What we are eating

our first bread

It’s funny we have received a few emails now asking what we are eating and how we are doing on our diets while we are traveling.  For those of you that don’t know us or don’t know how we eat, before we left the States we had not purchased meat for about 4 years, I was vegetarian and Jon would eat vegetarian when he was at home.  I hadn’t eaten sugar of any kind, even added sugar, except occasional agave, for two years.  We hardly ate any dairy, except goat’s cheese or sheep’s cheese sparingly.  I was gluten-free. Oh and I also didn’t drink caffeine.

Let me tell you, that has all gone by the wayside!  It is not something I am particularly proud of, which is probably why there is a lack of posting on the topic!  But when we are doing our volunteer work we are fed breakfast, lunch and dinner and what we get, is what we get.  That being said, we have been blessed with some amazing cooking and it is a lesson in giving thanks for what the Universe provides.  Almost everyone understands that I was/prefer to eat vegetarian and have been more than accommodating.  There are times that I have had a taste of the local favorite meat, in most cases it tasted terrible to me and took many gulps of wine to get it down!

As far as the boring everyday details…Europeans don’t seem to understand breakfast.  Most places we are having toast and coffee, which is supposed to last us until 1-2pm.  Which is a struggle for us Americans!  Luckily we have had more control here in the UK when it comes to our breakfast and are eating a variety of goats yogurt with muesli, oats, toast & peanut butter, or toast & eggs.  And I am back to green tea or yogi tea.  Jon is still sipping down some delicious smelling coffee!

Lunch when we are volunteering has been soup & bread, sandwiches, pastas, the basics.  When Jon and I cook, it is usually soup & salad or beans & rice.  Both us tend to feel better when we eat basic foods.

Dinner is usually a cooked or roasted veg and meat.  For me it has been roasted veg.  Recently we have been able to add in lentils for some protein.

Overall, we are eating a TON of bread and hardly any raw veggies.  Salad is hardly ever part of meals here and if it is, it is a cabbage or a single type of lettuce with dressing.  And of course more pasta than we have had in years while in Italy!

The most shocking part to me from a nutritional stand point is that we are not gaining any weight at all.  This is likely because we still rarely eat sugar and are very active.  We walk long distances when we get the chance and here in England we have steep hills to climb too!  We are also very active when volunteering, so we are burning more calories than we ever did sitting behind a desk in the States.  The European food quality is also much different.  The bread is baked and purchased fresh daily, because without preservatives it only lasts a day.  The pasta is so fresh it cooks within a minute or two.  This quality of fresh food, without preservatives, seems to make a huge difference.  Although the food quality here in Britain, leaves a lot to be desired, it is more like being back home in the States.  Which is why we made our first loaf of bread from scratch last week, it is the picture of the novice loaf shown above!

Before we left we knew we were going to be more flexible in what we ate.  The following Bible verses have been a guiding inspiration.  We are just thankful for what we are receiving this year.  There is a shift in consciousness that comes from seeing everything as a gift from God or the Universe.  So next time you eat something that is not on your “diet” or lifestyle choice, just give thanks, say a prayer and enjoy!

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.         Matthew 6:31-34

 

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