eating clean- reflections and progress
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Welp, it's been almost 3 weeks since I started trying to eat clean.
I haven't lost any weight...but to that end, I also haven't gained any weight...and I am so much more enjoying the food that I eat! I'm hoping the lack of weight loss is due mostly to the fact that it's been miserable weather and i'm sick, so I haven't been working out much the past two weeks.
I've been really good about avoiding soda (in january I was downing 2-3 servings of diet coke a day), and I've moved from eating premade snack bars to eating my own granola bars. I've also been cooking in bulk, and then portioning a day or two worth of leftovers and freezing the rest. I've successfully roasted a whole chicken, made split pea soup from scratch, made refried beans in a slow-cooker, and made stuffed peppers from scratch.
In part to my newfound love of leftovers, I'm also making progress on my goal to eat less bread. I have moved from lite breads to 100% whole grain wheat tortillas, and I only have those on occassion. My lunches, once consistently sandwiches, now are typically homemade soup or salads. Finally, my taste for snacks is changing too. Fries are still tempting, and I still love sweets, but I find myself very excited to dig into a grapfruit that is sprinkled with a teaspoon or two of raw sugar (and trust me, i NEVER thought that would happen).
I'm not being a complete saint, though. This whole 'eat real foods' has led me to go a bit crazy in the cheese department. After years of only eating 'cheese flavored' products or low fat [and high sodium] cheese, the prospect of eating real, fresh cheese overwhelmed me. I'm pretty sure I went through 8oz of goat cheese in one day, for example. I've been a bit more successful in the past week, when i've only been sprinkling freshly crumbled blue cheese on my salads, but it's definitely a weak point for me. My other weak area is my sweet tooth. While i'm at home, I snack healthy, but I live too close to several bakeries, so the past month I've had weekly (at least) splurges of scratch-made cupcakes, brownies, or cookies. I realize that just because it only has 4 ingredients in it does not make a cookie healthy. But you know, this is all a slow process and I'm on a learning curve :)
A final point for now- I'm amazed at the difference this lifestyle has made in my budget. We cook at home several nights a week now, with real recipes, and I started buying partially organic, so my grocery bill jumped up $100 last month (for two people)...however, because my boyfriend and I now eat at home more and definitely avoid eating at fast food joints and most restaurants, I ended up spending $200 less last month in going out to eat....so I think so long I keep couponing and make sure to consume produce before it spoils, this will actually save me money...or so I hope!
Wish me luck, my goals for this month are to increase my workouts, and try better to cut out foods with no nutritional value (so long, cupcake!).... xo