It can be so much fun when you really begin to look at food as one of the main links to a healthy, energetic life. Much has been written about food allergies lately and the need to totally eliminate certain food groups. But I prefer to focus on the wonderful things that most of us can eat. Just go to your local Farmer’s or any Whole Foods Market and notice the huge assortment of fruits and vegetables available today.
I think it’s a matter of increasing the good stuff and just limiting things like sugar, wheat and dairy if you or your Doctor feel that you are sensitive to them. I believe I have an intolerance to either wheat or yeast. My whole life I have had sinus problems and when I began to figure it out I thought I could never “give up” bread or pasta.
Instead I started making more interesting salads or preparing two vegetables with a main course. I still have pasta occasionally; After all I’m Italian, but gradually I’ve gotten away from that kind of heavy eating. It’s really a treat now to have spaghetti and meatballs or linguini with clam sauce, and when I do I eat much less of it.
This is my avocado and mango salad. It’s served with a dressing of olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, and lemon. It’s so fresh and delicious that I could eat it as a main course. When you eat more nutrient rich foods, there’s less room for unhealthy choices.
Recently I made eggs for dinner. I served it with a home made Taboule. It’s made with fresh parsley, shallots, diced tomatoes, garlic, lemon and olive oil. Anything that looks that good must taste good too! Experiment and have fun in the kitchen. Claire talked about color in her last post. Make sure the plate looks festive, then even an ordinary weeknight meal can turn into something special.