Food for Health, Not the Scale (And a Product Review of the Foods I Shouldn’t Have Eaten)

Isn’t it funny how chronic symptoms are so sneaky? Whether they are there or not, they are so easily forgotten. My body used to be so much more ill than it is now, but I never seem to remember that until I’m hit with some of that illness again.

So you can guess what kind of state I’m in right now. 😛

For the past few months, I have been desperately trying to recover from accidentally eating gluten. It always happens when I’m doing well, feeling good, and then let my guard down. Let’s hope this lesson sticks with me so I’m not so careless in the future. But anyhow, in the past few months, Karl and I have done the 14-day Master Cleanse, come out of it eating mostly raw foods, and then another 10 day cleanse of raw food only. I kept getting frustrated from the lack of results. I kept looking hopefully to the scale to tell me how my body was doing, and every time it let me down. I had lost sight of any other cues my body may have been giving me that I was doing better. That it was starting to heal. That it liked what I was feeding it.

So what do I do? I say screw it! I haven’t lost any weight, and I’m eating healthier than anyone I know. I deserve to eat what I want! So yesterday, I went back to “normal”. Instead of taking the time to pack a healthy lunch for work, or eat a healthy breakfast, I decided to buy my food at work (where there are loads and loads of deliciousness). I didn’t go crazy by any means, but it was certainly a change from the incredibly cautious eating habits I had adopted since accidentally ingesting gluten. Here were the delicious culprits:

Breakfast: Amy’s Mexican Tamale Pie

Amy's Mexican Tamale Pie

There are only 150 calories in this thing, and mostly organic ingredients. So tasty. Pretty amazing for a microwave meal… but it is still a microwave meal.

Snack: Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Justin's Peanut Butter Cups

These are dangerous. When you find out you can’t have dairy, and then years later find a peanut butter cup with dark chocolate and creamy peanut butter filling… sparks fly. However, after being without any cane sugar for quite some time, I probably should have gone easy on these.

Lunch: Amy’s Gluten Free Non Dairy Burrito

Amy's GF DF Burrito

Lovely, lovely burrito. Even though it has mostly organic ingredients, one of them is organic evaporated cane juice. Just in case I didn’t get enough sugar from the peanut butter cups, I got some sugar in my burrito.

Snack: Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Justin's Peanut Butter Cups

Don’t judge.

Commuting Snack: Crisproot Cassava Chips Original

Crisproot

Like a potato chip, but better. Dusted with delicious sea salt, garlic powder, and… oh, yeah… sugar.

Getting Home Snack: Chimes Peanut Butter Ginger Chews

Chimes Peanut Butter Ginger

Addicting. I was so glad to finally find some ginger chews that didn’t have a bunch of weird preservatives and flavorings. Just a few simple ingredients (one of them being sugar, of course).

Dinner: Beans and Rice

My only healthy choice yesterday (Recipe to come in my next post).

Between dinner and bed, I noticed my throat getting a little swollen and sore. I didn’t think much of it, and just went to sleep. I was tossing and turning all night, and finally woke up this morning aching all over with a killer sore throat. Turns out all that healthy food serves a purpose greater than my petty weight loss goals. So, lesson learned… for now. I had to give up Disneyland with some very good friends and their brilliant little daughter today because I just had to overindulge in food that always feels dead to me anyway. It’s time to get back on track.

Now that I’ve shown you all the delicious “don’ts”, from here on out I’ll be focusing on what I eat to keep myself on the path to healing. Hopefully it will inspire someone to get a little healthier (and by someone, I mean me). 🙂

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