My “DIET”

*Updated August 2015

The question I get asked the most is: what do I myself eat, and what do I feed my family?

Technically now we are all Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Yeast Free, Dairy Free; plant based diet with some red meat, poultry and eggs, and lots of fish. Most importantly we try to eat organic as much as we can; for meat/fish/eggs – grass fed, cage free, wild. Practically no grains.

I love trying and experimenting with food and nutrition, that is my job after all, so I did try many diets, including vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, the Zone, glycemic index, juicing, the Adkins, raw foods, the Paleo, alkaline, South Beach, just to name a few that come to mind.

When my whole family tried to be vegan (no eggs, no milk products, no animal products at all) for about two months, we all felt great. In fact we felt better, but as the second month happened to be November we started craving heavier foods and animal proteins such as eggs and fish. Since I am very strong believer in listening to my body, we begun to occasionally incorporate these foods back into our menu. We felt better and stronger with more lasting energy.

At this time as a family, we are finally at a place where we enjoy eating and making our meals, feel great, have energy to last all day, less cravings, no one complains of feeling heavy, bloated or getting hungry an hour after a meal.

I also believe location, climate, season and even your heritage play a critical role.  We are in New England, and so when it gets colder we eat warmer cooked meals, more soups, hot cereal (not for my, I try to stay away from grains), seasonal fruit, vegetables, fish, poultry, eggs, lots of tea, etc. Konstantin (my husband) and I were both raised in Russia and that is the food we grew up with. We also eat potatoes. When it gets warmer we juice all the time, make smoothies, eat more salads, tons of berries and some sweet fruit, and incorporate as many raw recipes as possible.

So here it is, the break down of my nutrition goals for myself and my family:

  1. My number one and the most important goal is to be happy and at peace with all and any decisions I make. If I feel like ice cream I buy this amazing Coconut Bliss Ice Cream and enjoy some, if I feel like coffee I make myself a latte with almond/soy/coconut milk, or get a Starbucks soy latte and it makes my day. When we are out, we eat whatever we feel like taking into account food sensitivities, allergies, etc. By the way I find that the better you feel and the healthier you get, the better and the healthier your food choices become.
  2. Second most important goal is to incorporate as many vegetable into our diet as possible. Eating primarily plant-based diet with mostly vegetables, berries and fruit. The reason we do not have grains any more is that non of us really felt great eating grains regularly (even soaked and/or fermented).
  3. Incorporate as much raw produce as possible. We eat elaborate beautiful salads (example of one) daily, have smoothies for breakfast with frozen kale, water, almond/rice/coconut milk and a variety of fruits and super-foods.
  4. Eat seasonally.
  5. Buy mostly organic, locally grown, grass fed, cage free, wild, etc.vinyard_blend
  6. Rotate! do not eat the same thing, even if it is very healthy, every day. Especially with grains and starchy vegetables, if you eat grains, rotate between quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat, potatoes and yams/sweet potatoes.
  7. We do use supplements on and off, depending on various factors – B12, D3, K2, Omega 3. Magnesium. We no longer use multivitamin, after reading this article my husband started taking Juice Plus and after much research I did switch whole family on it, but we only take it during the winter months when amount of fresh local produce is limited.

Please do not diet, but develop a healthy wholesome way of eating that makes you feel good and keeps you healthy, balanced, well and happy. Diets do not make people happy!

To your Health!

Elena

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  • joi2joi
    Reply

    I wish I can be as disciplined as you! Keep it up. 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hi joi2joi! Thank you so much for stopping by my website!
      You know, since I became diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, it became very easy to be disciplined for most part 🙂 Funny how it happens ;). I can see the effects of what I eat on my body, when I cheat especially. So I still do cheat occasionally, I am not striving for perfection just for balance….and I did implement all these changes slowly over a period of time.
      Thank you again,
      Elena

  • joyfulstander
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    Hope you’ll stop by! 🙂

  • joyfulstander
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    Hope you’ll stop by! 🙂

  • onemunchingmomma
    Reply

    Some really great thoughts here! We, too, try to incorporate lots of fruits and veggies, and most of that is raw.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the like on my post “Of Orchids and Fuzzy Creatures”!

    • Elena
      Reply

      I know, you can not go wrong with adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet 🙂
      Thank you for visiting! Elena

  • onemunchingmomma
    Reply

    Some really great thoughts here! We, too, try to incorporate lots of fruits and veggies, and most of that is raw.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the like on my post “Of Orchids and Fuzzy Creatures”!

    • Elena
      Reply

      I know, you can not go wrong with adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet 🙂
      Thank you for visiting! Elena

  • Reply

    Great blog. Thanks for the follow.

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you Cynthia, I just figured if I write about what I care, and be true to myself it will make blogging fun for me and it does 🙂

  • Reply

    Great blog. Thanks for the follow.

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you Cynthia, I just figured if I write about what I care, and be true to myself it will make blogging fun for me and it does 🙂

  • lifeatthecircle
    Reply

    Cool blog!
    Looking forward to exploring it further 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you! I appreciate your visit!

  • lifeatthecircle
    Reply

    Cool blog!
    Looking forward to exploring it further 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you! I appreciate your visit!

  • Karen's Nature Art
    Reply

    I can’t imagine no dairy in my diet…love cheese too much! I’m glad you’re feeling better, though. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hi Karen, I grew up with cheese, milk, cottage cheese, kefir, etc….when I was told by my naturopath to quit dairy I thought I was gonna go crazy! But when I saw the results, and felt better – it became an easy thing to do. Now on occasion I do have some cheese and enjoy it tremendously, but there are no longer cravings 🙂

  • Karen's Nature Art
    Reply

    I can’t imagine no dairy in my diet…love cheese too much! I’m glad you’re feeling better, though. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hi Karen, I grew up with cheese, milk, cottage cheese, kefir, etc….when I was told by my naturopath to quit dairy I thought I was gonna go crazy! But when I saw the results, and felt better – it became an easy thing to do. Now on occasion I do have some cheese and enjoy it tremendously, but there are no longer cravings 🙂

  • heapsosheeps
    Reply

    Thanks for stopping by our blog – we just moved to a different hemisphere and are more or less starting over as far as local food choices are concerned. Will be keeping an eye on your page!

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hi joi2joi! Thank you so much for stopping by my website!
      You know, since I became diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, it became very easy to be disciplined for most part 🙂 Funny how it happens ;). I can see the effects of what I eat on my body, when I cheat especially. So I still do cheat occasionally, I am not striving for perfection just for balance….and I did implement all these changes slowly over a period of time.
      Thank you again,
      Elena

  • heapsosheeps
    Reply

    Thanks for stopping by our blog – we just moved to a different hemisphere and are more or less starting over as far as local food choices are concerned. Will be keeping an eye on your page!

  • thriftytrendsandtastytreats
    Reply

    Great blog Elena! Even though I have no auto immune disorders, I suffer from a highly acidic body and through a lot of money, pain, and disappointment with doctors who could’ve helped with simple testing but instead they gave me no choice but to find natural alternatives. I researched quite a bit on what was going to help me without the use of prescribed drugs. Within 2 weeks of alkalizing my body was pain free. You have inspired me to write on my blog about my experience. Thank you for visiting my blog thrifty trends and tasty treats…..Marita 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Oh Marita, you are so right! pH balance is so critical! I actually should mention it here, that I have started off on my healing path with alkalizing diet among other things! Still have chlorophyl, or baking soda/water regularly. Thank you very much for stopping by!!!

  • thriftytrendsandtastytreats
    Reply

    Great blog Elena! Even though I have no auto immune disorders, I suffer from a highly acidic body and through a lot of money, pain, and disappointment with doctors who could’ve helped with simple testing but instead they gave me no choice but to find natural alternatives. I researched quite a bit on what was going to help me without the use of prescribed drugs. Within 2 weeks of alkalizing my body was pain free. You have inspired me to write on my blog about my experience. Thank you for visiting my blog thrifty trends and tasty treats…..Marita 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Oh Marita, you are so right! pH balance is so critical! I actually should mention it here, that I have started off on my healing path with alkalizing diet among other things! Still have chlorophyl, or baking soda/water regularly. Thank you very much for stopping by!!!

  • Jordana Living
    Reply

    Thanks for checking out my blog – and my broccoli cheddar twice- baked potatoes! I love the mentality you have here; I, too, have a lot of strange (but not fully diagnosed) limitations with food, which can be difficult when you love it so much. I have found that certain types of dairy, like goat’s and sheep’s cheese, are easier for me to handle, and I eat some fish, although I’m mostly vegetarian, as long as it’s wild or organic. I’ll definitely be checking out your blog 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Jordana thank you so much for stopping by! I am glad you like the blog and find it useful. I actually love goat cheese, but at this time have to stay away form it too. You are correct thought, it is a much better option and a lot easier for us to digest.

  • Jordana Living
    Reply

    Thanks for checking out my blog – and my broccoli cheddar twice- baked potatoes! I love the mentality you have here; I, too, have a lot of strange (but not fully diagnosed) limitations with food, which can be difficult when you love it so much. I have found that certain types of dairy, like goat’s and sheep’s cheese, are easier for me to handle, and I eat some fish, although I’m mostly vegetarian, as long as it’s wild or organic. I’ll definitely be checking out your blog 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Jordana thank you so much for stopping by! I am glad you like the blog and find it useful. I actually love goat cheese, but at this time have to stay away form it too. You are correct thought, it is a much better option and a lot easier for us to digest.

  • Mike Walsh
    Reply

    Thanks for the like Elena. I must admit I try these days to eat a better diet. It must be my age! I’ll be looking in for tips..

    • Elena
      Reply

      Mike thank you for stopping by! Yes, I do think that as we start feeling the “age” we are more inclined to take better care of our bodies 🙂 Cheers, Elena

  • Mike Walsh
    Reply

    Thanks for the like Elena. I must admit I try these days to eat a better diet. It must be my age! I’ll be looking in for tips..

    • Elena
      Reply

      Mike thank you for stopping by! Yes, I do think that as we start feeling the “age” we are more inclined to take better care of our bodies 🙂 Cheers, Elena

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