This month's recipe is a morning favorite for me. An ode to my sister-in-law's brilliant name for an over-easy egg, the bloop bloop sandwich is protein-rich and delicious. While it's not a recipe for those of you working on a weight-loss goal, some are seeking a diet to balance hormones, stabilize blood sugar, or help aid in muscle building. This is the kind of breakfast you want to be eating! Some weeks, I eat it as often as 3 or 4 mornings out of the 7.
A successful bloop-bloop comes down to the quality of ingredients. The sandwich (which I prefer to eat open-faced, as pictured) is made of just three ingredients: bread, cheese, and egg. It's not a complicated "recipe"...in fact, if you know how to fry an egg, you can figure this one out from the photo alone. So instead of typing up a step-by-step, I'll elaborate on choosing good quality bread, cheese, and eggs.
Please, please don't cheat yourself on empty carbs. Choose a sugar-free whole wheat bread (in case you're unfamiliar with looking for this ingredient, white flour is labeled "wheat flour" while whole wheat flour will always be labeled as such). Or, if you're gluten free, choose a whole-grain gluten free bread.
I strive to buy all organic animal products, but cheese that is made from the milk of grass-fed cows is perfect. Grass-fed cows are healthier animals who product milk with fats that our bodies know how to digest. I love a grass-fed sharp white cheddar for this. Yellow cheese is hard to trust because it typically contains food dye.
If organic eggs are out of reach (being too expensive or unavailable), purchase antibiotic and hormone free, free-range eggs. Again, they come from healthier chickens.
Whatever it is, enjoy protein-rich breakfasts this week!
Some of you may remember that I began an 8 week elimination diet a couple months ago. I've successfully made it through the diet, targeting a couple of sensitivities I had suspicions about and feeling good about the rest of the 6 most common allergens. If you're new to this elimination diet idea, read more here.
My experience was overall positive. I will admit it became harder to stay dedicated in journaling toward the end, especially since my diet felt perfectly "normal" once I reincorporated dairy, eggs, and gluten. I mean...I could go without soy and seafood for a year if I had to. I did journal diligently at the beginning though, which is when I made most of my discoveries anyway. My only major sensitivity is toward nuts. I already knew I was allergic to walnuts and pecans, but I discovered that all nuts, excluding peanuts, irritate my mouth. I also realized that I cannot eat dairy right before bed like I used to be able to do. It creates too much phlegm in my sleep. Other than these sensitivities, I walked away feeling great about gluten, eggs, soy, and seafood!
While I didn't discover any majorly shocking sensitivities, the experience was still rather insightful for me. Particularly in the first two weeks when I was off all 6 common allergens, my diet was significantly limited and I noticed my body has certain "preferences". For instance, since I was off of dairy, nuts, and eggs, I was eating a lot of meat and bananas to bulk up by diet. My digestive system did not respond well to this! So the following week, I incorporated more plant-based proteins, like avocado, and less meat, which helped alleviate the issue.
I also discovered that I have a very sensitive mouth in general. In the past, whenever I would get a canker sore, I would convince myself I had probably consumed a trace of a walnut. However, I got a couple of canker sores during the first few weeks of my elimination diet, when nuts were strictly avoided. I realized that stress, biting my mouth (in my sleep possibly) and trace amounts of any nut (other than peanut) will cause a break out in my mouth, which, when followed by anything acidic (anything--chocolate, citrus, tomatoes, tangy salad dressings), gets very aggravated. Although I knew I had a canker sore issue before, the elimination diet taught me to be more vigilant about caring for my mouth by keeping stress in check and really evaluating if that almond granola is worth a week of pain...
Have any of you out there started experimenting with an elimination diet? If so, give a shout out in the comments below and let us know how you're doing! And if this idea of naturally targeting sensitivities hits close to home for you, please contact me. I would love to talk about what we could do to tackle any mystery symptoms in your life.
I truly, truly have a love-hate relationship with exercise. I do not like it. But I do love it’s benefits.
...Can anyone go there with me?
I know I need to move my body because when I don’t, I feel sluggish, my back begins to hurt, and let’s be honest-I slowly start to gain weight. There are some people who are “beat your body into submission” types, or some who are internally inspired to achieve something as great as finishing a marathon. I’ve personally never felt compelled to achieve anything that extreme. I would just rather have a cup of tea and sit down with my novel of choice. It hurts! It’s hard!
I've adjusted my attitude and I'm ready to a actually talk to you about it. Since forgoing exercise is not a healthy option, I have found ways to enjoy what I like to call “movement”. I schedule five times per week to move and this could look like a long walk or quick jog around the block or core, abs, and arm work in front of the TV. Beyond that, I’m one to be on the lookout for sneaking in exercise. What I mean by this is looking for fun activities (maybe weekend adventures) that require movement. I’m certainly not afraid of sweat and adventure. I’m up for opportunities to go ice skating, hiking, or indoor rock climbing with friends. I’ve also tried kayaking and surfing with John...while water sports are not my favorites, they are efficient forms of exercise that get us spending time together doing something he loves. We even went to trapeze school this weekend just to try something new!
So I guess I don't HATE exercise...I just take a while to talk myself into it. And I absolutely, 100% promote it. I'm simply speaking to people (I'm sensing this post is mostly for my fellow sisters) who need to feel a little better about not being the only one out there who can't seem to build up that desire to build up a sweat.
Is there anyone else out there who feels this way? What are your ideas for sufficiently implementing movement?
(Oh yeah, once I cycled 100 miles in 2 days. It was reeeally hard and mostly not fun, but it did feel great to finish.)