My favorite time of day… cookie time! Well I got my sister to whip up another batch of her yummy Paleo friendly cookies from her secret recipe. This time I helped and even added a few of my favorite ingredients to the mix. I added some unsweetened finely shredded coconut and I chopped up some of my Dark Chocolate Enjoy Life Bar to make little chocolate chips in my cookies. They smell so good just coming out of the oven, hot and fresh — yum yum!
This afternoon was really nice outside, so I hunted for my bathing suit, and thought maybe I will sit outside and get some Vitamin D. I carried my lawn-chair out to a sunny place and sat down, leaned back, shut my eyes and just enjoyed the peace and solitude. There was a nice breeze blowing and the birds were singing in the background, what a great moment to just relax and enjoy my thoughts. After awhile I walked around and looked at my garden. I picked some green onions and basil and went inside and made a tomato salad. I snipped the green onions and basil up with my kitchen shears and put them in a bowl. Then chopped up a tomato and added it to the bowl with some salt and pepper and a little powdered garlic. I added a little Mayo and gently mixed it up. Then I went back outside and found a nice shady spot to sit and enjoy this fresh tomato salad I just made.
In the spirit of Cinco De Mayo I made Tacos. Gluten free tacos with romaine heart leaves for my taco shell. I started by sautéing some onions, and then the ground beef with my own seasoning mix for my ground beef by using some cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. I had some frozen corn in the freezer, so I added a little to beef mix. I also added some tomato sauce and let that simmer for a few minutes. Put the beef mixture in a lettuce leaf and topped with diced tomato and raw onion. Simple, gluten-free, dairy free and delicious. Without adding corn this would be Paleo too.
We have all heard the saying “Ignorance is bliss” , but I really understand the meaning now. The ignorance of not really knowing anything about the food I was putting into my body was bliss. I enjoyed all the convenience of microwaved quick frozen dinners, eating so much processed food. How fast, cheap and easy it was to go get drive-thru fast food. Can’t decide what to fix for dinner… everyone says order PIZZA!
Those days of blindly eating whatever I want are over. Now that I know what is really in all those foods I am a little scared. Take pizza for example, look at this investigation Food Babe did on our favorite Pizza Restaurants. It’s not just pizza restaurants, it’s everywhere. All the GMO’s in our everyday food, food that we are feeding our children, our families, ourselves. Other countries ban what our FDA approves in the US for us to eat. My bliss has now been replaced by anger. We have to hold the FDA accountable for the bad decisions they are making. The FDA is there to protect us, its time they started doing it!
Growing up we always had a garden. As a kid, all I knew about gardening, was that it was gonna be a lot of hard work. Of course I loved eating all those fresh veggies! Back then there were no GMO’s and I didn’t have to worry about if what I was eating was grown at home or bought in the store. Those were simpler times, things have really changed. Don’t get me wrong, progress is good, and I enjoy all the modern conveniences and advancements in technology and science. But there always seems to be a good and bad, yin and yang.
Now I do worry about where my food comes from, is it organic, or is it a GMO. ( Here is an article about 10 reasons to avoid GMO’s) I feel so betrayed by the FDA that they have allowed GMO’s to be used as ingredients in so many foods we eat, without letting us know by labeling foods containing GMO’s. I am trying to eat healthy, by eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables now, and I want to know if they have been genetically modified.
So my sister and I have decided to make a little garden of our own, just like when we were kids. Except, when we were kids, our father and mother used to do most of the tricky stuff, like when to plant , what to plant, and where to plant. So we are just planting a few things to get the hang of it again.
For dinner tonight I was having a craving for our local BBQ place’s hamburger and onion rings. I know the meat and veggies will NOT be organic, but it would be quick, easy and yummy. Well, I got more than I bargained for… I also got a headache, stomach ache, indigestion, enough mucus to choke on, and a quick trip to the bathroom… that familiar old feeling. I know now that I am feeling this way because of the gluten and dairy. I dipped my onion rings in that delicious ranch dressing they give you with the rings, and had mayo on my burger, and of course I ate the bun. Now that I have cut out gluten and dairy, I can really see how it affects me. Before, I just always felt sick and just thought that was just the way it would always be for me. This was definitely a learning experience for me. I felt guilty that I gave in to my cravings, but now I can see that I have learned from it. I know we can’t always be perfect, and it’s ok to slip up now and then, but I will remember that maybe it wasn’t worth how bad I feel now. Onion rings are definitely a weakness, I love them! So, now I just have to come up with a gluten-free recipe so I can still have them. Onions are so good for us, click on the link to find out more about the health benefits of onions. I love the little green onion or scallions, I cut the root part off and saved it and replanted it to see if it would grow some new onions and it looks like it worked… YAY!
Hope everyone had a HAPPY EASTER. I made my first raw-vegan cupcakes. I got the recipe from FullyRawKristina on YouTube. It was really fun trying something new, and totally raw-vegan. I am not a vegan at this time, but who knows what the future holds. I am trying different ways of eating to see what actually agrees with my body. I know for sure that anything I do eat will be organic, non-gmo, soy free, and gluten-free. I have also cut out most dairy foods too, but sometimes a little cheese slips into something, but not very often.
What a great way to start the day… a beautiful bowl of fruit salad. I tried a yellow honeydew melon for the first time, yum! It was so sweet and juicy, and made a great bowl for my salad. I added some other fruit I had in the fridge too. Some pineapple, orange, apple, blueberries for a splash of color, and I had to garnish the top with my new favorite thing… a sprinkle of unsweetened finely shredded coconut. This delicious breakfast was gluten-free and vegan.