Recently, the hubs and I finished our 10 Day Real Food Challenge.
I’ve been convicted for awhile about getting my family into healthier eating habits. I’ve been wanting to make a change that will be permanent. I wanted to make new habits. After feeling blah and being tired of feeling blah, the hubs and I started having some serious conversations about what we were eating.
Then I stumbled upon this blog http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/. We did the 10 day challenge ( I knew I was not mentally prepared to do 100 days!) and began this journey of learning more about what we put in our mouths. The rules we followed were pretty simple and I need simple!
No processed foods.
Not to buy food where the label had more than 5 ingredients (or things you couldn’t pronounce.)
No sugar or bleached flour.
Veggies and fruit!
Basically, food in it’s most natural state.
We tried our best to follow this. I wouldn’t say we did it a hundred percent; but it was pretty darn close. We didn’t buy all organic like she does, because hey, I’m not rolling in the Benjamins. I did buy more organic than I ever have, though.
Here are some things I learned:
#1 Things made with whole wheat flour tastes different. Not bad, just different. I’m determined to get used to it.
#2 I didn’t think my kids would like whole wheat tortillas. They love them, though.
#3 I didn’t miss the sugar like I thought I would. I had a pepsi for the first time in 2 weeks today. It made my stomach hurt. I never thought I’d be okay with letting go of my sweet brown elixir. I’m sure I’ll have my favorite fountain drink at some point, but not for awhile.
#4 Reading labels is time consuming and a little overwhelming. So, I’m giving myself some grace on this learning curve. I won’t be perfect at this off the bat. I still have a lot to learn. I’m going to keep trying, though.
#5 This new way of eating kind of blew my grocery budget this month. That’s something I need to work on.
#6 I love sweetening things with honey.
#7 I did miss sourdough bread.
#8 I was not willing to give up my Hazelnut creamer for my morning coffee. Nope, not gonna do it.
#9 Andy and I went shopping together today. Doing it as a team is the way to go. I’m glad he’s totally on board.
#10 My pantry is much less crowded now that I don’t have as many boxed (processed) items in it.
Plans as we forge ahead:
#1 We had a few days break; but we didn’t completely fall back into our old patterns. I’m ready to get back to it.
#2 I still need to work on portion control. That’s what I’m going to work on personally.
#3 I want to offer my kids more veggies as snacks. I also want to have more veggies at dinner. We need more green on our plates.
#4 The whole family needs to drink more WATER!
#5 I’m on the lookout for more recipes. I’m also determined to get all our taste buds used to whole wheat flour instead of bleached white flour. I have white flour and will use it for a few holiday recipes that are coming up; but I’m determined to get used to the whole wheat.
#6 I’m not trying to be crazy health food lady who never lets her kids eat candy or turns down my mother’s homemade tortillas. Homemade tortillas= heavenly bliss. And, I think my body is like %7 sourdough bread. So, if I never eat it again, I will literally start to die. My point is to make healthy eating our lifestyle with room for those indulgences now and then.
On that note, I’m going to have a piece of cheesecake………… just kidding.