After harvesting lots of beautiful little tomatoes and peppers yesterday, I got to thinking about the food I’ve been eating lately.

When I became a vegetarian about 3 years ago I knew I was doing my body good. I just felt better over-all. (Nothing against meat eaters and I still prepare it everyday for my family).

It seems that as time went on I became slack in my food choices. Just because its vegetarian does not mean it’s healthy! I have been worried about the fatigue and sluggishness I have been feeling lately. I even purchased an at-home diabetes kit to test my blood sugar levels.

I would like to challenge myself to growing, purchasing, and preparing foods with only a single ingredients that are put together by me. Completely homemade so that I know what’s in everything I put in my mouth! This eliminates nearly all pre-packaged foods.

For example:

Protein:

Fish we catch, organic unseasoned fresh salmon, organic eggs from my neighbor, organic nuts and seeds, natural tofu, and dried organic beans and lentils.

Carbohydrates:

I will allow myself bread, but only if I make it myself using plain old organic wheat, rye, or bean flours with olive oil, sea salt, and perhaps juicing pulps. I’m also really interested in learning to make bread using sprouted grains!

Pasta will come from 100% organic semolina or I will make it myself. Brown rice as well. Also considering pure oatmeal with real honey and pure grated cinnamon.

Fruits and vegetables:

All  will all come from the garden or organic produce department.

Dairy:

I will make a large all-natural batch of mozzarella an ricotta cheeses and freeze a bunch to be used as needed.

Beverages:

I will give up powdered iced tea and drink mixes and brew my own sun tea and flavor my water with fruit. I will also start juicing more everyday.

Meal bases:

I will make my own soup stocks and stop buying the easy-way-out pre-made powdered ones! I will thicken stews and soups with bean flour and stay away from white flour in all its ugly forms.

Fats:

Some fat is important for proper vitamin absorption. The only fat I am going to allow myself is extra virgin olive oil and natural fats such as found in nuts, seeds, and avocados.

No more butter, margarine, or vegetable oils!

Sweets for my occasional sweet tooth:

For a treat, I will make all-natural ice cream using organic almond milk. I can make a chocolate candy bar using pure cocoa and agave nectar. I will incorporate more berries with all-natural home made yogurt. I will make and freeze agave sweetened carrot and apple whole wheat muffins.

I would also like to give up eating so many white potatoes. I think for awhile I am going to stick with sweet potatoes instead. And absolutely no more white sugar, corn syrup, processed cheeses, white flour, boxed or canned goods, or anything with more than one ingredient on the label!  I will also have to make fresh salad dressings as even the organic ones have way to many ingredients that I have not heard of.

As for tonight…I am going to make fresh tomato sauce using the pureed tomatoes you see above with zucchini, onions, mushrooms, fresh garlic, and sweet basil leaves  served on a bed of brown rice.

This might be easier than I thought.

Do you have any tips or suggestions for purchasing, growing, preparing, or eating pure foods?

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15 responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    great blog post ,wish you all the luck in the world ! from some one who cares .

  2. streepie says:

    One of my favourites for summer: stuffed zucchini (marrow). This works best with a rather large marrow.

    Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and fluffy stuff inside.

    Chop a some tomatoes and onions (and garlic, if you like). Go through your herbs and pick basil, thyme, oregano and rosemary. Chop and mix with the onion, garlic and tomatoes, add some olive oil and leave to marinate a bit.

    Go find a really good goats cheese and chop this as well. Add to your tomato-onion mix and mix well. Scoop into your hollowed out zucchini, and bake them in the oven for 45 minutes (or until they are soft) or stick them on the barbecue.

  3. floraseasons says:

    I like the fresh tomato sauce suggestion, I will have to try it!

  4. andi says:

    We’re going through a similar food cleanse here at our house, too. It’s so important to fuel your body well! It is, after all, the stuff life is made of. One change we made is to stop buying commercially produced cereals at the store – even the organic stuff. Much better to make our own granolas filled with hearty stuff to get us going in the morning.

    I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blogger Award! Your blog is an inspiration to me, and I’m sure many others… thank you!
    http://washboardstorms.com/2012/07/23/oh-you-shouldnt-have/

    • Thanks for the great suggestions on granola. AND…a huge thank you for the inspiring blogger award! I will be working on it this week! I really enjoy your blog as well! You have my dream job as a foodie writer!

  5. Cathy says:

    Good luck! It sounds good. I’ve been a veggie for about 18 years now, and apart from a brief hiccup with my iron levels I feel so much better on a plant-based diet. If you have a good farmer’s market and health-food store near you, this should be fun… a challenge, but fun!

  6. Thanks for the encouragement, and so far so good!

  7. Yes, I think it is doable. I have been moving more and more towards this kind of diet myself and once you get into the swing of it and have stocks in the freezer for a rainy day, so to speak, you can’t go wrong.
    And it will save you loads of money as well….. I have been to a few fairs recently, it being that time of year, and seen some delicious looking salad dressings, for example. They were even free of any ingredients that you would never have heard of before and were organic, local etc. However, the price was exorbitant for what they were. So, having looked at the list of ingredients on the bottle, I decided to try out a few ‘recipes’ for myself. I am tinkering with the amounts to get the taste right but not only is making your own cheaper generally, you can make what you need for immediate use if you wish so there are no bottles going off in the fridge 🙂

    • I do hope you will post your “perfected” salad dressings! I have found a bunch of recipes and have made some, but not (just right) yet! Thanks for the encouragement!

  8. slowborg says:

    OH YES! I love this! I hope you will post some recipes (I definitely want to know how you make mozarella).
    I am a good deal of the way to eating this way, and for many years I have had a rule for myself that if I can make it myself I won’t allow the bought variety into my house. So no canned soups, packet bikkies, pizza bases etc.
    I’m getting hardcore now and have bought a dehydrator and am working towards 51% raw food each day to obtain optimum health, I start each day with a green smoothie and you know what? It actually fills me up until lunch time, and has changed my cravings to healthy ones and really curbed my sweet tooth which is a freaking miracle I have to tell ya.
    I’ve started making almond milk (will post on that eventually unless you beat me to it haha) and cashew milk (blech, almond is the go) will attempt almond milk yoghurt this weekend, and I dehydrate the leftover almond pulp and now it’s coming out my ears! I can make almond flour, almond meal, make granola…make raw bikkies and cakes using fresh pulp. Mmmm.
    I am really excited to see how you go and what you make and how you feel. Have you experimented with protein rich grains like Quinoa? As a vego getting protein is the hardest part – or at least that’s what I found in the three years I was able to keep it up.

  9. So happy that you bought a dehydrator…you are going to do amazing things with it…I just know it! I wish I liked raw food more, but i’m going to have to try and get myself used to it. I don’t have a clue on how to make almond milk and have not even researched it so i’m waiting for your posts! I have not had quinoa in about 5 years, but just bought some and am looking forward to it! This is hard work for me considering my whole family will not try anything with me so I very much appreciate all the support here…thank-you!

  10. WOW- You go… love this~ I would do this in a min, if I had the time to do it all!! Please update us on how it goes!