Friday, June 01, 2012

May round up. And a crazy idea.

May was awesome but I am TIRED. Recap:

  • Completely done with pull ups
  • This American Life live show
  • The boys turned 6, sniff sniff
  • Grandma Roxane visit
  • The pool opened
  • Road trip to Ohio
  • Crappiest weather ever on Mother's Day
This month, I am embarking on an experiment that may fail wildly. I am planning to stop eating any foods that are not natural, eating only real foods. I'm not following any specific plan. No more creamer in my coffee. No more diet cokes at lunch. No white flour, no white sugar, no preservatives. I'm giving it 30 days to see what I think, with the exception of Father's Day.

But I'm not 100% crazy. Green tea still has caffeine and red wine is made from grapes. I will still eat meat, eggs, and dairy as we have local organic sources for those. If anyone is interested, I can post meal plans after the fact.

17 comments:

Beth said...

Would love to see some of your ideas. For six months I cut out meat, dairy, flour, sugar, gluten, alcohol, and caffeine (except green and white tea) for medical reasons. It was really hard, but I felt the best I've ever felt. I've gradually added back dairy, flour, and sugar, and realize how much of a difference it makes. But it's hard for me to keep researching new recipes and not getting bored! So I'd love some new ideas as I try to get back to my original plan. Good luck!

Miche said...

I can't wait to read about this. We do ok but I want to do better.

Beth said...

Forgot to mention, here are two websites that I've found helpful, as well as Whole Living magazine:

http://afarmerscookingjourney.blogspot.com/

http://www.cannellevanille.com/

http://inthelittleredhouse.blogspot.com/

Joanna said...

This is an idea I really like in theory, but in practice seems so hard. It's just so time consuming to find all of those foods. Good luck.

Amanda said...

meal plans would be awesome. We are about 80% real foods in our house and I'm starting a low sugar/low carb plan under doctor's orders monday. I want to make it jive with our real food lifestyle. Diet coke is going to be my biggest challenge.

Amanda said...

a couple other good websites that you might find helpful

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

http://onceamonthmom.com/

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Congrats on the pull up thing. We stopped the night time thing this past year too. Yay!

We are doing more real foods. I am trying to make it the majority of our foods and not stressing about every little thing which has worked out and I don't feel deprived. The kids haven't even noticed.

My #1 recommendation is the whole food waffles from this site. They are AWESOME. I always try to make enough to freeze only to yank them back out of the freezer by the next day. We snack on them with natural peanut butter and a little honey. We eat them for breakfast with maple syrup or unsweetened apple sauce. I am going to try and add ground flaxseed next time I make them and give it a health boost.

Here is the link http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/07/23/recipe-whole-wheat-waffles/

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

btw I'd love menu plans. Great idea! I love new ideas.

claudia said...

Are you taking the kids and Jon along on this journey, which will be wonderful, or are you going solo?

Brooke* said...

yay! you will feel sooo good...inside and out! it's crazy that even after just a few weeks of clean eating you'll notice instantly when you eat something off the plan...i'm your biggest cheerleader! good for you!!!

Kim said...

A similar idea has been rolling around in my head (hence the juicing that I mentioned the other night), but I am not quite ready to take the plunge. Can't wait to hear how it goes for you!

erinlaughs said...

We try to eat as many whole foods as possible as well. I second what someone else said about making extras and freezing. I keep a stash of frozen pancakes and waffles in the freezer for snack emergencies.

And yes! Post meal plans. We are always looking for new ideas.

Amy L said...

I would love to see meal plans!

Heidi O said...

It has been long but I would love to see the meal plan. I need to start changing my habits.... as I sit here eating katsu curry for breakfast :|

Lisa said...

So we have done this at our house and I can't tell you how much better we feel. I took it a step further by eliminating all grains, but I still drink coffee and wine, so whatever. The biggest thing I've noticed is that when I cheat, I feel like crap, so it is a self-reinforcing cycle. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think about it.

ememby.com said...

This is something I'd consider so I'd love to see your meal plan!

windycityvegan said...

So that's what I get for ignoring my feedburner for a week! Can't wait to see how you feel about three weeks into this experiment.

I would love to see meal plans. And you know you can always hit me up for recipes/ideas; for every recipe I have posted on my sites, I have a dozen more crammed into a folder on my kitchen bookshelf. In fact, I am going to send you the most amazing pancake recipe ever.

I'm sure you're taking advantage of the local vineyards. I'm surprised you cut out coffee altogether, though, if you're still drinking caffeinated tea?

Anyway, have fun!