Eating Healthy (ish).

January 24, 2012


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!)

JalapeƱo and Lime Marinated Kale Tostadas

Baked Eggs With Tomato Sauce, Kale and Gruyere

Broccoli Slaw

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?

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20 comments:

  1. This soup is recipe for cauliflower is the BEST:
    http://smittenkitchen.com/2006/09/the-fragile-cooking-ego/
    Please keep posting on which direction you go and how you feel as a result...like, more energy?!

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  2. I hope he is doing ok!

    We eat kale a lot in soup. Well, the husband and I do. The kids won't touch anything green and salad like. So you are ahead of us there.

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  3. Check out the Raw Food Detox Diet book, if anything it's very interesting. I don't follow diet exclusively but it did make me think about food differently.

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  4. I make that kale and potato salad a lot and it is amazing.

    this has pasta so it isn't really healthy per se, but it is delicious and has brussel sprouts:
    http://orangette.blogspot.com/2007/11/refilled-and-refueled.html

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  5. A huge stand-by in our house is Heidi's Winter Pasta (http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/winter-pasta-recipe.html) You could sub something healthier for the reg pasta.

    I need to post the recipe for the raw kale & quinoa salad I've been living off of lately. You're motivating me to get it done :)

    Hope B feels better soon!

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  6. The recipes look wonderful. I'll be trying most of them. Thanks! (love when you post recipes - they're always delicious.)

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  7. I agree that all the diets out there are perplexing, which is precisely why I could never follow one! All I know is that you can't go wrong with eating more veg. Not to add to your diet option confusion, but I recently watched a TED talk with Dr. Terry Wahls (Paleo fan) and she recommends 3 cups of greens, 3 cups of sulfur rich veg, 3 cups of brightly colored veg/fruit, plus seaweed, wild fish, grass-fed and organ meat. Anyway, it was an interesting talk if you haven't seen it.

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  8. Have you looked into the paleo/primal way of eating? I personally cured some very long-lasting and seemingly incurable health issues by completely dropping grains, beans, & sugar from my diet. I've also seen it work for friends with a variety of health problems, it's worth looking into. Good resources can be found by googling any of the following people: Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, Diane Sanfilippo, or Chris Kresser. Good luck, hope you find something that helps soon!

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  9. the whole alkaline thing is intriguing. my husband has brought it up a time or too. i started taking super food supplements to help with a chronic health condition I have and noticed immediate benefits! the kangen water filter is suppose to deliver alkalized water. i've had it before and the water tastes great! and fiji water is the most alkalized bottled water I believe.

    Oh and how I wish I liked to cook. You make it seem so effortless with the gourmet dishes to create.

    doctors are awesome but they don't know everything.

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  10. You are so inspiring. What a gift. We are lucky gals/guys to follow you... Can't wait to roast some cauliflower for my little guys!

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  11. sorry your hubs is under the weather :( the boyfriend and i have recently made some changes, or are trying to...between the two of us we have insomnia, sleep apnea, tmj and in general would both like to get in better shape. and i am equally *meh* about docs and western medicine. so... i am storing away all these recipes! a few i'd like to try soon-
    http://pinterest.com/pin/111534528241372309/
    http://pinterest.com/pin/111534528241328395/
    http://pinterest.com/pin/111534528241160919/
    http://smithratliff.com/2011/11/17/cauliflower-and-chickpea-stew-with-couscous/

    also, i am dying to try this granola... it seems you guys eat a lot of it :)
    http://pinterest.com/pin/111534528241372144/

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  12. Looks good. You always have amazing yummy healthy food at your place. I know it's hard. Josh and I have followed a few different avenues lifestyle/diet wise over the years and I have usually been terrible at sticking to it. This last adventure is the only one. I do think it's working, but (good God I can't believe I'm even saying this) all this food stuff feels like religion. If you are going to adhere to a "program" I think you have to pick what makes the most sense to you and have a little faith (which I find very tough).

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  13. A friend of mine has a daughter who had an unknown health issue... from many, many doctor's visits/blood testing/analyzing/etc. (both western & non), they finally narrowed it down to both anxiety & an autoimmune disorder/condition.

    They both went on a strict alkaline diet (she even bought the water ionizer)... and her daughter is now completely fine (health-wise). I really do feel that a lot of it was due to the anxiety, but she did recently go back to have her blood thoroughly analyzed, and everything looked excellent (which it did not prior). The diet is definitely limiting, but she hired a chef to teach her several, several dishes to prep/cook and ingredients to use- which did help a great deal.

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  14. It's funny that you posted this because even though I'm not doing the alkaline thing I try to eat that way at home, especially if it's just me. And don't even get me started on that annoying response from doctors. Grrr! I've also added a lot of raw meals but again there's a great newish vegan/raw restaurant super close to the kids' school so I get take-out pretty often for lunch. I haven't made the switch but I think at this point I'm trying to cancel out the copious amounts of coffee that I drink and the glass of wine in the evening. I'll be really interested in seeing how the alkaline eating turns out, please keep us posted. Hopefully B feels better soon!

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  15. Thanks for all the recipe links! I know. I get so frustrated with nutrition/health research. It makes my head hurt. I agree with desi that sometimes it helps to just pick an approach and try it out for a while....and it DOES feel like religion sometimes (which totally turns me off) so you have to take people's opinions with a grain of salt (but make sure it's unprocessed, celtic or himalayan sea salt ;) Aack!
    low grains, no processed sugar, bone broth and more veggies has worked well in treating my allergies and (for now) I think it's a good approach for autoimmune related stuff.

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  16. yay for healthy eating! we are working so hard to do the same in our house and i'm so thankful to find such delicious recipes! i get sort of obsessed with the same thing and eat it day and night (glazed radishes and curried lentils, currently) but the mister tires of this quickly. thanks for all the inspiration!

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  17. Im seeing a great Naturopath doctor in Solana Beach that is really helping me. Also,loving all the food documentries out right now...Forks over knives. Alicia Silverstones, The Kind Diet has some great recipes too,love the Sicilian Collard Greens, yum!

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  18. I'm a little late to the game here, but I felt the need to comment. Firstly, I hope that by this time your husband's ailments have subsided, or even disappeared. My husband suffers from Atrial Fibrilation and is only 31 years old. It absolutely effects his quality of life and is a source of great stress for me as I am always concerned about strokes, fainting etc. We researched a great deal, and determined that the Alkaline diet was most definitely the best way to avoid having his heart go in to "A-Fib" (when multiple nodes in the heart send of electrical signals, causing erratic heart rhythms). Because the Alkaline diet aims to lower the levels of acidity in the body, it can, in essence, prevent diseases due to the fact that disease cannot exist in an alkaline diet (or so researchers have said). Its pretty fantastic stuff and has proven to be helpful in the case of my husband's condition.... however, its difficult to maintain!

    The best thing we do every day is make a green smoothie in the morning: banana, spinach, kale, flax seed oil, almond milk, and mixed berries. If we can't stick to entirely alkalizing foods throughout the course of the day, at least we managed to do this one good thing for ourselves :)

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  19. I'm a little late to the game here, but I felt the need to comment. Firstly, I hope that by this time your husband's ailments have subsided, or even disappeared. My husband suffers from Atrial Fibrilation and is only 31 years old. It absolutely effects his quality of life and is a source of great stress for me as I am always concerned about strokes, fainting etc. We researched a great deal, and determined that the Alkaline diet was most definitely the best way to avoid having his heart go in to "A-Fib" (when multiple nodes in the heart send of electrical signals, causing erratic heart rhythms). Because the Alkaline diet aims to lower the levels of acidity in the body, it can, in essence, prevent diseases due to the fact that disease cannot exist in an alkaline diet (or so researchers have said). Its pretty fantastic stuff and has proven to be helpful in the case of my husband's condition.... however, its difficult to maintain!

    The best thing we do every day is make a green smoothie in the morning: banana, spinach, kale, flax seed oil, almond milk, and mixed berries. If we can't stick to entirely alkalizing foods throughout the course of the day, at least we managed to do this one good thing for ourselves :)

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  20. I'm a little late to the game here, but I felt the need to comment. Firstly, I hope that by this time your husband's ailments have subsided, or even disappeared. My husband suffers from Atrial Fibrilation and is only 31 years old. It absolutely effects his quality of life and is a source of great stress for me as I am always concerned about strokes, fainting etc. We researched a great deal, and determined that the Alkaline diet was most definitely the best way to avoid having his heart go in to "A-Fib" (when multiple nodes in the heart send of electrical signals, causing erratic heart rhythms). Because the Alkaline diet aims to lower the levels of acidity in the body, it can, in essence, prevent diseases due to the fact that disease cannot exist in an alkaline diet (or so researchers have said). Its pretty fantastic stuff and has proven to be helpful in the case of my husband's condition.... however, its difficult to maintain!

    The best thing we do every day is make a green smoothie in the morning: banana, spinach, kale, flax seed oil, almond milk, and mixed berries. If we can't stick to entirely alkalizing foods throughout the course of the day, at least we managed to do this one good thing for ourselves :)

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