With the Holi-Daze over and the New Year here the Divas are ready to lunch. HOWEVER, the holidays can be a crazy season of partying and drinking and eating and drinking and MORE eating. So we both have decided to start 2016 off right and detox a bit by eating healthy which gives us a bit of a problem because….
I am doing the Whole30 for the month of January; you can read more about it here. It is essentially 30 days of an elimination diet which cuts out all dairy, grains, sugar, and legumes. And yes, legumes include soy beans – hence no soy sauce which makes me crazy for even ATTEMPTING to eat in Chinatown, so wish me luck! The program is meant to cut your cravings for sugar and other less healthy foods, reset your metabolism, and help you to feel better, focusing on non-scale victories (more energy, better focus, etc.). So far I am really enjoying the program and am happy with it. If interested, I recommend the book It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. It will give you the background information and recipes.
My counterpart is participating in the Eat to Live program, based on the book of the same name by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. This is less of a diet and more of a lifestyle change plan that focuses on nutrient dense food. The program begins with a six week start up plan that focuses on a balanced, plant rich diet.
Consequently, for the next month or so, we will be exploring healthy options in Chinatown lunch spots. You probably won’t be seeing any dumplings in the next several posts; however we will show you the varied and healthy choices that can be had in many restaurants and present options for navigating menus for those of you on a restricted eating plan.