Compassion, for self, is key.
This toolkit is comprised of various resources that have and is still helping me learn sustainability on this journey of eating Salt Oil Flour Alcohol Sugar Free(SOFAS Free) Whole Food Plant Exclusive or Sober Eating. I decided to name this toolkit Sober Eating as a nod to the Addiction component of my journey. I’ve been realizing that though this society seems to respect the recovery efforts of all sorts of addicts, Refined Food Addict and Overeater recovery efforts don’t seem to get the same kind of acknowledgement and respect. And that Needs to change. This blog and my sharing my journey is my way of effecting a change.
So far, I’ve been learning that having Compassion for myself is key, particularly as a Refined Food Addict and Overeater in Recovery, to seeing this thru, one bite at a time. My self-discipline and will power ran out a long time ago. I don’t wear a cape, I burned it a long time ago. I’m E, an ordinary woman, learning everyday how to sustainably face extraordinary disorders, diseases and mental illnesses, and figure out how to thrive in spite of these challenges. I hope these resources may be of some help to you, as they are to me.
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Reading this book, as a start, has helped me understand that the human brain is hard-wired to desire the most calorie-rich food in our environments, that consumption of added Salt, Oil, Flour, Alcohol and refined Sugar(SOFAS), for me, a Refined Food Addict in Recovery, trigger overeating and all the painful side effects that come with that(foggy brain, low energy, inflammation, allergic reactions, poor sleep, exhaustive constant thinking about “food”/next fix, various health diseases-hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain/bloating, etc.). After reading this book I understand these desires and impulses are not my fault, and as a Refined Food Addict in Recovery, this battle w/ what my brain is hardwired to do, has nothing to do with my will power, discipline or intake moderation of Salt, Oil, Flour, Alcohol & refined Sugar. I don’t do moderation well of any of these substances, hence the Refined Food Addict distinction. Abstaining from these substances is the “lifestyle medicine” I must “take”, to avoid the negative consequences mentioned above.
When I first started researching preparing my food from scratch and eating “unprocessed” and added Salt, Oil, Flour and refined Sugar Free, I came across Chef AJ and the term she uses, SOFAS Free. As a Refined Food Addict and OverEater in Recovery herself, I am able to resonate w/ her story and informative approach to Recovery. I have and often refer to both of the books above.
In the spirit of Full Transparency, I only just started teaching myself to cook meals from scratch at the beginning of 2017. I currently use this set, the first official nonstick cookware set I’ve ever purchased. It does a great job, particularly because I don’t use oil in my cooking.
I use a wood cutting board like these in my home.
A simple manual juicer does the job for my recipe purposes.
This cooling rack proves to be very handy for oil-free baking, as it’s easy for food not to stick as much on the rack vs a casserole dish or flat surface dish/pan.
This is the first blender I’ve purchased and it’s proven to be an excellent investment for my recipe needs.
This is the first processor I’ve purchased and it’s also proven to be an excellent investment for my recipe needs.
This is one salt substitute I use when preparing dishes and I’ve noticed the more my brain and palate neuroadapts to eating SOFAS Free Whole Food Plants Exclusively, the more this substitute really behaves in the same way now, as salt has, as a seasoning, in my dishes in the past.
This is the other salt substitute I use when preparing dishes.
This is my go-to added Salt Oil and refined Sugar Free mustard to use.
For added Salt, Oil and refined Sugar Free Salad Dressings, Ketchup, BBQ sauce and Sriracha sauce, click on the following link: https://wellyourworld.com/collections/all-product I’ve ordered and enjoyed the use of their ketchup, bbq sauce and Sriracha sauce. I do prefer to just make my own SOS Free sauces from scratch.
When I first started transitioning and didn’t know about the SOS Free Well Your World sauces and was still figuring out which SOS Free ketchup and BBQ recipes I liked, w/ careful label reading to determine the salt content, I have used the above in a pinch. Though they are refined Sugar and Oil Free, they do have a small amount of added salt in them. Purchase and use at your own risk, with full knowledge the Primal Kitchen products listed above do contain added sodium.
For a added Salt, Oil and refined Sugar Free Hot Sauce(Pineapple Lime and it’s VERY hot), click on the following link: https://bemaandpas.com/sauces-pineapple-lime-sauce-p-243.html
When I’m creating an SOS Free BBQ sauce, I either use roasted grapes or the above Polaner All Fruit Spreadable sweetened ONLY w/ Fruit Juice.
This is an Oil and Refined Sugar Free plant milk I use when I haven’t made my own. The sodium content is the lowest I’ve seen in any plant milk thus far and according to the ingredients, the sodium contained therein seems to be what’s naturally in the soybeans as the ingredients don’t reflect added sodium.
This is my go-to added Salt, Oil and refined Sugar Free Veggie stock I use when I haven’t made my own.
The Oats I use in various dishes I create.
The Flaxseed Meal I use in various dishes I create.
My fav Smoked Paprika go-to.
The Vegan Women’s Daily Multivitamin that I take.