Posts Tagged ‘wheat-free’

Eating out doesn’t mean eating unhealthy.

April 19, 2010

Eating out doesn’t mean eating unhealthy foods, or giving up on the cleanse.  Eating on the cleanse has been fun and pretty simple and easy the past several weeks.  And with minimal appearances by lettuce during that time.  But, there comes a times when eating out is on the agenda and it can seem daunting to eat out, enjoy the meal with others and still eat healthily.  That was my challenge this past weekend.

With family visiting from out of town (and one of them is a chef, so knows good food) and a schedule that was a little on the time constraint side, it might have seemed a challenge to eat foods on the cleanse without eating lettuce salads. But, most restaurants offer something that fits the bill.  Now, I will admit that in some smaller towns, finding vegetarian fare that isn’t based around salads might be more challenging than in a big city, but you can always ask for what works for you.

Friday evening was a stay-home-finish-laundry-get-the-house-ready evening.  And after a full week of work, the food needed to be easy and comforting.  So, what is easier than vegetarian fried rice and my favorite fast food, spring rolls.  Warm and flavorful rice and cool and easy spring rolls with a rich peanut sauce.  My idea of a healthy take out meal.  Yum.  But easy to make at home also.

Then, lunch out at a wonderful, local, Interior Mexican cuisine restaurant here in Austin–Sázon. Lots of healthy choices on the menu, but how could I pass up Calabazitas Rellenas–steamed tender squash stuffed with roasted corn and serve with fresh roasted tomato salsa. Light and healthy and delicious.   Then dinner that evening at Kerbey Lane with potato flautas, guacamole and pico de gallo.  While the flautas are deep fried, they are far from greasy and it was wonderful warm food during a cool thunderstorm.

Finally, Sunday morning brunch at 24 Diner for divine slow cooked steel cut oatmeal with apples and brown sugar and vegetarian sausage (made from beets and lentils and rice and flaxseed).  I am going to search for this recipe.  It was delicious.

Then back to cooking at home again last night.  A rainy, cool day just begged for a warming hearty stew, so it was time for Green Chile Stew and garlic toast (wheat free bread of course).  How warming and comforting and just plain good.

Now, on the third week of the cleanse, it might be time to add in some lettuce.  But, then again, maybe not.


Continuing with the brief presence of lettuce

April 12, 2010

Ok, so lettuce once again appeared on the menu, but only in passing.  It was once again time for a junk food fix–but of course, it had to be healthy junk food (is that an oxymoron?!) so, what could be better than Mexican food.  Yep, good old fashioned tex-mex.  But easy and healthy and inexpensive which are all really good things on a Saturday after cleaning house all day.

So, Chalupas and spanish rice–yum. So easy and so filling.

Sunday was one of my favorite comfort food days–kale with chickpeas and nuts over mashed potatoes and fruit salad.  Easy, so good for you and I love the creaminess of the potatoes with the wonderful rich taste of the kale.

This cleanse has been so easy.  While we did add a little cheese to the chalupas, with the avocado it was creamy and rich enough i would have been just as happy to leave it off.  And, I feel really good.

Jump-starting my health: a 28 day food cleanse

March 29, 2010

In a meeting today I mentioned I was doing a food cleanse and many people wanted to know about cleanses–why do they, what type work best.  I needed to assure them that I am not an expert on cleanses, but that I had done some research and would be happy to talk about my experiences.

It is interesting to me how popular cleanses and fasting and special diets are to so many people.  And, like many people, I have tried lots of them over the years.  Several years ago, several of my friends began studying the teachings of Scott Ohlgren and began a 28 day food cleanse.  I didn’t pay much attention.  As a nurse, I am very skeptical of most fasts and cleanses.  I usually find that they are not based on true physiology and can often do more harm than good, as I discovered years ago when I tried the ‘Lemonade’ Cleanse and became very ill.  But, as I was reading and researching on my own, I came to the conclusion, that for me, the best cleanse included foods that supported healing while removing foods that taxed my body.  And, I again discovered Scott Ohlgren.

His philosophy is to give the body’s detoxification systems a periodic rest while eating food that supports rebuilding and regeneration.  So, I have committed to his 28 day cleanse–No dairy, No meat, No refined wheat, No refined sugar, No caffeine. As I was sharing this at the meeting this morning, one of my friends,  “What do you eat? Lettuce?  I would be a raving lunatic if I ate like that.”

What do you eat? Lettuce?

Interesting.  If you eat healthy, you will be crazy.  So, I guess I am crazy.  And, I invite you to be crazy too, or just  share in my eating journey over the next three weeks as I share recipes and menus.  Come find out what you can eat if you cut out the big 4–dairy, wheat, sugar and meat–and still feel satisfied and healthy and energetic and taste good. I promise.  I didn’t get this way by eating yukkie, boring and unflavorful foods, and I won’t eat that type of food to get healthy.

I know many of you have great healthy recipes that you would be willing to share as well, so I invite you to feel free to share any recipes you absolutely love that fits the above criteria.

Here’s my dinner for Sunday, March 28, 2010:  Baked Acorn squash with pecans and ginger, Indian Stewed Black-Eyed Peas with potatoes and tomatoes, and steamed broccoli with Lime Oil.  For dessert:  Coconut rice with cashews and peaches.

Lunch today: Left over Black-Eyed Peas and Squash with grapes for desert.

Feeling great!