Although it had nothing to do with New Years Resolutions, sometime about a month ago, B and I started to get serious about eating healthier. B has had a health issue over the past couple of months (nothing serious, thankfully, but impacting his quality of life nonetheless). We (mainly I) have been researching like crazy to find non-medical (lifestyle) ways to address it. The Western doctors he has been seeing only go so far. One of my frustrations with Western Medicine is that unless something has been proven to an absolute certainty, they don't even discuss it. As in "Doc, should I be eating less crap and more veggies?' "Well, there's nothing that has shown that would help." BAH.
Anyway, eating healthier will help us in many ways -- of that I (although not a doctor!) am certain. Problem is there is just so much conflicting information out there. There is common sense (less meat! more whole foods!), but then there are lots of other seemingly worthy factors to consider. We have been dabbling in the Alkaline Diet (as that is what is supposed to most address the issue he is dealing with), but it is very extreme (basically vegan with no fats at all, even plant-based ones....um, hello salad with lemon?). A few friends are raving about the GAPS diet, and I feel aspects of that could help us. Also, eating based on our doshas (which, of course, are different from each other) is intriguing, as is food combining. But again, there are so many conflicting theories! So hard to know which path is right for us (which again may be different from each other ARGH!!!)
So. Here is where we are. We juice lots of green leafy vegetables for about three days at a time and start the day out with a big glass. Water with lots of lemon. Very little coffee. (This is all the alkaline stuff.) Fewer starches (mostly for him.....I haven't gotten serious about it yet). More bone broth. And a cruciferous vegetable everyday. Got that idea from Martha Stewart Living. I mean, I already knew they were really good for you....but the idea of eating one (or more) everyday? Sounds good to me. Plus we happen to love all those vegetables. Here are some of the recipes we have tried or will be trying soon.
Creamy Cauliflower Soup With Greens
Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Broccoli Soup (the best I've had)
Wilted Kale and Roasted Potato Winter Salad (this is one of our all-time favorite dishes)
Raw Kale Salad (we have had many variations...they are all good as long as there is lemon, olive oil and some good cheese)
Cole slaw (loving this version!)
Jalapeño and Lime Marinated Kale Tostadas
Baked Eggs With Tomato Sauce, Kale and Gruyere
Cauliflower Salad with Green Olives and Capers
Brussels Sprout Hash with Caramelized Shallots
The stand-by: roasted with lots of olive oil and sea salt until crispy (broccoli rabe, cauliflower, kale, etc.) -- the kids love it this way
Anything I'm missing? How do you love your cruciferous vegetables?