Eating Real Food (Well, Trying To, Anyway)

I mentioned in my last post that I really miss blogging about the things that I am working through in my life.  Writing has always been a way of helping me sort through things and it holds me accountable in a way that nothing else really does.

Over the past few months, Bruce and I have been trying to clean up our eating habits.  We are not really unhealthy people, per say, but lately we just have been thinking seriously about things like added sugar and how processed certain foods are.  It’s quite eye-opening, actually.  I don’t know enough about it to speak with any kind of authority, but essentially, the more you process foods, the more you strip their nutrients and add things that don’t really belong.  Unfortunately, SO much of our food is heavily processed today in order to produce it in bulk and as inexpensively as possible.

Like I said, I don’t know much about it, but I am learning … well, trying to anyway.  Lately I have been trying to focus on homemade foods with simple ingredients that still taste delicious.  The weather is getting warmer and our garden will be going in soon – I can’t wait to cook garden to table this summer!

In the meantime, these are some of the things we’ve been eating as we try to get back to real food …

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Mexican Chicken wraps.  Bruce boiled the chicken and then shredded it and added a can of rotel.  We served it on top of greens, added rice (we have so much rice, but I think once we eat it all I might start buying quinoa), tomatoes, onions, fresh avocado and shredded cheese.  I’m embarrassed to admit this, but this was the first time I’ve ever bought an avocado.  For some reason I was always intimidated by them?  Odd.

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The next day was a “what do we have in the freezer” meal – Bruce found frozen chicken and peas (the peas were from last year’s garden) and then served it with rice and caramelized onions.

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Since apparently my beloved bagel with peanut butter isn’t the healthiest because of the tons of sugar that gets added to peanut butter 🙁 I’ve tried to find other options.  I did buy natural peanut butter (the kind you have to mix) so I’ve used that, but I do find that it’s not as easy to spread and it doesn’t taste quite the same.  Actually, I’m probably not addicted to it because it doesn’t have sugar in it.  But anyway – this was two fried eggs on multi-grain toast with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions and avocado.

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This one I was actually kind of proud of.  I’ve always cheated with meatballs and bought the frozen kind.  I don’t know why – my dad cooked for us growing up and he NEVER used frozen meatballs!  But, like the avocado, I had some strange irrational intimidation of the process.  So I found a simple recipe online and gave it a shot.  I cut up some sweet potatoes and carrots to roast and threw them in the oven before I started on the meatballs and everything was ready at the same time!

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The next day I stopped at the grocery store for some fresh produce so I would have salad for the rest of the week.  I chopped up a bunch of stuff so it would be like having my own private salad bar at home.

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Last night for dinner I heated up some leftover meatballs and had a big salad on the side.

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This morning I fried an egg and served it on top of a piece of multi-grain toast with some provolone cheese.  Usually I would make two, but I decided to just make one and eat an orange.  Baby steps, right?

I don’t really have a goal in all of this – usually when I go on these kicks I want to lose weight or fit into a certain pair of jeans.  Not this time.  I just want to slowly change my eating habits and see what happens along the way.  A lot of research has been done about how clergy are unhealthy and, if I see positive changes in myself, maybe I can encourage others along the way!

 

 

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