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April 30
The Fresh Food Wrap Up

​This weekend concluded my Fresh Food Challenge.  Overall, it was a great learning experience, but it was also (as described) very challenging! It took a lot of time and planning to prepare all of my meals from fresh foods!  Being forced to monitor everything I ate allowed me notice some of my old eating habits. I had to stop myself from popping in a piece of gum or candy, drinking a can of pop, or swinging by the sub shop. On the other hand, I was able to see and feel the benefits of eating fresh foods and will incorporate more of them into my daily diet.

To wrap up, here are a few of the situations I faced this weekend:

  • Lunch at a restaurant: I ended up getting a grilled chicken salad, seasoned only with pepper, with all fresh vegetables, and boiled egg.  Luckily the restaurant we went to made their vinaigrette from scratch, or I would have gone with a simple oil and vinegar. (Mitchell’s Fish Market)
  • Social outing with friends: This meant no alcohol (this had not been a problem until Friday night!)  I may have bent the guidelines just a touch and had a hard cider made from just fresh apple juice and yeast, no sulfides or preservatives added.
  • Family gathering: There was a spread of delicious appetizers, cake and cookies, however I stuck to strictly fruit.  This was hard, especially because I love dessert!
  • Lack of structure: During the week my life is very planned, so I would pack my lunch/dinner and since that was all I had to eat, I never thought twice about alternative options.  The weekend, however, allowed for more idle time to think about what I could be eating instead.  I stood in front of the pantry several times staring at the foods I could not eat.

Today was my first day off of the challenge, and I still brought watermelon, a pear, and tomatoes and cucumbers mixed with vinegar, basil, and oregano to work…but I may have also brought some dessert too. :)



Re: The Fresh Food Wrap Up

Wow... good for you. sounds like a hard but rewarding challenge.
Tania on 5/15/2012 1:27 PM

Re: The Fresh Food Wrap Up

Thank you for taking the time to read, Tania.  It was certainly a learning experience!
Tracy on 5/15/2012 2:12 PM