Last week I wrote about my food journey, which begs the question: what do I eat? Years ago, I remember hearing of people who gave up grains, and I just felt so sorry for them. How can one live without grains? While it is certainly not a fun transition, it can be done. And, I believe, done well. Read on to learn how I do it.
One thing before I jump in to what I eat, however. I have discovered that I can eat rice, corn, and oats, with no problem, as long as the portion sizes are around half a cup or less. So that definitely gives me more freedom with what I eat. I can also get away with occasionally having sourdough bread. Other times, if it’s a special occasion or if there are not a lot of options for me, I’ll just eat what’s served. My gut is to the point where I can handle dairy or gluten with just a little bit of gas or bloating, and maybe a slight headache. That it so much better than the heavy brain fog and stomach aches I used to get. But, I’m not healed yet, so I still stick to a mostly grain-, dairy-, and sugar-free diet.
A typical day for me looks like this. I wake between 6-7. I sometimes start with just water, and then sit outside in the warmer months and spend time reading the Bible and praying. That’s when I can get up before my kids. If not, I jump right into serving them breakfast, doing hair, helping find clothes, etc. I may heat up a cup of chicken broth and drink it out of a mug. Other times I wait until the kids’ needs are met, and then saute some veggies, add broth, and poach a couple of eggs in it. Similar to this post and this one. By that point it’s around 7:30 or 8 when I eat breakfast. Soup for breakfast may seem strange, but it fills me up and makes me feel good. When I had been eating granola or cereal years ago, I was always hungry by 9:30. Eating carbs and sugar makes me feel heavy then hungry all day, with little energy.
|Soup for breakfast
|Collard wraps with tempeh, brown rice, avocado, veggies, sesame oil
I usually have fruit after lunch and dinner, or a paleo style dessert made of peanut butter, coconut oil, collagen, and chia seeds. It’s kind of like a fudge. Again, I will post the recipe soon. I still have a sweet tooth, even though I’m off sugar, so fruit is a nice way to end the meal.