While I love creating recipes and sharing them with you, I feel that I have strayed from the true name of my blog: "Amy's NUTRITARIAN Kitchen". Some of the recipes I have provided over the last few months or so are indeed vegan and even whole food based, but they miss the mark when it comes to eating for nutrient-density, a.k.a. a Nutritarian lifestyle. Recipes like this one... and this one... Not to say they aren't delicious and can be utilized for special occasions when you have reached your optimum weight, but they don't belong on a blog that is centered to help others (and me) focus on increasing their intake of fruits, vegetables, beans, etc.
Not only have the recipes I've been making for the blog not Nutritarian-perfect, my day-to-day eating and lifestyle was beginning to look more like the SAD (Standard American Diet) than a diet consisting of healthful, healing plant foods. Here are my confessions I wanted to get out in the open so I/we can move past them. Over the last few months....
- I went days, weeks even,without having a big salad.
- I allowed white flour and breads back into my diet.
- I went for fried foods and oily/fatty dips when eating out at restaurants.
- I had meat more than occasionally, and some of the worse kinds (deli meats, BBQ'd meats, sausages, fried chicken wings).
- I indulged on sweets too often, usually eating too much, being unable to stop myself.
- I spent too many nights on the couch, finding every excuse in the book not to exercise.
- I allowed myself to have a social routine that involved drinking beer most nights of the week.
- Too often, I opted to get some vegetarian unhealthy fast foods, rather than making healthy meals at home.
Now that I have all of my confessions out in the open, here is where the blog is headed...
I have spent hours and HOURS over the last 3-4 years researching nutrition and plant-based diets. I have spent EVEN MORE HOURS in the kitchen making foods to fit what I have learned and what I want for my health. While I am by no means and expert, I know my way around a Nutritarian diet.
That being said and going along with my confessions above, I am not a "perfect bill of health". I have have weight, self-esteem, anxiety, acne, and other minor health problems just like many of you do. But I believe the important step I am taking now is that I truly want to fix what I can of those things.
When I first found ETL in January 2011 and followed it to an absolute tee; I had goals to lose weight and nothing else. What I found happened along with losing weight was a boost in self confidence, a calming of my stress and nerves, an improvement in my athleticism, and a reduction in my acne, among other things.
Now that I have strayed from ETL over the years, I have found myself falling into un-wellness. I have gained weight above when I first started ETL, and many of my negative health symptoms have come back. This time around, losing weight is not my main goal. My main goal is to gain control over my health for life.
As always, I am delighted to hear from my readers, and if you ever write with questions, I will be happy to give you advice or point you in the right direction of an answer you are looking for. That being said, I am going to blog honestly about my experiences and successes and missteps. I am going to share with you my progress as well as inspiration and recipes I find along the way. I am not and will never be perfect, but I hope you continue to join me on this journey.
Health and Happiness,
Health and Happiness,