Menu Plan Monday -January 10, 2011

Chocolate Frogs in Hogsmead (Wizarding World of Harry Potter)

A new year and a new menu with a new way of eating.  For the past week I’ve been doing a gentle detox that my body has fallen in love with.  It’s really gentle on the body compared to some things I’ve read.  I basiclly eat fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds.  No grains, dairy, processed foods or processed sugars, and no alcohol.  Oh and no Chocolate Frogs.  I do eat wild caught fish and organic chicken but condiment size portions.  I’m drinking lots of water, green smoothies, and 1 cup of tea a day.   This is what my nutritionist, Melissa McLean Jory who writes Gluten Free for Good, suggested for me at this time.  If you are looking for a good detox check out her post on Detox.  You’ll be to see all the information and the few modifications I made.

This detox was not harsh for me because I had already moved to more fresh fruits and vegetables making up most of what I ate each day.  If you live on gluten free food from boxes then it will be a little more of a shift for you.  But, this is an important shift to make.

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to start eating healthier then please take the time to make that more specific.  Make statements like I will eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less processed foods, sugars and alcohol.  Both say the same thing, it’s just the later statement is more actionable.

I will warn you however, your body will LOVE it.  If you’ve been living gluten free for some time now think back to when you first gave it up.  Your body started to feel better and rejoice.  Now think about when you accidentally ingest gluten and how your body is totally pissed off and lets you know.   Same thing.

I also went back to  yoga.  I kept waiting for when I felt better and then remembered that going to  yoga helps you feel better.  Gheeze why do I forget these things.  So I went to the noon hour long classes.  One of the great things about yoga is you can really see the incremental improvements you make better than anything else I’ve ever done.  It’s wonderful.  On Monday I took a nice long nap in the afternoon.  As the week went on I didn’t need a nap and my body was really starting to get happy inside.  In just 3 classes.  Now in my book that’s pretty cool.

Melissa always tells me, “it’s all about food and movement…”.  This week I finally totally got what she meant.  My wish for you in 2011 is that you also have the opportunity to really “get” what that means.  It’s life changing.

So, here is my menu for this week.

Monday– Turkish Seasoned Black Bean Patties, hummus with Zaatar, Salad with Avocado and Pumelo

Tuesday– Sloppy Lentil Joes from Stephanie O’Dea’s new cookbook- More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: 200 Brand-New, Budget-Friendly, Slow-Cooker Recipes

Wednesday– Vegetable Frittata, fruit salad

Thursday– Maple & Red Pepper Flake Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Arugula from Power Foods Cookbook, with Grilled Trout

Friday– Kiwi Lime Relish Shrimp with black lentils from Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients

Saturday– Grilled Portobello Stack with grilled onions, roasted red peppers, hummus and rocket

Sunday– Braised leeks with prosciutto and a porcini mushroom topping, papaya kiwi and cashew salad

Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients

This menu was shared on OrgJunkie.

3 Responses to Menu Plan Monday -January 10, 2011

  1. glutenfreeforgood January 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Go, Diane, go! Love to hear you're doing well and thanks for the link love. I'm so hungry right now and your weekly menu sounds divine. I wish I could just sit here and order the veggie frittata or maybe that roasted pumpkin salad. OMG, your family is lucky, indeed. The whole week is a health feast!

    Wait, I'll have the Turkish seasoned black bean patty with hummus and avocado and pumelo salad. I've never had pumelo. Must try that one of these days. Thanks or the tip-off. Love learning about new foods!

    Have a glorious week. And shake your booty! xo

    • TheWHOLEGangLLC January 11, 2011 at 11:53 am #

      Thank you Melissa, I'm shaking it, bending and twisting it too! We ate the pumelo last night. First time for me too. Loved it. I don't like grapefruit but this was just a little sweeter so it worked great. Come over for dinner anytime!

  2. tastyeatsathome January 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I'm going to have to check this out! Sounds great.