Due to some health issues, my husband recently changed his diet, and he’s now eating “clean.”
Being a red meat loving, cookie eating, juice drinking family, I decided that the ONLY way this was going to work, without having to make two separate meals every night, was to join him on this adventure. But only with the agreement that the rest of us could “cheat” now and then. I mean…Toll House Cookie Dough? Some things are sacred…and necessary!
His diet is sort of a vegetarian-paleo hybrid: no red meat; chicken, lamb or fish (which he hates) twice a week; brown rice and whole wheat or veggie pasta; no processed food, or sugar; and lots and lots of veggies. Oh, and no “night-shades” which means no tomatoes. No tomatoes! That’s the base for almost every sauce and soup and stew that I make! It’s a staple in our house.
It’s been a learning process to say the least. I’m cooking a lot of new things, and all of my “go to” dinners are gone. Thank You, by the way, to all the Foodie Bloggers for all of your vegetarian recipes without which, I’d be lost.
What I didn’t expect, however, is that all this fresh food would RUIN fast food for me.
I’m not a Super-Size-That type of gal, but I do, on occasion, enjoy the speed and convenience the drive-thru has to offer, not to mention the night off from cooking.
But now I can’t eat fast food!
It’s not like I’m expecting gourmet or anything, but I wasn’t prepared for the change in my pallet. It’s like my taste buds woke up from the stooper that I didn’t even know they were in. Even the kids noticed it!
Now, trust me, I am hardly the granola-loving hipster that some of my friends are, and until Nabisco makes a “green” Toll House Cookie Dough, I probably won’t be dumping ALL of the unhealthy foods from my pantry. But sometimes necessity leads us to a different lifestyle. Never say never.
As a side note, and I’m not endorsing this in any way, my husband’s health issue is a life-long battle with plaque psoriasis and no medications have ever helped. We ran across the Dr. Pagano Diet for Psoriasis and figured why not give it a try. It’s starting to help, though the diet does say it can take months to show any signs of improvement. Just thought I’d pass the information along.