It triggered something familiar in my memory, I remembered reading about an all-fat, or carbohydrate restrictive, diet as a a method to put the body into a state of "ketosis", sometimes used as a way to control treatment resistant epilepsy.
It seems to me that the old Atkins diet, which is also carbohydrate restrictive, is another name for a ketosis type diet. Do you remember that diet from the 70's?
I have other friends who follow the Paleolithic diet, which basically seems to be a diet in which only foods that could have been hunted or gathered by our Paleolithic ancestors are consumed.
Neither of these diets would work for me because I don't eat meat (Paleo) and if I had to become a cave person suddenly and go out and kill a wild boar or a chicken (did they even have chickens then?) I would not be very successful.
Eating a diet that restricted carbohydrates would probably have me fainting pretty quickly, never mind the fact that when I eat fatty things I feel... fat. I guess it goes without saying that meat would be a large component of a carbohydrate restrictive plan? As far as its effectiveness in treating epilepsy, well I'm just grateful that the type of epilepsy my daughter has is responsive to treatment.
So it's safe to say that I'm on The Vegetable Diet, and I have to say I really love it. I feel good, I spend less money on food and my kitchen is filled with colour and joy.
Yesterday morning our deliveries from our local organic vegetable source began again, they take a two week break every year over Christmas and New Year's and I really missed them.
I have changed up my vegetable delivery a little bit, we're now buying lots of local vegetables as well as a few imported from the south (things like greens, which are not available here this time of year, though our cabbage is still local). We were buying more things like bananas and apples, which weren't being consumed after Middle Rascal left home in September.
Once the vegetables are unpacked from their box I do a quick scan and immediately start menu planning for the week. The goal is to use every vegetable by the following Monday, and while some items will have obvious uses, others require a bit more thought (and some recipe searches).
|So excited to see these beautiful mushrooms!|
Risotto with marsala and mushrooms is on the menu.
I sautéed a large yellow onion in olive oil, adding in a teaspoon of ground turmeric. Then I threw in about 6 roughly chopped and peeled carrots, several new potatoes, half-peeled (only the bad bits) and chopped, and an entire bunch of spinach. I threw in about a cup of red lentils for some protein.
What sort of diet are you on? (If you had to give it a name that is.) Do you have friends whose diets vary quite differently from your own?
Happy Wednesday to you,