Saturday, February 13, 2010

Day 18 Governing Health - Back to Basics

The food in our homes should center on the basics. Basics are flour, rice, wheat, corn, oats, pasta, beans (pinto, red, black, white or any variety) sugar, salt, oil, dried milk, and a source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Stored appropriately in water tight/air tight containers these foods have a shelf life of 30 years. These foods provide us with a diet high in complex carbohydrate, fiber, plant sources of protein and are low in fat. The more often we can eat whole grains and legumes the healthier we will be. The complex carbohydrates provide fodder for good bacteria in the gut which promotes good bowel health. By eating a menu balanced with these basic foods we limit our risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's, dementia, hyperactivity disorders, depression, obesity and irritable bowel syndrome to name a few. With the zeal of a revolutionary, I want to govern my own health by choosing a naturally healthy lifestyle.

Making no trips to the grocery store forces us to live off the basics. Since we are used to eating this way, 2700 meals from home is - well -minimally daunting but certainly not a reality TV topic. My daughter reports eating form home as "life as normal" so far. There is a certain freedom that comes as we realize we are not dependant on a daily or weekly trip to the market.

Breakfast: Mush made of oats and wheat with walnuts and raisins (for me)
leftover chicken and potatoes for my husband, and the little ones got sugar coated cereal, milk and doughnuts at a church activity. The older children reported eggs and bacon with biscuits for their breakfast at their activity. Thank goodness.

Lunch: leftovers
Snack: Valentine sugar cookies

Dinner: Burrito Pie - layers of tortilla (homemade 12"), black beans, yogurt (sour cream substitute), onions, olives, cheese, tomatoes home bottled stew tomatoes, and tortillas (layered about 4 tortillas deep, heated through served like a pie.


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