Instead of going too crazy we are going to try a balanced approach. We are going to eat what we call "green light foods" (from Dr. Sears book Eat Healthy Feel Great) also known as whole foods, God Made foods or in the words of Jillian from Biggest Loser, "anything from the ground or that has a mother" 4 days a week. So Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. On the other days we will still eat well but allow a sweet, pasta or lunch meat on a sandwich etc.
Elijah has been dealing with a lot of reflux lately and Caleb has issues with that sometimes too. After some reading up on this way of eating I'm hoping we can at least lessen their symptoms. From what I've read your body has a hard time processing... well processed foods. Something about giving your body a one to two day break from that kind of stuff helps in digestion and elimination. Here's hoping!
Our biggest struggles will be with lunch ideas and cutting out the munching in the evening. We like a dessert to munch while we watch TV at night. We're going to try to have no food after 7/8:00 to help with the night time reflux as well. That will be my biggest struggle for sure! We will allow exceptions if company comes or we go to friends homes on "Green Light Days" but we won't just blow things. We'll try to make the best healthy choices we can with what is available. For example, we will choose water over pop or juice etc.
I'm being a little strict with carbs. Basically homemade breads and tortillas will be allowed but store bought breads and tortillas (even if whole wheat) will be saved for the other days. I know breads like Ezekiel bread are very healthy but it is way too expensive for our family. I do make homemade bread, tortillas and pitas when I have time or feel like it. I may just have to start feeling like it a bit more! Our other challenge is Paul can't always get to a microwave at work so I'm going to have to be creative in finding filling things that don't need reheating for his looong 12 hour days... hmmm.
BF= Swiss Oats (we love this)
L= Baked potatoes w/ veggies and cheese or beans on top
D= Crock-pot fajitas made with chicken and veggies on homemade tortillas
Snack ideas for these "Green Light Days"- plain yogurt with fruit, veggies, fruit, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, hummus with veggies or homemade bread/tortilla/pita
If you're interested I'll list some of our other menu plans in the future. I was pleased to see many of our staple dinners are "green". Lunches... not so much. Breakfasts are pretty good but we need to replace the processed syrup with real maple syrup (yikes! pricey!). I'm hoping this will be a life long habit for us all and we will notice some good health benefits. Thankfully my kids are pretty open to healthy foods. We've had and used Dr. Sears' book for many years and they all often ask, "Is this a green light?"
Wish us luck!! Join us if you'd like!