I can’t believe I’m writing this but it’s two weeks into my new eating plan (slightly less than two weeks) and I find myself craving healthy food this morning.
Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, I make a big pot of oatmeal for our family. We mix in seeds and nuts to our liking (walnuts and flaxseed for me) and the fruit of our choice, or some family members take it plain. On the other mornings, we can eat what we want. This is my way of transitioning to the new whole foods plant-based lifestyle or the “nutritarian” way of eating, a term I will use frequently on this blog and one coined by Dr. Joel Fuhrman in his work Forks Over Knives.
Typically I enjoy a smoothie on Tuesdays and Thursdays but last Tuesday’s smoothie did not sit well in my stomach. I blended 1% milk (I haven’t switched to plant milk yet), 1 cup of strawberries, 1 banana, 1 cup of greens, and flaxseed in the blender.
The gas and bloating afterward told me all I need to know: don’t do that again. I think I drank too much cow’s milk that morning as well. I love cow’s milk. Dairy is a big craving for me along with sweets and moving away from milk, which has been a big part of my diet and that of my family of origin is going to be a major shift.
Live and learn. Smoothies are out. Last night, as I watched television with my husband, I craved junk food like crazy. I just sat through the cravings. Didn’t try to offset them with something healthy and didn’t run down to the basement freezer for the half gallon of vanilla ice cream I wanted, either. Just sat through them. I told myself that if I woke up today and wanted pancakes or crepes, I’d make them. That’s my “junk food” breakfast especially crepes.
But I didn’t want that this morning. I wanted my oatmeal with walnuts and applesauce. I can my own applesauce from our farm where I raise organic apples so I know what’s in it.
I never thought that my taste buds would change this quickly. Last night, the spaghetti sauce I served with dinner tasted too salty. I had mixed half a jar of commercial sauce with half a jar of my own homegrown tomato sauce that I’d canned this summer. The recipe still tasted too salty.
It’s amazing to me how quickly taste buds change. My body seems to be craving the healthier foods now. I’m finding my mind is sharper and creative ideas flow smoothly. It’s as if my body is a pane of glass and food is the glass cleaner. When the glass is clean, God’s creative light can shine through.
Here’s to a new whole foods plant-based diet and changing tastes!