Howdy! I’ve gotten lots and lots of requests for a post on how I eat and what activities I do, so I thought it was high time I answered your questions. 🙂 Now, I am NOT an expert or even close to the epitome of health. My mom’s a health nut, and that’s basically my only credential.
What I eat:
Whenever possible, I try to eat organic, naturally grown, local veggies, grass-fed meat, raw milk, and home-grown eggs. Here in the outskirts of Nashville we’re spoiled by the huge foodie community and have access to so many farmers and fellow freaks.
Let’s just go through the food groups, shall we? You know, this fancy pyramid from a few years ago that’s supposed to give us a healthy diet? Well, I’m just gonna take the groups as an easy way to generally talk about what I eat/don’t eat. Since apparently y’all are curious. 😛
Starting at the bottom with bread, cereal, rice, and pasta:
I have been gluten free for about 4 months because I think gluten 1) contributes to my headaches, 2) drains my energy, and 3) is usually not pesticide/GMO-free. There are so many amazing GF recipes out there for baked goods that I really don’t miss gluten at all. I don’t worry about it too much if there might be flour in Alfredo sauce or a kind lady offers me a cookie, but in general I know that consuming gluten isn’t worth it. Now, I do eat about 2 servings of white (apparently not as hard to digest as brown?) rice a day, whether that’s through GF flours, GF pastas, or just the actual grain itself. The starch helps fill me up since I do have a rather large appetite for a girl. :p
In the summer especially, I try to buy and eat local things that are in season. We are members of a CSA (community supported agriculture. It’s awesome. Look it up and get involved in one near you.) and that provides us with some produce, and I get most of the rest from Amish country. Or Costco’s fresh frozen section. 😛 I also really love buying really strange, totally not local stuff from the International Food Store and eating things like cactus, young baby coconuts, avocados, yucca, eggplant, etc. Veggies make up like 2/3 of my diet. 😛
Cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, apples, peaches, oranges, lemons, and watermelons are our favorites. We buy 20 bunches of bananas at a time and peel, freeze, and use in chocolate/ cocoa/ coconut milk/ banana smoothies. Fruit’s a bit more expensive usually than veggies and harder to get locally year round, so I only eat about 2 servings a day.
Milk, yogurt, and cheese:
Like I said earlier, I’m a huge fan of raw milk (yes, it is legal in TN if you have a cow share, which we do. :). Regular store bought milk makes my stomach hurt, as do most packaged yogurts. I’m not a huge milk drinker anyway, but I do enjoy a glass with a GF peanut butter cookie. 😉 Greek yogurt is the only way to go for me, since it’s unsweetened, or homemade raw milk yogurt. Cheese: I’ll have cheese maybe twice a week on my eggs or on pizza, but I generally stay away from that many calories. 🙂 I’m gonna lump butter in this category and say that it would be a crime to live in the south and stay away from butter. 😉 Honestly, I usually keep my consumption to about a tablespoon a day. (I may be kicked back north again soon, though, if I don’t change my ways. 😉
Meats, beans, eggs, and nuts:
After trying some 100% grass fed beef, our family will never go back to the other stuff. It’s so incredibly tasty and doesn’t need seasonings. We raise our own meat chickens, and have fish and shrimp a couple times a week. Most of my family can’t eat beans, so I don’t eat those much. Eggs are free-range, like I said earlier. And nuts– I love to eat trail mix made from soaked, rinsed, and dehydrated walnuts, pecans, and roasted peanuts. By doing that it gets rid of the enzyme inhibitors that make them hard to digest, but leaves the protein and stuff that cooking would take out. 🙂
Fats, oils, and sweets:
Hehe. So, contrary to popular belief, animal fats are super good for you. They heal your gut and help you digest better. I did the GAPS diet for a while which has you eating nothing but animal broths and boiled veggies for several days, and then super strict for at least a month. That was great and taught me a lot about how my body digests and processes things. So, even now if my stomach is feeling sugary or yeasty or just blechy from something I ate, I’ll drink a cup of chicken broth and almost instantly I feel better. So, all that to say I don’t avoid animal fats. Other kinds of fat like on chips or in Hardees meals, I skip.
Oils: Basically only go for coconut oil, and occasionally olive. We use coconut oil for everything, and I looove to use it on my skin. It’s so good for you, too. 🙂
Sugaaars: I try to limit my consumption of sweeteners (honey or white sugar- dislike stevia) to a tablespoon or two a day. Like, total. Drinks, muffins, cookies, chocolate chips- anything. Fruit doesn’t count. If I have more than that, I’m super susceptible to getting a cold or other germy disease. This also keeps me from gorging myself on yuuuummy things or consuming too many calories.
So, there ya go. Other things that might make what I eat different than
the SAD (standard American diet. 😉 may be the almost complete absence
of processed foods. Very few canned, smashed into a new shape, or
colored things. 😛 I’ll have fast food maaaybe once every too weeks at the most, mostly because we’re out in the boonies. Plus it always makes me feel like the inside of a potato chip bag– greeeeasy. 😛
Now, onto exercise! This one’s kinda funny to me, since I’ve never been able to consistently exercise more than a month. 😛 I love physical activity though, and try to wear myself out every day. Once a week or so I’ll do 15 push ups and 80 sit ups, and if it’s too difficult, I’ll know I need to exercise more. 🙂 I also enjoy running in the winter when I’m not doing as much outdoor physical activity (like gardening) and it’s cooler. 😉 Otherwise, I just do housework (lots of up and down the steps with laundry!) and stuff. Sorry I can’t say, “I’ve done this exercise program and it’s why I have a 6-pack!” because neither would be true. 😉
Well, I can’t really think of anything else to say… any questions? Suggestions? What’s your diet like?