It all started January 1st, 2014 12:00am HST. We’d been talking about it, preparing for it and dreading it for weeks. I’m not really sure how it started or why, but we’ve jumped the sugar ship and are officially 51 days into eating real food.
Ways we have benefitted from eating real food:
- More energy
- Better sleep
- Trying new foods (I didn’t know how much I LOVE MANGO and I DISLIKE PAPAYA)
- Learning how to cook better
- Spending more time together (camaraderie in the kitchen)
- Buying local and getting to know the vendors
- Weight loss (Disclaimer: this is not a reason why we have changed our eating habits, but it has been a result)
Things we aren’t allowed to have: (Most utilized from http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/ others added or modified by us)
- No refined grains (whole wheat flour and no white potatoes)
- No refined sweeteners (no white or brown sugar, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners)
- Nothing prepackaged that has more than 5 ingredients* listed on the label
- No fried foods
- No “fast foods”
- If you can make it based on the previous requirements, you can have it.
*Unless you know what the ingredients are and all are naturally produced. ie our local, store bought granola has like 10 ingredients but all are natural
Things we allow in order to not go crazy
- Bacon(hard to find not cured with sugar)
- Indian food (although we have learned to make our own amazing Chicken Masala)
- Limited honey and 100% maple syrup are only allowed sweeteners. (I may be guilty of taking liberties with my portions)
- Dairy as long as it is completely natural and full fat
- One “cheat” meal a month. I hate this term. And I hate using the word hate…but call it what you will, we allow ourselves one meal a month that doesn’t necessarily follow the rest of the rules. January’s meal was actually in February and we had Opal Thai. My local friends (and a few lucky visitors) know how important having Opal’s is.
We have made our own salad dressing, mayo, ketchup, and we make our own bread almost daily. That has been the key! We (Mr. Mussack) have altered a naan recipe to make a whole wheat flat bread that is usable in most carb situations: tortillas, chips, wraps, buns, toast and pizza crust. You see, we really aren’t really depriving ourselves well except for…
Things I want now, but hopefully will get over soon:
- Fruity Pebbles
- Pizza from: Sbarro, Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Bostons(local), Spegattinis(local)
- Ice Cream (we plan on making it)
- Cherry Coke, Mt Dew
- Chocolate Milk
Foods that have helped me curb my Oreo cravings include this amazing granola with milk or yogurt and fruit, maple syrup in my oatmeal, and the ever amazing dates. I thought finding something quick and healthy (replacing a snickers) would be difficult but we discovered LARABARS! Seriously, without using sugar, these bars really do taste like their descriptions. Dates are used to replace all of the refined sugars normally used in the pies, cookies, and breads these bars are named after.
I am changing “I WANT that but I CAN’T have it” to “I CAN have that but I DON’T WANT it.” It’s really that simple.