For the new year, Dave finally decided enough was enough! He was tired of his lifestyle of coffee all day to “function,” followed by a night of insomnia and heartburn, to cyclically return to a day of coffee (and now pastries to help with the heartburn) in order to have enough energy to once again “function” for the day.
This had been his cycle for far too long, and he knew it was time to do something differently.
We discussed possible eating plans and ideas, and he admitted he didn’t want to do a vegetarian diet. He wanted more meat. (Ok, I give him credit – I haven’t prepared meat at home in 2 years, and he hasn’t complained.) He was, however, willing to give up many things: coffee, pop, sugar, white rice, white flour, and other processed toxins. So we opted for “clean, natural” eating, together – with a temporary cut out of ALL sugar, including fruit and starchy veggies, to help tame our sugar addictions.
And this dear man has jumped on the bandwagon with excitement! He has grabbed this new adventure by the bull horns, and started to explore the kitchen and rediscover his own thrill of playing in the kitchen.
Today is the 22nd. Which means he has now gone for a record-breaking 22 days without sugar, pop, coffee, refined grains, or any other “off limits” food items! We have not eaten out, and have cooked all of our own food — including making mayonnaise, salad dressings, chicken stock, coconut milk, and even ketchup all from scratch. All from fresh, natural ingredients.
Some recipes flop, and we don’t finish them; others are tolerable but we eat them; and others have been divine!
So as we start to amass successful ventures, and learn to do more of these made-from-scratch meals, we want to share them with you!
Stay tuned! I am trying to organize all the photos, and get it all set up. But hopefully many more recipes will be coming soon! And I hope you’ll try some of them out, too! (as possible, depending what foods are available in your location.)
~Kate and Dave