I did something pretty drastic today.
Drastic for me. Maybe for you too. Or maybe you have done it already.
But I went to the grocery shop, and I bought a number of items…
Can you spot the similarities?
Today’s buys are a weird one for me. Weird because I feel like, in one way, the purchases are a contradiction of my whole life up until this point.
All my life, food has been good. All of it. My parents came from nothing, and so when they came to Australia, hungry for a new life, a chance to start anew, their hunger also reigned in a very literal way…
Food. They had scarce amounts in the village where they lived, and once they were working, they made sure there was always food for sis and I.
They never had enough food growing up. Constantly hungry, wanting more.
Therefore, from their life in Australia going forward, growing up for sis and I, food was a friend. It was something we celebrated with.
Food was wealth. Food was happiness. Enjoyment of food then, was one of life’s greatest pleasures.
And it still is. Very much so for me, as those European values are an intrinsic part of my DNA.
But some things have changed… like us, and also, the food.
I’ve always been a fairly healthy eater, and I consider my diet to be moderately balanced.
But like I said, things change. Our bodies don’t respond to things as they used to. The food we eat has changed. Pesticides, modified crops, freezing… food ain’t what it used to be either.
And with all of that, also, my diet has slightly changed. Still good, still adequate…
But, I have an inkling, I could do better.
I want to see if I can do better.
Therefore, my experiment.
Now I’m not all anti-gluten and WHEAT IS EVIL here. I’m not going to hold a pitchfork against anyone who eats a slice of bread in my presence, or shout at them for drinking normal milk in their latte. No. I am taking a really relaxed and structured approach, if there is such a thing…
Because it’s not that I’m anti dairy, or anti-gluten…
Rather I am pro-alkaline and pro anti-inflammatory.
This is where my curiosities lie.
I am trying to replace my regular gluten staples with the absence of it.
I am going to introduce smoothies, teas and drinks that fight inflammation or work to reduce it.
And slowly, SLOWLY start to experiment with new dishes that take all of this into account.
It’s actually a HUGE project. I was at risk of overwhelming myself the other day as I simply started pondering it… but I had to remind myself – “Slowly. One day at a time.”
“One dish at a time.”
I’m going out two nights this week… if I eat gluten then? Eh.
But on the days that I do, I’m going to up the green tea, smoothies and bone broths during the day.
I hate the word diet… this is more of an experimentation. I was talking to my sister the other day who was telling me things about keto that seemed to align and make sense with things I had already been looking into… and though I am not on the keto bandwagon, I am heavily interested in how all these different ways of eating differ, yet are starkly similar.
I also don’t like feeling restricted. I may or may not stop this after a few days. It might be too hard… one meal for me, another for Hubbie and baby girl… but the only thing I can do is TRY.
Food is not the enemy. It never has been.
Food is the healer. And it is now my test, to see HOW it can be so.