Thoughts On Food



We've been adapting to eating mostly raw/whole foods. It's something that just months ago I'd probably roll my eyes at because it sounds a little excessive (or at the very least, something I'd never have the willpower to do). I've always thought I was being fairly healthy by eating my vegetables and fruits (and meat from a local farm), but a huge part of my diet consisted of grains - pasta, bread, rice.

Oh, how I love pasta. And bread. I also didn't realize the effects that wheat & grains have on the body and how taxing they are. It took a lot to convince us (a few good articles are here and here), but I've slowly come around and am trying to break free of my dependence on grains.

So, what do we eat? Mostly vegetables, fruit, and protein from pastured eggs, meat, and wild fish. I still enjoy pasta or bread occasionally, especially if we're traveling or at someone's home, it's just not a part of our regular eating habits. It has forced us to be more conscious about our food and to be creative with meals (this was challenging at first), but we're learning along the way and feeling a lot better, too.

My goal in writing about this wasn't to preach, but to share the process as we adapt to it - who knows where we'll end up! Have you tried anything similar? It's a creative challenge I'm (mostly) enjoying and hope to continue posting about here.

16 comments:

scmom (Barbara) said...

Hi Alli,
I recently did a wheat free test (the month of July) and found it interesting that while it did not relieve my inflammation at all (boohoo), I felt better in terms of cravings and appetite. Now that I am eating wheat again I am being very selective about what I eat. Frankly, I don't agree with all the hype that wheat is evil. My ancestors were German and English and for many generations have been eating wheat -- probably a lot. But if we eat processed food in America we eat a lot more than we should and would have to cut back in order to eat in moderation.

rooth said...

Wow, raw foods diet, I'm very impressed. I've heard many of the benefits of cutting out more wheat and grains but I can't deny myself some bread occasionally. You can never go wrong with loads of fruit and vegetables though

Becca said...

The other two commenters have such good thoughts. I really appreciated Nina Plank's book "Real Food" and it's changed some things about my eating habits, but there's so much room for awareness and improvement. Hard to avoid bread and pasta while I live in Italy, but you do give me cause to think more about it! Please keep us updated; this is fascinating to me.

alli/hooray said...

Thanks for the thoughtful input.

For me, I think this challenge is less about shunning grains and more about just not being so dependent on them (instead focusing on more healthy fruits, vegetables, and protein).

Laicie said...

Oh man, I am right there with you on the grains... there really is nothing I love more than bread. =/ But I know I'm in serious need of reform.

Keep sharing! It will inspire me to be better too.

Kayla Poole said...

I applaud you. I, for one, could never give up bread. I seriously think I'd go through withdrawal. But I do try to load it up with protein and veggies whenever I eat it, so at least there's that!

My favorite comfort food is mac n' cheese. I pretend it's healthy by throwing in a bunch of chopped broccoli ;)

Alison said...

I have a bunch of allergies so I stay away from gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and a few others and while it can be difficult going out to eat or over to friends I feel so much better when I do eat that way that the inconvenience is worth it. I still have some brain fog and congestion so I know there are other problems that I need to address but I haven't figured them out yet. I've considered going raw or getting rid of sugar completely, but it feels so scary. Thanks for sharing your experiences so far. I'm more hopeful now.

alli/hooray said...

Thank you guys again. Kayla, I hear you! Alison, we know several people who are gluten intolerant, which led to looking into this whole thing...hope you find a solution that works for you.

Kelly said...

I've been gluten free for a few years now and it has made a noticeable difference in the way I feel. It gets easier the longer you stick with it and makes the times you treat yourself even more enjoyable!

Jennifer Jackson Taylor said...

You are right, eating healthy and fresh foods is not as hard as it seems. Plus it makes the dish much more colorful, fun, and creative.

alliepal said...

Love both of those articles you linked to. My mom and sister are moving into a grain-free diet now. I'm just gluten-free right now but could see myself moving that way in the future.

jennifer little said...

Super interesting, Alli! Thanks for sharing. It does seem impossible, but I can imagine how much better I would feel. The articles were very enlightening. Now I just wished I had not eaten those two pieces of "whole wheat" toast while catching up on blogs. ;)

caroline said...

you are a brave soul. i always think about it, but haven't taken the plunge... yet.

Kayla said...

Way to go!! I'm actually right in the same boat! I decided to give up bread and most grains after hearing somewhere that "abs are made in the kitchen". Don't get me wrong, I LOVE bread, and while it was hard (really hard) to give up at first, I find now that I don't miss it at all. I also gave up refined sugar and I feel SO much better in general. Bonus: It's true! My body has responded positively to a protein rich, grain-free diet. Abs really ARE made in the kitchen! Good luck on your healthy eating endeavor. If you whip up anything delish, I hope you post it here as I'd love to check it out. :)

kate said...

I hope you give us an update soon! I think it would be great to become, as you say, less dependent on grains.

iva yaneva said...

I have to admit - when I saw the link "trying to eat healthier" I was expecting the typical American healthy diet, following the USDA guidelines from top to bottom. But what you have done is really wonderful! I've become very passionate about healthy eating/moving in the past couple of years, especially since struggling with my weight and getting help from an amazing nutritionist. My diet is pretty similar to yours and I hope you are already starting to feel the great results :)

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