The Journey to Healing Diet will be the Number One most difficult to adjust to in my healing plan. I’ve been changing and modifying my diet for 26 years. I’m used to experimenting with foods and adding/removing food groups. I take my time with these adjustments and slowly integrate them. This time, it feels more like take everything away NOW. No options for a cheat day or treating yourself for sticking with it.
After reviewing the results of my food sensitivity tests, everything I currently eat (and more!) is causing inflammation in my body. For the next three months or possibly more, the Journey to Healing Food List is the ONLY food I am allowed to eat.
The Journey to Healing Food List
- Gluten-Free Organic Oats
- White Fish
- Sunflower Seeds
- Hemp Seeds
Oils & Seasonings:
- Olive Oil for cooking (low to low-medium heat or less than 400 degrees)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil for dressing
- Black Pepper
- Bone Broth
Challenges to Overcome
There are three problems with the above list:
First, my body can’t process fish regularly. If I eat fish more than once a week, the bathroom becomes a distant relative.
The second problem is; no rice. NO RICE? I am Spanish. Most of our meals include rice. I LOVE rice!
- rice and beans with yuca, and onions in garlic sauce
- stewed beans and rice with avocado and salad
- fried eggs and rice with salad
- fish and rice with avocado
- rice with sautéed vegetables and salad
I’m getting sadder as I list these out.
And lastly. Where are the snacks? I can’t have any processed foods, I can’t have processed snacks, and I can’t eat grab-and-go items at the food market. What snacks can I create with the above food list?
Journey to Healing Challenge
The BIG question. How many meals and snacks can I get with the above food list?
Due to my already restricted diet – gluten-free, dairy-free vegan (except eggs), there are days when I cook two different meals for my family and myself. Now, I may have to cook three different meals depending on what’s on the menu for the day.
To help alleviate the daily cooking, I could cook all my meals for the week in one day. Yet… I’m not particularly excited about the idea of cooking in advance. It’s a lot of work to cook in one day and too many dishes to wash. And most of our diet is fresh whole foods. I don’t have the fridge space to store a week’s worth of meals and my family’s groceries.
I am not a fancy cook and I don’t like being in the kitchen all day. I’m a no-fuss, 30-minute meal kind of mom. If it’s more than 30-minutes, it’s baking or roasting in the oven. I have created a whole month of fast and easy meals for my family. Life is too short to be spending more than 30 minutes in the kitchen! Shout if you agree with me 🙂
This new diet has created a challenge!
Stay tuned while I create a week’s worth of meals based on the above food list.
Do you have any diet restrictions due to health problems? Let me know about them in the comments below.
Let’s unite in solidarity as we get better together.
To Follow My Journey: