Day 10: 30 Days of Unprocessed Food

Today started out a little hectic. My husband and I overslept and woke up at 8:50am. When I went upstairs to wake up Sophia, she was happily playing with her animals on her bed! We rushed to get ready and get out the door to preschool. She was 30 minutes late, but who's counting?
Yummy Salad at Essence Bakery. Organic and 100% Unprocessed.
 After rushing home, cleaning the kitchen, and taking a quick shower, I headed out the door for a lunch date at Essence Bakery.  There are very few organic restaurants in the Phoenix area, but Essence is one that I enjoy frequenting. It amazes me that more restaurants do not serve organic and local options. It seems that no matter where you go for lunch, the average price for a salad is $10-$13 dollars. I would so much rather pay $13 for a salad made from organic ingredients than pay that same price for a salad from a chain restaurant like Chili's or Paradise Bakery. Essence Bakery uses locally grown produce as well as local, organic meats. That is my kind of restaurant! My salad today consisted of organic baby greens, pear slices, pecans, goat cheese, dried cranberries, and organic, grass fed flank steak. I used olive oil as my dressing, and although it came with a roll, I resisted the temptation to eat it. I am thinking of compiling a list of restaurant options that offer real, organic options. Honestly, I am thinking of boycotting all other restaurants. Am I crazy?

Grain Free Pizza with Cauliflower Crust. Delish!
Have any of you heard of the Paleo diet? The word Paleo comes from Paleolithic. It is also called the "caveman" diet. The definition of the Paleo diet is "grain free". Okay so what does "grain free" mean? People who follow this diet do not eat wheat, rice, oats, corn or any sorts of grains. Typical flours that they cook with would be coconut flour, almond flour,  and garbanzo bean flour, none of which are grains. People who follow this diet believe that grains should not be consumed by humans because our ancestors did not consume grains and therefore we cannot properly digest grains. Although I am not sure that I fully agree with this, I do think that as a Western nation, we rely on grains more than is necessary.  How many of us are guilty of eating cereal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, crackers for snack, a huge helping of pasta with dinner, and cookies for dessert? That is a lot of grains in one day! I have become very intrigued by this diet in the past few weeks. My daughter suffers from eczema and severe allergies and I am a huge believer in diet being a contributing factor to these symptoms. We have begun limiting her intake of wheat, dairy and soy and it seems to be helping.  I made grain free coconut waffles yesterday for breakfast and a grain free cauliflower pizza tonight for dinner. Both were surprisingly delicious! I don't anticipate us ever giving up grains 100%, but I am definitely on board for eating less grains as a way of reducing inflammation and being healthier.  Today is day 10 of our challenge and we are going strong! I feel so healthy. James told me this evening that he feels much more energetic than he has in a long time! I think we may be onto something big here!

Day 10
Breakfast: Overnight Oatmeal with Peanut Butter and Fruit Puree
James' Lunch: Bean Burritos with Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas
Delia's Lunch: Organic Salad at Essence Bakery.
My Daughter's Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly on Ezekiel bread. Organic Applesauce, Carrot sticks, Fruit Leather.
Snack: Raw Almonds
Dinner: Grain Free Pizza with Spinach Salad
Dessert: Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Lisa Clouse  – (May 17, 2012 at 3:08 PM)  

Yay!! You're a third of the way thru the challenge!! Keep up the good work :) It's fun to watch you, even as I snack on yogurt-covered pretzels. haha. I can't wait to try the recipes. I'm glad you are feeling better already!

Have you considered making larger portions and letting your busy-husbandless-friends purchase dinners from you?? :) Just a thought for a post-school business!

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