Once upon a time, I really DID enjoy fresh baked breads and steamy hot oatmeal and fresh made pasta, too. Ahhhh – It seems so long ago!
It was exactly 2 years ago that I gave up all that up – on the advice of a nutritionist/blood work analyst who quickly declared “NO MORE GRAINS FOR YOU”! I followed his advice – and adhered to a fasting period, followed by an extremely restricted “elimination diet” and plenty of supplementation. My focus was on becoming gluten free. I was strict with myself and diligently followed the plan, but still was experiencing inflammatory responses that could not be explained.
About 6 months later, with the help of my friends at DLUX (evolutionary personalized training) in Crown Point, Indiana I discovered the PALEO diet, with a “30 Day Challenge” following the “Whole 9” program. Wow! Their combination of nutrition and exercise will transform your overall health! It did mine! I had already eliminated most grains, sugar, alcohol, dairy and processed foods. Legumes (soy, bean) and rice were the last to go. I began working out twice a week – about 1/2 hour each session. And I began to heal!
I still have more healing to do – but, I have no doubt that I am on the right track. I feel better than I have in 20 years; my inflammation and a host of other ailments have disappeared from my life – I have more energy than I have ever had – my blood work is so greatly improved – and I am sleeping like a champ!
Good nutrition advice IS hard to find – but it can change your life.
Well, I have been somewhat distracted from my blog recently with several gatherings involving old friends. First a road trip to visit a dear friend from college that I had not visited with for close to 2 years … and most recently a weekend gathering with a number of friends from my early high school years. Being with these dear friends took me to a place where I felt quite nourished in their love and friendship. Of course, we ate lots of nourishing food, too! I was reminded of times when life was … shall we say … simpler? easier? more carefree? just not so complicated? Yes. All of those things!
Well, now I am back. Seeking more nourishment from good food. And, I am back at the computer 🙂
This week’s recipes are pretty simple. And reminiscent of the comfort foods that were not so complicated!
My first entry was inspired by a recipe that was found at primalplate.com
Dilled Chicken Soup
- 2 Organic boneless chicken breast halves (@$4 from Costco – Coleman brand)
- 4 Cups Organic Chicken Stock (@ $5 from Costco)
- 1/2 Large Organic onion – Diced (@$1 from Meijer)
- 1 Cup Organic Celery – Sliced (@ $1 from Meijer)
- 1 Cup Organic Carrots – Sliced (@ $1 from Costco)
- 3 Tablespoons Organic Dill Weed
- 2 teaspoons Organic Garlic Granules
- Black Pepper to taste
Rinse chicken breast, dice into bite size pieces and place in a large soup pot with chicken stock, onion and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Add celery and carrots to the soup * and more stock if needed *, cover and continue cooking for one hour.
It’s the ultimate comfort on a chilly evening – Enjoy!
Serve 4 people at approx $3 per serving.