September 22, 2015

On Mondays I Cook


Moving to a new country last year brought all sorts of changes into my life. Many of the things I expected like going from full time teacher to full time student, having my own home to renting an apartment with 4 other girls, driving an all wheel drive SUV to a car I am just happy even has wheels. 

One thing I wasn't quite anticipating was the change in food and not just the change in food but the effect the food would have on my body. For the past year the struggle has. been. real. 

On a daily basis I feel bloated, have stomach cramps, or just feel down right sick. I went to the doctor, had test run, and all I came out with was him saying "the preservatives in our foods are different from yours. It is probably a reaction to that." Well, thats great buddy, but I still feel like crap. 

So, I started doing research on what I could do to make myself feel better. I knew that it would be a change in my diet, but I was so miserable that even giving up ice cream didn't make me blink or second guess {y'all know that's huge for this mounded ice cream lovin' fool}. After doing research I decided to dive right in and go big or go home. I was Whole30-ing it up. I read the book "It Starts with Food" and was sold. The book was wonderful and the Whole 30 {a strict version of the Paleo diet} has made me healthier, more aware of what I put into my body, and grown my ability to say no to foods. Unfortunately though, the uncomfortable belly pain and bloating is still subsisting. So the journey continues. 

This post isn't a poor me post because some pretty awesome things have come out of this journey. One, I am making a conscious decision to educate myself on being a healthier and investing into my health. And two, I have gotten pretty good at creating and cooking some healthy yet delicious recipes. Living healthy is not all that hard or even that expensive {hello, college student} if you get creative...and use Pinterest.

I have Mondays off from classes and found out that one of the things that really refreshes me after a jam packed week is shopping for healthy foods and cooking yummy and delicious meals that give my body what it needs and my taste buds what they want.

This week I made chicken nuggets. As my food journey continues I have introduced a low FODMAPS diet to see if that will help alleviate some of the tummy issues. But when you taste these bad boys no one will claim you are eating bland, gross food. They were great! My housemates kept walking by as I was making them and stealing them off my plate. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. 

This recipe would also make some amazing coconut shrimp. I would just eliminate the pepper and season salt. 



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