Over the past year or so, my husband and I have slowly gotten away from healthier eating. Actually, my husband has pretty much stuck to his healthier diet. I am the one that has fallen off the health wagon straight onto the dessert wagon.
Last year, when my husband was diagnosed with heart disease, we were all gung ho about healthy eating. We read labels, we did most of our shopping in the fresh produce aisle, and I made sure that all the recipes I made were heart healthy.
As happens when you start any new diet, at the beginning you are excited and committed. As time goes on you get less and less strict and tend to make more exceptions. This is what happened with me. Even though I do not have heart disease, it was easier for me to eat the same diet as my husband. He has always shared my gluten and dairy free meals. I just took a little bit of adjustment to make those meals heart healthy.
After about six or seven months, I slowly gave up eating salads and fruits. Maybe it was the fact that summer was over and we could no longer get fresh vegetables and fruits from our local farmers market. Supermarket fruits and vegetables have always left a lot to be desired in my opinion. There is nothing like a fresh, locally grown tomato or ear of corn. But I’ve noticed that since I stopped eating these things, I do not feel as good as I did then.
I have been baking cakes every week since then. These are not the healthy desserts I was making over the summer. As you have seen in recent posts, I have been baking a lot of chocolate cakes and cakes with a good amount of sugar. I have been pretty much consuming these on my own. My husband wisely avoids desserts. Even though his heart is now almost 100% healthy, he continues to eat relatively healthy.
After making pineapple upside down cake last week, I took a good hard look at myself, and I have decided to go back to eating fruits and vegetables and less baked goods. I think that reducing my baking to once a month is reasonable. This will allow me to indulge my sweet tooth without going crazy. I don’t think that I could completely give up sugar.
I thought about doing the whole 30 diet, where you give up sugar, carbs, alcohol, dairy and some other things to reset your body. But I don’t think I could do it. It would be a real challenge if I had to add gluten and dairy free to that mix. Although I have already given up wheat and dairy, I don’t know if I could totally give up carbs. It would only be for 30 days, and maybe I would feel better. Perhaps that’s something to ponder. If any of you have tried the whole 30 diet, please comment your thoughts and experience.
When I first went gluten free, I thought I could never do it. Having many gluten-free options and choices helps. Of course, there are those who say it’s really easy if you just stick to protein and vegetables. But if you are a carb addict like myself, it is nearly impossible to stick to that. I like my Pasta, rice, noodles, and bread (Just like Oprah!) Plus the fact that I write this blog on gluten-free and dairy free recipes and options. Most people, I believe, do not just want to eat protein and vegetables, at least not all the time. I think it would get pretty boring pretty quickly.
So I am easing myself back into healthy eating. How long it will last I don’t know, but I am sure it can’t hurt.