Nutrition Testing Update

Well, it’s been about a month since the kids and I started our journey with Nutrition Response Testing.  I think the hardest part has been learning to cook without grains, sugar, and dairy.  That is a lot to cut out all at once!  I have to admit that many times I was just plain hungry–and I had no idea what to make. We go through a TON of fruits and veggies, but, since we can’t have any processed foods, my grocery bill hasn’t really changed much, which is a blessing.

Some of my favorite discoveries:

1.  Spaghetti Squash.  Who knew that you could have spaghetti without grain!  We’re still getting used to the taste of the spaghetti squash, but if you mix in the sauce really well and add some tasty meatballs, it’s actually pretty good!

2.  Cashews.  Speaking of meatballs, what do you use instead of bread for meatballs?  Turns out you can use ground cashews.  They add a great cheesy flavor and help to bind the meatballs together.  1 pound of turkey meat, 1 egg, 1/2 cup ground cashews + spices= yummy meatballs!  Full recipe HERE.

3.  Almond meal chocolate chip cookies.  Super yummy–and made without sugar, too!  Recipe HERE.

4.  Chocolate Almond Milk smoothies.  Ok, this may not be the healthiest alternative to milk, but add in a few frozen bananas and a tray of ice cubes, and you have a delicious breakfast!

5. Aside from the obvious exceptions (the movie theater, for example), it is very possible to eat out and eat healthy.  I can order a burger with no bun, salads (of course), etc.  Even chicken strips and french fries, though not the healthiest items on the menu, still are ok if I take off the breading on the chicken strips.

6.  Everything is easier when you have the whole family on board.  We all work together and encourage each other, and it’s been so much easier than any other change I’ve tried to make.  Because we are all working together for a common goal.

Results so far:

1.  I lost 6 pounds in the first 2-3 weeks, and my belly is noticeably flatter.

2.  Megan hasn’t had a tummy ache!

3.  I feel terrible when I eat refined flour & sugar.  🙁

4.  Less headaches!

5.  Ryan still thinks we’re crazy, but he’s beginning to see the light!  🙂

We are all still fighting off some sneaky bugs that seem to be hiding out in our bodies, but we are all feeling much healthier and happier.  Of course, the way we are eating has a lot to do with that, but I really think the supplements are helping a lot, too.  🙂  I’m looking forward to the next four weeks!

Karen

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