Hey guys! Happy Tuesday. I am back in this little space of the world after a 7 day break for Thanksgiving and all of its festivities. We had a great time with family on all sides, a movie (we saw the new The Grinch movie. I cried. LOL), ate SO much food, took the weekend to do more house renovations and did absolutely ZERO online or in person shopping. And let me say, it did wonders for my mental health. No lines, no crowds, no searching the inter-web for the best deal, no worries. It was glorious. Everything I want to buy will be there when I’m mentally ready to do it and if it’s a few dollars more, well, that’s okay. What about you? Did you do any shopping? Some years WE GO FOR IT and it’s fun too! For me this year, I think because of what season we are in with moving to a new town and house renovations, I just wasn’t in to it this year. We are all in different seasons and that’s soooo good.
Speaking of seasons….
I love what my friend over at Empowered Autoimmune says, “If anyone tells you the science is unequivocally settled or exudes zealot like religiosity for an arbitrary eating template, run for the hills.” Your dietary approach is so bioindividual about where YOU ARE in your health and wellness. Your diet and other lifestyle habits should take into account your micronutrient sufficiency, biochemical individuality, ancestral heritage, physiological state, microbial terrain, gastrointestinal integrity, and your physical lifestyle.” So please do not take this post as the be all end all. In fact, as I am about to share, my food intake changes as the seasons change, as my body changes, as my activeness changes, and as LIFE changes. Although I am a naturopath, I am also human and wasn’t always into health and wellness. I grew up eating frozen meals, fast food and my only fruit was the inside of a pop-tart for the first 20 years of my life. So yeah, I know what it’s like to live on the other side of wholeness and it’s not fun. Strep-throat 6x per year and on an anti-biotic literally every other months for 16 years. Which let to severe gut dysbiosis, candida overgrowth, SIBO, and adrenal insufficiency. I understand. I know. I can relate. And I can also help you GET OUT OF THAT PLACE. With that said, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my overall wellbeing through prayer and TRUTH. I am the healthiest both physically, mentally and spiritually I have ever been yet I am not exactly where I want to be; my hormones are still a little off and I will tweak diet and supplements with the help from the Lord until I reach that place I want to be. I also only share this blogpost because I think it can give you some ideas on some delicious meals, but it also shows you I, too, am human with wants and less than ideal food intake sometimes. I find it funny that I chose one of the busiest weeks and the week focused on FOOD to do this blogpost yet I think it’s perfect to just show you it all. I always want to be real and raw and honest and NEVER make you feel less than. I want to show you that we are all human and we all have decisions to make every single day when it comes to our health and wellness and sometimes I don’t make the right ones too! With that said, on to the meat of the post. 8 days are shown below minus Saturday because I was so busy I didn’t take a photo of any meals BUT I will tell you what I ate still. At the bottom of this post I have some thoughts and a question that I’d love for you all to answer on this Facebook or Instagram post below. Okay, LET’S DO THIS!
First thing in the morning I have really been loving celery juice. I love that it provides a plethora of micronutrients and minerals but I also love how healing it is for your adrenals. Not everyone is in a state of health where they can digest celery juice well, so again, know your body. But my gut LOVES it right now and I crave it every morning. Also, keep in mind I am not showing you any beverage intake unless it has calories (like I am not showing you my water or any black coffee I had or La Croix).
For breakfast I had Nancy’s fermented probiotic cottage cheese with goji berries, an over medium egg cooked in grass-fed butter with a dash of hot sauce, and a piece of sourdough toast with hummus, avocado and tomatoes.
For lunch I had a GIANT SALAD. These have become a staple lately! This included: spinach, broccoli, cabbage, sunflower seeds, quinoa croutons (the best thing ever!!!), carrots, jalapenos, honey mustard dressing, chicken, and raw cheese.
After lunch I had a handful of chocolate covered almonds!
Afternoon snack was COYO Vanilla Bean Yogurt with hemp seeds and wild blueberries. So simple yet one of my FAV snacks!
This was such an easy meal! Korean BBQ Beef and Veggies with steamed rice. Simple recipe of brown ground beef, once cooked remove from pan and add your favorite veggies. Here I did mushrooms cabbage, celery, and broccoli. Once veggies are cooked add sauce which is 1/2 cup Tamari, 1 clove of garlic minced, 1 tsp of fresh ginger inched, 1 tsp dried ginger, 1/4 cup coconut sugar, and 2 tbs avocado or sesame oil. I also served this with a side of kimchi for loads of probiotics.
I also had a bedtime snack; I also think it’s funny because I am keeping track of the food on PMS week too! Ha! So more munchies. I did a piece of sourdough with raw cheese spread, some coconut oil bbq chips and a Justin’s DARK PB cup. That ends Day 1 !
Day 2 11/21
Fresh celery juice
Breakfast was Nancy’s fermented cottage cheese with goji berries, sourdough toast with hummus, tomatoes, and sauerkraut, and 2 chicken sausage links.
Lunch: spinach, tuna, raw cheddar, carrots, sweet potato, sunflower seeds, cabbage, quinoa croutons, honey mustard.
Dessert was 3 Simple Mills Pecan Cookies (SOOOOOO GOOD!)
Afternoon snack was same as the day before.
Dinner was Chipotle Tacos: grass-fed beef, quick cabbage slaw, raw cheese, avocado, and tortilla.
Bedtime munchies were coconut oil potato chips, this raw cheese dip and a Justin’s. I’m pretty predictable around this “time of the month”. Also, you guys, I took these pics quick without really any thought to styling them. Again, just real and raw for this post!
Day 3 11/22 THANKSGIVING!!!
A few pieces of goat cheese before we headed out of town for Thanksgiving meals with family!
For breakfast on Thanksgiving my sweet mother-in-law made a brunch. She made organic eggs, organic bacon and an organic coffee cake. I chose to just have a small piece since sugar in the morning doesn’t set my blood sugar up for stabilization during throughout the day!
So for lunch we had to go to Applebees. Literally NOTHING was open. We didn’t have plans to be anywhere until later than afternoon and so we thought we’d find an Asian place open. Asian is always a good option because you can’t go wrong with veggies and rice! However, literally nothing was open! UGH. It was Applebees, TGIFridays, Golden Corral, IHOP or Waffle House. For real. We hadn’t been to Applebees in over 5 years so I had no idea what we’d even get. We didn’t want anything big because we were eating our real Thanksgiving dinner later than evening. So we just got a few appetizers and it was worse than I remember! YUCK! Everything tasted like it was frozen and then reheated or fried and so we all just picked at it and then left. So bad. Next year, if this happens i’ll pack some PB and Js! LOL.
On to the main attraction! Thanksgiving dinner at my moms and this is all organic and mostly gluten and dairy free! Just the BEST. I only had one plate but this was more than I’m used to eating! It was a dinner size plate and I usually eat on a salad plate or bowl. So my portions were definitely more than I’m used to but I felt good knowing all of this was nourishing and pesticide free! (unlike our nasty lunch.-thankfully my gut is healed enough that I am able to process a “bad” meal every now and then and be okay. Also, taking digestive enzymes help!)
For dessert I chose a piece of gluten-free pumpkin pie with coconut whipped cream! And that was enough for me!
Day 4 11/23
Celery Juice of course!
The day after Thanksgiving is always leftover day, am I right?! And since our leftovers were all organic, WIN WIN! For breakfast we had some organic eggs, chicken sausage and a slice of gluten-free pumpkin bread with grass-fed butter.
Lunch was all leftovers! Corn, stuffing/dressing, roasted veggies (beets, peppers, onion, brussels, sweet potatoes), homemade rolls with turkey and cranberry on it!
Friday night was pizza from a local joint. I had this 1 piece because it was not organic or gluten and dairy free, it was good though! I also enjoyed, not pictured because we were working while eating, was a giant salad! Anytime we order pizza (maybe 2x a month) I always try and eat a giant salad before hand. This fills me up and I usually will only eat 1 or 2 small pieces of pizza then. Raw veggies before processed foods also help you DIGEST that processed food easier.
Day 5 11/24
This is the day I was so busy and out of the house that I didn’t take a picture of anything. SORRY! I got up and had my celery juice and then for breakfast had 2 pieces of organic bacon, piece of sourdough toast with avocado, hummus, sauerkraut, and tomatoes. I left the house to go out into the boonies to help decorate this ladies house for Christmas. I brought my own lunch BUT the ladies house we were decorating for offered to go and get us Sonic. This is where you have to make a decision; do I eat what I brought and make everyone feel uncomfortable while they eat Sonic or just eat what she is so kindly offering to get. I chose the latter. Sometimes, I choose the first especially if it’s my own family. But in this situation, I didn’t want to be rude and I had ZERO guilt eating the Sonic. I chose just a cheeseburger, no sides or drink and only ate half because it was so filling! I then munched on my own carrots I brought as we were decorating further and all was well. I digested it just fine and didn’t feel yucky after! When I got home that afternoon I had some veggie sticks and garlic dip! Then we were busy again and on the go and I ate a piece of left over pizza as we were walking out the door. It wasn’t my best day eating for sure but I want you to see that WE ARE ALL NORMAL PEOPLE WHO JUST DO OUR BEST. And when I have a day like that (which IS rare) I just go on and never punish myself by not eating the next day or working out harder or whatever. It happens and no amount of stress is worth it. I actually enjoyed the burger and pizza. So there ya go.
Day 6 11/25
Breakfast was bacon, eggs, cherry tomatoes, and hummus!
Lunch was salad: spinach, tuna, raw cheddar, carrots, sweet potato, sunflower seeds, cabbage, quinoa croutons, honey mustard.
Dinner was so good! I roasted a whole chicken so eat on through the week and also make bone broth with. This is a bed of spinach with roasted carrots, potatoes, and golden beets with some roasted chicken on top and a homemade gravy using the drippings from the chicken, water, and gluten-free flour.
Day 7 11/26
Celery juice….SURPRISE! LOL
Breakfast was a grain-free chocolate muffin (and I added flax meal) with grass-fed butter, eggs, and a side of COYO vanilla bean yogurt with blueberries.
Lunch! Spinach, bbq chicken, cabbage, mushrooms, fermented pickles, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, raw cheese, honey mustard dressing
Handful of chocolate covered almonds
Dinner was so good! Pan fried polenta’s in a veggie tomato sauce with some raw cheese and sourdough.
I had made some Browned Butter Cookies (organic of course using maple syrup!) a few weeks ago and I froze them. I love pulling one out when I need something sweet and eating it cold. Yum!
Day 8 11/27
MMMM. Nothing beats warm oatmeal on a cold, wintery morning. I cooked up some homemade oatmeal using gluten-free organic rolled oats, hemp seeds, flax meal, collagen peptides, pumpkin seeds, ceylon cinnamon, coconut nectar, goji berries, vanilla and topped with some sprouted pecan milk! Oh baby! Served with a side of chicken sausage.
Lunch was some mixed greens, cabbage, carrots, lentil pasta, sunflower seeds, kimchi, and quinoa crouton crumbles (because I’m almost out!)
I made a delicious afternoon treat using organic coffee, almond milk, coconut sugar, coconut whipped cream, vanilla, and some ceylon cinnamon! Move over Starbucks!
Taco TUESSSDAY! Only we had taco bowls. Spinach, homemade Mexican rice, chipotle chicken, avocado, raw cheese, and some organic salsa made for a delicious meal the whole family loved!
And that’s it folks! 1 week from Tuesday to Tuesday or 8 full days. Totally unedited and raw and real and I told you every last thing I ate. Desserts, fast food, and even a THANKSGIVING feast. It’s all there and I think for me, having kept a record of doing this, it makes me realize just how well I do eat and how my mindset is in such a healthy place. I try to always practice what I preach to my clients and you all and I want you to take away from this blog post that it’s okay to be okay with what you consume when you are just doing your best with your circumstances. Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for consuming what you do when they DO NOT KNOW YOUR bioinidividuality. Don’t let your circumstances define you or make you feel bad. Have a plan, try your hardest and do your best MOST of the time. That’s all we can do. Stressing out about your food does more harm. Gain knowledge and then once you know better you do better.
So for my question reallllly fast. I am wanting to start a YouTube Channel; I have been told for many years I should start one and now that my almost 11 year old is more technologically advanced than myself (HA!) he can help me edit and do all of that stuff. Would this be something you are interested in? I would continue doing blog posts probably once a week or so, but try and do videos 3 times a week. I would love to know your thoughts. Leave them below on my social media channels.