Becoming human again

I’ve radically changed the way I eat over the past 3 weeks.  I’m definitely NOT on a diet.  The food that is popping into my mouth and down into my stomach includes cakes and cookies.  The difference is that I took ALL pre-prepared foods out of my diet.  The reason for doing this is because I became aware that there are soy and corn by-products in almost all the prepared food.  There is corn and soy fed to cows and chickens and fish.  So much additional soy and corn products that I believe the weight I’ve not been able to lose in the past 10 years has been a direct result of me getting fattened up just like the poor cows and chicken.   After watching Food, Inc., I became so completely disgusted by what has happened to our human food chain, I had no choice but to change the food that goes into me. 

So what exactly has changed?  I’ve not ingested a single prepared anything, unless there is no corn or soy by-products on the packaging (very, very few and far between — but at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s there are a few…like roasted seaweed, or thin pretzels, or a berry pie.) I’ve baked and cooked all food myself, including cookies and desserts.  Vegetables and fruits are from the local farmer, or organic from Whole Foods or TJ’s.  Meat has ONLY been free-range beef or chicken (from Whole Foods), same for eggs.  The meat tastes like meat.  The chicken tastes like chicken. Fish has been wild-caught and just delicious. I’m not the best cook in the world, but I’m not bad.  The food, however, makes it seem like I’m a phenomenal chef (or so I’m being told.)   

[Note:  I know there is an equal amount of contraversy over wild-caught vs. farm-bred, corn-fed fish, but for now, I’m trying to stay away from corn-fed fish…not sure how the fish end will play out, so very open to your opinions and suggestions. Also, with the damage to the Gulf of Mexico due to the oil spill, the whole fishing industry will be tossed upside down…who knows how our fish populations will be affected around the world?]

Money was a big concern, because, like most Americans and Canadians right now, my dollars are very tight.  I’ve found that while I’m spending more on these “clean” items, I’m not spending anything on pre-prepared, or packaged goods.  As well, the food seems to fill me up much, much more (possibly because of extra nutrients in the food?), and I’ve lost my desire to munch on packaged sweets — a couple of home-baked cookies does the trick.  And trust me, I can munch.  Let me stress again — I’m not dieting.  To the contrary. If I’m hungry, I’m definitely eating.  And enjoying.  I’ve lost 4 pounds in 3 weeks and that is without having changed anything else in my life.  Exercise is the same.  Amount of time on the computer…same.  Just the quality of the food has changed significantly.  Some of the recipes I’ve made have been incredible.  Not because I’m the cook — but because all the items are fresh and pure.

  • Minestrone soup, including making my own vegetable stock, that is truly delightful. 
  • Yellowtail with quinoa (If you’ve never tried it, you must!  Make sure to rinse it before boiling to take away the bitter coating.) and ginger/garlic sauteed veggies.
  • BBQ roasted chicken with baked sweet potato (with Irish butter, Greek yogurt and coarse sea salt), and garlic-lime sauteed zucchini
  • Ultra-thin crepes with fresh strawberries, bananas, nectarines (from my tree), and organic maple syrup
  • Tomato, basil, ciliegene (mozzarella balls in water) drizzled with balsamic vinegar (serious YUM)
  • Organic peanut butter, banana and vanana (vanilla banana) yogurt smoothie
  • Sugar cookies with orange zest
  • Chocolate chip cookies (yum)
  • Milk-free blueberry muffins (we’re lactose intolerant, so that’s a whole different challenge)

Most of all, I feel great.  I mean, really, really great.  It can’t be my imagination.  Rather, my animal engine is being properly fuelled…which makes me truly human again.  Aahhh.

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