Have you ever wondered what would happen if you changed your diet completely for two weeks?
I have. Will I go crazy and drive madly to the nearest McGreasies for a bingefest? Will I break down and huddle in a corner, muttering fish and chips, fish and chips over and over and over again? Or will I don a balaclava and rob the local chocolate shop?
I like to think it will change me for the better. So for two weeks I’ll see how I cope with no added sugar, no caffeine, no junk food, no desserts, no fizzy drinks, no added salt, no dressings, no chocolate, and no processed foods.
I’ll be eating the same simple menu day in, day out. The only thing that will change will be the meat I eat for my night time meal.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, I’ll be the only one doing this in my family. The kids will continue to be fed normally.
What I’ll be eating.
Here’s the menu I’ve settled on:
Breakfast: Two eggs and cooked spinach.
Morning tea: Berries, mushrooms, or raw carrot.
Lunch: Tuna with horseradish, 6 nuts and green veg plus quinoa.
Afternoon snack: An apple
Dinner: Meat (or vegetarian alternative) and vegetables (plain) with cooked quinoa.
Evening: A shot of whisky.
To drink: Water with lemon juice (no sugar added) or plain water, green tea or miso soup (optional).
If I wish, I can choose to season my food with herbs and spices, tahini, or flavoured vinegars.
What’s the point?
I’m curious. I want to see how I like eating the same thing day in, day out. In our world, we’re absolutely spoiled for choice, and it’s assumed that we need to eat something different every day. I’m not sure we need to, or that all this variety is actually even good for us.
I don’t think packaged and processed food is particularly good for us either, and I think it might be addictive. I want to find out just how addictive.
I want to explore what it is like to eat simply and very healthily.
It’s on for two weeks. I figure I can cope with anything for two weeks!
I’ll let you know how I’m going, and take photos of my meals.
Why the quinoa?
Quinoa is a high protein grain that is yummy, healthy and very filling. It’s also very affordable. I like it, the kids like it and it goes well with anything. Plus, unlike rice, it grows well in our cool temperate climate here in New Zealand and can be sourced locally and organically.
Quinoa can also be eaten hot or cold, so it works well for lunches (cold) and dinners (hot). An all-round winner for a simple diet.
Why the whisky?
There’s good scientific evidence that whisky lengthens our telomeres. In other words, it may help us live longer. Caffeine, on the other hand, shortens our telomeres. The science is still new, but I’m going with it, and avoiding caffeine and including whisky in small amounts.
What I’m avoiding – the dairy gap
The obvious gap is dairy products. I won’t be drinking milk or eating cheese. Personally, I think these products are vastly overrated and I don’t think they’re healthy at all. There is no evidence they reduce bone fractures either.
What does seem to help is reducing meat intake and increasing intake of green leafy vegetables, so I’m doing that instead and eating green leafy vegetables at every meal including breakfast, plus including tahini and nuts. I hope I don’t miss my cheese too much!