Weekly Wrapup (and Some Diet Details)

Hey all! I’m getting this post up a bit late today! Yikes! The day almost got away from me. Here are this week’s posts, just in case you missed something…

This Week’s Posts:

 

Diet Details:

And now to answer the most asked question of the last three weeks…Kristi, what are y’all eating on your diet?

I’m not going to beat around the bush. Here are the details:

Breakfast:

  • One piece of bacon each (it must be all natural, no sugar, no nitrates, no preservatives from pigs that aren’t given any hormones, antibiotics, or GMO foods),
  • Farmers omelet with red bell peppers, green bell peppers, green onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and eggs.  I saute the veggies in the grease from the aforementioned bacon (contrary to popular belief, bacon grease is a great fat/oil to cook with because it remains stable at high temps, unlike vegetable/corn oil and canola oil, which are actually terrible to cook with and incredibly unhealthy).  After cooking the farmers omelet, I add a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, a dollop of fresh guacamole, and a dollop of sour cream.  I buy as many locally grown organic veggies as possible, and I use eggs that are from local farms and come from free range chickens that are not given antibiotics, hormones, or GMO foods.

Our breakfast veggies before adding the eggs.  This one also has potatoes in it, which we’ve been
having on Saturdays as a special treat, but we’re going to stop adding potatoes because evidently
they can cause problems in people with M.S.

Lunch:

  • Large salad (piled high on a dinner plate) with various types of lettuce, spinach, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, and green onions.  Sometimes I’ll also add kale and/or broccoli.  Again, all of these are locally grown and organic if they’re available.
  • Homemade salad dressings.  I make a Caesar dressing for me, and an avocado ranch for Matt.
  • 4 oz of one of the following:  (1) ground chicken patty seasoned with dill, fresh garlic, seasoned salt, onion powder, and pepper, or (2) ground beef patty seasoned with seasoned salt, pepper, fresh garlic, and onion powder.  When I cook the beef, I grease the pan with a very small amount of olive oil.  When I cook the chicken, I grease the pan with a small amount of butter.  Both the beef and chicken come from local farms.  And again, they don’t contain hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, GMO foods, etc.  (Do you see a pattern here?)  :)

Dinner:

For dinner each night, we have a fresh juice drink made from:

  • Carrots,
  • Broccoli,
  • Green cabbage,
  • Red cabbage,
  • Cilantro,
  • Celery,
  • Apple,
  • Radish greens, and
  • Pineapple.

Evening snack:

Our evening snack varies depending on what’s available.  In the past we’ve had grapes, cherries, and apples.  Matt also has a  handful of cashews, and I have my favorite snack…sunflower seeds.

A note about preparing our foods:  I absolutely do not EVER use non-stick pans.  The only cookware I have in my kitchen is made of surgical grade stainless steel.  We also do not EVER use a microwave.  In fact, we don’t even own one.

You may have noticed a pattern.  Basically, we eat pretty much like our great grandparents probably ate.  Everything is as natural as possible…no hormones, no antibiotics, no GMO foods, no preservatives, and nothing processed.  Our diet includes absolutely no refined sugar or flour.  We buy as much as possible at the farmers market every week so that it’s locally grown.  When I go to the grocery store, I basically avoid the entire middle section with all of the processed, boxed, pre-packaged foods, and I stick to the outer wall, which is the refrigerated section, meats, and produce.

Hope that answers your questions!  If you have any more specific questions, like why we’ve included certain things in our diet, I’d be glad to answer!!

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Comments

  1. says

    WOW, that diet is awesome…… I am not sure I could just do the juice drink for dinner. I am sure you get used to that tho. So are you all losing weight too as well as it helping with Matt’s MS symptoms?

    • says

      Oh yes, we’re both losing weight. My clothes are getting loser on me, and a week ago, I was able to finally wear a pair of jeans that I couldn’t get into at the beginning of the year. :)

      You’d be surprised about the juice drink. It’s completely different from the juices that you buy in the grocery store, which are all fully processed, pasteurized, and quite old before you every get them into your home. All of that processing, pasteurization and age makes them pretty much completely devoid of any nutrition, so it’s like drinking empty calories that do your body no good nutritionally. When you drink a REAL juice drink, that still contains all of the vitamins and nutrients, your body’s requirements for nutrition are met and satisfied, so you’re not starving. Add that to the fact that the previous two meals are packed full of great nutrition and healthy oils and fats, and I can assure you, you wouldn’t go hungry.

      Before we started this diet, Matt was always complaining about being hungry. I would be amazed (and incredibly frustrated) that we could eat a large value meal from Burger King, complete with a Whopper, large fries, and large drink, and 30 minutes later he would be hungry again. Now it all makes sense to me. It’s not about quantity of food, it’s about the quality of the nutrition that is in the food. :)

  2. Audrey says

    Kristi,

    Your diet sounds almost Paleo (sans cheese). I’ve been eating low carb for three weeks now and am a bit frustrated by the weight loss. I have had no sugar, wheat flour, rice, potatoes, or other high carb vegetables, soda, juice or beer and have only lost a few pounds.
    The cage free eggs are wonderful…
    Keep up the good work

    • says

      I guess when it comes to labels, we’d fall somewhere between the Paleo diet and the Primal diet.

      So sorry that you’re discouraged by your low carb eating! Some bodies just respond to things differently than others. At least you can be sure that you’re eating healthier by cutting out the refined sugars and flours, and your body will eventually respond to that.

    • says

      No, a blender would leave you with a disgusting sludge that I don’t think would be palatable. I have a Champion juicer, which I absolutely love.

  3. says

    Great diet…or should I say, LIVE-IT…plan!! We have started down a similar path, our includes lots of soups because I’m making bone broth from the chicken I roast and its bones which simmer in my slow cooker all week. It’s amazing how beneficial it has been. Ditching the sweets…the few that we have…is the most challenging part. I’ll look forward to hearing more progress on the part of Matt, too! So happy for you!!

  4. says

    Thank you for taking the time to share this with us, Kristi. I really admire your determination and devotion to the health of both you and your sweet hubby. I’m going to spend some time absorbing all of the this. Oh – I’m your newest linky follower! Take care.

  5. says

    I, too, am suffering some serious health issues. I’m really happy to see someone blogging about how meats and fats are not unhealthy, if you get them from the right source. Grass-fed or pastured meats and fats are very nourishing for our bodies. If anyone reads this comment you can learn more at the Weston Price Foundation.

    We do not own a microwave either. They are terrible! I’ve read a study where they fed a lot of cats microwaved food for so many days, and they all died. Of course cats are not humans but there is a lot of really good information out there for anyone wanting to make a difference in their health.

    I don’t know if you have looked into this or not, but have you tried vitamin B-1 therapy for M.S.? You can read more about it on a site called “Doctor Yourself dot com.” I’ve read something else very promising recently and can’t remember what it is, if I remember, I will come back and comment.

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