Well, I did it! For the 31 days of October, I ate as unprocessed as I could. I chose food wisely that was less processed than average for me. I stayed grain free. I cut out the amount of cheese I was eating. I limited the fruit that I ate on most occasions. I planned and I cooked and I limited how much I went out for lunch (and some dinners) knowing it was harder for me to make the best choices when I didn't prepare them myself.
I also learned a few things about myself....and hopefully these will help me as I move forward with these healthy eating habits!
- When I skip breakfast or lunch, I will eat whatever is in sight when I come home. Usually this is when I made a not-so-unprocessed choice! It's important that I have a protein heavy breakfast to hold me from about 5:45 when I eat breakfast till I get the chance to eat close to about 12:30.
- It's worth it for me to get up earlier and make a hot, fresh breakfast. Reheated breakfast or a cold start to the day just isn't the same. Eggs or soup are my favorite.
- Shopping on the weekends and stocking my fridge with delicious options gets me what I need to make the best choices. But I don't do well with a prescribed plan of meals for each night of the week. Just like I can't pick out my clothes the night before - it all depends on what I feel like that morning or dinner time!
- Making a large batch of something (crockpot pulled pork, chili, etc) makes for a great week for me and it doesn't bother me to eat the same thing repeatedly!
- I am a snacker - no matter what my day looks like, I need snacks. If I pack them, then I eat wisely. If I don't pack snacks for work I find that I munch on whatever (gluten free) is available.
- I eat a lot of colorful food!
The Health and Wellness Office in my school system is sponsoring a healthy challenge again this year. Their goal is to help you "maintain, not gain" through the holidays. Last year it was an activity challenge - log your minutes and earn points for your team. This year the challenge is about eating 5 or more servings of fruits or veggies each day. I think I will be an asset to my team, what do you think?