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Where’s the {organic} beef?

So–momma has been trying this crazy new food plan to help boost the immune system which requires eating organic. We went to dinner tonight at Macaroni Grill–and the only thing organic on their menu was the bottled water…I kid you not–I asked the owner:). He gave me a list what comes to in their meat–and those preservatives and such are not on the plan:) Just for fun–you should try this some time when you are eating out. You might be surprised what they serve in restaurants. SO–momma is on a mission to find restaurants that serve healthy food. I would LOVE to know YOUR favorite restaurants that serve organic dishes! So please do share!

I started antibiotics 2 weeks ago to see if that would help with my crazy right eye vision problem…connected to who knows what–maybe Lyme, maybe Sjogrens…maybe I’m getting old fast;). The antibiotics haven’t done anything other than made my eye “appear” clearer on the outside but my vision is actually worse. And this momma likes her vision and has a new appreciation for being to see. So I decided to start this diet today (that is a bit crazy–but since I scored a 3 out of max 4 on a recent candida albicans test–and although I don’t have any outward symptoms I have read enough to know this can cause blurred vision–so the diet is worth a try) and give it 4 weeks. I’ve already dropped the lbs…SO I’m going to be downing the avocados and nuts (hence my making almond butter and downing it by the spoonfuls:).

In funnier news–I thought it would be ambitious (since I was told not to exercise and rest) to sign up for the Peachtree Road Race on July 4th that takes place in Hot-lanta. Lots of runners want to run it–so they choose runners by a lottery. I prayed that I would be symptom free by then and in condition to run…so I signed up and assumed I wouldn’t be chosen. BUT I won a spot:) It’s a 6.2 mile race–and I get winded running to the driveway to check the mail…so either Tetyana will want to run it for me OR I’ll be miraculously in a place to run it OR I’ll throw up after mile 2 and make my family laugh trying:). We’re taking a field trip to the allergy doc tomorrow to see if this mom has developed new allergies in all this craziness because holding a conversation with my allergies is quite entertaining to my kids right now. I have all sorts of problems don’t I;). BUT the Lord does give strength. He sustains and He guides. And He always provides just what you need when you need it.

Alrighty–so now I need a list of your favorite organic places to eat! The Chipotle staff is getting to know me well I’m afraid.



Kim J - April 25, 2012 - 10:58 pm

Organic? Young Manor…located on the cul-de-sac. Wish I could be more helpful…I just cannot find much after one month on Paleo. The food court at Whole Paycheck…er…Foods.

Staci - April 25, 2012 - 11:08 pm

Panera has several good options! Greenwoods has some organic options. I think Flying Biscuit may, too. You could try asking chef Dave at PhishPhood if they have anything that would meet requirements. Hang in there!

Carrie Tabb - April 26, 2012 - 7:04 am

it is just better to not eat out since there aren’t many options! we do chipotle when we do eat out. the new plum street cafe on canton street has all homemade food and i think uses “real” and possibly organic ingredients. not open for dinner. we need to hang out soon!

Jenni - April 26, 2012 - 7:34 am

I also love Chipotle, but they have a lot of sodium in their food. A friend who used to manage one informed me how much salt they add to their ingredients:(

Maybe a better way of looking at it if you don’t have organic eateries nearby (we have mostly local places, nothing you would have in Atlanta) is how you can do your prep work once a week and have a simple menu plan to follow to make the week nights easier to manage. Crock pot is my best friend in menu planning:)

Andrea Young - April 26, 2012 - 9:20 am

Oh girl…I’ve got our weekly organic meal planning down to a science:). I create our meal plan and shop for everything on the weekend for the week ahead. I post our menu on the frig and I highlight days there will be enough to either invite a family over or bake in two dishes to freeze one–but we usually have a family over for that day:). My question is for organic eateries as Rico and I would love to make the most of a night like last night when we have a sitter and we would love to have a traditional date night…eating in the dining room with a sitter watching our kids just doesn’t have the same appeal as a date night dinner at a restaurant:) Sooo…ya’ll lemme know your organic friendly eatery favorites! Good to know about the sodium too…crazy enough–that is a good thing for me bc I’m trying to add more as I’m always low and sodium helps kill Lyme bacteria:) Any other foodie suggestions send em my way!!!!!

Lyndie - April 26, 2012 - 9:43 am

Jason’s Deli and Farm Burger in Decatur!

Amanda - April 26, 2012 - 10:37 am

Hi! I’ve been reading and enjoying quietly for a while now. Your heart for the Lord has been encouraging to me. I’m praying for you and your health. I am excited for your race, I run a ministry for runners who love the Lord. We have shirts with encouraging scripture on the back. I’ll be praying for you or whomever is able to run. God bless :-).

Katie - April 26, 2012 - 10:45 am

Moes has grass-fed beef and free range chicken and has become my favorite place to go since discovering this (and kids can eat free on Sunday’s)

A really great book is “The Truth About Beauty” by Kat James. This book started me on my journey to eat naturally and locally, cut out the carbs and sugar (but taught me I could still eat things I like by making them myself) and gave me an overall awareness for what I put in my body and feed my family.

Lots of other things I’ve learned over the last 3 years but I don’t want to leave you a page long comment! Praying for you as you trouble shoot and navigate around all the “healthy” things out there.


Sandi H. - April 26, 2012 - 11:31 am

We try Thai & higher end Japanese Hibachi restaurants which tend to be the closest to a preservative free meat option. For pts with chronic inflammation we recommend honey & fresh fruit without skin when they are getting worse because the body recognizes & metabolizes it well. We say no Agave because it metabolizes like high fructose corn syrup, raises uric acid, triglycerides & can inflame the liver which works to rid your body of toxins. Anything in moderation is ok but if you are having trouble it may help to limit sugar substitutes for a little while-its definitely no fun if you have a sweet tooth but it will help. We will be praying daily for CLEAR vision, MIRACULOUS HEALING, LOTS OF ENERGY for you!

Leesa Triana - April 26, 2012 - 1:32 pm

For a great casual meal I really like ZPizza. They use organic as much as possible…have vegan and gluten free options…and their meat options are low fat, nitrate, MSG and preservative free. The have great salads too. Another great option is Woodfire Grill. They support local, sustainable, organic agriculture as well as responsible animal stewardship and sustainable fishing practices. The menu changes daily based on the best available product and the staff knows their stuff so they can help you make the best choices. Coming from a fellow Lyme challenged individual I know how important it is to pay attention to what does and DOES NOT go into your body.

April McAndrews - April 26, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Good luck on the organic eateries but maybe date night can take on an adventure as well– interesting picnics in different parks? Any parks that offer free concerts…. Just some thoughts but you are much more creative than I am so get crazy!

Jenn - April 26, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Hi Andrea,

So sorry to hear how sick you have been. This comment is completely off topic of your restaurant request. I just wanted to pass along some info that might help you with the Candida, and possibly some of your other ailments. When I was younger(20 years ago), I suffered terribly with ulcerative colitis. I tried tons of things to help, but I kept getting sicker and sicker, after my last hospitalization my mom found Kambucha tea. A true lifesafer for me. I know that my disease is completely unrelated to yours, but this kambucha mushroom has such incredible healing properties that it might be able to help you. It is an incredible probiotic and helps to heal the gut, so this is why I think it might help you with your candida. Do a google search for it and you will be able to see the incredible stuff that this 100% natural, and organic mushroom does. It helped me, and I have even heard of someone who’s eyesight improved after drinking this. It is not an overnight cure, it too me months, and then years to recover, but it works, and it is long lasting healing, better than any medication I ever took. Hope this helps.

Shelly - April 26, 2012 - 8:28 pm

Flying Biscuit!! When I was big into the Maker’s Diet (I still try to do it, but we’re not as strict), Flying Biscuit was the only place we ate out. Just don’t eat the biscuits or the bread. The rest is totally healthy and organic. My fav is the fried egg salad.

Alicia Wood - April 26, 2012 - 9:58 pm

It is hard and I think most of these have been mentioned – Chipotle, Zpizza up 400, Flying Biscuit and our new favorite Farm Burger (we go to the Buckhead location).