A Healthy Diet Doesn’t Have To Be Boring!

Many of our patients are on restricted diets due to their health issues.  These diets can seem like everything is taken away with nothing left….and the food can seem very boring.

Secret To A Non-Boring Diet:  Variety

“Variety is the spice of life!”  ~ famous quote from British poet, William Cowper

Without variety, any diet can seem boring and restrictive….which may lead to the patient not following through the recommended time frame.  1 heart

To keep variety in your diet, follow these tips for success:

  1. Be positive and upbeat about the changes you’re making.  They are for the good of your health.
  2. A little planning goes a long way! Plan the meals and snacks you’ll have throughout the day.  Be prepared with convenient portable snacks (i.e. nuts, seed, and dried fruit) for your day.  Make sure your snacks are readily available, no matter where you are.  Invest in a small cooler bag to take with you in the car, packed with organic fruit, veggies and organic deli meats.
  3. When cooking your meals, cook double the amount of meats and veggies and have them for leftovers the next few days.  Leftover meats and veggies are good on salads for lunch.
  4. Use the slow cooker for meals to save time.  See our recipes (in new patient binders).
  5. When cooking, watch out for cross-contamination issues.   Make sure your food prep surfaces, utensils, mixer and pans are free of any kind of gluten residue. Buy a new toaster and use it only for gluten-free toasting. It is very important to avoid cross-contamination of gluten-free foods with gluten.
  6. Eating out is very difficult while on this type of diet because you lose all of the control and rely on others to cook for you.  Cut your eating out to 1-2 times a week, at the maximum.  When eating out, rely on salads, steamed vegetables, and brick oven cooked meats.
  7. Find a good cookbook for your dietary restrictions.  There are many cookbooks about the Paleo lifestyle, which is similar.  Two of our favorites are:  “The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook: An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness” by Mickey Trescott and “The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul” by Sarah Ballantyne.
  8. Attend seminars to learn more about your new lifestyle.  Dr. Green conducts monthly workshops in his office or you can watch previous workshops on his YouTube page HERE.
  9. Follow blogs online for creative recipes and information.  A few of our favorites are:  The Paleo Mom, Amazing Paleo, Delicious Obsessions, My Whole Food Life, and The Nourishing Home.
  10. Subscribe to Living Without Magazine, which offers great tips, recipes and general information about living without gluten, dairy, nuts, and other food allergies.

*Bonus Tip:  Dr. Green’s Auto Immune Diet aids in healing your gut but it also teaches you how to enjoy REAL foods, while eliminating all of the processed junk food that typically makes up the American diet.   Take this information to heart and we suggest you keep enjoying real, whole foods after the diet.

 

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