Eating by Ancestry: Results

This is what my lunches frequently looked like last week:

Norwegian meat cakes with fried potatoes & onions

And this would be a typical dinner:

Fried haddock with lemon, sour cream & dill, and steamed broccoli


For breakfast, I ate muesli or grainy bread smeared with goat cheese alongside berries or apples. (I will just say right now that breakfast was, by far, my favorite meal of the day on this plan.)


That’s what life was like on my Eating by Ancestry plan. I ate foods that are common and indigenous to the lands of my heritage. I may have thrown a few little fits that I don’t have any Italian or Mexican blood in me. ;) But I did it.


So, what do I take away from this experience?


The Good:


  • I learned a lot about cooking fish this past week.
  • I was reminded that my kids all REALLY like fish.
  • I did a better job of eating fruit than I normally do.
  • I was forced to use seasonings I would never normally choose– e.g. nutmeg and ginger in my beef. While I may not have swooned over it, it was kind of a fun change.
  • We loved getting all European with our dark chocolate and a small wedge of Jarlsberg for dessert.
  • I felt really good and strong all week… well, except for one night. But that was my fault. More on that later…
  • I learned I like dill in my eggs.


The Bad:


  • I got SO sick of fish.
  • I got even more sick of potatoes. Seriously. I don’t like potatoes that much to start and it felt like I was eating them EVERY single day.
  • I really, really missed certain herbs and spices.
  • I struggled a bit with the “heavy” lunches at times, but I admit that, overall, I felt better when I ate that way.
  • I was super sad, or shall I say uber sad, to miss out on our traditional pizza for supper on Friday night. The kids clambered for the fish sticks I made, but I may have pouted a bit…


Did I cheat?


Yes. Twice. The first time, I cheated on the night we ate that fried fish and broccoli. I ate that at 5 pm and was STARVING by the time 9 pm rolled around. Too lazy to go rustle up some authentic grub, I snacked from the bag of cheese balls my husband had out. (I know, I know…) The second time occurred at a picnic we were invited to at the horse farm where our daughter takes riding lessons. I ate a grass-fed organic beef hamburger, mounds of fresh berries, and fresh local salsa on blue corn chips, all alongside a glass of gloriously tart lemonade. The berries? Fit in my “plan”. The rest? Notsomuch.


How did I feel?


I honestly felt really good and strong this whole week. I attribute some of that to eating abundant fruit. Some credit also goes to eating that big main meal in the middle of the day with lighter fare in the evening hours. Mostly, I think it had to do with eating simple, home-prepared, unfooled-around-with food ALL the time.


I don’t eat an abundance of junk food or processed things, but I certainly enjoy salty snacks and desserts now and then. On my Eating by Ancestry plan, I relied on fruit, cheese, and super dark chocolate for my treats. When I was seriously jones-ing for something chip-like, I smeared a pretzel rod with herbed goat cheese– I have to think that’s probably a better choice.


The quality of the foods is likely the most important thing, and this comes as no surprise. When I cheated with cheese balls (*blush*), I felt cruddy. When I cheated with a grass-fed burger and salsa? I still felt great. So… there’s that.


Will I keep it up?


I don’t know. There are parts of this eating style I’d like to retain. I do want to eat more fish– my kids love it, it’s good for us, and my husband and I could get used to it, I think. I also do believe the heavier mid-day meal is a better way to go… but this is hard to work into everyday life with my husband off at work and the kids gone through the school year. I definitely want to do more “cheese and chocolate” desserts!!


In conclusion…


I will say, without a doubt, that my body seemed to like the Norwegian and German foods I ate. I had no digestion issues whatsoever and felt balanced and healthy all week. My brain and mouth, however, were sorely disappointed with the relatively bland flavors these nations kick out. I have no desire to eat this way for the rest of my life.


BUT. While I may eat far more “real” than almost all my friends and acquaintances in real life, this was probably actually the closest I’ve gotten to totally kicking white flour and sugar (beyond those tiny dark, dark squares) out of my life for a period of time. And (dang it), I did feel pretty good.


But tomorrow’s my birthday. So I’ll be eating some sugar. ;)





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