Lots of Veggies

Lots of Veggies

This entry is the beginning of a series of posts shedding light on my journey in healthful eating. If you are not interested, please pardon the dust! I'm working on a plan to have an easy button on top for those of you interested in the basic health info or the typical updates you've seen on Still in the Storm.

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{Disclaimer: Although you may or may not agree with my conclusions or eating habits, please understand that I'm simply trying to do what's best for me and my family at this time. I'm not judging others for their food choices or implying that everyone should eat this way. Many have asked me for some simple suggestions to follow when facing a cancer diagnosis, and I'm simply being honest with what's happening in my life. Please do not construe this blog as medical advice; see your doctor for that. And please use common sense!}

Dan and I started off my birthday eve watching “Forks over Knives” (available on Netflix), an amazing documentary focused on the benefits of a vegetarian diet. This was followed by a thorough cleaning-out (think “purging”) of our pantry and cupboards.

We threw out sugary snacks, candy, junk food, anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup. If it was processed and bad for us, we got rid of it. We kept some dairy products because I plan to use them in moderation over the next few months while we tackle this challenge of eating right. And for the next little while, the plan is to go meatless.

We weren’t living on the junk, but it was around. And that’s the dangerous part.

In addition to my regular routine of green smoothies (more details coming soon), we’ve added more salads, whole grains, veggies, and fruits (in moderation) to our plates. We’re also taking meat out of our eating for a while, which has necessitated a whole new way of looking at cooking (read: new recipes).

Here are some of the new recipes we tried this week:

  • Lentil and Brown Rice Casserole. Simple and delicious.
  • Black Bean Soup (excellent!!!)
    • Skipped the bacon and started with some olive oil in the pot to saute the onions and garlic
    • Made my own chicken broth. (I’d like to find some healthier options for this...not too crazy about even some of the MSG-free kinds)
    • Because I didn’t have worcestershire sauce, I used 1 tsp. Bragg’s Aminos, 1 tsp. white vinegar, and a pinch of cloves)
    • Didn’t have scallions or sour cream on hand so did without.
    • This was really an amazing soup. We all loved it. Joanna wouldn’t even let me take a bite from her bowl, and Dan raved about the recipe.
  • Chocolate Granola Bars (modified to include flax seeds and raw cacoa powder)
    • Instead of wheat germ, I used ground flax
    • I think coconut oil would be a substitute for butter if you don’t want to use butter.
    • Instead of ½ cup of chocolate chips, I used a couple tablespoons of chopped-up chips and ¼ cup of raw cacoa powder (I got this months ago during an amazing sale on Amazon). Next time I plan to skip the chocolate chips all together.
  • Quinoa. Made a big batch to use throughout this next week.

Some other food items included:

  • Brown Rice pudding
  • Lots of fresh salad
  • Mexican tortillas (Whole grain tortillas filled with brown rice, black beans, organic corn, onion, greens, peas, and light on the cheese, bbq sauce and ranch dressing)
  • Celery with old fashioned peanut butter
  • Dried fruit and nuts for snacking
  • Smoothies
  • Protein drink with milk and frozen blueberries (Dan)

This coming week, some recipes I’d like to try (with thanks to my facebook friends for their input!):

It is ever so satisfying to eat the right thing. One of the simplest ways to start is by adding more vegetables to your plate. Soon, I will share with you my recipe for a healthy green smoothie. It's a simple way to get your greens in, and the taste won't disappoint!