So, long story short I'm on a new eating plan. In case you were wondering why all of my recipes are suddenly free of delicious doughy, breaded items. Turns out, I was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. It took about a year to figure out what was wrong with me. I would go through these awful episodes of being tired all the time and I'd have bouts of severe joint pain. My fingers swelled and darkened. They thought it was a virus, but I couldn't seem to shake it.
In any case, I was told to go on a Malaria drug that I'd have to take the rest of my life. At 36, I'm hoping "rest of my life" is a long time and the thought of being on strong meds for that long scares me. I'm not knocking the efficacy of meds for people who need them. This is just my personal choice. And should the time come where the disease progresses too quickly, I will reevaluate. I am not in debilitating pain, so when my integrative doctor advised doing a diet overhaul as an alternative to medicine, I jumped at the chance.
So here's my new diet: No wheat, no dairy (goat milk / cheese is fine), no sugar, no coffee, no soy, no corn (which excludes like every packaged product on the market) and when I'm flaring no nightshades: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers).
Needless to say it's been a major adjustment. But I'm learning and I'm getting creative. I have lots of stored recipes that I've been sifting through going, "now how can I rearrange this so I can consume it?" It's actually turned into a fun game. And I like a good challenge. I've been on it for three weeks, but then totally went off it in Mammoth, which I completely regret. I got so bloated and my skin broke out like I was in 9th grade all over again.
In any case, I'm back on the wagon and hope that you will still enjoy these newly visioned recipes aimed at getting my health back on track!
While I can still eat organic, lean meat in moderation, I'm trying to eat less of it, so this is my meat burger alternative.
1/4 yellow onion cut into slices
1 can black beans
1/2 cup brown rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
a large pinch of sunflower seeds
2 shakes chili powder
Saute onions in olive oil until cooked.
Place beans, rice, sunflower seeds, chili powder and paprika in blender (or mash in bowl) Blend well. remove and form two patties. Place in olive oil on heat. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook on each side about 4 minutes per side on medium heat.
Remove and cover with sliced avocado and whatever other condiments you enjoy!