Wow, I have made it 15 days and I’m still here. I’m actually quite surprised, I’m not the best at “sticking” with things 🙂 But I’m hoping to reflect on the first half of the challenge, and point out both the good and not-so-good. If you want to know more about the challenge, please check out the “October Unprocessed Challenge” page. Let’s get the bad over with:
1) After tracking what I’ve been eating over the last 15 days, I’ve cheated a few times. But luckily I’ve been able to identify patterns to help me for the next 15. For example, I noticed I usually need something sweet to finish off a meal 🙂 I’m pretty sure that is a habit, as I grew up always having dessert after a meal. I don’t know if that will ever change, but I think I need to start being creative about preparing treats that are healthy, unprocessed AND satisfy my sweet tooth.
2) Social situations are super hard. It is hard to explain to people what the challenge is, what “fits” and what doesn’t and why you are doing it. Most people are supportive, but some don’t understand. And as I’ve said in previous posts, I don’t like being “that girl” who requires special dietary requirements. I’ve only encountered these situations a few times since the challenge started, so I think I’m doing well!
3) Snacks are the hardest things for me to make completely unprocessed. Before the challenge a lot of my go-to snacks were crackers, cereal or protein bars. These were all kiboshed :P. I’m trying to be creative but sometimes it is difficult to find the time to make snacks.
1) I’m eating A LOT more vegetables. In fact, if my plate isn’t overflowing with vegetables I worry that I’m missing out 😛
2) I’m eating less in between meals, or grazing. I used to hit 10am and 2pm with a strong urge of hangry-ness (aka so hungry I was angry) and I find this urge is slowly decreasing. Most likely because I am eating lots of healthy fibre and protein at my meals.
3) I’m getting really creative at meal times and trying new dishes. Buying seasonal produce forces you to get creative, as you never know what ingredients you are going to pick up at the market.
So there it is! Overall I am proud of myself for sticking with the challenge. Hopefully my experience will inspire others to try and include more unprocessed foods into meals and snacks. So far I can see myself continuing this pattern of eating after October is finished. Although I did get a Coffee Crisp today after getting my flu shot, and it is patiently waiting to be eaten on November 1st, muhaha!