Friday, April 19, 2013

The Lara Project: Back to the Basics

So I've, as a general rule, been trying to limit any over-processed, chemical heavy foods in my diet. Which is oddly a lot harder than it sounds.

Having to avoid gluten and dairy because my body is ridiculously stupid, if I ever want to substitute... well most of those substitutes have a lot of artificial whats-its that I have no clue what they actually are.

Kiri Tip: If you can't pronounce it and have no clue what it is, chances are your body has no freaking idea either. As such I've been cutting out a lot of my substitutes (soy sour cream, gluten-free bread etc) and trying to stick to just basic ingredients.

If you can have dairy had have a sweet tooth, for instance, Haggen Dazs keeps it pretty simple. Last time I looked at the back of their basic vanilla--it had 5 ingredients (6 tops) and I could identify all of them and where/how they were produced.

It sounds odd but in the long run it does seem to make it easier on your body. I've noticed that by limiting my processed food intake, for instance, my gluten/dairy intolerance isn't quite so severe.

I'm not sure if there is really any real scientific basis to this, because let's be honest, I'm not a left-brained kind of person, but it stands to reason that if you give your body less crap to filter, it'll have an easier time when you do nom on things it normally isn't able to handle that well.

Not that I'm encouraging other glutards/lactards to go forth and nom on things they shouldn't but... you know. Just a thought.


  1. I've been doing this too! The past couple weeks. Seriously limiting my gluten intake, zero dairy- and way more whole/simple foods. I feel much better. Been putting all sorts of vegetables and fruits in the blender, which has been fun and delicious too.

  2. While you are correct of course, it saddens me that I cannot yet healthily eat science.

    /science, it's not an exact science