For the past month or so I have been eating a diet incredibly lean of dairy, grains, legumes, and sugar. My dairy intake is limited to a splash in coffee (almond milk just ruins coffee) and an ice cream once in a while. I have grains when I am served them at someone’s house, so far that has been about 3 times over the past month (rice, pasta, corn). Legumes … I had some beans once when my dad served them to me. And sugar, in that ice cream and in some dark chocolate.
With those elements lacking, what do I eat? A diet high in protein, veggies, and fruit. Nuts, too.
I started this diet when I learned that grains, dairy, and sugar are all major factors in the thrush that Jack and I were passing back and forth over a period of about 2-3 weeks. It just wasn’t going away…but it’s been gone since about a week after I started to eliminate those things from my diet.
What else have I discovered? I feel better. My swelling (in joints, especially in my feet and hands) has gone WAY down and the joints aren’t stiff anymore! I get less sluggish during the day. I sleep better – probably because I used to eat a lot of sugar at the end of the day (well, throughout the whole day but gradually increasing as the day went on.) And I am losing weight without being hungry.
That is where the importance of protein lies. When I eat meals that have animal protein, I am full. I don’t necessarily feel grossly full. I just don’t feel hungry. But if all I eat is animal protein, I don’t feel right. I need those veggies and fruits to balance things out. That’s why I have been making foods like the ones you see in these pictures. Beautiful, fresh, whole foods. And I feel great.
**added on Sat., Sept. 3. I found this today on WebMD:**
High-protein diets are not a magic bullet for weight loss. But studies have shown that diets that substitute protein for carbohydrates may help people lose weight. High-protein foods move more slowly through the digestive system, helping you to feel full for a longer period of time after a meal. And your body burns more calories digesting protein than it does digesting carbs. Also, protein can help you avoid peaks and valleys of hunger by keeping your blood sugar levels relatively steady.
Another reason why I feel so awesome is that I know the food that is going into my body is also the food I am nourishing Jack with. He deserves the best and that is what I am giving him by eating good, fresh food.
But I’m not beating myself up if I feel like having some chips or ice cream – two things I love. I have them once in a while, but not almost everyday like I was before! And I’ve been tending towards these sweet potato chips I found at the IGA in Hudson. Delicious. Basically I am making healthier choices overall and being aware of what goes into this body of mine and, in turn, that body of his :)
Once in a while when I want that sweet je ne sais quoi after a meal, I make a dessert that has some honey in it, like this Banana Chocolate Cake I found over at Crossfit Rebels. It has the extra added bonus of being kosher for Passover ;)