Jul 15, 2013

No Processed Food-My New Food Challenge

I am one of those sick people who like to challenge myself in new ways. Two years ago I challenged myself to eat meatless at least one day a week. And today I'm not eating meatless one day a week more like two or three since my family liked it so much. Six months ago I challenged myself to take Body Combat an intense exercise class that is far outside my comfort zone and now it's one of my favorite classes. Now to be fair some of my challenges have been big time failures (boot camp anyone?) but most of the were successful.

Now why do I like to challenge myself? That's easy, because it's hard and it gives me something to work towards. Which brings me to my favorite movie quote.

So the newest challenge is to go a whole month without eating anything processed. Essentially everything I eat has to be in it's natural grown state or cooked by me. It also means I cannot drink anything unnatural. Yes, Diet Coke and I are officially on a break, but don't worry I have Rachel's version of what on a break means. We shall come together again on August 13th!

Now the meals shouldn't be too much of a challenge since I love to cook and most of what I make is from scratch anyway. The hardest part for me is no candy or coffee. I only like my coffee full of junk that makes it in no way resemble coffee which makes it off limits. If I can't have it the way I like it, then why bother?

Normally when I blog I have a small (OK usually more medium to large) sized pile of candy sitting next to the computer. The cherries sitting next to me today are just not the same as my beloved Runts. Yes I eat candy like a 5 year old, what do you expect from the woman who doesn't like chocolate? No candy is proving to be harder for me than no wine, who knew?

What I wisely realized before starting this challenge is that if I'm going to be successful I need to meal plan my little bottom off. I always plan my dinners but I fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to breakfast and lunches. Not this month, I mapped out all my meals for the week so I wouldn't cheat when I wasn't prepared. And yes, leftovers for lunch are going to be our new best friend.

I took my before pictures and measurements since I want to see how clean eating would change my body. And let me just say, I have put on a few pounds since we moved. I guess I can no longer blame my new dryer for shrinking my shorts. It was a little depressing but it motivated me even more! I'm on day three and the caffeine withdrawals are getting better and I'm not feeling as tired in the morning. I have to think things are going to get better from here.

I'll keep you updated as I continue on my challenge. Anyone crazy enough to join me on this challenge? I got Brett on board but I think my powers of persuasion work better on my husband than my readers.


  1. Woo hoo! I try very hard to avoid processed food. When I started making a conscious effort to avoid it, I noticed a HUGE difference! My skin is better and I also dropped a few pounds. I have so much more energy now. I think you're going to like it! Good luck!

    Stopping by from SITS.

    1. Thanks for the support! I already noticed more energy in the afternoon when I'm normally dragging.

  2. I have a few friends that are doing cleanses. Going without sugar, carbs & processed food. I just saw a nutritionist last week & I will be doing a 10 day cleanse. Good luck. Visiting from SITS.


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