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Week 2 – What I’ve Learned So Far

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.

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Day 5 – Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m writing this Wednesday night, but am not going to post it until tomorrow (Thursday) morning.  But I’m so excited I just wanted to share!  So, I am quite the cookie monster.  I positively love cookies.  They go great with my hot black coffee at 6:00 a.m., perfect for a treat after lunch, perhaps one while cooking dinner and sometimes another after dinner.  They are pretty good at any time!  🙂   I have done such a good job of eating real today.  I have not had one fake or processed thing all day, but I have really been wanting a snack.  A cookie to be exact.  And since we are easing into this new way of eating the girls and I decided that we would make some homemade cookies and make them as healthy as possible.

I found this Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from  100 Days of Real Food.com  (Awesome website!!  Highly recommend it!)  We decided to give them a try.  Our first adventure cooking with whole wheat flour.  The cookie dough was very dry.  We were skeptical.  But they came out pretty and were DELICIOUS!!  I ran a couple over to my neighbor, Martha, to have her give them a try and she loved them as well!!!  Yay!!  A real food (more or less) cookie recipe when the urge strikes!!  I’m thinking it would be great to make up the dough, keep it in the fridge and just cook just a few at a time.  That way they are fresh out of the oven.  And I want you all to know that I only ate ONE!!!  I may have one more after dinner.  Normally, I would have scarfed down 4-5 by now!

Here is the recipe.  Give it a try!  I think you’ll like it!  I realize they have sugar them in, but it’s not a lot and you know it’s got to be 150% better for you than the store-bought version!

Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies (with sugar!)

Recipe adapted from Nestle Toll House

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour, pastry or white winter wheat recommended
  • 1/2 cup white flour (or can use all whole-wheat instead)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons), slightly colder than room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the dry ingredients with a hand-held whisk including the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large, separate bowl use an electric mixer to cream the butter. The butter is the KEY ingredient in this recipe and for best results it must be “slightly” colder than room temperature. I usually take my stick of butter out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter for a half hour or so before making the cookies. If your butter gets too soft/warm you can alternatively chill the cookie batter after mixing everything together.
  4. Add the egg, both sugars, and vanilla to butter until well mixed. Scrape sides of bowl as necessary.
  5. With the electric mixer on low, add the flour mixture (in batches) to the butter mixture.
  6. With a large spatula stir in the chocolate chips. If you have time, and for the very best results, it is recommended that you chill the batter for 10 – 15 minutes before putting the cookies in the oven (even if your butter was the perfect temperature!).
  7. Put spoonfuls of batter on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 7 – 9 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

Yield: 16 – 20 cookies (just enough to not “over-indulge!”)

Thank you 100 Days of Real Food .com   🙂

***  Thursday morning.  I had one more last night after dinner.  So two total.  I’m so proud of myself.  =}

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