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.
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.