It’s that time again – New Year’s Resolutions!
We’re 22 days into the new year and the diet commercials are on every major network, popping up in Facebook ads, magazines, you name it there is a diet out there for you (or so they say).
I don’t particularly care for New Year’s resolutions, as I feel as though you’re setting yourself up for failure, especially when it comes to weight loss and food. I already have enough focus on what I eat day-in-day-out living with Celiac Disease. Sometimes I feel as though I’ve placed so much attention on what I eat it feels as though I have an eating disorder. I makes me a bit neurotic at times to be honest. I don’t have the liberty of eating anything I want anymore.
Just before the end of the year you may have read my tweets and Facebook posts, I decided to attend a 10-day health immersion where I would be learning about eating a plant-based diet. I was not a believer in eating a plant-based diet, far from it. I love bacon, baked goods and good-ol home cooked Southern food. But I took the leap of faith and went on a journey for ten days.
Imagine the setting of Naples, FL late October perfect 75º weather. Beach front accommodations – It was the perfect (I live in Austin, TX and totally landlocked – I miss the ocean so much)! I got to frolic in the sand and dip my big toe in the ocean, ride a bike with wind blowing over my face ever so gently. Sound fantastic right? It was and thank goodness, as the first few days of the immersion were really quite difficult (so glad I had my own room & wasn’t sharing). I’d been traveling for work most of the summer and into early fall and arrived in Naples after having spent five glorious days in New York City (yes I ate my way through the city knowing I was headed to the immersion).
Not to bore you with the details but I basically learned how to eat a plant-based diet which includes more than just salads. The biggest challenge for me that I am struggling with now back home is the “no oils” but I was armed with a set of tools that showed me how to carry out this into the dishes I would be cooking when I returned home. Cut to the chase – this is my 1st recipe post immersion and I’m very happy with the results – Red Lentil Curried Soup:
Let’s spoon – It’s the perfect soup for this chilly weather we’ve been having! I hope you enjoy this healthy soup as much as I have (its lick the bowl good) and I’m looking forward to more adventures in the kitchen learning how to cook without dairy, sugar, oils and meats (I still may eat some pork from time to time and a good filet)!
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