The short answer to “What do you eat?” is… “Mostly organic plants.”
Breakfast happens gradually. I have two cups of fresh ground organic coffee each morning at about 4 am. Good coffee is a delight. I drink mine black and strong while reading your comments and answering emails.
Coffee beans are among the most highly sprayed and chemically treated crops in the world. They are steeped in synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. I buy only single-source certified organic beans at Fresh Market, Earth Fare, or my local Health Food store.
My next “course” is often red grapefruit in the winter months.
Citrus fruits have vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function correctly, including B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and copper. Additionally, they are rich in plant compounds that have various health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
I try to drink between half an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound of my weight, every day. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, that would be 70 to 140 ounces of water a day. I’ve used a Big Berkey® Water Filter with four filters for about three years. (This is not a sponsored post.)
A couple of hours after waking, I make oatmeal using almond milk and frozen blueberries. (Full disclosure: I borrowed the picture above from Pinterest. My oatmeal is often purple(ish) from the frozen berries and not so photogenic, but it is yummy.)
Low and slow is the best way to cook oatmeal (and soup too!). Bob’s Red Mill has always been my favorite.
I only use almond milk, and I always look for NON-GMO and organic.
Frozen berries and vegetables are the best options when cooking for one. It cuts down on waste and allows us to eat a much more healthy and varied array of foods.
Spices make my oatmeal taste delicious, and the nuts add texture. Those are raw walnuts, pecans, and fresh ground flax seeds, turmeric, curry, and sesame seeds below. I add the items above, a couple of chopped dates, and a pat of real butter near the end of the cooking process. A heaping tablespoon of plain Greek Yogurt adds the perfect finishing touch.
Coconut macaroons (from Fresh Market’s bakery section) and dark chocolate are my guilty pleasures. I also enjoy Maté Factor, Organic Yerba Maté tea after breakfast.
I sometimes have a late morning snack of a crunchy organic apple.
An important note: My outstretched hand is always wider than the quantity of food I am about to consume. I am less active in the wintertime, so I eat fewer calories.
In winter, I often make a vegetable stew or hearty soup, including beans, various frozen vegetables, steamed cabbage, sliced fresh ripe avocado topped with herbed goat cheese, and good olive oil. You can add fresh sliced avocado to anything! Sweet Hungarian paprika, Himalayan sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper top the soup. It can be kept in the fridge for up to three days or frozen for later.
On most days, I consume my final meal before 3 pm. Allowing my digestive system to empty and rest, results in more restful sleep and higher energy levels. Eating more food than I need always feels uncomfortable, and it causes unsettling dreams.
I never buy anything fat-free. My yogurt, butter, or cheese are the best quality, least processed items available. Your brain needs fats to function well since it holds about 25% of the body’s cholesterol.
A typical trip to the grocery may include vegetable or turkey stock, Eden Organic beans, full-fat Greek Yogurt, real butter, frozen wild-caught salmon, fresh root vegetables, and a variety of frozen or raw vegetables. I sometimes eat chicken, wild-caught fish, eggs, or seafood if I dine out on the weekend. During the week, I eat very close to the menu I showed you today.
Some may say it is too expensive to eat healthily, but I must tell you, before changing my food choices, my prescription medicines cost more than $500 per month. Frequent Doctor’s office visits resulted in bills in the hundreds of dollars almost every month. In 2010 I was pre-diabetic, and my physician informed me that same year that I would need to start taking high cholesterol and high blood pressure pills for the rest of my life. I was seeing more than one specialist, and I couldn’t walk to the end of the block without fear of passing out.
My current grocery bills average less than $300 per month, even when I am extravagant.
After about six months of eating mostly plants, I lost more than forty-five pounds and kept it off. Ten years later, I don’t require any medications. I haven’t even had a cold over those years, and I now think nothing of hiking five miles.
Please check with your physician before making any significant changes to your diet or exercise routine. I share my journey, but my food choices may not be right for your body.