So, for 9 days I’ve been concentrating on eating non processed food. It’s been relatively easy and pain free. I haven’t been hungry at all – except for the one day that I skipped lunch because I wasn’t hungry. And then a few hours later I was ravenous. Lesson learned, eat a little something every 4 hours regardless of whether or not you feel super hungry.
I’ve completely switched from white bread to 100% whole wheat bread, buns and English muffins. Before I thought I didn’t like whole wheat. But you know what, I really don’t mind it at all. We’re working on switching over to whole wheat pasta. We’ve decided to ease into it, by starting with 1/2 regular, 1/2 ww, gradually adding more and more ww. Skinny Chick recommends Barilla, so we tried that. It wasn’t bad at all. It does have a bit of a chewier texture, but once you put other stuff with it, it’s not noticeable at all. And the other day I had some leftover spaghetti pasta with olive oil and fresh parmesan cheese and it was really, really good! So, there’s hope for the whole wheat pasta!
No longer buying anything low fat or fat free. Read the labels! They may reduce the fat and calories but they up the sugar and salt significantly!
Butter. mmmmm, butter. For as long as I can remember my family has eaten margarine. Then squeeze margarine came out and we loved it. Squeezed it on pasta and potatoes like crazy. Now I learn how bad margarine really is and that butter actually has qualities that are good for us. Um, hello? Really? This was the easiest switch yet! I LOVE BUTTER!! It’s absolutely delicious! I just had a little bit on a slice of whole wheat toast. :>
Cookies. I haven’t eaten a packaged cookie since March 5th. And I haven’t missed them! I have made two batches of the chocolate chip cookie recipe on this blog. The recipe only makes about 20 cookies and they don’t last long around here. But when I need a cookie, they more than do the trick for me. And the home made granola is delicious! The girls and I love it! Just a couple of spoonfuls is quite satisfying with or without milk. And if there’s no cookies to be had and I’m needing a sweet treat I just add a couple of mini chocolate chips. 🙂
My next goal is to incorporate more fresh fruit into my day. I’ve never been much of a fruit eater. I tend to like it better in the summer months – things like watermelon and canteloupe. But I am going to try and start eating an apple or orange each day.
Overall I feel really good about the changes I’ve made. I do not feel at all deprived or hungry. This is not a diet. It’s just changing what I eat. I actually eat more often now, actual little meals or prepared snacks, whereas before I just grazed all day – cookies, then chips, then cookies again, etc., etc. One thing I’ve noticed is that when I eat “real” food, I actually eat less, because I feel fuller faster. And that full feeling lasts a whole lot longer without cravings in between.
I’ve lost 3 pounds in the 9 days since I’ve made the food change. And I haven’t counted a calorie or worried about fat or restricted a thing. Makes me realize just how many empty calories are in all that packaged, nutritionless food that I’ve been shoveling in my mouth!
I’m so glad that I committed to eating better.