Let's not try to hide it: the holidays are prettttty tough for people on a restricted diet. I knew this would be a huge test for me and my will to avoid bad food as its surrounded me at holiday functions. I'm happy with the control that I had on Thanksgiving Day (no turkey!) but I will shamefully admit that I ate a few bad things. The last few weeks I've been kind of bad with sneaking in wheat, dairy and (sigh) a little meat. I'm not going to beat myself up too much because, heck, we can't drive ourselves crazy striving for perfection ALL THE TIME. When I am craving certain bad foods, I do everything and anything to steer clear of them but I know some days I'm going to break and give in. I feel I live such a healthy lifestyle now, that sneaking in something bad once in a blue moon will not kill me. If anything it teaches me a good lesson: bad food = bad times for my body. Its amazing how quickly I feel like crap when I eat bad foods! Its only reassuring to me to be able to compare how good I feel on a raw/vegan diet. I think as time goes on, I will be cheating less and less because of course, eating a no-no meal is not worth being sick for a few days. Although as much as I know what the negative outcome will be from eating these things, I still battle with myself - when I get a craving it is so hard to control those thoughts. Slowly I am learning though that its just not worth the trouble it causes. Maybe one day I will completely turn away from all bad foods. Maybe not. All I can do is try.
How did you guys do during Thanksgiving? Any cheating or did something set off any bad symptoms for you? Would love to hear!
Instead of making all separate foods for myself I went the easy route and ordered my meal from a local Vegan Chef/food truck....the Cinnamon Snail. I was so excited to have a piece of his culinary magic on my plate during our Thanksgiving meal.
Appetizer: raw sunflower seed "wings"
wild rice stuffed tofu (huge portion!)
garlic smashed potatoes
sage rubbed kale
Raw Pumpkin Pie for dessert! Yummmy.
Tried to eat small portions. I did ok with the corn this time around...only had a taste! My aunt is a vegetarian so she always brings mushroom gravy.
I was in charge of making a dessert and I always have the same request. I wanted to make something healthy but since everyone wants my usual Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle, I opted to make it a little healthier without effecting the flavor too much. I made whole grain ginger bread instead of regular. used a healthy, organic, non-hydrogenated whipped topping, used organic pudding mix and halved the amount of sugar.
My family in which I am thankful for the most!
Off the wagon and now I am jumping back on.
This week I am back in the game. No more cheating. As a result of my bad behavior, I have a cold. Guess that's what I get for slacking on my green juices! Yesterday was my first day of eating healthy again and I feel amazing digestive wise. Now I just need to get rid of my little cold. Let's hope its a quick one.
To help battle the sniffles I made a great pot of
ginger garlic miso soup.
I will be sharing the recipe in next blog post. Its really yummy and good for your tummy too!