Hello folks. If you haven’t figured it out yet, Adam and I are passionate about food. Potentially annoyingly so, but well, it’s who we are. Lately, we’ve been reflecting about our relationship with food (because everyone has a relationship with food-think about that for a bit), and we’ve been thinking about the health of our bodies.
Adam, who is as healthy as a horse, doesn’t seem to encounter too many food-related issues. I on the other hand, developed IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) in high school. Basically, IBS is a chronic condition in which your gut hurts, but doctors can’t figure out why. I went through a ridiculous amount of tests in high school and then later again in college. It was terrible. I took pills that were supposed to help my digestive system, I consumed miralax on a daily basis (not fun), and I avoided entire food groups out of fear. 3 years passed without me eating one of my favorite foods: tomatoes. Imagine eating nothing tomato related for 3 years. No pizza, no pasta sauce, zip. Not fun.
And then one day, Adam tells me he doesn’t buy into the idea that my condition is incurable. So we accidentally order pizza with tomato on it, and he makes me eat it. And I didn’t die, which was nice all things considered. From there, we’ve had quite the food journey and have been slowly modifying our diet ever since. To make a long story short, we’ve almost entirely cut out processed foods, which means we buy ingredients and not pre-assembled food products. I’ve also done a few colon cleanses which have helped a lot, but my main point is that what we put into our bodies matter, intensely.
What you eat is the fuel that your run on. If you put garbage in, you get garbage out.
Now, let me add another piece to this puzzle. Adam and I, ok mostly me actually, read this magazine called Acres USA. It’s a pretty fantastic source of alternative/sustainable farming and food information. Anyway, I read an article in one issue (I believe this is the one, but I read it in a hard copy and not online), that talks about how we gather toxins in our bodies and how a mothers’ body can use a fetus as a way to purge toxins from herself. And that hit me as crazy. Like, why would you do that, body? That’s a baby-you’re suppose to be giving it life, not nasty toxins! But, taking a step back, it makes sense because if your body is full of toxins, then it wants to purge those harmful things before they get too stored up and hurt you-even if that means passing it on to another life.
So, in culmination of my history of having issues eating food and this thought that if (even if it’s just a tiny bit true) my body will potentially use the baby I carry someday as a dumping ground for toxins, Adam and I agreed it’d be a great idea to do a detox and get rid of the nasty things in our bodies.
Enter our 28 day detox. Just to get a few things cleared up, here are the goals for this detoxification: 1). Hopefully it helps me safely identify which foods are the target for my IBS symptoms, which I’ve been trying to do unsuccessfully for years, and 2). Rid our bodies of harmful toxins before we begin having children. Also, we have set up this detox through our chiropractor so we’re following special guidelines and rules. We don’t do this sort of thing willy-nilly. Also, we chose a rather expensive detox, and that means that I am following it strictly while Adam is following some amended food guidelines. I have protein powder and special pills that encourage my liver’s detoxification efforts, and as Adam isn’t taking these things, he’s supplementing his diet with some extra protein from select sources.
We’d like to share what we’ve been eating, so I’m going to run through a few breakfasts and lunches in this post. Next time, I’ll share our dinners, which have been far more varied and interesting than our other meals.
But onto breakfast!
We’ve basically had two types of breakfast these past 14 days: oatmeal and hash browns. For our oatmeal, we eat two variations. The first is to mix in some kind of nut butter and eat it that way. The second one, pictured here, is to mix the oatmeal with homemade apple sauce and cinnamon. Let me tell you-it’s amazing!
Our hash browns are pretty much the normal type, with the exception that we’re strictly using oils for these 28 days because we’ve eliminated all dairy products from our diet. We also include fresh fruit for breakfast every morning, and that ranges from a banana and nut butter (pictured), to homemade smoothies that include two types of fruit and a juice.
Lunches are a little bit more varied, but I’ve only included two different days here.
Before I describe my actual lunch, I must make a tiny plug for my lunch container. I have a Planet Box stainless steel lunch container, and I LOVE it. It’s totally worth the price-I use mine 5 days a week at least- so you should check it out.
Lunches have always been hard for Adam and I. We’re typically sandwich people, and extremely boring sandwiches at that. So this detox has really pushed us to expand our horizons because we’re not eating any dairy, gluten, or sugar basically.
One of the first lunches I made for us is pictured here. We’re eating a lot of raw foods including raw carrots, tomatoes, (broccoli not pictured), sometimes avocado, and apples as another serving of fruit. For the main course, I made up a simple potato and green bean salad. Basically, I cooked potatoes and added beans and peas (but you could do anything) and tossed them in some olive oil, salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings. It was actually quite an amazing lunch.
To keep things interesting, we’ve been switching out parts of the lunch here and there. Another variation we’ve done quite a bit is using rice as our staple instead of potatoes.
This particular photo is of brown rice, broccoli, and peas tossed in the olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and lemon juice for a little extra kick. We’ve also added tuna to these main courses, but days 7-13 of the detox required us not to eat meat, so these photos don’t have the meat included. We also add apple sauce sometimes to shake things up a bit.
Overall, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how tasty all the meals have been. I’ve complained a tiny bit to Adam about the repetition of certain foods ( I definitely do not enjoy eating carrots every day for lunch), but we’re both finding we like trying these different meals out. Who knows, maybe after this detox is over we’ll continue to incorporate these simple but wholesome meals for breakfast and lunch.
Until next time friends, eat simply, eat deliciously.