bright line eating
When in quarantine, yoga pants are a way of life. It's only when you are forced to put your old jeans on for an event that you realize just how misleading yoga pants really are. When faced with reality, you need to make some choices. Unfortunately, this wasn't the first sign. When you start a blog, you want to make all the food. The yummier, the better. If you should question yourself, you just blame it on your loyal followers -- they want to see all the yumminess! Well, I'm not that bad - I do try and eat pretty healthy. My kryptonite really is 1) wine 2) bourbon 3) sweets. Really it's that simple.
My sister told me that she has a friend who has had great success with Bright Line Eating. She urged me to purchase the book and the cookbook. I read about it online and I rather like it. It is restrictive in that you can have absolutely NO flour, NO sugar and NO alcohol and you ONLY eat 3 meals a day so NO snacking. I added the alcohol one because it was very pertinent to my life lol. Yes, all of those things are super restrictive but when you get down to the guts of it, you can have lots of healthy things - fruit, some grains, some dairy, tons of vegetables and meat. To me, this sounds like something that I can get on board with and can be sustainable. We all hear about how sugar is the devil and as addicting to your brain as cocaine. We all agree that it's bad...but we all still crave it and eat it every day. Why? Uh..because we are addicted! Haha. I know that giving up sugar completely will be a very hard uphill battle for me, but I went vegan for over 6 months and my love for cheese is STRONG. If I managed that, then I figure it's worth a try!
The real tell will be how my joint pain does. I've read that this way of eating helps with inflammation to the body and that is exactly what I need. So based on those findings, I am more than willing to try. If you are at all interested in reading more about Bright Line Eating, check out their website: https://brightlineeating.com.
If you decide to check out the books that I purchased, here are the links:
As I am adopting these new ways of eating, I am incorporating my normal go-to recipes with that of new recipes. For instance, here was my meal today for lunch:
The best part of this way of eating? You really just keep it simple. I like that a lot. This bowl consists of chicken thighs that were air fried with some salt and pepper and a spray of avocado oil. Some cut up raw vegetables which consisted of mini cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. The thing that brought all of it together was a homemade yogurt based ranch sauce that I made. It let me have more of it than if I used traditional ranch that you get at the store. First because it's very processed and second because it counts as a fat and you can only use 1 Tbsp of it versus that of 2 Tbsp of a yogurt based one!
The goal of Bright Line Eating is this:
BREAKFAST: 1 protein, 1 breakfast grain, 1 fruit
LUNCH: 1 protein (typically 4 oz of meat), 6 oz vegetables, 1 fruit, 1 fat
DINNER: 1 protein, 6 oz vegetables, 8 oz salad, 1 fruit, 1 fat
In this case, I only had 3 oz of chicken and used the remaining allotment for my yogurt based ranch dip (2 Tbsp) equally a 4 oz of protein. My fat came from the oil I used to cook with. I had a total of 6 oz of veggies in my mini cucumbers and tomatoes.
So yes, it comes with weighing and counting but let's be honest, if I didn't do that, I wouldn't really know what I was consuming anyways. It is a bit tedious in the beginning but I am currently on day 3 and it's getting a lot easier. Now, when I cut up fruit, I go ahead and weight them out in 6 oz containers. Same with cooked roasted veggies. This way, I can just add them in without having to stop and do that.
It's really simple once it all starts coming together and you start eating like this full time. This isn't just a diet, it's a community. Check out their website and you will see just how many people it's helped and how many people really live the Bright Line Eating lifestyle. It's very inspiring.
For my part, I will post recipes as I use them in case it helps anyone else with their BLE daily eating.
Here is the one for my new and yummy yogurt ranch dip! Enjoy!
Yogurt based Ranch Dip
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
approx. 1/4 cup water, as needed to thin out dressing
1/2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped (or 1/2 tbsp dried)
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp dried dill
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp dried thyme
Whisk everything together except for the water. Add that as needed to thin out the dressing.
Store in a the in a glass bottle or in a squeeze bottle like I do. Store int eh fridge for up to a week and shake well before using.
That's it! So simple and let's you use it as a protein versus that of a fat so you can have more of it. Raw veggies really do taste better with ranch on it!!