This is the second of a few posts - some days ago I did a post about wanting to eat less carbs - less bread, pasta, rice throughout the day.  Well, the first day was a disaster.  I got called into work at the last moment, and quickly threw together a sandwich for lunch, plus we had rice with our dinner in the evening.  Then the next day, I don't know where my head was at, but I completely forgot!  So on this day, I was bound and determined.  For breakfast we had homemade yogurt with fresh bananas and defrosted blueberries from the summer.  This salad was for lunch.  Yeahhh - two meals already, and maybe tonight we will have a vegetable beef soup, recipe pending, with just one slice of bread.  That is not too bad, is it?
This salad was refreshing, and surprisingly filling.  It would also be lovely with salmon, chicken, prawns or crab.  This salad was put together using fresh romaine lettuce, sliced celery, cucumber, red onions, bean sprouts, one small drained can of flaked white tuna, and a couple of handfuls of pomegranate seeds.  Lightly dressed with a lemon olive oil dressing.   Even if we eat like this a couple of times a week, I will be happy.  I am realizing it really depends on our schedules and listening to what our bodies need.  So for now, this is a good start, and we will see how the coming weeks unfolds.
UPDATE: It has been just over one week where I have made a conscious effort to lower the amount of grains, carbs in our daily meals.  It has been enlightening I must say.  For the first few days, what I did notice was an increase in energy.  This surprised me.  The other thing I noticed was my digestion felt better.  And by that I mean it did not feel quite so sluggish.  In fact, nothing felt sluggish.  On that note, I was really missing the bread, pasta, potatoes, rice.  I suspect, if I kept it up with due diligence, this craving may well go away.  Having said that, I do not want to give them up completely, but this has been a real eye opener for me - on what I have always believed....everything in moderation.  It has made me more aware, that on many occasions, I did not give thought to having a muffin for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner, or gravy laden potatoes.  Looking at this I realize - it is too much!  No wonder my system felt sluggish - it had to work too hard!  Ultimately what I want to continue to do, is have 1-2 grain free meals a day.  At this point, that is the direction I am heading towards.  Again, I will access how I feel, make modifications as is necessary. It has been an interesting and educational process.  One I hope I will not loose sight of in our day to day business of living life.

Ina Gawne
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  1. Hi Ina, your salad looks yummy. I love bringing salads and soups to work for lunch. I've tried for a couple of years now to limit my carbs to one meal a day and a snack - and I feel so much better. Too many carbs, and my body tells me! It does not take long to get used to. But don't deny yourself, either. Good luck with the transition!

  2. Ina, your salad looks wonderful. I love the food and recipes you feature here. One of my grandsons needs to be gluten free so I can use all the help I can get. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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