Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The White Stuff

As some of you may know, I've given up the "white stuff"!  It's been about a week now, without it.  I have my good days and my bad days.  Overall, I think I'm doing really well!

If you're wondering what the "white stuff" is....well, it's just that....anything white.  Primarily, pasta (oh the humanity), rice, sugar, potatoes & flour.  I've also eliminated almost all dairy and, for now, grains.  Are you shocked?  Does it seem extreme?  Well, you should be and it is.  However, I'm at the point where I've really got to do something pretty drastic.  For one thing, I've had GI issues for as long as I can remember.  I had my gallbladder out in 1996 and things got MUCH better.  But over the past decade, things have gotten out of hand again.  Although I'm not a sweet eater, I have an addiction to high fat items.  Things like cheese, pasta and bread.  These things are really good for you...in moderation.  And trust me, THAT is where the disconnect lives.

I've talked before about my mom's alcoholism.  My sister followed in her footsteps.  Thankfully, I don't have that problem, BUT, I have an addiction that's all my own....FOOD.  See, you can go through a 12-step program for alcoholism and never touch the stuff again!  The thing with food is that you HAVE to eat to survive so it isn't as easy as just avoiding what you're addicted to.  **PLEASE KNOW THAT I AM IN NO WAY IMPLYING THAT IT IS EASY TO DEAL WITH ALCOHOLISM!  I'M VERY AWARE OF THE FACT THAT IT IS A DISEASE** 

Anyway, I'm sharing this because I'm excited that I made my first batch of pancakes without white flour!  I made ALMOND FLOUR PANCAKES this morning.  Very interesting...and very delicious.  You'll need to get over the texture difference in order to truly enjoy them for what they are!

Almond Flour Pancakes

1 cup almond flour (meal)
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
2 TBSP coconut oil
1 TBSP sweetener (I used Sucanat)
2 TSP cinnamon

The batter will be much thinner than what you're used to and there won't be any bubbles to let you know it's time to flip them over.  It may take a couple of pancakes before you get it.

I served them with some organic butter and agave nectar.  Honestly, they were delicious!

My diet consists mostly of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meat.  I've enjoyed shopping at the local farmers market and using a new cookbook that I bought called Everyday Paleo!  Here are some pictures from the last week!

fresh, organic produce from local farms

fresh strawberries from Starke, Florida

Fresh blackberries...I cooked them down.

made a nice syrup for ice cream...it kinda looks like blood...doesn't it?  I can assure you, it's all blackberries!
stuffed zucchini and mushrooms

baked chicken and veges

Please ignore the disgustingly dirty oven.

I'll be sharing more about this new way of eating as it unfolds for me.  This is new and hopefully life changing...but in a good way.  In the weeks, months and years ahead, we will expand our small garden and hopefully be able to grow some yummy things to help supplement this VERY EXPENSIVE way of eating.  I think it's terrible that the most affordable things at the grocery store are the processed foods full of chemicals.

Anyway, I'd appreciate your prayers and any ideas that you may have.

Have a great week!


Frizzy said...

My friends and I have been rethinking what we eat and where our food comes from. I try hard not to buy many processed foods but as you said fresh is expensive! Oh man!

I can't wait to see how our garden does this year. I would love to have shelves full of canned beans and tomatoes from my garden. My herbs are just starting to take off. That alone will be a huge savings!

Anonymous said...

Good for you, Nancy! I will be interested to see how it goes.

KathY said...

Praying, Nancy. On all counts... :) .

p.s. I sent you a note by email.


Michelle said...

We've made the switch to organic, real food too. It's definitely changed our grocery budget, but it's worth it in the long run.

We get a lot of our grocery items on Amazon. That saves there. It's good for grains, oils, sugar, and so forth.

We signed up for a CSA that delivers in the Jax area, Black Hog Farms. They have a FB page. We got our first delivery yesterday. $37 for a large bag of produce (watermelon, peaches, red and sweet potatoes, yellow and butternut squash, cukes, zucchini, garlic, onion, lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, green beans, corn), a whole chicken, and a dozen eggs!

We also found a farm in Starke, Cognito Farms, with 100% grass-fed beef. We have a 1/4 beef on reserve there that should be ready in the fall.