Friday, September 17, 2010

More healthy eating



*(deviled egg and spinach salad with homemade croutons)

Several weeks ago I told you some of the things I'm doing to be a healthier eater.  Well, I've continued to improve my diet and I want to share more changes I've made to help me on this journey.

1.  I've replaced precut and trimmed chicken parts with whole chickens, organically raised.  I usually roast two chickens at a time and that gives us chicken for several meals.

2.  I've discovered grass fed, organic bacon that is not processed with chemicals.  You won't believe what "real" bacon tastes like.  

3.  After struggling with changing my recipes from white flour to whole wheat flour, I've discovered that whole wheat pastry flour works much better.

4.  I'm learning to make pie crusts, gravy, biscuits, mayo, and pasta from scratch instead of buying foods ready made.

5.  I've stopped taking regular vitamins because I realized they contained a lot of chemicals.  I'm looking for a more natural product.  My doctor is aware of my changes and my blood work shows no adverse results of not taking the vitamins.  I'm eating so much better and I feel like I'm actually getting my vitamins from my food instead of from a pill. 

*Stay tuned:  I'll be posting this recipe next week.

5 comments:

  1. Salad looks so yummy! Great picture too (I'm trying to learn how to make food pictures look more appealing -- you've obviously already figured it out!) Looking forward to the recipe.

    I'm thinking you may be right about the vitamins -- you're getting it from your food (since it's not processed yuck) and you're body is saying a big HOORAY!

    Thanks for the encouragement ... I needed it.

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  2. meant to ask -- is whole wheat pastry flour as nutritious as regular whole wheat flour? Meaning does it have as much fiber? Is it more processed than whole wheat?

    I'd love to start substituting whole wheat for white but don't really know if they can be swapped one for the other without making some changes to the recipe. Do you know?

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  3. I definitely want that recipe - I've never made homemade croutons before, they've GOT to taste better than the store-bought kind!

    And if you ever find vitamins with no chemicals, let us know!

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  4. Go, girl, go! Wonderful sharing of your experiences. These changes are not that difficult, and our bodies are ever so grateful for them.

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  5. Barbie,
    I assure you, the good photo was purely an accident. I have a nice camera but I don't know how to use it. Secondly, whole wheat pastry flour has slightly lower amounts or protein but it gives baked products a lighter texture. If you've ever tried to use 100 percent whole wheat flour to make muffins, you'll understand. I believe that eating good food is important but I like to enjoy what I'm eating as well.

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