Yup, its been a seriously long time since I posted. I honestly got so distracted and I apologize for my very long silence. But let me first wish you all a very Happy New Year! Hard to believe its 2014.
Like many people wanting a fresh start for any number of reasons, I'm starting a new eating approach for the next 30 days. This came recommended by a doctor I enlisted who is a board certified MD but also into functional Medicine. Functional what? Right...I understand... this may or may not be new to your vocabulary and understanding. I suggest you go here: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/about/whatisfm/ to learn more about this medical/wellness approach. I found it to be pretty interesting and decided to find a practitioner here in my area. I've met with this doctor and her health coach for my initial visit. This came after filling out a series of questionnaires so that we could engage in a conversation related to my health and wellness history (dating back to when I was born). The doctor has suspicions that I may have a variety of food related issues (lactose and gluten intolerances to name a few). So......after a serious amount of information was gathered and recorded, it was decided that I go on an elimination diet called Whole30. As a prep to start the Whole30 I was given a little homework - to read a really interesting and informative book by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig called "It Starts with Food". Go here to check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Starts-Food-Discover-Whole30-Unexpected/dp/1936608898/ref=la_B007FMIHHO_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388544698&sr=1-1
Here is a link to give you more info on what the Whole30 eating plan is about. It's a very quick read but will give you a clue to what I will be eating and drinking for the next 30 days. http://www.whole9life.com/start/ . What I won't be eating is dairy of any kind, soy and related products, beans, legumes, wheat and anything like it (rice,corn, amaranth, quinoa...the list goes on), no sweeteners natural or artificial, no gum, candies etc......and I will be checking labels for all those hidden sugars as well as all the additives that have crazy names that often can't be pronounce let alone know what they really are.
After I conclude the 30 days, I'll bring a food type (gluten or lactose etc) back one at a time to see how I respond. Hopefully much will be revealed as I go through this process.
Now that you have a little preliminary background on my next 30 days of eating I was thinking I would share some of my recipes/meals as I travel down this path. Not sure that I will post every day but I'd like to share some Whole30 compliant meals. I figure some of them might be enjoyable to those of you who are just looking for some good recipes of some great food. That's what Seasoned Terrain is all about! Right?!!
So with all that said I'll post again with a Whole30 compliant recipe. I've already figured out some great stuff like cauliflower mashed potatoes (sans the potato), or a really wonderful chicken curry, a cauliflower humus and quite a few more. There will be a serious amount of vegetable heavy dishes that are sure to please my vegetarian friends.
I'm really excited to embark on this 30 day journey and even more excited to have you tag along. Stick around...its gonna be fun! Here's to a fresh start in 2014!