Friday, February 22, 2013

30 Days Grain Free Living – Day 1–7 Menu/Recipe Ideas

Before I begin sharing our menu and recipes, I wanted to give you all a clear picture of our healthy lifestyle choices.  We didn’t always eat this way.  Nor were we always this conscious of every choice we made in regard to our health.   We ate like most Americans do…Standard American Diet filled with processed foods, sugar, dairy, fast foods, and pesticide covered fruits and vegetables.  The truly S.A.D. fact is that at the time I thought we ate “healthy”.  I just didn’t know any better until I began my years of research.  Our current lifestyle didn’t happen overnight…it took years (10 to be exact) and lots of changes and continued learning along the way.   I have taken our health as a family very seriously and have done the best I could with the information I have been given over the years.  The book I wrote (which is at the bottom of my blog details most of my personal health journey up until about five years ago) – has over 200 recipes, food guides, shopping lists, transition guides, tools for healthy living, and a journal to keep track of your progress both emotionally and physically.   Things with my health remained pretty steady until two years ago, when I noticed many of my old symptoms returning, but this time around nothing I ate, drank, or did was changing them.  We went from the S.A.D., to vegan, to 85% raw, back to vegan, and now we are dairy and gluten free, while enjoying organic protein daily. 

When my health continued to spiral out of control, I contacted a local naturopath and did an extensive hair test which revealed my body was deficient of many vital minerals needed to heal what I have been struggling with for almost 20 years.   My adrenals were already shot before this point, but now they were struggling to perform at a level that would help me on my continued healing path.  They were actually working against me.  Which began to affect my thyroid.  Which began to affect my menstrual cycle and let’s just say it was a HUGE mess to begin with (I have been premenopausal since my late 20’s and now I’m in full blown menopause at 45).   It wasn’t until I began to understand that everything I thought was truly helping me, was actually hurting me that my health started to turn around.  

Yet, I’m at that point again where I know I still have more work to do.  That is why my homeopath/MD agreed that I should give the 30 day of grain free living a try, along with the parasite/candida supplements, and a powerful homeopathic remedy that has taken us 10 years to figure out is exactly what my body needs now to reset itself.  I’m truly hopeful that 2013 is my year to heal from the inside out.   I am not only on a physical journey, but an intense emotional and spiritual one as well.  I have shared bits of that here on the blog.   Remember friends true health comes only when we are free to love ourselves and others mind, body and soul.  

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I know that God has lead me right to this point in my life to continue teaching me to trust solely in Him, put my hope only in Him, and rest in each day knowing it will all work out just as it should.   My faith is the foundation of everything good in my life and wanting to take the best possible care of my whole self stems from His unending grace and love He continues to pour into me.  

Now let’s get back to 30 Days of Grain Free Living…

Many of you shared how my post Wednesday inspired you to try eating grain free for a month too.  But most of you are totally feeling stuck in what to eat and how to keep it from getting boring/monotonous.   Others can’t even comprehend what there is to eat without any grain/carbohydrates.  

No worries friends – there are a TON of options! 

I have 100’s of healthy recipes pinned for you to use as inspiration.  Many can be made without the grain and dairy.  I simply make any recipe that I want to try or enjoy grain and dairy free.   You will also find many paleo recipes which are already grain free. 

I have 100’s of healthy tips to reap years worth of health knowledge as well.  If you scroll through enough there are many recipes that I have not had the time to transfer to my healthy recipe board.   

It would take all of us years to make the thousands of recipes out there to help us enjoy grain free living without the stress of how to plan out our meals! 

Here is what I found interesting thus far,  we relied on grains way more than I ever imagined to help fill us up during each meal (from organic GF cold and hot cereals, wraps, GF  breads and crackers, rice and pasta, and so many other GF grains).   Our bodies are learning to adjust without them and several of us are going through a slight detox from excess yeast inside of our digestive tracts. 

We are following all the guidelines I shared on Wednesday – including drinking enough water each day, taking detox baths 3 x a week, and drinking the Lemon Apple Cider Tea nightly. 

I will begin keeping a journal so I don’t forget what we ate during the week and will share as we go.  OK?

Sunday

Breakfast:

  • Protein Smoothie (10 oz. each) with one avocado

Lunch:

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Hummus
  • Cucumbers
  • Chicken Salad with Vegenaise

Dinner: 

  • Ground Turkey with GF BBQ sauce and sweet peas
  • Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots

 

Monday

Breakfast:

  • Protein Smoothie (10 oz. each) with one avocado

Lunch: 

  • Guacamole
  • Organic Chicken Chunks
  • Sliced Organic Apples
  • Organic Celery slices

Dinner:

  • Roasted (2) Whole Organic Free Range Chickens with tomatoes, red peppers, carrots, and black beans (which was a no-no and I forgot) all cooked in the oven together for one and half hours at 350 degrees.  I drizzled olive oil over them with black pepper and stuffed half an apple and two garlic cloves inside each before cooking.  They were tender and tasted amazing!

Tuesday

Breakfast:

So Delicious coconut milk or almond milk yogurt

Lunch: 

  • Roasted Turkey diced into cubes
  • Sliced White Grapefruit
  • Organic Celery Slices
  • Nutbutter

Dinner:

  • Organic Burgers (no bun) with tomatoes and avocado slices
  • Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots with olive oil
  • Applesauce

Wednesday

Breakfast:

Protein Smoothie (10 oz. each) with one avocado

Lunch:

  • Tuna fish
  • Cucumbers
  • Apple Slices
  • 3 oz. of Raw Nut/Seed mix (I make our own - sunflower and pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans, and cashews)

Dinner:  Grilled Chicken and Vegetables

Grilled Chicken and Vegetables with Parsley Vinaigrette - allergen free (no gluten/dairy/nuts)

I buy frozen organic grilled chicken strips that only need to be reheated for about 10 minutes.  Then I can add whatever I want into the pot with them (spices and veggies).   Zucchini, fresh tomatoes, cilantro, carrots, and peppers was my choice and we all loved it! 

Thursday

Breakfast:

So Delicious coconut milk or almond milk yogurt

Lunch: 

  • Organic Hard boiled eggs
  • Organic Grapefruit slices
  • 3 oz. of raw nuts/seed mix
  • 3 oz. of organic beef/turkey jerky

Dinner:  Lemon-Garlic Talipia

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I buy wild talipia from Wegman’s.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wrap each piece of talipia in aluminum foil with 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 TB of fresh lemon juice, and 1 TB of organic virgin olive oil with a sprinkle of black pepper and paprika. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • You can also place each piece in a deep pyrex baking dish and do all of the above, then cover with foil to keep in the steam.

We enjoyed steamed broccoli on the side with non gmo butter (soy free).

Friday

Breakfast:

Lunch:

  • Salmon Salad
  • Sliced Organic Apples
  • Organic Celery Sticks

Dinner:

Vegetable and Turkey Meatloaf – will substitute out some of the ingredients to make it healthier.   I will serve it with roasted vegetables and applesauce.

Vegetable And Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Saturday:

Breakfast:

  • Scrambled eggs with spinach, red peppers, and tomatoes

Lunch:

  • Cucumber Slices
  • Avocado
  • Roasted Turkey Slices
  • Vegan Cheese Cubes

Dinner:

Rainbow Vegetable Chicken Soup

Rainbow Vegetable Chicken Soup | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Click on photo above for the recipe.  I will be making this sans potatoes.   Yum!  Yum!

I leave you with one final thought before we say good-bye for now…think about what you really want in life and then decide to go for it!   Don’t let fear stop you from changing the things in your life that need to be changed. 

 

make a decision to go for it!

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Please share your favorite grain free recipes and meal planning tips with us in the comments!  I know all of my family and friends will appreciate it Open-mouthed smile

1 comment:

  1. I love that we are finally on the same page for our eating ... LOVE LOVE LOVE! God walked me through many of these same things a few years back, and it is so good to be reminded again. The only issue is that I want to come and live with you for 30 days and enjoy your amazing cooking! Now with our foster girls we are working to help them recover from years of eating ick and seeing their asthma reverse!

    Love you bunches,
    Sarah

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