Just like everyone, my husband and I have been trying to make the right decisions about what we eat to be healthy. Our diet has changed over the years since we have been married. First we pretty much ate whatever we wanted, being 24 years old and letting our relatively svelte figures be our guide. We ate lots of salads, but rich salads with chicken, bottled dressings, goat cheese, walnuts, Craisins, anything to make the dish not taste like salad. We frequently had dishes like turkey sausage stir fried with red bell peppers, curried chicken with coconut milk, and salmon. Eggs, cheese, sometimes bacon for breakfast. We were partying or out with friends twice or more during the week, and slurping up box wine and cheap beer pretty much every night.
Then we moved from Maryland to a tiny seaside loft on a tropical island. GORGEOUS views, but when I say tiny I mean tiny…the loft had no kitchen. We cooked with a hot plate and a microwave and we used a bucket filled from the bathroom sink for dishes. For almost 2 years! Our diet during this time consisted mostly of hot pockets, pop tarts, Fiber One bars and anything microwaveable or that could be made with hot water. And of course lots of rum-based drinks with Coco Lopez (coconut sugar-syrup).
When we returned to the mainland it was easier to eat “healthy.” We started working out regularly at a posh gym and limiting our red meat intake. Lots of Muscle Milk and protein shakes made at home with banana, Silk soy milk, and whey protein powder. Trail mix made with walnuts, Craisins, and white chocolate chips. Various cheeses with apples and wine. Hummus made with half a cup or more of olive oil. Burritos made with beans and ground turkey. Sushi with tempura or cream cheese (Philly Roll). During this time we got into great physical shape.
Then came our baby girl. Just after she was born we saw the documentary “Forks Over Knives,” which is available streaming on Netflix. The information in the film was so clear and credible that we decided to change the way we eat. First we looked closely at food labels and did not purchase any “processed” foods. My husband and I are smart people and enjoy seeing through the “veil” of advertisement. So much food is marketed as healthy, but really contains unhealthy ingredients! So we cut out processed foods, stopped eating meat, and gradually cut out dairy. Our diet does not include:
Sugar (in the form of blackstrap molasses or maple syrup) is used sparingly. Salt is added to the exterior of some foods.
We eat vegetables, whole grains, and fruit. It is delicious and we all feel great!