Mindful Eating + The Green Book

Over the past few years, we've dipped our toes into gluten-free eating; we tried Whole30 for a month. We've detoxed from sugar for a month; we've removed dairy from our meals for a month. And while I object to 'diets', Jake is still adamant that he wants a meal plan that will help him shed some unwanted pounds. As we creep into our mid to late 40s, I know he's right.

We don't have the metabolisms we did when we were 20. We lament the loss of those six-pack abs we were both sporting when we met two decades ago. Not sure we'll ever get those back, but we can certainly strive to be more healthy.

After he half-jokingly accused me of 'fattening him up for the kill,' I realized that he was serious. He wanted a plan that wasn't a diet so much as a lifestyle change. So, I'm researching the Keto Diet and the Blood Type Diet. Again, I object to the word 'diet'. I hate diets. Clearly. But I can get behind a well-thought out eating plan. Stay tuned for this adventure!

Though we have two different blood types and I'm not even really sure it's valid, here's my rough guideline with which I'm working...
  • Eat: meat, fish, eggs, healthy fats, and vegetables. We are limiting grains and fruits.
  • Drink: water, tea, bone broth, and wine and beer in moderation
As of this writing (August 2019) I haven't had coffee in a month. And, as Jake and I jump in, there might be adaptations for us to make it diet-friendly while there's another option for our kids. For instance, I might post a burger recipe. The one for us is lettuce-wrapped while the one for the boys has a bun. This is a collection of foods that were Keto-friendly. Stay tuned for more...

This designation - 'The Green Book' - has come about because of this interest in what we're eating eating. I guess those long mountain bike rides got tougher as he entered this decade. But he's actually reading books about food and experimenting with foods for better health.

He asked for a place on the blog where I would tag and archive his favorite "green" meals. Okay. Done. This will be a link-up for his favorite healthier dishes.

Update December 2017 We have decided to detox from sugar. I shouldn't laugh, but he came out this morning and said, "We have a major problem." Then he proceeded to tell me that his so-called 'fat pants' were tight. I tried not to laugh and used it as an opportunity to get him to give up sugar. Stay tuned as we add some recipes to this list that are low on sugar or have no added sugar.

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