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May 9, 2008

being better

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Rachel @ 3:27 pm
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The air is clear and warm, the trees outside my window are tremendously, almost surrealistically green: it’s spring, and a testament to that is the transition from eating heavy foods to more nutritious, vitamin-filled ones. I’ve noticed different bloggers doing this, which is pretty cool, but for the most part I thought, “Meh, everything in moderation.” Right? I can stick to my carbolicious, refined-flour-and-sugar kick that I’ve been on lately, just so long as I don’t overdo it. Cuz high fructose corn syrup and white flour are low in fat, ya know?

Well I suck at moderation. I’ve been gorging on soooo much sugar lately (mostly in the form of granola and other processed crap) and consuming little to zero protein and iron. I haven’t been eating actual meals off a plate either, but just sampling a little bit of everything until I don’t want to eat anymore. This style of eating definitely results in more prepackaged nastiness rather than wholesome foods. So yesterday, after an excess of pumpkin-flaxseed-granola (mmmm) and frozen cinnamon rolls, I decided to take a bike ride. But about halfway down my street I started feeling really gross, like the food I had eaten was rising up in my throat. I pulled to the side of the road, leaned over the frame of my bike, and really thought I was going to spew. I didn’t, but I rode back home and laid in bed for a while and thought about things.

So it’s time for me to jump back on the healthy train. I was all about that kind of thing last summer, when I did a lot of raw foods stuff. However, I have come to believe that eating 100% raw foods relies too heavily on non-local foods from completely different continents and that it is classist, because you can’t stick to it unless you have a crapton of money to spend. I know I wanna eat better and be better, though. General guidelines:

  • A lot less wheat/gluten- This is hard because I love baking, but I’ll try to quickly give the food away?
  • Less sugar, no HFCS
  • More healthy fats- I went through a phase, that I’ve seen other teens do, of total fat-phobia. I thought it was healthy and “slimming” to eat starchy, low-fat foods all the time and to try and completely exclude fat. That always left me hungry, though, and I thought since what I ate was low-fat it was cool to just eat more and more. Now I believe there is such a thing as “good fat” (I didn’t feel that way two years ago) like nuts, nut butters, and extra virgin olive oil, that satisfies you and nourishes you.
  • Lots of rooibos tea- which I already love.
  • More fresh vegetables (especially raw)
  • More protein (beans, tofu, tempeh) and whole foods in general

When I woke up at noon today I made some creamy sesame rice: brown rice, 2 t. tahini, roasted garlic and onions (which came out of the oven smoky and sweet and so much better than I remembered), a few drops of toasted sesame oil, sea salt and freshly ground pepper. It turned out really really good (no pic though), and I think a big batch of it would be great for a potluck or as a side dish at a dinner with friends. Since I boiled the rice and roasted the veggies last night, it came together really quick. I also had an orange, and some tea sweetened with turbinado sugar (that I jacked from the cafeteria before leaving school). It was nice.

8 Comments »

  1. Good luck with your new healthy plan! Protein is your friend. =)

    Comment by Romina — May 9, 2008 @ 3:45 pm |Reply

  2. Kudos to you for making health changes – you can do it!! :0)

    Comment by VeggieGirl — May 9, 2008 @ 5:27 pm |Reply

  3. It’s never too late to get back on the healthy wagon – your body will thank you for it!

    Comment by ruby red vegan — May 9, 2008 @ 6:56 pm |Reply

  4. hooray! hooray! hooray! happy health to you. :)

    Comment by Celine — May 10, 2008 @ 2:58 am |Reply

  5. Thanks friends!!!

    Comment by Rachel — May 10, 2008 @ 1:00 pm |Reply

  6. Keep the bread. High gluten breads provide a smorgasbord of proteins you need and the starch there won’t kill you. Good idea to stay away from the HFCS.

    This time of year its nice to load up on plenty of herbs, fruit and chocolate. There are some really nice tomoto farms around where you can buy these designer funky looking tomatoes for cheap.

    Eating a good bit of high cocoa chocolate is a good thing. It contains polyphenols and will increase your levels of HDL (high density lipoprotein).

    Comment by Jordan — May 11, 2008 @ 9:45 am |Reply

  7. I can get proteins and starches from places other than bread, I’m pretty sure.
    I’m totally down with eating a good bit of chocolate, though. :]

    Comment by Rachel — May 11, 2008 @ 10:17 am |Reply

  8. I am glad you have added Rooibos Tea to you list. It is such a great tea, not only for not having caffeine

    Comment by Rooibos Tea — February 19, 2012 @ 9:15 pm |Reply


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