Yesterday I embarked on a new quest to better my health…clean eating. I have cut out gluten, sugar, and most, if not all, dairy. I have read quite a bit of research, plus heard many many personal stories of how this diet has improved people’s health and lowered their pain. This is also at the suggestion of my doctor, chiropractor and physical therapist. My doctor especially recommended it because I have a serious issue with chronic, systemic, yeast infections that have been unresolved with antifungal medications for the last 4 years. So I decided to try it.
I’ve been told so many times in the past, by so many doctors and well-meaning friends, that I needed to do this, and I have always refused.
I didn’t realize until I started this exactly why I was eating the crappy food that I was; but I think now that I felt it was the only area of my life where I could be normal. I never feel normal, it’s not normal to take the amount of medication I take, or be limited in the things I can do…so I figured if I could at least eat what I want, when I want, how I want…that was something. (There’s the psychologist in me coming out!)
The problem is that if all these people (and it’s a LOT of people) are right, then I’ve just been making myself sicker this whole time!
Time for an experiment!
Yesterday was my first day, and I think it went surprisingly well. Probably because it wasn’t all that different from what I used to eat when I felt well enough to put energy into losing weight.
Breakfast: green smoothie, handful of dry cereal (I screwed up and didn’t read the box before I bought it, so the cereal does have some sugar in it. I won’t make that mistake again!)
Lunch: leftover stir fry with chicken, over rice; homemade hummus and carrots
Snack: apple and a handful of veggie straws (again with the sneaky sugar! Luckily they weren’t my veggie straws, I was at work, so I won’t do that again either!)
Dinner: pork chops and zucchini on the grill (I marinated the pork, and AGAIN there was sneaky sugar in the marinade! I have to get better about reading labels!). I wasn’t thrilled with dinner, I think hubby over grilled the pork so it was dry, and the zucchini was just bland. Oh well, better luck next time…I’ll be looking for other ways to do the zucchini.
Snack: rice cakes.
All in all, not bad! I didn’t starve to death and I didn’t even feel like I was missing out on things. Today on the other hand…I’d really love a big bowl of creamy Mac-n-cheese right about now!