A week ahead of eating breakfast, lunch and supper in a WHOLE new way…
Just when I thought I had my eating plan all mapped out I came across an article about GMO food. And then I read another, and another, and another. It certainly makes for some interesting reading.
And then I got the latest copy of Women’s Health magazine and found a really inspiring article on Rhona Mitra (loved her in Boston Legal!) and how she brings health to her life through yoga and vegan eating. It made me think…
I’m not ready to give up eating fish or chicken just yet, but I’ve been eating quite a bit of soy products, like tofu, etc. lately to get in more protein. As it turns out – all that soy stuff contains GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms). So does the cereal I’ve been enjoying for the last 6 months – Future Life. (One of the FEW gluten- free cereals sold). Now I know, almost everything you eat – someone, somewhere will say, “That’s sooooo bad for you!”, but that’s why I read so many articles from doctors and scientists about it. In Rhona’s interview, she says that the reason why she’s a vegan is because of the mistreatment of animals due to all the antibiotics they’re given. She only eats organic produce because there are also loads of pesticides used on vegetables and fruit.
Turning 30 last year woke me up. Big time…
I realised that my body really is a temple. I have the choice on how I’m going to treat it, and that’s why I’ve decided to try and be as healthy as possible. Of course, not wanting to eat meat anymore and being forced to cut out things like wheat, sugar, alcohol and caffeine from my diet play a huge part. It’s not always easy. Especially if we’re invited somewhere for supper or to a braai. But I have to say, since I no longer eat bread or meat, I have SO much more energy. I feel like I WANT to exercise every day and that’s good – especially after you turn 30 and your metabolism slows down.
The weekly meal plan
You know how people talk about how breakfast should be your biggest meal of the day, that lunch should be fit for a Prince, and then you should eat like a pauper at suppertime?
Well, I’m testing that theory out this week…
A lot of it is pretty quick and easy to prepare, although I’ll probably need to get breakfast and lunches prepped in bulk over the weekend, which is fine by me. Here’s the plan:
1 Large gluten-free pancake with yoghurt and raspberries (it’s the fruit with the least amount of sugar besides lemons)
Herbal tea – I found some delicious ones recently: Chai rooibos, cranberry and apple spice, ginger and lime, etc. Yum!
Plain low-fat yoghurt and cashew nuts
Chicken, lentil, brown rice, or chickpea salad with tomatoes, etc.
Yoghurt and 2-3 strawberries (also lower in sugar than apples, pineapples or bananas)
Veggie soup, roast veg salad, or green juice (with cucumber, mint, lime, spinach, broccoli)
I’m actually really excited. I mean, who doesn’t want to eat pancakes for breakfast? It’s going to be a challenge because I also need to make sure that I have enough energy for at least a 30-minute workout every day. (I’m not supposed to exercise at all during these few weeks, but there’s no way I’m letting my fitness go – absolutely not starting from scratch again.) I’m so tired of my body reacting to different foods, so drastic measures need to be taken. And I consider this drastic. I’m not about to starve myself to make that happen, and I also don’t want to go broke buying all kinds of fancy ingredients. So I’m going to keep it simple and keep it fresh!
Last week I started writing down what I eat every day. Well, would you know that it’s helping a lot already? I’ll post an update on this weekly meal plan at the end of the week. Wish me luck!
P.S. The picture at the top of this post is what we had for supper one night last week. I added in coconut cream to some chicken and gluten-free pasta and it was divine – even my husband thought so! 🙂