processor and whip it up!

  • 1 AMAZING grain-free protein breakfast bar I made. I found the recipe at Elena's Pantry, which is a great site full of healthy yummy recipes. I kinda winged it with the recipe tho - instead of what she lists, I used sunflower seeds, flax seeds, slivered almonds, coconut, and bits of figs and dates. I also used coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil. I'd recommend using less than 1/4 cup of agave nectar tho - they are wayyy too sweet. Oh, and I ground my OWN almond flour! I threw some almonds, flax seeds, and cashews into the blender and VOILA! You have just what you need and you didn't have to pay like $20 for a bag of almond flour! These bars are SO YUMMY and chock-full of protein, and have NOTHING bad in them! :-D Ahhhh I love stuff like this...
This is always more lax than my other 2 meals, b/c I get home from work and my mom has made dinner. She tries to keep my dietary restrictions in mind, and on the whole does a great job, but sometimes allowances are made because I don't want to be rude and refuse dinner after she's worked so hard to make something she thinks I can eat. SO tonight I believe the menu is...
  • Curry pork with apples, onions, cabbage
  • Basmati rice
  • Corn on the cob
  • Roasted cauliflower
I'll probably eat some veggies and hummus, or make a rice protein shake smoothie. :-)

And drink tons of water.

So this is what a basic healthy day of food looks like. Notice that nowhere did I mention McDonald's, Taco Bell, pizza, or chocolate. All the food is fresh, delicious, full of nutrients, and will actually HELP your body, rather than harm it.

So come follow me...if you dare ;-D

1 comment:

  1. Karen this is great! Though i will have a hard time not having pizza on the job or at home!! This seems like a good diet too for PX90! - Thomas