I have also followed some truly strict and unusual regimens of food. The most stringent was an iodine free diet, maintained for 12 weeks, on three different occasions. It doesn’t seem too tricky until you take into account that all commercial salt has iodine added, as does milk form a commercial dairy as the machinery is cleaned with iodine, as do all frozen vegetables because the processing involves floating on iodine water. Still, I thought, ok I can do this; I have prepared my whole life for something such as this. I can cook without wheat, without eggs, without dairy, with an eye to glycemic index, fat content, animal products, or raw nutrients. I have practice eliminating an entire food like corn or chicken from my diet. I have practice eliminating all sugar from my eating, not just refined sugar, but honey, corn syrup, molasses, the list goes on. (Despite the fact that chemically foodl becomes a glucose in the end, you can in fact eliminate ingesting anything already brocken down to that form.) So I can do this, I thought. I did, three times, and I'm glad that for now, it's over.
What I have taken away from all this is actually much simpler than any diet. Buy it fresh, chop it yourself, and cook it in seasoning.
But most of all, make it in less than 30 minutes, because you’ll be doing this again and again, for each and every meal. At various times I have regarded food as a huge time-waster, or as the center of family sharing, or as a science experiment. Now I regard food as a way to enjoy a new flavor.
Looking for new flavors influences my choices in restaurants, my shopping, and my cooking. Most of all food, and cooking it, is no longer a burden. Food is a fun part of life. We enjoy the food the day brings.