I have been forced, tricked into a food rabbit hole. What began as a quest for having children has become an ever elusive one for health. Over the years, I’ve cleaned up my diet beginning with cooking dinner; to discovering how things are made from scratch; learning the value of organics; trying to keep track of new chemicals and additives; and finally attempting to avoid these harmful substances even on raw foods. Thirty-plus years of striving and somehow I’m still not quite healthy. Autoimmune issues continue to plague me. To add insult to injury I’ve also gained so much weight while Bill has gotten thinner and stronger from this venture.
At home it is much easier to develop good habits. We’ve added more smoothies, cut way down on meat, oils, cheese (milk products), eggs, grains (especially wheat), and alcohol. “What’s left to eat”, you ask? Fruits, vegetables, and greens in their raw state. Our kids bought us a juicer. Celery juice is first thing on the list to drink each day. Bill doesn’t participate in this new ritual, but joins in with the first smoothie of the day. Over time my joints began to move without pain once more.
Everything was beginning to move in the right direction and then it was time to travel to SXM. In place of some of our practices, Bill will heat some water with lemon and ginger. This is a great alternative morning kickstart.
All this preambling to say — it has been challenging, especially, surprisingly, on the French side, to find the food options I need. “Salads are the answer “, you say! I thought so too. Ceaser, Thai (Bo Bun), and other offerings come with either cheese, meat, or eggs. One café custom made me a lovely plate but it still had a bit of cheese. So much for salads a la Susi!
Menus list appetizers, snacks, or tapas. Next time you’re ordering, consider how many items are fried, cheesey, or brown…..I’ll have a side of fries with that.
Entrees revolve around meats, which are a protein containing fat. Too many of these tax the digestive system, especially the liver. Pasta is another category, a favorite, except when having to avoid processed grains. More often these days everything is a la carte. It is becoming more and more rare to have a salad and vegetable included with a dish.
So here’s my question….on the French side, how many locals eat the same things at home that are also on the restaurants menus? Believe it or not, the Dutch side has been more accommodating with the salads and veggie options I desire.
So here’s your homework: next time you go out to eat, look at your plate noting the color(s). How much of a particular food group do you eat generally? How many fruits, vegetables, and greens do you eat compared to meat, grains and starches?
Let’s challenge one another to eat less fried, less meat and processed grains (bread and pasta) and interject more berries, nuts, fruit, veggies and greens.!
Happy New Year! 😊🍾