The holidays are notorious for people not eating the way they know they should. For us it was even more difficult because we’ve been staying with family for the last 3 and a half weeks, and not able to cook the way we normally would. Our families have been very accommodating, but they can only go so far in changing what they normally eat, or in providing more options for us (we tend to eat very differently from the standard north american diet!).
Tomorrow we fly home, and we are looking forward to getting back into a routine of sorts (though hubby still hasn’t heard about the job he has applied for, which will determine much of our future…). In the last few months we have both found ourselves slacking off more and more when it comes to what we choose to eat. My first trimester of pregnancy this fall was exhausting, and I craved junk and starchy stuff all the time. It was a horrible cycle of eating the junk, which made me feel more fatigued and sick, then being too tired to cook anything nourishing, and so on. Now I am in the middle of my second trimester, and while still a bit tired and growing larger by the day, I am ready and motivated to take back control of my family’s health, insofar as I am able.
Chris and I have talked about it and we are both eager and ready to make the following commitment, beginning this Monday, January 9th:
1. No more than one serving of grains/starchy foods (as defined by the GAPS book) per day.
2. Sugar only once a week (other than honey and maple syrup).
3. One serving of raw vegetables every day.
4. One serving of homemade yogurt every day.
5. No ingredients (packaged food items or otherwise) that I cannot pronounce and/or define (also pertains to ingredients that I know are junk, for example, canola oil).
Things We Will Eat Often:
Meat (grass-fed, pastured, organic, ethically-raised)
Vegetables (2-4 per meal, plus salads)
Healthy fats (butter, animal fats, olive oil, coconut oil)
Homemade bone broth from organic free-range chickens
Nuts (soaked and dehydrated for digestibility)
Eggs (as many as we can eat)
Homemade yogurt (maximum amount of beneficial bacteria, no added junk)
Limited fruit (our dessert)
Have you made any recent goals for healthier eating? What specific steps and goals do you have? If anyone would like to join us in this challenge, feel free to ask questions and I will clarify as needed.
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would this mean that I couldn’t give in to my recent cravings for chocolate since giving birth? Actually…the budget doesn’t really allow for succumbing to the craving much anyways. I need to start making yogurt again…but I admit, I don’t love doing it nearly as much when I can’t get raw milk.
Haha, clearly I need to rethink this… no chocolate?!? Actually I attempted the gluten-free brownies recipe from your blog today and it was a total bomb. Inedible. I don’t know what I did wrong, but oh it made me mad. I wasted expensive ingredients, AND I didn’t get my craving fulfilled!
really?? Ouch. I have made them so many times and honestly they have been really good each time…that is…unless my guests were just being nice…gulp…hmm. I’m sorry. Can you tell me what made them inedible, then maybe I could suggest something? I even use the recipe right off of my blog so I know it isn’t because I messed up how I did the recipe.
My husband and I are doing the 40 day cleanse outlined in the Maker’s Diet and hoping it will set us up to continue good eating habits for the rest of the year! I’m pretty excited, and the first week has gone well so far despite us both having some detox symptoms.
Do you have any ideas about where to find farm eggs in Toronto? 🙂
I’ve skimmed the Maker’s Diet, but don’t know tons about it (other than it’s very similar to the way that I eat). Sounds interesting! I probably wouldn’t be able to do a cleanse while pregnant, so you’ll have to let me know how it works out for you!
Hmm… farm fresh eggs in TO is a tough one – I never had a source while living there because I was just starting my real food journey a couple of years ago which is when we moved to AB. Try farmer’s markets, or even just a google search. You never know what might come up.
Megan at SortaCrunchy
I am so glad you are doing this, Beth! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it. I’ve thought about taking up the official challenge, too. This is pretty close to how we eat but the challenge might offer good accountability (especially on limiting fruit and other sugars!).
Good luck and best wishes!
I actually didn’t know this was a “thing”… do you have a link? I’m interested! Thanks for the comment 🙂
Awesome challenge, my absolute favorite thing about coming home after traveling is being in my kitchen. The first thing I did was soak some beans for chili the next day 🙂 I’m looking forward to weaning myself off refined sugar again.
Chili = awesome idea. So doing that. I’m so excited to menu plan and get groceries, lol.