Our daily journey towards complete health is just that, a journey-full of ups and downs, twists and turns, detours, road blocks, accidents, changed routes, and delightful side trips. As I've said before we have always been in a state of flux, up and down, about our health, where we think we should be regarding our health, and even what we feel "being healthy" really means. Two weeks ago it was suggested to my husband that he begin a strict diet to combat Adrenal Fatigue following a month of fighting with sleeplessness, inability to eat, function, or sleep well.
This "diet" wasn't crazy, it wasn't even weird, it was simply.....real. So, at our wits end for how to deal with my hubby's declining health we took on this new "diet" and two weeks ago we began to eat more like GOD intended, or created us to eat. We have a long way to go in getting this "right", but WOW the changes that have occurred in just a couple short weeks!
*Our family as a whole is sleeping better (once we convince the boys that it is indeed time to rest and they do NOT need another drink of water) and waking up refreshed in the morning.
*Our kitchen has NEVER seen so much activity.
*Our energy levels are rising and we are able to take on our days as opposed to our days draining us by mid afternoon.
*Dearest hubby of mine has gone from being a Mt. Dew/ Mellow Yellow junkie to being soda free.
*I have traded my 20 year daily organic black coffee habit for water and Teeccino. (Here's a few reasons why we have chosen to quit the caffeine habit cold turkey.)
*Our littles are learning to truly appreciate a wide variety of good healthy foods.
*We are truly enjoying the delightful findings we glean from our garden everyday for our meals. (As well as storing up the extras for winter time use.)
*That evil scale in the bathroom, that is always reading a higher number than I want it to.....it's steadily getting closer to the numbers I want to see. Ten pounds closer in just two weeks!
All these wonderful, healthy, delightful changes have come about simply by making wise, good, food decisions. Our breakfasts consist of either an omelet of some sort or grain free pancakes and a drink of water or homemade lemonade or orange juice. Lunches and Suppers include a meat (grass fed beef, free range chickens, or wild fish) and an assortment of fresh or frozen veggies along with a drink of water or homemade lemonade. Snacks throughout our day include fresh fruits, raw nuts (no peanuts), and occasionally a grain free cookie.
I've mentioned what we DO eat first because that's what is truly important and really quite simply. By making the commitment and decision to only eat real, whole foods, we are cutting out any processed, fake foods that effect our bodies negatively. My husband is completely gluten intolerant and our whole family has been "mostly gluten free" for a year now and we have only seen minimal changes in our health and well being from our "change in diet". But there is a reason for that, "gluten free" has become a big business, a popular fad and/or lifestyle and many, MANY companies have jumped in the gluten free pool. This has made it very easy to eat the same exact processed foods that are available to those who are gluten tolerant. Granted, quite often the quality of the gluten free foods may be slightly superior to the name brands, as many gluten free companies tend to carry organic and/or gmo free certifications. But in the end, processed food is still processed food and every processing step creates a food that is further and further away from what your body recognizes and can utilize.
By cutting out ALL processed foods, all soy products, all vegetable oils (we use coconut oil, olive oil, and raw butter), all grains, all processed sugars, and sparingly using potatoes, corn, and other starchy veggies we are transforming our family's health and are thrilled with the complete results! This is truly a lifestyle, and a journey that is making serious changes to our family's life and future.