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The Cost of Eating Well (Days 49-50)

One of the criticisms often made about eating a healthier diet is that it costs more to do that. And then someone will point to a bucket of KFC chicken and oh, a head of broccoli or something.

They’re not entirely wrong, but they’re not entirely right either.

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Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 6

I believe I alluded to some health issues before. First of all, I’m an insomniac. I have some other things going on too that are all contributing to the lack of sleep. Part of the reason why I wanted to redo this challenge was because I felt that if I could kickstart myself back into some healthier eating habits, I might sleep better.

It seems to be working. The quantity is still not optimal, but at least I’m sleeping through most of the night. And today for the first time in months and months, I felt like I was alert and focused and I had all this energy.

Some of that has to be due to the change in diet.

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Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 4

Today I went a little out of control. Oh, I’m still under calorie wise and it could have been worse. No added sugar went into me. It wasn’t as bad as last year when I ate a whole box of marzipan. But I overate and I feel kind of icky.

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Fed Up Challenge Redux – Day 3

Dishes. I have been doing a lot of dishes. When you cook from scratch, well, that’s part of the deal. Too bad I hate washing dishes. But I know me. If I don’t clean as I go, do the dishes immediately after eating, and put everything away before I start the next meal, I will backslide. I forgot about this part.

Other thing that I had forgotten was that I get extra calories and nutrients when I do exercise. So that was nice. It also prompted me to take a longer walk than I had planned.

In other news, I did go to the farmer’s market this morning. I survived without slipping, but it was like being an alcoholic in a liquor store where they’re giving out free samples everywhere you turn. I nearly faltered by the stall of the people who sell the most amazing crumb cake ever and it took everything I had not to succumb to Duke’s Donuts, but I did not break.

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Fed Up Challenge – Wrap up

So I made it. Only a few missteps here and there and I lived to tell the tale.  I lost two pounds and I feel good. Am I going to go out and eat a pound of candy? No. But I will be putting honey in my tea tonight and tomorrow if I have oatmeal, there will be some kind of sweetener.

Moderation in all things.

Things I want to keep up: the meal planning, avoiding highly processed foods in general, trying to eat a higher portion of vegetables and fruits, trying to think creatively about cooking.

I might attempt this challenge again. It would be interesting to see if I could go the entire 10 days with no lapses.

If you’re considering doing this, I really think you have to plan it out. It’s good if you know what your trigger foods are–for instance I would avoid having nuts in the house, I think because I can scarf those down by the pound. Also, I found not having something for dessert was an issue. I found one recipe for baked apples that requires no added sugar. I’d like to try, but if I did this over, I think I’d figure out some other dessert options. But this is totally doable.

Thanks for following me on my journey!

Fed Up Challenge – Day 9 and 10

With my last bite tonight, I am done!

Day 9

Breakfast:  Instant plain oatmeal, Chinese 5 spice powder, almonds, raisins, black coffee, and my multivitamin

Lunch: Baby carrots, celery, orange peppers, hummus, apple, cashew butter

Snack: 2 Clementines

Dinner: Salad with leftover roast chicken and 1 tbsp of lemon chive dressing, 2 oz of bourbon, and 2 Clementines

Day 10

Breakfast: half a grapefruit

Lunch: leftover pork tenderloin, greens, quinoa, and roasted vegetables (leftovver)

Dinner: Turkey chili with 1 ounce of cheddar and cornbread, 2 oz of bourbon

Snacks: 1 cup grapes, 2 Clementines

turkey chili

Will sum up tomorrow!

Fed Up Challenge – Day 8

Weekends are usually hard for me and I’m over on fat again. I love almonds and cashews and it’s just too tempting not to snack on them.

Brunch: Matzo Brei – halved and I only hate half of what I made, Cara Cara orange–which looks kind of like a blood orange, black coffee, and my multivitamin.

Snack: 2 Clementines, 1/4 cup of almonds

Dinner: Pork tenderloin with quinoa (cooked in homemade chicken broth) and swiss chard sauteed in olive oil and garlic. Recipe is from the Sonoma Diet Cookbook, but I can’t find it online…

Snack: Cup of green seedless grapes and another 1/4 cup of nuts

So I am feeling much better. I think I have kicked the cold to the curb. I definitely feel less bloated and I have much more energy–I spent most of Sunday doing all kinds of chores I’ve been putting off for days.

I miss honey, though. And bread. Part of the problem with this challenge is that because it’s so restrictive, I find myself wanting things just because.