Our Natural Foods Transition: Week 2

We made it through our second week! Going strong and loving it.

This week was soooooo much better than last. I am finding it much easier to come up with ideas for meals and so I’m significantly less stressed about the whole thing. Plus, Dave has almost become even more enthusiastic about this whole thing than I am! That gives me a lot of hope.

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There was a point there where I thought he would throw in the towel too. The first week his co-workers were giving him a lot of crap about the whole thing. Razzing him and starting fueled debates. And mind you- Dave probably would have been on the opposing side of the argument himself two weeks ago (before he saw all those documentaries on Netflix…) But now, he has so much well-founded information FOR a natural foods diet that he couldn’t let the issue lie. Soooo, there was a lot of stuff that came up at work with him. One guy asked him a question about the diet and Dave gave him an answer and the guy turned around and said, “You’re stupid.” First of all, are we 5 here? Second of all, how rude to say to your co-worker! Dave was really upset about how this guy, who he previously got along with, treated his decision to change his diet. Why is it stupid to want to do everything possible not to get colon cancer or any other disease or illness? I hate when people are so close-minded and offensive towards other peoples views. You don’t have to accept them as your own, but you should at least be respectful. Especially when you asked somebody for their reasonings! My goodness.

Okay, sorry. I’m done being preachy now.

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On the other side of things, I have some good news- some of our specialty food items came in the mail! As well as some vegan cookbooks (Let Them Eat Vegan and Vegan Lunch Box). Looking at all this stuff on my counter, I just wanted to jump up and down in excitement! How lame am I? Haha. I can’t help it. Things like organic coconut sugar, brown rice syrup, and goji berries excite me… Oh and the new cookbooks! I was up until midnight scanning them. I even took them with me to read in the car on our way to Belgium. There are so many great recipes/ideas in them! I can’t wait to share some with you. Hopefully, eventually I will get the hang of this diet and be able to create some original recipes myself, but I think for now I am going to have to learn the basics from books/blogs. BUT my goal is to be original! Eventually

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Let me move onto our week-

Breakfast

  • We did the exact same thing for breakfast as last week. It just worked with our days well. Dave had fruit and oatmeal. I had a green smoothie. Scarlett had fruit before she went off to kindergarten.

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Lunch

  • I wish that I could tell you that I ate something inspiring and delicious, but it just didn’t happen. I had a second green smoothie every day. Again, I did different fruits and veggies for variety and I also added some extra ingredients to make this one a little heavier. I like having a light drink in the morning before I run and then adding on more substance to my smoothie in the afternoon for my post-work-out fuel. To give this one some more umph I use almond milk, sometimes add almond butter, and always add a scoop of something nutritious like ground flax seeds, chia seeds, maca powder, etc.
  • Dave is getting better about lunch this week. I’ve been making him whole-wheat veggie wraps to take to work along with some potato salad dressed with vinaigrette, and an apple. We prep it all the evening before and set it in the fridge overnight so all he has to do in the morning is grab it and go. It’s hard for him since he has to leave the house at 5:30am every morning to go to PT before work.
  • Poor Scarlett is eating the same thing at kindergarten for lunch still- peanut butter and nutella sandwich, dried fruit, and graham crackers. I did make her some 100% whole-wheat cinnamon bagels to eat after her ‘After School Fruit Snack‘ session. Since we don’t eat cream cheese I put coconut oil on it. There was a minute there where she almost refused the coconut oil, but I gave her a little children’s butter knife and let her spread it on the bagel. That changed everything. She ate it right up.

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Dinner

  • We had fun with dinner this week! I made a whole-wheat pizza crust and we topped it with some arugula and fresh bruschetta. So yummy! We ate a green salad before hand for some extra veggies too. Dave and I loved this meal. Scarlett wouldn’t eat the spinach or bruschetta of course, so she just had some plain pizza crust along with some sweet potato fries I made for her. 
  • That meal only lasted two nights. The next 3 nights we had some spaghetti with my FAVORITE, no-cook Triple Tomato Sauce and some panzanella to start off.
  • And unfortunately we kind of did terrible the rest of the week because we were traveling. We went to Belgium for a 4 day vacation and were left with limited options. I made a couple of healthy take-along snacks for us though- trail mix, Banana Muffins, Breakfast Cookies, and Wholesome Oat Snackles.

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SPLURGE- I had a terrible hankering for chocolate this week… not to mention the awful baking withdrawals I have been having. I decided my craving and me would just have to compromise. The solution: Sweet Potato Brownies!

I’ve gotta say, I am really happy with Scarlett’s transition into this diet. She still won’t touch vegetables but her eating has already improved SO much just by eliminating some of her poor-food options. I was lucky before if she ate one serving of fruit daily. Now, it is not unusual for her to have an apple, a banana, some strawberries, and grapes all in the same day! Yes, it is all sugar… but what an awesome source of fiber, vitamin C, and other vitamins and minerals! I’d rather her eat whole-fruit sugars any day than get the sugar from processed crackers, cookies, yogurt, or gummi bears.

 

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  • Lisa August 12, 2013, 12:01 pm

    I’m so excited for your website change…. I too have been struggling with eating processed foods and meats. I l love that your just starting your journey and sharing it with helpful tips, struggles along the way and encouragement. I’m looking forward to reading more and starting my own journey! Thanks!

  • lmachell August 14, 2013, 8:37 pm

    Thanks Lisa! I really hope that I can help you on your way : )