Learning to eat …

September 18, 2008

Two smoothies AND two salads today…

Filed under: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, Today I ... — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:31 am

So, today we managed to get back to basics.

Breakfast was a quart of green smoothie: pinapple, banana, chia seeds, carrot greens (small handful), a celery stick, and just a few spinach leaves.

Snack was a Lara Bar and some kale chips (dehydrated kale with spices).

Lunch was a yummy avacado and tomato salad — I just sliced a ripe avacado and a juicy sweet orange tomato, drizzeled some olive oil on it, and added a bit of ground pepper and salt. Yum!

Snack was a (raw) chocolate, banana, and chia seed smoothie (shake?) that my daughter made for me after school. It was really yummy and even better since I didn’t have to make it.

Supper was a gigantic salad with an entire super-sized cucumber, two tomatoes, an avacado, a green pepper, and mixed greens with olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper as simple dressing.

Late night snack (because that salad wasn’t big enough ?!?) was a few fudge balls from a recipe from Alyssa Cohen’s cookbook. I can’t remember everything that is in them because I made them quite awhile ago and froze them. When I get a craving now I can grab them quick from the freezer. I think it’s dates, raw chocolate and cocoa nibs, nuts (?), and coconut oil.

This morning I had to rinse my blender out in the bathtub because we were without a kitchen faucet. Thankfully I was able to sit at the kitchen table and work and catch up on things while the plumber fixed it today! Last night I kind of freaked out when it wouldn’t shut off. The good news is that the now it is up to code as well. We must be thankful for these little things like finding out that it wasn’t up to code only when it is now fixed. 🙂

This morning I was thrilled to find out that the pumpkin patch we’ll be going to in a few weeks knows all about celiac and it will be easy to eat lunch and snacks and all kinds of bad-for-you treats there with Nessa. 🙂 I’ll be sure to post about it afterward.

Besides the ups and downs of life at the moment (sick kids, stressful work, and more), I feel good. In addition to the good food, I was able to go to yoga today AND go for a bike ride with Megan. I am very blessed.

September 16, 2008

Sushi for lunch today…

Filed under: Lunch — Tags: , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 1:19 pm

Well, I kind of blew that keep it simple vow for the week already (talk about showing my challenges!). So I didn’t eat food from home, but I did have a really fabulous lunch with my really fabulous husband!

I was running late today so I decided this morning I would run home for lunch rather than bring things with me, and rationalized that that way I could use the blender if I wanted to rather than being limited to salad, etc. Well, then everyone at work was ordering Chinese food (remember I get free lunch if I order wherever the office is ordering), so I was feeling sorry for myself and even looked at the menu briefly. But even if I was only concerned with the gluten and not any other health factors (staying primarily raw or vegan for example), there wasn’t anything safe there for me due to the sauces they use.

So …

I asked my husband if he wanted to meet me downstairs at the “sushi place” (Yoko’s House, see my earlier post on it). I had been looking forward to going there sometime with Shawn because I knew I could try a few other things there then because he would eat them if I didn’t like them. Well, this time I ordered actual Sushi, and I really LOVE the mild sea weed they use, and may even be up to trying the sea weed salad in the future (I’ve been trying to get more sea vegetables into my diet). I had a variety of, primarily vegetable, sushi rolls (so, yes, this time had rice), as well as ordering the Spicy Tuna that came with rice in a “cone” of sea weed (next time I need to take notes on the names of things!). Oh my that spicy tuna was awesome and may inspire to keep raw fish in my diet occasionally just for eating at Yoko’s. 🙂

Since breakfast was a Lara bar, I will definitely be getting back on track by snacking on the Kale Chips I dehydrated last week, and including blended greens (likely soup) in my supper plans.

Celebrating health and happiness today…

September 15, 2008

Back to basics… smoothies, salads, and soups … and dealing with hunger

Filed under: Breakfast, Challenges, Lunch, Supper, Today I ... — Tags: , , , , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:56 pm

It has been a busy week complete with LOTS of challenges (thought I might be getting addicted to raw cacoa). After a nice weekend away where I managed to stay, mostly, but not all, on a raw vegan diet (had some dairy), I came back and decided it was time to get back to basics. Besides dehydrating in order to save vegetables for winter, I’m going to stick to eating fresh and simple as much as possible. I’m also going to be enjoying the standbys of my early adaption of this healing diet.

Today’s Breakfast was over a quart of green smoothie: bananas (frozen), raspberries (frozen), and lots of kale.

Today’s lunch was salads — two of them since I originally planned to go home, but then decided to order the “free lunch” with co-workers. I enjoyed my summer squash salad (zucchini, summer squash, greens, olives, and some cheeses), but it wasn’t very large and I was still hungry. I went out and got a hummus “salad” (I begged them to turn a wrap into a salad at a place that usually doesn’t do salads).

I was still STARVING by late afternoon. This is very unusual as I’ve rarely been hungry since going on a raw food diet. It makes me wonder if I accidentally got some gluten as doing so seems to mess up my (and, as observed, my daughter’s) appetite control/feelings. I don’t know when/how though, but that is the way it is with a small exposure. My other thought is that it could just be a reaction to something else (the dairy? withdrawal from the chocolate?) I also had a couple of cups of coffee and a cup of hot chocolate within the last few days. This is very unusual for me. I didn’t seem to notice any immediate symptoms after having the coffee which I used to in the past, so I thought maybe now I could handle an occasional cup of coffee. However, it’s still not a healthy choice really for me.

Supper was soup (or hot blended salad?) — I’ve decided to add greens to one of my new favorite soups, and it’s just as good. My favorite includes a beet as well as carrots and tomatoes, but I’m out of beets right now, so it was just carrots, tomatoes, garlic, a little parsley, some basil, and a handful of spinach, and some black pepper along with Agar agar, flax seeds, and chia seeds to add Omega 3s and thicken the soup. the soup was VERY thick this time and yummy too. The color wasn’t quite as nice as previous soups, I’ve made, but it was still warming and yummy. Then I did eat some gluten free/dairy free french bread that my daughter didn’t finish. It was really good with the soup. I’m trying to decide if I need to stop eating anything like that at all for awhile or not. If I’m feeling generally well and energetic then I start to think it’s OK, but really I haven’t managed to stay feeling that way for more than a couple of days (although still generally WAY less tired than before the dietary changes), and I wonder if it’s part of why my energy levels keep fluctuating. I’m going to have to simply experiment with it I guess. I am really looking forward to the Body Enlightenment program by the Raw Divas to help with this, and plan to do the 7 day detox soon as well. I also need to spend some time in the online forums to ask others these questions and get more feedback. 🙂

Tonight I feel starved again wile my tummy at the same time feels bloated (screams gluten to me … which just now makes me wonder if one of the salads I ate for lunch was contaminated?). I think the first thing I’ll do is decide to only eat food from home for the next week so I know I have total control over it (Gluten, etc.). And as I said, I’ll try to stick to basics as much as I can …

September 2, 2008

We will now be returning to your regularly scheduled blog posts…

Filed under: About Me, Challenges, Today I ... — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:05 am

I apologize for the interruption in posts on this brand new baby blog. Just over a week ago my family and I were in a car accident. It was minor by most accounts, but in addition to shaking us up emotionally it also too over our schedule in the form of doctor, chiropractor, physical therapy and other appointments, and the time it takes to fill out form after form after form relating in all different ways to the accident. Oh, and we were tired, very tired.

Then we decided to keep our scheduled long Labor Day Weekend trip plans (Thursday to Monday). We returned home a few hours ago, and will now start our fall schedule along with all those added appointments and many more forms to fill out. However, I’m not nearly as tired so regular posts will return this week. I’m hoping that in addition to continueing to answer the question, “what do you eat anyway?”, I’ll be able to do some special posts about crisis eating, eating while healing from trauma, and eating while traveling. One thing I realized during our all-day car trip back home today is that I will have to really prepare to be sure our Christmas car trip (WI to TX) to be smooth in terms of food so that we stay healthy so we can enjoy the holiday (no gluten cross contamination! — which we again experienced this weekend unfortunately) — will be one of our goals as we plan our holiday trip). I hope others will be able to benefit from our research and experiences.

Health and Happiness to all of you as we embark on our fall schedules —

August 19, 2008

Today I continued to struggle with temptation and good choices

Filed under: Today I ... — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 11:47 pm

You would think that not needing my coffee anymore would have been lesson enough, but no those little temptations abound. Today was a very busy day at work. Things went well, but it was busy.

Often my office orders in and we get free lunch if we order from wherever they’re ordering from that day — the few places I trust to get salads from is dwindling the more I learn and the more frequently I try eating a take out salad and feel awful (gluten cross contamination generally). But today they were ordering from Famous Dave’s, and I LOVE (loved?) Famous Dave’s. My quick thought between meetings was “oh yes, I can order a salad” and then as I was standing there by the order sheet starting to write I realized that the salad I had always ordered these past months since going gluten free contained dairy and chicken. And while the sauce is gluten free who knows what else is in it (high fructose corn syrup I’m sure for starters). So, I quickly scribbled down the side veggie salad, no croûtons, etc. so that I didn’t make the person behind me annoyed. I never ate it though.

A few minutes later I was chatting (via IM) with Shawn and we realized that we needed another speedy supper (yes, we need to do menu planning but have put it off again and again this month), and we had no idea what to do. Rather than trying to figure it out at that point I simply asked him to meet me at the food co-op for lunch and we could figure it out then, and then one of use could purchase and run home any needed ingredients (we live and work relatively near the co-op).

So lunch today was from the co-op deli. It should have been from the salad bar but I was afraid that would take too long 😦 and was hoping for a little variety. 🙂 So I had some marinated veggies that weren’t very good, and then I went ahead and tried some vegan sushi. The sushi rolls had the cooked rice of course so not completely raw, but I was happily surprised that I liked it because last time I tried sushi I didn’t like it at all (the one thing Shawn likes and I don’t!). I want to eat more sea vegetables, but have been afraid to try too many of them based on my few previous experiences.

When I returned to work I found my salad waiting on my desk. It had a corn muffin on it as I forgot to mention that to them, so I wouldn’t have been able to eat it anyway due to the gluten cross contamination. it also had eggs on which I had not noticed in the description. Hopefully someone else will want to eat it because I hate wasting food.

I did end up snacking on one of these this afternoon: http://www.gomacro.com/glutenfree.htm — they are my FAVORITE, but I generally reserve them for while traveling. But I knew it was in my purse, and for some reason I opened it.

Supper ended up being an Indian sauce with chicken over rice for the rest of the family (I don’t remember the kind because I didn’t eat it), while I had a blended soup with: tomatoes (garden fresh!), green onions, a small carrot, half a cucumber, a celery stalk, half an avocado in the soup w/ other half in chunks in the soup, and garlic and basil in the soup for seasoning. I still used some sea salt and black pepper on it too. It was VERY yummy and very filling. And since some things are more important than food, the best part was we managed to sit down as a family for a half an hour before rushing off to meetings. (Thanks to my daughter’s love of helping to cook; she traded two other chores for being responsible for supper since she would be home earlier than the rest of us!)

During the Olympics I sipped on what was for me a new green smoothie — apples, cinnamon, and spinach, inspired by the Raw Diva’s Green Smoothie challenge and blog posts. I put too much cinnamon in it though. I think I would like this best as a juice rather than a smoothie because the texture was a bit too fluffy for me. It might be better as a warm drink this winter though (blended like the soups until it’s warm). Then I accepted some of my daughter’s smoothie that was simply bananas and cherries. Yum!

I had hoped to update w/ more photos of our gorgeous produce, and of some of our weekend meals, but it’s hard to multi-task while watching the Olympics. I’m gone all day tomorrow, but will get some enticing food photos up soon. If anyone has any great ideas — or just lots of encouragement — to continue to get greens and other veggies while traveling, please add them to the comments. I can use all I can get of both!

I’m committed to eating as much raw food as possible at this point. Other than the temptations, I felt great today and had WAY more energy than I probably should have based on sleep and the stress of the day. My body feels, well, alive. 🙂

July 22, 2008

Join me in my journy while learning to eat …

Filed under: About Me — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 1:55 pm

There is no way to start except to do it. International Green Smoothie day is inspiring me to get started on this blog that I have been thinking about for awhile. I have lots of ideas — regular photos of the fruit and veggie basket that hangs above our kitchen sink now, green smoothie of the day recipes or notes, what’s for lunch notes … mostly short posts about what I’m eating to help me along on this journey. And to share my enthusiasm for how wonderful and right this feels — eating lots of raw food and greens while eliminating lots of stuff that was apparently dragging me down (gluten, dairy, and well most cooked food) — there will be longer posts as well, but those will be less frequent.

I’m also going to put a disclaimer here, that this blog is about food not writing. So, while unlike my family blog, I may edit a bit, I will be doing quick email style posts much of the time. So, if you’re a potential employer in the technical writing industry please release that these posts are equal to a very quick draft. If someone was willing to pay me to do this, I would take more time to edit (I would also be thrilled).

Many of these posts will also come from flickr.

And one thing I’m certain of is that this blog will evolve over time which is why I titled it “Learning to Eat” rather than focusing on only green smoothies or raw food.

Please join me in my journey —


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