Setting Up Our Lifestyle Goals

I saw the Miracle Worker yesterday and we had an absolutely fantastic conversation.  We discussed in detail my new propension to be granola-y.  Every time I see her, it is like pushing a reset button.  This time, I was able to talk myself out of my current consumed-by-work mindset and put my health back on the plate.  (pun intended)

New Goals for This week:

  1. Cut out all obvious forms of sugar (ps – these replacements are not a long-term solution, just the first baby-step)
    • replace with dried fruit
    • plan 2 extra snacks so I don’t just grab whats available
    • eat 1/3 cup of almonds through out the day
    • artificially-sweetened candy
    • fresh home-made baking sweetened naturally
  2. note the satisfaction level of various foods on the family, and accommodate while we’re all adapting (ie: kids don’t eat enough grains when I serve brown rice, mike gets hungry when I don’t include enough protein-rich foods, carrots fill better than peas, etc)
  3. Plan, plan, plan for food and eating.

This is awfully reminiscent of our previous transition to the gluten-free diet.  I was at such a loss as to what to feed us that I made lists – lists for snacks, dinners, and lunches, and I referred to them often. It meant more shopping, different lists, and triple the time in the grocery store while I read the ingredient lists.

Transitioning to Gluten Free was Easier

In some ways transitioning to the gluten-free lifestyle was easier, as we were forced into it. There wasn’t much of a choice.  We were also incredibly motivated to do it- and do it 100% and do it immediately.  There was a huge sense of urgency.

The reason I’ve become rather granola-y, is from the self-taught education of our food industry (from research in the states largely – and now in Canada).  This has definitely provided the motivation. Unfortunately it was the motivation not to eat meat.  So then I was hungry.  And I was refusing to cook meat.  So we all were hungry.  Then we went to McDonalds and stuffed ourselves with horrible food.  So all this hunger has provided the urgency that I feel.

And since I need to eat – well, I’m sort of left with no choice, but to change our lifestyle.  So that’s me.

How about you?  Did you make the change?  Are you still a non-granola-y eater?  (I still love ya, but really?  REALLY?  Is that the best you can do? )

To you  and yours,


About Cathy Tibbles

In 2007 Cathy's Hubby was diagnosed with celiac disease and Strawberries Are Gluten Free was born. The early days of SAGF are chock full of all the newly converted recipes. More recently the articles are trending to cool new products, events, local news and family tales.

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