Does having added-sugar-free, alcohol-free, caffeine-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and meat-free food have to taste bad?
No so. At leat in THIS household!
As you well know, I'm jumping on the New Years Resolution bandwagon and doing a cleanse/detox/gateway to eating better/whatever you want to call it, and I "can't have" those things while during my plan. Later in the plan I can have grains that don't contain gluten and fish. But for this first week it's simply fruit, veggies, nuts, and seeds (yikes!)
I'm doing well so far, slipping just once when the boss took me out for lunch at a diner (bad new bears for diets like mine!!) and once on Friday when our friends asked us to go to a new restaurant with them. I wasn't soooo bad though, having a bit of cheese and bread on my french onion soup at lunch and added sugar in the dressing on my salad at dinner. I figured, there's only so far I can go before this whole thing affects my whole life. You can't say no when the boss wants to take you to lunch, and I can't say no to friends wanting to go to dinner when we hadn't seen them in a while.
I've started to get headaches in the morning from not getting my normal minimum 2 cups of coffee a day, but I think that will go away eventually. That's the only real negative so far, but it's really a positive in the long run. I get hungry faster, but I am supposed to snack on things a few times a day, so if I'm feeling groggy I just grab a handful of nuts and I'm back to normal in no time. I've been eating a lot of smoothies, fresh fruits, roasted veggies, and nuts. I ate a whole cantaloupe in less than 24 hours (yikes!) but it's ok because that's part of the plan!
Usually at night I've been roasting broccoli or other green veggies, but tonight we made a real meal out of the things I can eat! I saw this recipe for Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce on Bon Appetit's website and knew I had to try it. It was pretty tasty, but definitely not as satisfying as dinner should be, so in the future we will eat it with some grilled cheese toast (like Mr P did tonight) or another piece of meat, like chicken parm or something like that.
Here goes! Hope you enjoy!