|Yes, they were as good as they look!|
So back home from vacation and into the kitchen... learning yet another new way to cook with foods that do not cause sensitivities. I learned early last year that wheat was not my friend but I suspect there is more to it so now I am getting rid of diary, eggs, soy, peanuts, sugar (and fake sugars) also soy as well as gluten. As a jumping off point I am starting with JJVirgins newest book.
I am going to admit it.. I had been avoiding looking at this book totally based on the title.. The Virgin Diet: I had heard some good stuff about it but the title... yeh I know rather shallow, judging a book by it's cover and all that but if you saw a book called The HornDog Diet would you pick it up ?... well anyway.. shame on me!
So.. as the story goes I was stuck in the airport for 2 hours with nothing more I wanted to do and my hands were aching and swollen making knitting and sewing hard so I wandered over to the book store looking for a magazine.. no luck..but I saw this damn book again so I thought I would at least pick it up and skim it.. well a few minutes later I was coughing up my money and settling in to give it a read.
Here it is in a very simple nut-shell. There are foods that as a population many of us are becoming more sensitive to. These foods are affecting out moods, our bodies and our weight. And while these are not outright allergies ( like those who stop breathing around peanuts) they are causing many adverse symptoms such as joint pain, foggy thinking, back pain, swelling and more.. and by more I am taking the type of tummy trouble that we don't talk about in polite company!
This laundry list of obscure pains was my own personal checklist of complaints for the past 6-7 years, getting worse all the time and yet while I would test very high for auto immune issues ( like Lupus) nothing was a perfect fit so doctors would just shake their head at me.. give me pain pills or think I was crazy/lazy.
This book and the author JJ. Virgin put forth the idea that but pulling 7 of the biggest food culprits out of your own diet you can then start you on the path to figure out why you hurt and why you can't lose weight.
Of course when you are removing diary, eggs, soy, peanuts, sugar (and fake sugars) gluten it can feel like you have nothing left to eat so my new challenge is to make meals my family wants to eat and that will help in my healing process.
The book does have a starter guide for foods to eat as well as a helpful shopping list since honestly, gluten, eggs and soy are in EVERYTHING we eat these days.. so lots of label reading is called for.
On my part I like this sort of challenge so am embracing this as a chance to learn even more about how my body works as well as making some amazingly healthy meals.
Today I made what I am calling Virginal Chicken Wraps. I cooked the chicken last night so it all went together really fast today and they were amazing and quite filling. I made enough for another lunch so that will also save time!
Want to make this as well?... if so..
Organic chicken breasts cooked in the oven with 2 cloves of garlic, some Ghee and some Coconut Aminos in place of soy sauce. ( I did this the night before) - chop up in Food processor
2 carrots- diced very fine
5 scallions - diced
2 large handfulls of Cilantro diced.
1 can chopped water chestnuts
Handful of chopped cashews
Using coconut oil saute carrots until a bit softer but not mushy.. Throw in chicken, scallions, nuts, chesnuts and a splash more of the coconut aminos.. stir until hot.. then add the cilantro. Serve in lettuce wraps with or without rice noodles.