Simple Eating, Simple Life

I suppose it is time for an entry though I don’t have any yummy recipes or colorful pictures to post but just a lot going on in my mind. I’ll share some of that here, that which is pertinent to gardening and healthy eating. Things have gone simple for me lately which I have really come to enjoy. I am not fussing over what to feed my family or myself. I am not worried about how I look or how much I weigh. I want to be strong and healthy, don’t get me wrong, I just have a different outlook on the importance of some of the details. I don’t need to spend hours preparing meals that have all of the components I thought necessary  a year ago. I don’t need to worry about calories, how much carbs verses protein or anything like it. I eat to live and enjoy life. I keep it simple and my body thrives and does everything I ask it to. I am happy and content and thriving.

So, what does this look like? How did I get to this place? Well, truly I don’t know if I want to go into specifics about how I got here other than to say that it has been a path of spiritual leadings along with personal insight. I guess the two go hand in hand. I can answer the “What does it look like?” question pretty easily though. I eat when I am hungry. When I am  hungry I eat simple. I wasn’t hungry for breakfast today so I did not have any. I ate a cooked potato dipped in Annie’s Naturals BBQ sauce for lunch. I would have had another but I was in a parking lot eating what I had hastily packed a few hours earlier. My boys ate with me and gobbled the many potatoes I had brought so I was fine with one. After our travels for the day we stopped and bought bread. We ate that and will have something else later tonight if we are hungry. The boys are planning on making pizza. I will probably have a bowl of rice and some vegetables or maybe another potato or 3! I am loving simple eating. I am getting tons of nutrition and I am full without cravings. I base my meals on oats, potatoes and rice in that order, just like people have been doing around the world since the world began. I eat fruit for snacks and in my oatmeal and have some vegetables as they are available from the garden or as I am hungry for from the store. Sometimes I crave some fat so I will follow that craving and have some avocado or nuts. Some will ask where I am getting my protein. I will answer that with asking where a cow, an elephant or a gorilla gets their protein. The answer is plants of course.

That is where I am today. I walk long miles, I do running intervals on the farm road by my house, I do daily Sun Salutations for my stretching, and HIIT intervals for my strength training. I have plenty of energy for all of this and much much more. I have a life full of giving guitar lessons, growing a large garden, volunteering at church, making sure my boys get an education, etc.

May I suggest a simple eating life style. May I suggest paring back to the basics of what is most important to you and go for it with all you’ve got.

We are starting another round of Don't Lose Your Marbles

We are gearing up for another round of Don’t Lose Your Marbles, a motivational health game based on adding in nutritional food – not on deprivation or cutting things out! We will be starting on May 1st and going for two months. This round will be focusing on weight loss. What is your goal for your body this summer? Do you want to be healthier? Do you want more energy for more summer fun? Do you want your skin to glow? Join us! This is FREE! Don’t lose your marbles is a fun motivating game that will help you reach your goals in a healthy nutritious way. If you would like to join us, send me an email at inthegardenofeatin21@gmail.com. I will send you a PDF of the rules and daily checklists and I will add you to our facebook support group. Invite your friends for even more support! To learn more about the game go to http://gardeneatin.wordpress.com/sister-sites-and-favorite-links/dont-lose-your-marbles/ Happy Healthy, Elisa

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Sprouted Grain Biscuits (flourless)

I have been learning how to make biscuits from sprouted grain and it’s so simple! I have tried several different kinds of grains now and have had measured success with all of them.

Sometimes I have to add flour to get it to the right consistency but it all works out in the end and we get to have biscuits that more healthy than I could achieve any other way!

I start out with sprouting 2 cups of grain for a couple of days until I see a sprout forming. (cover the grain with water for 12 hours, then rinse a couple times a day and keep moist but not covered with water for a couple of days)

When the grain is sprouted I put it in a food processor and process it for about 5 to 6 minutes until it forms a ball. Then I add 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 teaspoons baking soda, and 1 teaspoon sea salt. I process it for another minute, then roll out the dough, cut it with a biscuit cutter, put them on a greased cookie sheet in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees and voila! Sprouted grain biscuits. Could you get much easier? Well, I do have some tricks that  change the recipe a bit and don’t make round biscuits, so if you don’t mind imperfection then check out these tips:

1. If I add water to the food processor at the beginning of blending it goes way smoother. This means I have to add some flour at the end to make the dough the right consistency, but it is easier in the long run.
2. Instead of cutting out the biscuit shapes I have been just covering a greased cookie sheet with the dough and baking it for 30 minutes. When it’s done and cooled I cut it into squares. So easy.

Happy Healthy,
Elisa