What I cooked this week

Image via Donna Hay  (mine did not look as pretty, but it sure was tasty!)

Image via Donna Hay  (mine did not look as pretty, but it sure was tasty!)

I have been struggling with low energy levels for years now. I've had a couple of bad bouts of depression so I figured it was that, but it can't be the only reason. About five years ago I could barely get out of bed and since I have depression I just thought I was depressed. I went to the doctor for my annual checkup and my vitamin D was so low they couldn't even measure it. Guess what people?! Low vitamin D means you have no energy. 

I'm currently in therapy and it is going well, but my energy was still super low. The irony is that I am still relatively high functioning, but I still wasn't feeling like myself. I've always had a lot of irons in the fire and I refuse to just stop learning, challenging myself, meeting new people and running my business because I'm tired. Nope, not an option. 

A few months ago I got to meet Phoebe Lapin who wrote The Wellness Project. I will admit I almost didn't go to the event because I was feeling self conscious about my weight. It is hard to get healthy when you feel like you are going to be judged. Phoebe was awesome and I love that her book talks about living life on your own healthy terms. So, I highly recommend the book. 

I followed the recommendation in her book to do a month gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, caffeine free and nightshade free (no potatoes, tomatoes, or eggplant because they cause inflammation) eating. It surprisingly wasn't that difficult, but I think it is because I was mentally ready. If I would have forced myself to do this I would have hated it, but I really wanted to try to find some way to feed my body good stuff to get it going. I needed to jump start my engine. 

There were a few tweaks I made: 1) I allowed myself a splash of cream in my morning kishr tea (which is delicious). 2) If I was out to dinner I could have one drink (which was a gin and tonic). The reason I did that was because I know myself and when I am feeling deprived I go overboard the other way and eat everything in sight. 

I'm over a month out and I've still been eating gluten free, sugar free and nightshade free. I've let a little bit of dairy creep back in, but instead of it being at every meal, I only have a little bit occasionally. I've been able to continue eating healthy and it has been awesome. 

It is also easier to eat healthy because it is fall and I am in full on nesting mode.  I feel like I've been pinning every thing I see because I want to cook it! You may want to check out my Mmmm Food board for some inspiration. 

Last weekend I made myself some brunch and these Sweet Potato Hash Browns with Avocado and Poached Egg were delicious. This week I made Roasted Cauliflower, Caper and Tuna Spaghetti with rice spaghetti noodles. I also swapped out organic sour cream for creme fraiche. I also made a Cauliflower and Rainbow Chard Frittata. I love frittata for dinner. I couldn't find rainbow chard and so I used a mix of spinach, chard and kale. I also had feta cheese on hand and used that instead of the goats curd. 

What was great about making these recipes in the same week was I was able to roast one head of cauliflower for two recipes and I used the juice of a lemon in one recipe and the rind in the other. I highly recommend you check out Donna Hay. Her recipes are so simple, but taste complex. Good stuff. 

Have you been cooking anything tasty?? 

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