It has been one month (tomorrow) since I started the 100 Days of Real Food Challenge. It has gone by fairly quickly, and now I am here to update you on how it has gone so far.
I discussed some of my early struggles in my post about saving money on a real food budget.
Meat: I am having a hard time finding good meat and affording it when I can find it.
Dairy: I found a local source of raw milk and I am loving it! But other dairy goods are very expensive in the organic variety.
Bread: My kids go through a lot of bread each day (toast, sandwiches, etc) and 100% whole wheat bread costs more.
Not buying unhealthy extras for the kids: My kids aren’t super thrilled with my new real food lifestyle. They are constantly asking me for junk food and fast food.
You can see the solutions I have to these problems in the above mentioned post as well.
Here are a couple of new things I have been struggling with on a real food diet:
- I get sick if I eat very much sugar. This is a good problem to have. Just this past weekend, we were at a friends’ house and I wanted to be polite, so I ate dessert. It was yummy and I enjoyed it. I hadn’t eaten sugar all month and I thought I wanted it. But just a little while after I finished, I started not feeling well. I felt sick to my stomach and had to go to the bathroom. I’m pretty sure it was the sugar, and now sugar just isn’t appealing to me anymore.
- Finding things I can eat when I am at a restaurant- fast food is out, but when I want to celebrate an occasion, we usually go out to dinner. But it so hard to find something that I can be happy with eating, that most of the time I would just rather stay home than figure it out. I am working on this one because I can’t stay at home forever!
Weight: I have lost 6 pounds. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but since I have an untreated thyroid problem (I don’t remember to take pills), this is actually really good for one month. This is a slow but healthy type of weight loss to have that I feel like I can stick to.
Cravings: I don’t have as much cravings for unhealthy foods. The things I used to consume like soda and sugary sweets just don’t seem as appealing, especially if they are going to make me feel sick.
Appetite: My stomach has shrunk (as they say) and I can’t eat as much at a sitting as I used to. I think the reason for this is because real food is more filling than fake food. It stays with you longer in the day and helps you not to be hungry for snacks all day long.
What to do better next month:
Fruits and Veggies: I need to get better at eating more fruits and veggies. It feels like most of my meals are meat, dairy and whole grains. While these are fine, I know I’m not getting all of the vitamins and minerals I could be getting from a more well rounded diet.
Try New Recipes: The first week I was on the challenge, I made several new recipes that my family loved. But now, only 3 weeks later, I already feel like I’m in a rut with the variety in my diet.
Drink More Water: I have been drinking a lot of raw milk, which is really healthy. But I need to try to fit in water wherever I can to keep hydrated, especially through the hot, dry summer.
Why it is worth it:
Do I think it is worth it to eat a real food diet? YES! I feel healthier and better about myself. Also, I have more energy and motivation throughout the day. I definitely think I am in this for the long haul!See the realities and challenges of the first month of the #100daysofrealfood challenge.Click To Tweet
How you can get started:
If you would like to get started with a real food diet, here are a few resources I recommend:
A 100 Days of Real Food Challenge by Lisa Leake of 100daysofrealfood.com
The 100daysofrealfood.com blog
How to Stock a Real Food Pantry from Tiffany of www.dontwastethecrumbs.com
I hope my journey will help motivate you to take this step into a real food diet. It feels amazing to eat whole, real food every day and release yourself from the heavy weight of our processed food world.
How are you doing on your real food journey? Please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!