We finally snapped. Our bellies were bulging. It's time for us to make a change!
Oblack and I had tried 'smaller portions' and 'smart choices' but we were still struggling. We decided on a more 'radical' approach and used the dreaded word diet.
Our new and still gluten free diet involves no pasta, rice or starchy carbohydrates. Instead we are focused on fruits and veggies and lean meat. Our diet is nothing new or revolutionary, but it does appear to be working.
Every morning we have a smoothie made up of fruits and vegetables. We either have an easy banana and strawberry smoothie with milk or soy milk or we make a green 'smoothie' which has no milk but a lot of great veggies.
The green smoothie involves a varied combination of the following ingredients
- Alfalfa Sprouts
- Apple Juice
- Wheat grass (which is gluten free despite the name)
We scoured both Safeway and Sprouts Farmers market for our fruits and veggies. Our next plan is to visit the farmers markets, especially after watching the documentary 'Food Fight' on Netflix. It made us realize that now more than ever we should really pay attention to where our food is coming from.
For lunches and dinners we are focusing on nutritious salads such as the pulled pork salad (pictured). We bought pork shoulder from Sprouts Farmers Market and cut it in half. We put half in the crock pot and cooked on high for 4-5 hours until the meat pulled apart with a fork. We seasoned it lightly with garlic and cilantro. (The remainder of the pork is in the freezer for another meal).
The first few days we were a little hungry and have light snacks such as roasted sunflower seeds. We also sprinkle the seeds on our salads.
In just a few days we have more energy and do not feel as hungry between meals. Our bellies are deflating and we feel pretty accomplished!
Long live healthy and gluten free!