Thursday, September 12, 2013

Our Attempt to Eat Real Unprocessed Food for a Month

Since January, Patrick and I have changed our eating habits drastically. We basically started eating more real food and cut out a lot of the crap. Initially we started off by doing another Vegetable Cleanse and then just started incorporating a rule for each week like no chocolate, no eating after dinner, no restaurants, no seconds and low carbs (no bread or pasta). These rules really helped keep us motivated to eat better and really think about what we were eating. We still ate what we wanted on the weekends, but for the most part we ate really well during the week. Two keys to our success are making our weekday breakfast and lunch easy. We eat a banana for breakfast everyday. It's just as easy as a granola bar and much better for you. And for lunch we started bringing a bunch of cut up vegetables, hummus, one variety of fruit and a rotating item of cheese, elk stick or boiled egg. You would think that would get boring, but we have been doing this for nine months now and I look forward to my lunch now more that I ever did in the past. This isn't the greatest photo, but this is a typical weekday lunch for us.

Lunch on the lake.  #notquitevacation #betterthanmycube

After eight months of our new diet and regular exercise (both of us taking up running, Patrick continuing to go to spinning and me continuing to do yoga) Patrick lost 35 pounds and I have lost around 7 pounds, but mostly for me I have lost inches throughout my entire body. We both feel a lot better and have truly adapted this as a lifestyle change rather than just another diet. I wish we would have taken photos in January when we started this, but we never did. This is a comparison of Patrick and I on our anniversary in August of 2012 and then again in August of 2013.

Sara & Patrick on our 4th Anniversary

Sara & Patrick on 5th Wedding Anniversary

And of course we weren't done there. Patrick's weight loss was slowing and we both felt like we could use more motivation to keep going so we decided we were going to try a Paleo month. Paleo basically cuts all processed food out of your diet. Here is a description I found on the Nom Nom Paleo Website: Eat whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense, nourishing foods. Prioritize grass fed and pastured meats and eggs, wild-caught seafood, and vegetables. Enjoy fruit, nuts, and seeds in moderation. Avoid foods that will harm us by causing systemic inflammation, wrecking our guts, or derailing our natural metabolic processes. Abstain from toxic, pro-inflammatory foods like gluten-containing grains, legumes, sugar, and the laboratory-concocted Frankenfoods found in the middle aisles of your neighborhood supermarket. So, although these are the rules, we haven't been strictly following them. We put processed elk sticks in our lunch, we don't buy grass fed beef or free range chickens, but we have been reading more food labels and really paying a lot more attention to what we are putting in our body. We also have a share of vegetables from Driftless Organics again this summer, so anything we get from them we will eat as well.

Here is what we ate the first week.

Day 1 - 9.2.13
Breakfast - Lara Bar (These things are awesome. Each variety only has a few ingredients unlike every other bar I looked at.)
Lunch - Salad with Homemade Salad Dressing
Dinner - Fresh Chive Sweet Potato Hash, Egg Whites with Nectarine, Banana, Coconut Flake, & Cashew Salad

Paleo Day 1 - 9.2.13

Day 2 - 9.3.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Guac, Fruit & Elk Stick
Chicken Cabbage Wrap Fajitas & Side Salad w/Homemade Mexican Flavored Dressing

Paleo Day 2 - 9.3.13

Day 3 - 9.4.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Guac, Fruit & Boiled Egg (not pictured)
Dinner - Grilled Fish and Veggies (Zucchini, Broccoli, Bell Pepper, Onion, Leek, Mushrooms, & Tomatoes) w/Cilantro & Guacamole

Paleo Day 3 - 9.4.13

Day 4 - 9.5.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Guac, Fruit & Elk Stick
Dinner - BLT Cabbage Wraps w/Shredded Chicken & Sliced Boiled Egg in Smashed Avocado Mix + Nectarine, Banana, Coconut Flake, & Cashew Salad

Paleo Day 4 - 9.5.13

Day 5 - 9.6.13
Breakfast - Banana
Lunch - Veggies, Guac, Fruit & Elk Stick
Dinner - Nate & Emily's Wedding Food plus cake, drinks and Pizza Luce

Paleo Day 5 - 9.6.13

Day 6 - 9.7.13
Breakfast - Lara Bar
Lunch (Sara) - Shredded Chicken, Smashed Avocado, Diced Tomatoes, Cilantro, Lime Juice, & Ground Pepper + Boiled Egg White
Lunch (Patrick) - Smoothie - Protein Shake Smoothie w/Banana, Strawberry, Raspberries, Kale, & Almond Butter
Dinner - Fresh Turkey Bacon Burgers in Lettuce Wraps w/Grilled Sweet Corn

Paleo Day 6 - 9.7.13

Day 7 - 9.8.13
Breakfast (Sara) - leftover smoothie
Breakfast (Patrick) - Saut├ęd Shredded Chicken, Red Sweet Pepper, Onion, Kale, Cilantro, Adobo Pepper, Boiled Egg, & Black Pepper w/Chai Tea
Lunch - Salad with Avocado Dressing
Dinner - Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini without cheese

Paleo Day 7 - 9.8.13

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