Friday, 22 November 2013

What On Earth Do I Eat, If I Don't Eat Bread??

I was pondering recently about what it was like when I very first started 'thinking' about eating healthy and seeing the words - gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, raw, grain free,  no processed foods, vegan, etc floating around the old interweb and I wondered what on earth these people ate?!!
If I couldn't have toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pasta for tea...what would I eat? How would I survive?

It all sounded like a whole lotta giving things I loved up to me!

And that's not even mentioning chocolate!! There's not a snowballs chance in hell I'd be giving chocolate up! ;-)

But really, one of the biggest things I wondered about was bread. If they don't eat bread, what do they eat?

I've had a couple of conversations with friends lately who asked me that very question. And so I figured I'd share it all here, then you would know too! :-)

I have touched on what I eat in previous posts, which you can see here.

But let's break it down a little further into meals.

I do want to preface this by saying that my taste buds have completely changed now to what they were 18 months ago. They changed drastically after the juice fast and then making gradual meal changes meant they've gradually changed more. I also eat way less than I was because I am in tune with my body and what it needs and when. I see food as fuel now and have a much better relationship with it than I did. Food used to have a hold over me...and some days it gives me a run for my money, but I'm so much better equipped to handle ridonkulous cravings I may get. If I blow out...I blow out on something healthy that's been sweetened with honey or maple syrup. You may have seen the raw snickers I made on Instagram a while back? Heaven!!
Remember I made gradual changes after the juice fast, then lapsed back, then made more healthy yet gradual changes to my diet up until June, when I finally decided that I was worth treating my body with love and respect and giving it whole, healthy foods. I decided to fully commit to this lifestyle change and I haven't looked back. I feel so amazing and there's something so freeing when you improve your relationship with food, that I don't want to go back to eating how I did!
If this is something you're thinking about yourself (Go You!), gradual changes is the way to go. Do your research and find what works best for your body.

Ok, enough of that, lets start with breakfast! 

I pretty much have a cooked breakfast every morning. Generally I'll have 3, sometimes 2 eggs which I poach, fry or scramble and they sit on wilted baby spinach - not toast ;-) - and I'll have 1/2 an avocado, mushrooms, bacon and tomatoes or whatever other veggies I have on hand and feel like eating in the morning. 
This definitely keeps me going until lunch time! 

Yes, this means I have to be up a little earlier, but it's like anything new...the more you do it, the better/quicker you get at it. 

Occasionally I'll have pancakes which I make from rolled oats, an egg, banana and a little almond milk which are then topped with a splash of pure maple syrup. 

Lunch is also cooked. Sometimes, if I remember, I'll make extra tea the night before and have that for lunch. Quick and easy! But it's usually chicken with a sauce made from coconut milk on top of a fresh salad that takes a couple of minutes to whip up. 
Or frozen prawns that I quickly fry up in some ghee and garlic and throw over a salad. 
Or a egg, bacon and veggie frittata. 
I'm not a huge soup fan, I don't find it filling enough but occasionally I'll have veggie soup followed by some soft boiled eggs on salad. 
FYI, If  I was a full-time worker, I would still have these types of food for lunch, I'd just prep them the night before.

And lastly tea. This is the easiest one. You probably already eat meat and veggies for tea. It's just a matter of adding some healthy fats, which I usually do now via a coconut milk sauce. It's so easy! You just take your cooked meat out of the frypan, turn the heat down low and grind some salt, pepper , garlic powder, onion flakes, curry powder and/or any herbs you like. You could add in some sliced mushrooms or onions. Splash on a little water and stir for a second then pour on a tin of full fat coconut milk or cream. Turn the heat off, plate up your meal then pour some sauce over. Done!
FYI, I cook my meat in either ghee or coconut oil, both I get from the supermarket. 

What about snacks, I hear you asking? I don't snack every day, it completely depends on how I'm feeling and how much exercise I've done or if I've eaten enough for brekky/lunch. If I'm snacking,  I only eat something I've made from scratch myself. There's heaps of clean recipes out there for sweet snacks that are so easy to make. It's just a matter of getting the ingredients into your pantry so that when you really feel like something sweet or snack-y, you can whip something up. 
Most supermarkets here in Australia stock good nuts and seeds and coconut oil, dates etc. These generally go in a sweet snack. Cacao I buy from the health food store and is what gives me a chocolate fix when I need one!

The next step for me is to eat more raw foods. I have been craving raw veggies lately, which is new to me so I'm going to introduce that a little more now. I figure coming into summer it'll be a good time to try raw foods more. Plus I'm happy to give up cooking three times a day! I'm not the worlds most organized person so I tend to forget (a lot!) to make extra to eat for the next meal ;-)

You may have noticed that I didn't mention fruit at all?

I've never been a big fruit eater, and I'm ok with that! But also, a few years ago I read a book called Fit For Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond and it was hard going, but the one thing I got out of it and it's something I've always done since reading their book - fruit should only be eaten on an empty stomach. For me, that's first thing in the morning. The reason for this is really well written in their book, but in my own words/understanding it's because fruit digests really fast and if it's digestion is slowed down by other foods blocking its path...well it can ferment in there and if it's something that happens often, it can cause big problems down the track. As in later in life, down the track. 
This theory was really sold to me via their book, but I'm not trying to sell it to you! Just thought I needed to explain why I hadn't mentioned fruit!

Hope this helps anyone who had pondered that 'no bread' question and I guess I need to throw in why I don't eat bread - because it is highly processed and has other 'unclean' ingredients and really does nothing good for my body. I'd much rather eat eggs on spinach with bacon in the morning than two pieces of toast and be hungry an hour later. ;-)

Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

Thanks for reading :-)

Courts xx


Restyled Vintage said...

That is really interesting Courts and your meals look delicious! A few years ago now I decided to stop eating bread (I was having at least 8 slices of white bread a day...4 for breakfast then another 4 as sandwiches for lunch...eeek!) and I went cold turkey on it. I am not really into reading diet and nutrition books as such (although that Fit for Life one sounds familiar, I think I may have read that years and years ago?) and I did panic about what on earth I would eat to replace the bread. I got hooked on scrambled eggs and tinned tuna for breakfast, and omelettes for lunch..and I lost 7kg in about 4 months. I certainly felt better and less bloated. That was about 4 years ago and I have eaten plenty of bread since but I doubt I would even have it once a week, it's just not a regular part of my diet anymore - once you get used to not having it, it's not hard at all, there really are so many other options. I know that tinned tuna is processed and maybe not healthy to eat all the time but I love it on my eggs for breakfast every day. I need to think about alternatives such as spinach, avo, tomatoes, mushrooms like you've done. My usual lunch is a bowl full of salad leaves with some sundried tomato, olives, half an avo and some cooked chicken (I buy a cooked chook from the supermarket and use that). Through the winter I have cooked broccoli and cauliflower with bacon and grated cheese...yum! Dinner is some sort of meat (I wouldn't make a great vegetarian, lol) and salad usually...don't do a lot of cooked veges here because my choice would be broccoli/cauli and hubby doesn't like them :( I'm not strictly following any plan or diet, I've just found stuff that I enjoy eating that makes me feel good and mostly isn't bad...having some processed foods doesn't bother me but I think I eat pretty well without thinking too hard about it! I don't eat much fruit either but I do love chopped up orange with watermelon for morning tea :) I also love chocolate and booze and usually have more than I should of both, lol ;)

ZippyZippy said...

All looks delicious - do you do home delivery?

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