Saturday, August 13, 2011

Purged

(...the kitchen, that is!)

You guys are so awesome! Thank you for all the comments on my coffee post. It has me thinking.

Since switching to a more whole foods centered approach, already my taste buds have changed. Over the summer I was practically LIVING for the next time I could have an ice cold Coke Zero; it felt almost like an addiction. I'd wanted to get back off the diet sodas, but the thought of giving up the Coke Zero was stressing me out.

Yesterday, after enjoying lots of berries and plums and other fresh stuff, I decided to have my Coke Zero. YUCK! It tastes horrible! What happened?? Really, were my tastes that warped, or is it just that next to freshly picked fruit, canned soda tastes like crap? I dunno, but the sodas are now out. However, I have about 4 12-packs in the pantry of Diet Rite and various incarnations of diet Cokes and root beers. Not sure what to do with the stuff. Maybe I will give it away on Craigslist. Hmmmm. I have a lot of Crystal Light sitting around too.

Lots of other things left the building this week. I spent a good amount of time cleaning out and scrubbing my fridge. I no longer want to eat artificial stuff, so into the trash went partially used containers of Walden Farms jellies and spreads, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, low carb ketchup, soy "crumbles," various artificial sweeteners, syrups, etc. There are still some things in there like Egg Beaters that I will eat but not buy more of (going for fresh local free range chicken eggs instead). I am not sure *exactly* where I am going with this, but the general idea is to eat nourishing, real foods. I am very lucky to live in an area where I can get all kinds of produce, beans, legumes, and nuts that are grown locally and without sprays, as well as free range eggs, meat, and milk for a very reasonable price. I stock up on the meats when they're on sale and freeze them and spend less on local stuff than I would at the grocery store most of the time. Some things are a little pricier but if you add up what I was spending on junk before (or sodas, artificial sweeteners, and fake foods recently) it equals out. I eat less than I used too, and that helps too.

Tonight's dinner was grass fed beef brisket in the crock pot with locally grown baby carrots, tri-color baby potatoes, onions, and some grocery store celery, along with a half slice of wheat bread with butter. It was very good. Those tri-color potatoes are great! The purplish ones actually turned vibrant, rich, Crayola purple inside when cooked. I'll have to take pictures next time.

Tomorrow? Lots of fresh tomatoes from our garden, basil from the farmer's market, and fresh mozzarella, all tossed together with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Yummy! Fresh peaches for dessert. Can't beat that!

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you still doing weigh ins?

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

no, not right now. I have stayed off the scale since before my trip to the coast. I am focusing on how I feel. I will probably weigh once a month or something, maybe more often eventually. My hope is that eating well and increasing activity will naturally lead to weight loss without a "diet" mentality. We'll see.

Anonymous said...

That's great! I'm so glad you aren't defining yourself by a number, but rather how you feel (healthy, happy etc.). I've always been a natural foods advocate, so I'm very excited for you! I believe that even if the scale doesn't move as quickly, you will feel GREAT eating fresh fruits and vegetables!

(same anonymous as before)

Princess Dieter said...

My philosophy is that even if another pound is never lost, eating REAL food is nourishing and health-enhancing and will benefit us daily and in the long run.

I tasted some Walden Farms stuff back in my low-carb initial experimentation and everything was HORRIBLE.HORRIBLE.How do folks routinely consume that? And soy crumbles, texturized vegetable protein--stuff is pure crap and inflammatory. Bad for one. Very bad.

I applaud you for going for REAL food. Real veggies. Real fruit. real meat. Real eggs. Real, real, real. That's what feeds the body, not a bunch of fake diet foods/fake meat/fake cheeses/fake fake fake processed, oxidized, inflammatory, tasteless food.

Go you!

Ellaveigh said...

It's true, nothing can beat fresh fruit and vegetables. Soda is absolutely revolting, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

I like where your head is at with healthy eating, but having read your blog for a few months, and seeing your ups/downs as they pertain to food...good luck. IMHO you're not quite "there" yet to give up weighing or calorie counting, a combo of good choices in conjunction of discipline might be a more practical approach. And honestly, without exercise - it won't work. But I do wish you luck.

jules said...

I love your new approach Lyn. "real foods' have a totally different impact on one's body and I truly believe that is the 'real deal' - leaves you satisfied and nourished and doesn't mess with our bodies like all the artificial sweeteners, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Benzoate Citric acid, Potassium sorbate, Modified cornstarch, (and the list goes on - these are all ingredients I found on labels from so called 'healthy weight loss foods'...) sure doesn't sound healthy to me...
Also I think listening to your body instead of a number on the scale telling you how you feel makes all the sense in the world!
Love it!

Shelley said...

I cannot "do" diet drinks anymore, nor anything with artificial sweeteners - Sobe waters, etc. They just taste off to me, and I think it's because I eat real food. Interesting that you are experiencing the same thing. The kitchen purge sounds like a good idea.

Colleen said...

Lynn, how is your body reacting to all the fruit? I love fruit, but I love it too much. Figures, as it's full of carbs and sugar, albeit natural ones. I am a bottomless pit with fruit so I actually don't keep much in the house because I will eat it all in one sitting and then continue binging to satisfy my reawakened sweet tooth.

Diana said...

I love your new plan! I think it's much healthier for your body AND your spirit.

I had a Yakima peach for dessert last night. Yummy!

Nothing beats farm fresh eggs. My husband thought I wouldn't notice when he put Costco eggs into my box of free-range organic eggs. As soon as I cracked open the egg I immediately knew he'd done a switch on me. Pale yolk and tiny, even though the outside shell looked large. He wont be doing that again!

Good luck Lyn. I really think you're heading down yhe right path. :)

Lyn said...

Colleen~

so far, so good. I have never had a binge issue with fruit. I sometimes eat more than a serving but usually 2 is my max before I am satisfied. I might have a peach and 2 strawberries and 3 cubes of cantaloupe, that's about what it takes to make me happy :)

I am so enjoying the fresh corn, too. One ear is usually all I want. Two max. Thankfully I seem able to moderate my produce intake with almost no effort... even potatoes as long as I do not put cheese/bacon/sour cream etc on them.

Anonymous said...

veg protein(soy, tvp, etc) is not pure crap, not if you eat in normal amounts just as you really shouldn't be eating loads upon loads of actual meats either. Not everyone can eat meat for either moral or other reasons. Unless you know exactly where your meat is coming from and see how the animals are treated, what they are fed, basically monitoring their entire life, I would say most meat is not exactly pure, 100% natural health food either. Especially if you just get it at the grocery store, princess dieter, which I'm sure you do considering Ive never heard of you being a professional farmer or butcher by profession. Please watch it with the ignorant blanket statements, they are misleading and offensive.

Werner said...

Good thing you got away from the "diet" soft drinks. They're worse for you than the regular ones. Our bodies have an even tougher time digesting the artificial sweeteners in them than they do with soft drinks with regular sugar. Sticking to a whole food approach as much as possible is the way to go.

Anonymous said...

While I do believe eating more natural, whole, unprocessed foods us a great thing, I know it does not necessarily lead to weight loss at all. That is unless you literally only eat copious amounts of vegetables. The problem I'm seeing here is similar to what I've seen you struggle with here a lot-you get a new plan or idea, get extremely excited about it, but seem to forget that significant weight loss is calorie/portion control, exercise, a lot of hard work that you can't just skip out on. Yummy, healthier foods are awesome, believe me I know, but if you are still eating too much of them and not exercising a decent amount...guess what... Your body could care less about how fresh and whole these foods are...you will either gain or stall. I do not mean to sound negative or overly harsh, but I say this because I speak from experience. Whenever I decide dieting is too hard, too many rules, isn't fair...that's when weight creeps up. And it has happened eating very healthy foods, no junk. Just don't forget that weight loss IS hard work, if you were able to just "wing it" you would have lost the weight eons ago, or never have gotten to an obese point to begin with. It is not easy and does require structure and rules and times when you feel fed up...it isn't always fair or fun. I'm not saying count every calorie or weigh all your food or etc, but I am saying that a complete lack of structure or exercise system that is pretty set in stone will not be very helpful for reaching your ultimate goals. I see that rebellion in you, and I see it in myself too, but one has to remember that life is neither fair nor easy. Keep at it, and remember your end goal(s). I've always been rooting for you, and deeply appreciate your honesty. I want for you to succeed and Prove the world wrong.

Werner said...

@Anon - you also need to watch out for soy protein. The soybean absorbs more pesticides than almost any mass farmed vegetable (and even most meats). As for grass fed meats, you can check out places that are certified like The American Grassfed Association which use the following standards for certiofication: http://www.americangrassfed.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/AGA_Grassfed_Standards_1_09.pdf

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

As I've said, the plan does include much more exercise. Right now, my focus is on health rather than weight loss, and if I simply maintain for the next 30 days while I switch over to a whole foods way of eating, I am really fine with that. The weight loss will come.

Lyn said...

Re: soy foods~

I am avoiding soy now because I have developed fibroids and ovarian cysts recently. Studies are conflicting on whether soy/estrogen contributes to this, but since my diet over the last year was very soy-heavy and I never had such issues before, I decided to cut out soy. Might not be related, but it makes me feel better anyway. I can get my protein from other sources, including grass fed meat, nuts, beans, legumes, eggs, local dairy, etc.

beerab said...

Uck I tried that Walden's Farm stuff- when peanut butter looks like jello you have a problem! I still eat real peanut butter- just less of it :)

I agree going with whole foods is the way to go- from my last post the only thing I eat that's fake is my 2 packs of sweetener with my coffee :) Other than that everything is fresh or frozen veggies :) I like making food from scratch :)

Xani said...

Lyn,

I am so happy for you! Isn't eating fresh, real foods such a great way to eat (and live)?! I believe it is truly how we were meant to eat. Wishing you continued good luck-- real foods are amazing, but unfortunately they don't come portion-controlled-- that's up to us!

X

Karen said...

Ooops...my comment ended up on the coffee post and I meant for it to be a reply to this one!!! Getting old is so hard!!! LOL!!!