From Emerald Apron's kitchen
It's now been almost three weeks since I joined the October Unprocessed Challenge and vowed not to eat processed food this month. In my last update, I shared that I felt great and I still do! Despite an incredibly busy few weeks, I feel fantastic. My days are packed full and my nights include lots of wake-ups with my son, but I still feel energetic at the end of the day. Placebo effect? I don't care, what the reason is.
I've been cooking up a storm. Homemade bread is a must, along with lots of fruits and veggies still. As the harvest season winds down, I'm still getting what I can locally like apples, butternut squash, and some beautiful eggplant that I picked last weekend on my family's farm.
I have had a few slip ups. I had pizza and pumpkin pie at my brother's house. To say no would have been rude! And there have been a couple of times when I was too busy to cook so we opted for convenience, but it was always a very conscious decision. I've got a forgiving nature, and I forgive myself and move on with it. I'm thinking that in order for this to be a long-term change, I need to go in with a 90/10 philosophy. If I avoid processed foods 90% of the time or more, I'm doing well.
The most amazing and unexpected part has been the weight loss. In 20 days, I lost 3.8 pounds. To me, that's just amazing. I'm now 5 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight, and it's been probably five years since I weighed this amount. I haven't limited portions or anything typical of dieting, I've just been eating nutritious foods when I'm hungry. I'd love to see the trend continue but I doubt I'll lose too much more. We'll see!
The hardest part of the challenge by far has been figuring out what to eat for snacks. Carrots and hummus or guacamole have become staples, but I miss my favorite processed carbs: pretzels, granola bars and crackers. If you have any homemade, whole wheat, naturally sweetened recipes for those please share!
Are you doing the October Unprocessed Challenge? How's it going?