Less wheat, fewer carbs, more veggies, less sugar, better meat.
Here is what the internet has to say.
If you eat meat, you'll die.
If you don't eat meat, you'll die.
If you eat wheat, it will kill you.
If you don't eat carbs, your brain will cease to function and you'll die.
If you do eat carbs, you'll become diabetic and die.
If you eat veggies, they're loaded with poison, and will kill you.
If you eat fruit, it has sugar, will cause diabetes, and you'll die.
Generally speaking, if you eat it, it will cause your untimely demise.
In addition, no one can agree on which of the grains is healthier, carb and caloriewise. Or how much is too much or too little. And since our wonderful government is so reliable these days, I'm sure they have the right information on nutrition... right? We can trust them?
Plus every author on the subject has an agenda - publish a new lifesaving diet book that tells you everything you knew was wrong and this is how to eat. That way, they make money.
If you combine all the information into one pile and boil it down to its root, what you get is "don't eat anything, its all bad for you." Everyone should go on the Starvation Diet because the safest thing to eat is nothing.
So here is what I've decided to do:
Reduce grains intake in general and wheat intake in particular. Why? Gluten does funky things to your digestive system. I'm going to substitute rice flour for some wheat flour and attempt to overall minimize the breads and pastas we eat. This includes attempting to cook fish about once a week. Increase the number of veggies and fruits that we eat.
My action plan for this is:
- Try a new recipe once a week, and make it the first time with healthier choices. (Olive oil for saturated fats, etc). I can't do a lot about the recipes we already love, because changing them means we won't eat them. But I can find new recipes to integrate.
- Purchase rice noodles instead of wheat noodles. Add lentils and beans for variety.
- Maintain a recipe master of meals we will eat. I've already set this up, in a spreadsheet format that will help me easily plan a meal. It is a little anemic right now.
See? Not much on the spreadsheet. The idea is to pick an item from the first four columns (beef, chicken, fish, vegetarian) and then add something from the next few (sides, soups, fruits) and maybe throw in something from the dessert column if I'm feeling particularly decadent. We have to love it for it to make this spreadsheet and all recipes will be printed and put in a binder for easy reference. No recipe goes in the binder unless we will eat it.
This mean committing to cooking at home, not as easy feat when I'm working full time. Wish me luck!