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Unprocessed Food Log Day 1

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My goal today was to get back on the unprocessed bandwagon. I lost my way a bit this past week while fighting a case of “the funk.” Schedule conflicts have been keeping me from the gym, the husband had to travel, leaving me alone for a few days and I tend to pacify myself with food. Even though I know better.

I’m not letting the cycle continue. It’s time to break it.

I’ve decided to keep an Unprocessed Food Journal for a week. It’s going to be a challenge —both eating unprocessed and keeping the journal— but I’m up for it. I’m actually excited to switch things up a bit.

Ok, here goes…

Today started with a 3 egg spinach and bacon bit omelet I split with Little Bean.

Unprocessed Food Journal Day 1 - eggs

He’s using the fork so well anymore!

Lunch was some leftover Cabbage, Sausage and Apple Beer Stew while posting it on GreenLiteBites. (Click here for the recipe)

Unprocessed Food Journal Day 1 - lunch

I think it was even better the second day.

Dinner was a quick chicken, brown rice and vegetable dish I whipped up.

Unprocessed Food Journal Day 1 - dinner

Both boys enjoyed it too even though they look like the weight of the world is on their shoulders.

Unprocessed Food Journal Day 1 - dinner 2

Little Guy saw me take the photo and asked of he could snap a few too.

Unprocessed Food Journal Day 1 - dinner 3

He desperately wants a camera like mine. I may have a budding photographer on my hands. :)

The boys and I had some errands to run after dinner. When we came back Little Bean and I snacked on some almonds.

Unprocessed Food Journal Day 1 - almonds

He’s a total nut kid. Loves them all!

After I got the boys to bed I hit my stash of frozen grapes.

Unprocessed Food Journal Day 1 - grapes

Seriously, the perfect snack.

Ok, I’m off to bed. Stay tuned for more Unprocessed Food Journals all week!



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There are 12 comments so far.

    davidgrotto

    October 18, 2012

    Those boys sure are lucky to have such a great cook for a mom!!

      RoniNoone

      October 19, 2012

      Thanks Dave! I miss you! :)

    Brenda Delaney

    October 18, 2012

    Can you share your rice, chicken, and veggie dish? It looks quick, easy, and delicious.

      RoniNoone

      October 19, 2012

      Honestly, sometimes I just need to cook and not worry about documenting exactly how I did it. Call it the greenlitebites effect. ;) This was just 2 small chicken breasts cut into cubes, about 2 cups brown rice, a little frozen corn, broccoli, carrots, peas and cauliflower mixed with spices like onion powder, ginger and garlic.

    Karen P

    October 19, 2012

    Cheering you on , Roni. Which came first the processed foods or the funk?? I know the funk goes away and stays away when I eliminated the processed food and for me, grains. So glad you are back in your unprocessed foods trial. Foods taste so much better that way. The flavors and feeling good. Funk proof! Karen P

      RoniNoone

      October 19, 2012

      ohh there is DEFINITELY a correlation.

    Michelle

    October 19, 2012

    Hi Roni I have a question. I may have missed your answer in previous posts but I was curious as to what you consider “unprocessed”. I read a very interesting article on Food Renegade regarding the wide variance among what people consider “processed”. To me your day contains processed food. We don’t use bacon bits (nitrates and preservatives) or sausage or the almonds because they are all “processed” with the addition of food additives. But, that is only my definition. This is NOT a meant to sound critical I am just really curious and would love to hear what others consider “processed”.
    Regards!

      RoniNoone

      October 19, 2012

      I’m using Andrews definition as it’s his challenge… http://www.eatingrules.com/2010/09/defining-unprocessed/

      I have no desire nor is it possible to for me to eat completely TRULY unprocessed right now. My world is full of compromise living with a husband who would literally eat boxed Mac & Cheese for every meal. That, combined with my own history and issues, I know if I go TRULY unprocessed right off the gate it would backfire on me. I’ve been getting more and more unprocessed naturally over the years (no more tv dinners, reduced flavored yogurt drastically, less granola bars, no more 100 cal packs, etc) and this is where I am right now.

      TRULY unprocessed is a long term goal for me but as I ease into it things like bacon, sausage, ketchup, etc are compromises that help me eat better overall. When your days used to be eating cereal for breakfast, a smart one for lunch and fish sticks for dinner (a family favorite I may add. ;) — the food journal above is a HUGE step int he right direction, nitrate filled bacon and all. ;)

      Thanks for the question as there are lots of different postions on the unprocessed gradient. Maybe I should call mine the “less processed” ;)

    Anne Downing

    October 19, 2012

    Good on you!

    Rachel

    October 19, 2012

    To hear to know your limits and abilities and know that you can’t just jump right into being TRULY unproccessed and have such a health way of stating that and accepting it is TRULY inspiring!!

    Cfayla Johnson

    October 19, 2012

    It sure is easy to give off track, so kudos to you for catching yourself and doing something about it.

    I tend to eat only organic and raw food, it’s part of a lifestyle I pride myself on, however, I just could not leave without commenting to tell you that I think it’s wonderful you have your young ones eating almonds. As you know, nuts are so high in raw fat, they are brain food!

    Happy to see they enjoy such healthy food choices. And keep up the good work. I am looking forward to your next log.

    TamiNutmegNotebook

    October 19, 2012

    It feels so much better to eat a balanced amount of good eats! Once I get back on track after straying I wonder why I do that to myself. God job getting back on track. Your boys are such good eaters. What a wonderful example you are for them.