Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Makers Diet Day 7: One Week Down!

We've made it to the end of Week 1 of The Maker's Diet! While some foods are becoming repetitive, it's amazing in this past week how much we all have branched out of our normal foods to find other satisfying foods. From the Grain-Free Muffins & Waffles made with almond meal to Coconut Flour cupcakes, there are plenty of alternative tasty treats out there! Just six days ago I looked at our cleaned out pantry and wondered how in the world I was going to keep the kids (much less my husband and myself) full and satisfied on the phase 1 limited food list. But, with plenty of fresh berries available and the addition of coconut oil/milk to smoothies, we really have stayed full and satisfied.

I've seen my cravings for chips subside (although that's partly due to the fact that I did eat a few when we went out Friday night!), and I've seen the kids really branch out to more than sandwiches for lunch and more than pasta/rice for dinner.

Here is a great article entitled "Spring Clean Your Body with Real Foods." She suggests as spring approaches to take a 4-10 day break from foods that overload our bodies and allow our bodies to take a rest. Through the winter, we store up and eat warming foods, so it makes sense to allow the body to take a break as spring and summer approach. She suggests taking a break from the following foods:
*Grains, beans, nuts, and seeds
*Animal flesh

Phase 1 of The Maker's Diet follows this same logic, although it allows for a small selection of nuts and seeds (preferable raw and soaked/sprouted to break down the enzyme inhibitors, allowing for better digestion) and meat/poultry (preferably organic as to not overload the body with more toxins).

As we move into Week 2, I will probably add in a few foods from Phase 2: black beans, apples, clementine oranges, and raw walnuts.

Here's our food list from today:

scrambled eggs & turkey sausage for all
Apple Cider Vinegar & honey "tea" for all (the kids are doing so well with this! 3 today)

We ate out at a Mexican restaurant...grilled chicken taco salads for hubs & myself; grilled chicken tacos for the 5 year old (his first corn/chip of the week!); grilled chicken for the 3 1/2 year old (ready for a nap...not too hungry)

We need to head to Whole Foods this afternoon to restock some items for this coming week...more yogurt and raw almond butter for sure.

plan to grill kabobs: chicken, zucchini, squash, red onion, mushrooms
*a clementine orange for the kids' dessert :)

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