Collard Green Wrapped Burritos
First, let me apologize for the long break. The Lady and I finished up the 6 week purge and have remained for the most part dedicated to the changes we made. This is due to two big things.
One- We saw real results. I lost 30Lbs, a couple jean sizes and fit into my first pair of Levi 501s. This may not seem do be that big a deal but in all the years I can remember my thighs and butt have been to big for 501s, not any more.
Two- We feel sick and gross every time we have more than a little animal protein. And by gross, I mean awful. Dairy is the worst by the way, which makes the semi cheese addicted lady very sad. Honestly though, when she isn’t being dramatic and it’s not in front of her, she doesn’t really miss it.
This little experiment has truly transformed our relationship with food. We look at portions differently, we read ALL the labels, and a little goes a long way. If we must try the local cheese on our travels, we’re content to have a small delicious bite. If we have a bowl of broth-y soup or a plate of cooked vegetables, we aren’t looking for the rest of the meal. We are over our cooking rules. Nothing is out of bounds. We have learned to question cooking methods and ingredients. Of course, losing the oil was the biggest factor. We sauté all the time with water only. We bake without added fat. Our dressings are totally healthy. We no longer feel like we have to conform. All of these changes happened in about a month. It’s shocking really. We’re more adventurous and more confident than before. This transformation has been a very good thing for us. We have broken out of the American norm. With the exit of the Standard American Diet, we hope to get off the trending bandwagon of obesity, heart disease, and other chronic health conditions plaguing western society. As we hope our family grows one day, we are trying to ensure our future littles have the best possible chance at a healthy life free of some of our own struggles. Truth be told, we could make all of the right choices in the kitchen and still end up in a bad position, but at least this way, we know we’re giving ourselves what we believe to be the best chance possible. We’re taking control. We’re trusting the Lord while being good stewards of this temple he has given us. We’re trying at least. We think this will be a lifelong journey of living and learning. It’s not an obsession, but a conscious decision to be our best.
Which brings me to my next point…. Being a vegan is not always healthy. Much like anyone eating a “regular” omni diet, we have to be aware of vitamins and minerals and how are body is absorbing them. Just like everyone that eats meat…. Ok, most people that eat meat don’t pay much attention to that, although no one seems to worried about vitamin deficiency unless you’ve decided to eat a plant based diet. If you’re going to ask your vegetarian and vegan friends about how they’re getting their protein, please ask your steak eating friends if they’re getting enough of everything else (and actually protein believe it or not) and if they’re doing anything to cleanse their possible (maybe likely) clogged arteries. Eating a diet of steak and potatoes is not healthier than a vegan living on salads and fruit. Both are seriously lacking balance. Balance gives us all of the things our body needs. We eat a mix of beans, veggies, mushrooms, leafy greens, complex carbohydrates, fruits, nuts, and seeds. We can get everything we need from those foods when eaten in the right proportions and combos. We’re fine, but if you are looking at a plant based diet, please do your research and be sure figure out how to do it in a healthy, not-vitamin-or-mineral-deficient way.
Oh, and consider a B12 supplement. Look into and/or talk to your doctor. OR eat something animal based once a week – like lean Omega-3 filled fish.
So this hopefully is the first post in what will be our continued dietary adventures and we will be writing about how we adapt to a cruise at the end of the month. We hope that you continue to read and we appreciate all the views we have had so far. As payment for your loyalty and recompense for my inattentiveness, here is one of our favorite recipes from the last four weeks. Expect to see new recipes at least once a week. Things will probably slow down as now we are cooking a lot of things on repeat.
Also if you have questions, suggestions or requests please feel free to post in the comments.
- Collard Green Wrapped Burritos
- Black Beans
- Cilantro Lime Brown Rice
- Pico De Gallo
- Peamole (original recipe here or modified below for your convenience)