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Summer Challenge: Nutrition Week 12

Posted Sep 01 2013 11:33am

Eliminate all legumes.

Yup, that’s it for this week. Hopefully you have been following our summer series posts and know all the reasons why you should give your body a rest from legumes . See, I said a rest not total elimination for the rest of your life. That’s the whole idea behind this challenge: give your body a rest from certain foods that are known to cause problems in many to see what happens to you when, and if, you decide to reintroduce them. You may decide that legumes cause you no problems and you want to continue to eat them. Or you may realize that needing to take Beano before every meal that contains legumes is just not worth it. That’s the beauty of this plan; it’s individualized for YOU.

We are nearing the end of our summer journey. Soon I will give you all the details you need on how and when to reintroduce eliminated foods. Yes, you are read that correctly. I do actually want you to reintroduce all the eliminated foods at some point. That is when the learning happens.  Sure I knew that diary didn’t agree with me and I cut back from my daily consumption of home-made yogurt and string cheese. But you better believe in the beginning of my journey I bought Lactaid and popped a few of those before rocking out to some ice cream on special occasions. It wasn’t until I was on vacation last year when we went to Block Island. I ate an extra Lactaid, waited a little bit longer for it to kick in, and then enjoyed the most delicious bowl of ice cream with my family. Everything was perfect…for about 30 minutes. That’s when the bloating, nausea, & blah-blah belly started. Awesome, I was on vacation with my family and I felt so sick I had to lie down for a few hours after eating ice cream. That was my turning point with dairy and I’ll never forget it. It was at that point I decided ice cream was no longer worth the pain.

If I had to pick the one thing that I miss since going paleo it would be ice cream hands down. But honestly it’s hasn’t been a big deal at all because I have an ice cream maker and there are a ton of great recipes using coconut milk. If we go out for a treat we all have sorbet. My point is that just because I eat paleo 95% of the time doesn’t mean that I don’t splurge. It’s taken me some time, but I’ve found my paleo lifestyle and I’ve created my paleo philosophy. More to come on that one later.

Do you have anything fun planned for labor Day weekend? Back-to-school and the cooler weather makes me think of soup and chili. In honor of school starting up (my kids start Tuesday) and needing to get  back into a routine of meal planning (I took the entire summer off!), here is an easy recipe for legume free chili that is ridiculously easy and yummy to get your week started.  CrockPot Meat Lovers Chili

Meat Lovers Chili

Meat Lovers Chili

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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