Phoenix and I officially started our nutritional journey on the 3rd of August and before we started we had a few hedonistic days. And after we started, we’ve had a couple of hedonistic days. The last pizza, croissant, ice-cream. Of course, when you start these things your life always seems to take you back to old time. Lorna and her daughter, one of my besties, is visiting from London so we’ve had a pizza but all in all we are doing pretty good.
I have not been missing the old food at all but Phoenix doesn’t go a day without telling me that he hates me and that I’m a bad mother. In any case, we have manage to substitute Phoenix’s diet of hot dogs, BBQ chicken, ham, pork, glutenous bread and crappy processed foods with gluten, dairy, sugar free food which have no preservatives or additives. Here he is, taking some interest in food. That’s different! Yes, we have fallen off the wagon a couple of times, mainly when we have been visiting but, aside from those couple of days, we have managed. It hasn’t been as hard as I thought! I have to say I am spending a lot of time cooking and sourcing food though. It is also costing a small fortune.
There are many people who have paved the way for us providing an abundance of organic stores, vegan cafes, well-being food trucks, organic gardeners, coconut gurus, and great gardening groups. It is all there if you are willing to open your eyes, take the dive and start chatting to people. I have learnt so much in the past month by sharing our story with others. People who own food trucks have given me their own recipes so that I can feed my son food that he will like that fits our diet. People who run businesses have given me contacts for great gluten free and vegan breads available. They are really passionate about what they do that spending the time giving information outside their own business is not an issue. I’m loving it.
Is Phoenix loving it though? Mmm…not overly…but he does seem to be getting used to it and he doesn’t ask for hot dogs and pizza every night now. Step by step.
Also in the last two weeks there have been no incidences at school and our home life has become a bit easier and less chaotic. I have to be happy with that! At this stage, I’m unsure if I can attribute our nutritional journey to his okay behaviour at school or whether it is because the school has really jumped on board the “Team Phoenix” in the past few weeks. It’s hard to say but I am really enjoying the reprieve. A less chaotic and stressful household is the BEST!!!
Our journey continues and my endless cooking and learning curve continues. I’ve baked a few loaves of gluten free bread since we started. The first one was like a sugarless cake, the 2nd one was a brick! And the third one was not too bad! Phoenix really likes it!
I’ve made my own chocolate from coconut oil, organic cacao, coconut sugar and it is YUMMY! I’ve soaked lots of beans for home-made baked beans and bean salads. I’ve had beautiful gluten free pancakes with organic maple syrup and berries. Now, that was yummy and Phoenix said yuk so I got to eat them all.
I’ve made my own tahini and hummus – getting a fridge full for the next week. I’ve made almond butter and a number of protein balls. Yum! It’s all going ahead. So I will probably let you know in the next couple of weeks how we are going.