The goal to Yeast-Free With Me is to change the way you think about the foods you are eating so that, in turn, you can change your life. While some of you may choose to only participate for one month, we encourage you to try to think of yeast-free as a lifestyle, not a diet.
Today we want you to remember why you’ve chosen this yeast-free eating program.
Yeast-Free With Me is simply an introduction to this new yeast-free lifestyle we hope you will consider to take on for the rest of your life; not just a mere 30, 60 or 90 days. Sure, the first 30 to 90 days are definitely the most restrictive, but that’s because they’re the most important. The reason these first 1-3 months are so vital is because this the time period in which you are re-training your pallet to crave and enjoy whole foods, real foods, rather than the packaged and processed foods we’re so used to craving.
Sure-there are times you may want something sweet, and we want you to be able to enjoy those treats…but in moderation only. (Moderation meaning 1-2 times per week, not daily, and definitely not every meal.)
We want you to start focusing on yeast-free as a part of your life, not just a 30-day “cleansing” period.
A few tips to making the yeast-free diet a lifestyle:
• Buy and cook in bulk. We all live busy lives so there’s no reason you should feel pressured to come home and cook every night of the week. If you’re making Yeast-Free Chili, make two pots. Enjoy one pot for dinner one night (and maybe even lunch the next day), and freeze the other pot. All of the soup or chili recipes freeze great. Take advantage of that!
• Prepare in advance. When you get back from the grocery store, rather than putting all of your food away immediately, take the time to wash and cut up and fruits or vegetables you anticipate eating within the next couple of days. Portion out foods you know you might be taking on-the-go or to work. Boil a few hard boiled eggs, too. You never know when they’ll come in handy!
• Use your slow-cooker! We cannot stress this enough! Coming home to dinner that is already cooked is quite possibly one of the best yeast-free meals you can find. Prepare everything the night before so that when you’re rushing out the door the next morning, all you have to do is toss it into your slow-cooker and turn it on.
• Simplify. Sure-finding and creating new recipes is fun (we enjoy that, too!) but sometimes the best recipes are the simplest! Forget the recipe that calls for 13 ingredients you’ve never heard of…pan-fried salmon paired with Ratatouille and grilled Brussels sprouts makes for a deliciously simple dinner!
• Make enough for leftovers. This one is huge! If you plan on making grilled chicken and veggies for dinner for your family, make sure you cook enough to last you through lunch the next day. Even if you already have lunch planned out for tomorrow, you’ll be surprised how nice it is to have an extra “already prepared” meal just waiting for you in your refrigerator when you need it most!
These are just our tips for making yeast-free a way of life. What are some of yours?