Focus on Food Essays and Recipes – Part 2

In 2012 I created a series of ‘essays’, which I scrapbooked and included in our family photo album to chart the changes we were making in our life then. For 2013 I did the same thing, but our focus has shifted slightly. We’ve done all we can at the moment to alter our behaviors when it comes to using too much electricity, or chemicals around the house, or simplifying life, so last year our whole focus was on food, and trying different ways of eating until we found one that stuck. So here is Part Two of the Seven Part series…

When we cut out meat, we went through a couple bad weeks before the cravings faded. The same happened with milk. Recently cheese was next, and it was so hard, three solid days of shaking like drug addict. What I could not manage to give up was the bread, finally I buckled down and went through my four worst days of withdrawal, including flu-like symptoms, cold sweats, and withdrawal shaking, but broke down on the fifth day. Jared lasted about the same. Obesity has long been blamed on weak willpower, overeating, genetics and lack of exercise. Now scientists increasingly are seeing signs that suggest there may be an additional contributor: food addiction. Research has confirmed what has been long suspected: food makes us feel good. Food triggers the body to release neurological chemicals similar to pharmaceutical drugs like Valium. When we are driven by addictive food cravings, just like with drugs or caffeine, we are more likely to overindulge. It’s difficult to say just eat less bread, it would be similar to asking a cocaine addict to scale back their use. The addictions interactions with your brain chemicals would not allow this, which is why drug rehabilitation usually operates on a cold turkey basis. As we discovered with meat, once you stop eating the foods your body can’t process, your body feels better, and does not have any interest in those foods. Even a few months ago I could never imagine a future that I would not need bread as a comfort food. Now I’m looking at trying to create that future, and it’s both scary and exhilarating.

These are our two favorite recipes from this month:
Morning Sun Juice
4 oranges
1 apple
1 pear
1/2 pineapple, chopped
2 TBLS honey
Juice ingredients, whip in the honey

Cucumber Carrot Salad
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cucumber, diced
1 large tomato, diced
2 carrots
1 red bell pepper, diced (optional)
Place all salad fixings together in large salad bowl. Serves 1-2.

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