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30 Days Done!


I can’t believe it, tomorrow marks the 30 days that I started my real food for 30 day challenge.  And, let me tell you something, a challenge it was not. It was actually fun and really eye opening at how easy it could really be.

I mean the hardest parts were definitely having to seriously look at everything I normally eat, so reading every ingredient when I went food shopping certainly made for a longer shopping experience.  But, I didn’t really care, because learning about what you’re putting in your body and actually seeing ALL OF THE CRAP that is in the food we eat is shocking.  Truly shocking. I mean to try to understand why all this extra manufactured crap is in our food is beyond me.  I’ve read a couple of good books on these topics in the last thirty days as well that really changed the way I think about food.  I will certainly be writing those up in the next few weeks.

Also, eating out or eating at friend’s homes was hard.  Trying to figure out what was in food that I didn’t personally cook stressed me a touch.  And, maybe there was a chance that something that didn’t fall into the real food category hit my lips, but only once did it happen that I know about it, and instead of freaking out and being horribly upset, I realized that is the world we live in and I just need to be truly cognizant of everything that I am doing.

So, beside feeling better, eating better and just feeling accomplished by this, what else is there… well, I put my cooking chops to the test and it was AWESOME.  We went from ordering out an embarrassing 4-5 times a week, to only ordering out maybe 3-4 times this whole month.  I realized that my mentality was the only thing holding me back from putting certain things on my plate and extracting others.  For instance; no, I am not a vegetarian, but why can’t I have a full and amazing meal of just delicious veggies.  Veggies as a meal – not a side.  Also, all parts of me started to feel better (mind, body, confidence etc).

So, what happens now?  Not too many changes really.  Truth be told, I’m a little worried to go back to eating  old things -ice cream, or even sushi (sushi rice, FYI, has sugar in it), because I don’t want to fall back into eating manufactured, sugar filled crap.  I mean, I’m not knocking eating some things sometimes, but it’s a slippery slope for me and I want to make sure that I keep cooking and staying on top of what I put in my bod.  So, stay tuned as I try my best and any recipes you all have, please send them my way.  There’s a good chance we will even post them and credit you (of course).

Speaking of recipes, I did have a few absolutely favorite ones that I think NEED to be tried… so, check them out – all real food and enjoy.

100 Days of Real Food Whole Chicken in Crock Pot

Our very own Egg muffins

100 Days of Real Food Flank Steak Fajitas

100 Days of Real Food Jambalaya

Spaghetti Squash and Shrimp

Kale Chips

Cooking will still be happening, though I am away for most of this week, so I will certainly write about that process – eating and working out while away.

Thanks everyone for your amazing support.  I couldn’t do these things without you.






About Julia

Is a successful NYC based makeup artist - you can see her work all over TV, in top magazines all over the world and she has been featured in the New York Times, Prevention Magazine and numerous other publications, she is the former beauty editor for Bloginity and owns a small boutique beauty business called Brush Beauty. She has had a few careers ranging from construction management to radio and everything in between, however, the constant passion in her life was always fitness. Even when she lost her way from it, she was always constantly motivated by athletes and anything movement oriented around her. She is the type of person who only gets star struck by people like Gabby Douglas, Matt Long, Pat Riley or Kerri Walsh and the thought of meeting any of them puts her stomach in little girly teenage knots. Favorite workouts: Bootcamps, Spinning, swimming and lifting alone with my headphone on.
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