On a weekly basis I am giving dietary advice, and coming up with individualized diet plans and recipes for clients. The most common question I am asked, when it comes to diet, is, "What do YOU eat?"
This gave me the idea of doing a 30 day Diet Journal for you to follow. I am a busy mom of two young daughters, a small business owner, an acupuncturist, a birth doula, and a wife. It is very important to me to provide healthy meals for myself and my family. There are days when I am a rockstar at this, and there are days where lazy Sarah wins. I hope that following my month can help you feel better about your food choices (we all fail on occasion), and inspire you to adopt a more healthy look at diet.
I will be completely honest, you will see my fails. I have several food weaknesses, and often times they win.
In my younger days I struggled with eating and dieting and it took me a bit to get to the point that I did not obsess over my diet in one way or another. I am in a great place now. I try to make healthy food choices, and 90% of the time I do great. But, there are times when I don't, and that's okay. My mental health is as important as my physical health, and beating myself up over the extra brownie I ate isn't doing me any good. This personal experience has been a great insight in my treatment of clients going through similar struggles.
Speaking of brownies, I have a super sweet tooth. Not so much candy but if you put a batch of brownies or cake in front of me, I can't say no! My solution is to not have it in the house. I do occasionally make these, but it's maybe a once a month event (with holidays coming up, I will be making some as gifts, and somehow an extra loaf of pumpkin bread ends up staying around)
I also have a tendency to skip meals. I often get engrossed in my day's activities or projects, look up and find I have skipped lunch.
That all being said, I think this is going to be fun! I welcome comments along the way. When I can, I will also show recipes, but more often than not, I am a freelance chef!
So let's begin!!!!
Day 1 - Diet Journey
Happy post-Halloween!! I don't think I planned this well...the start date being the day after a sugar filled holiday and the beginning of Daylight Savings. But, that's life!
Sunday at our house is typically a big breakfast morning, and one of our favorites is Crepes!
This morning was also more like brunch. We all slept in and ended up eating around 10:00am.
Why I like Crepes: they are extremely versatile and can be customized very easily to fit different dietary requirements. I've experimented with several types of flour (stone ground, coconut, rice...) and diary substitutes (coconut milk, almond milk, coconut oil...) and each batch is still delicious.
This is my foundation Crepe recipe…modify as desired
1 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup melted butter
I buy and use organic, grass-fed butter. Kerrygold is readily available, and I find it's actually cheaper at Whole Foods (even compared to CostCo)…who would have though. Grass-fed butter is much more nutritious than commercial butter. Ever notice the color different; Grass-fed butter is YELLOW, commercial butter is WHITE. Butter should be yellow
Bacon is a hot topic after the recent research study on processes foods. My quick take in bacon...it's delicious! No, but seriously, I think naturally cured meats are not harmful. One thing they did not take into consideration in the WHO studies is the quality of the meats. Were they cured naturally or with synthetic nitrates/nitrites...was the meat quality high or your normal conventional garbage meat...how much was consumed and how often? These are all questions that could change the outcomes. For meat, I like it, I buy organic, nitrate free, and I have it on occasion.
Yes, that is a cup of coffee. I like coffee!
It was such a beautiful day today that we decided to go for a nice family bike ride. We ended up downtown and decided to do an early dinner/late lunch and went to the Rio. (My original plan was for a park picnic and some baked salmon for dinner, but the family opted for the Rio). I like The Rio, they have fairly healthy options, good portions, and a great kids menu.
Today I decided on the lunch combo-1/2 a grilled veggie quesadilla and a cup of green chili. (I took half the quesadilla home)