Back the Truck Up

A formal complaint was filed today about the lack of cooked food in this house. Zak asked if I would do some more cooking again “like I use to”. Oops. OK, ok. Noted. But this request gave me pause to reflect.

Do you know what my New Years Resolution was? Stop over committing myself. I have not done that all. Completely the opposite actually.

I recently heard someone say “If you have 40 priorities, then you have none.” That’s me. I have too many priorities. I take on too much and before I know it the things that are supposed to be at the top of the list get lost in the shuffle and I can’t give ANYTHING my best effort because I’m spreading myself too thin.

I need to loosen the reins on myself a little bit here, slow down and take a step back. I really like the benefits of eating more raw foods. I’ve really noticed a difference in my mood, cravings (or lack there of really) and energy levels since incorporating some of the concepts from the Raw Food Detox Diet into my life. I’m going to continue to make an effort to incorporate lots of foods in their natural state into my diet, but I’m not ready to commit to a high raw diet. I thought I was, but it’s a huge step and making a ton of changes all at once is just not sustainable.

I am going to continue to avoid processed foods, I think that’s been the best thing that came out of this book for me. I’ve been trying to keep them completely out of my life but I’m beginning to wonder if their might be a threshold. Is there a point where a few crackers or processed grains are ok and won’t make me drive myself over a craving cliff? Will I just undo all the work I’ve done over these past couple of weeks? Is it like stopping the medicine early, just because you are starting to feel better? I’m not sure, but I know how to find my way back if I go too far.

I definitely like green juice and want to keep that juicer cranking. I think there’s a lot of benefits to juicing, provided you still eat plenty of other fruits and veggies and are getting enough fiber in your diet to be able to bypass the fiber you lose from juicing.

I like some of the food combining concepts. It’s a little confusing and overwhelming at first but you do get the hang of it. I do think it has some merit, but I’m not ready to go balls to wall with that either. I like the idea of eating fruit alone, but I still want to enjoy fruit on oatmeal in the morning.

I’ve also come realize that I just cannot possibly add marathon training to the mix right now. Last year I practically devoted my whole summer to it and it was worth it, but I have a lot more commitments this year that I did not have last year at this time.

If I add marathon training to my list, it’s my family that suffers. I had forgotten until yesterday that the day of a long run is pretty much shot. I’m only up for doing the bare minimum around the house after a really long run and I need the weekends to stay on top of the millions of other things I’ve agreed to do for people and organizations, not to mention my family and myself too.

After all these thoughts and then some whirled around in this thing I call my head, I had to get back to basics in the kitchen.

Hummus. Not raw. Not properly combined. But that’s ok. Progress, not perfection. (And no I’m not the Alison that Gena refers to in this post!)

We took these Newman’s Own Organics Soy Crisps on a test drive.

soy_crisps

These were good, they reminded me of mini rice cakes. The only reason I would hesitate to buy these is because of my concerns over processed soy and how much is in our diet already. But taste wise these get a thumbs up.

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Straight out of the food processor bowl YO!

These are absolutely my new favorite food. My grocery store didn’t have Newman’s Own Organics Dried Apples so I went with my fav Almond Butter maker, Woodstock Farms.

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Ava loves them too. How have I gone this long and never experienced the awesomeness of dried apples?

For dinner I cut into my second kabocha squash to make fries.

kabocha_fries

I also made lentil sloppy joes. These taste amazingly like any sloppy joes I’ve ever had and without the meat.

This recipe is pretty quick and easy.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 c rinsed lentils (I used red)
2 1/2 cups of water
1 1/2 c diced tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
1 small onion, diced

Saute peppers and onions in olive oil until soft. Add lentils, broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add sloppy joe sauce.

1/4 c ketchup
2 Tbsp soy sauce or Braggs Amino Acid
1/2 Tbsp yellow mustard
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or brown sugar)
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Served here with half of a Ezekiel roll, kabocha fries and tossed salad.

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It was such a perfect summer evening, Ava and I went for a little post-dinner ride around the block.

post_dinner_ride

A heavy post. Back to my regularly scheduled silliness tomorrow.

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4 Responses

  1. “Progress, not perfection.” I really like that. It’s something I need to remind myself of daily!

    Your food always looks so amazing, and I’m a total carnivore. I’m so jealous of the veggie dishes you whip up!

  2. i totally get your decision….i went through something similar when i went macrobiotic (and then didn’t). the good thing is that you’ve found some things that work for you, and you’ll add those to your repertoire of knowing how certain foods affect you for when you need them in those times of your life. you’ve got a great attitude!

    • Thanks Lynn, I really hate to not go all the way with something I try to do, it’s nice to hear when other people go through the same thing.

  3. I really like following you on your food journey… Making too many changes at once can be difficult. For me, just reading about food combining and raw food can be overwhelming. I have drastically cut down on processed foods but find that I get almost anxious when I eat something processed. (And anxious is NOT what I want to be feeling….) I also have read enough about food combining to know that I do about everything “wrong.” I guess the key is to find what works for you/me and make peace with it… 🙂

    And I’ll definitely make your vegetarian sloppy joes; they look awesome!

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