20 Days of REAL Food – Day 11

Hey there friends!  Today marks day #11 if you’re participating in my 20 Days of REAL Food Challenge!

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I thought I’d check-in with you all today & tell you that I’m still going strong & haven’t had any artificial sweeteners & am still trying to keep away from that dairy (except some butter) for now.  I’m feeling pretty good & just trying to listen to my body… except that I am SO stressed with school right now that my brain is telling me to EAT ALL THE FOOD & that its tired & wants an energy drink.  Don’t worry, I’m not giving in.  #realfood for the win!

How have you all been doing??  Struggling or staying on track without any issues?  Hopefully you’re all going strong!

So what have you guys been eating on the #20daysrealfood?  Here’s what Gina posted on Instagram the other day…  Looks great!!!  Thanks for sharing Gina & keep up the great work!

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Here’s what I ate the other day…

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Scrambled free-range eggs with pepper, onion, & mushrooms – topped with salsa & a side of coffee with a bit of butter

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20 Days of REAL Food   Day 11 real food challenge 20 days of real food Breakfast food for lunch… free-range eggs over roasted squash, broccoli, sauerkraut, & avocado

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20 Days of REAL Food   Day 11 real food challenge 20 days of real food Grilled pork loin with paleo BBQ sauce & roasted asparagus in avocado oil

 

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Banana with organic PB

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Raw cashews…

 What’s your favorite #realfood snack?  Challengers – how’s it going?

Just because it’s PUMPKIN…

Hey there friends!  Let me start off by finishing the title of my post – Just because it’s PUMPKIN… does NOT mean that it is good for you!! Ok, commence hating…

C’mon have you seen the overabundance of ridiculous pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING in the stores lately?!  It’s borderline ridiculous.  I think they’re putting pumpkin in just about everything these days, as well as making candy corn flavored ALL THE THINGS.  Crazy.  Yeah, I like pumpkin AND candy corn, but they’re ruining it.  Pumpkin can be a great healthy addition to meals, but it’s not so healthy when it’s in… M&M’s, Oreos, gum, etc.  And as for candy corn… well, I love the taste of it, but it’s not exactly a health food.

These are some things I’ve spotted lately that you should probably be avoiding – just look at those ingredients!!  #frankenfood

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Soy, lots of sugar (by different names), artificial flavors, & colors…

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Soy, artificial colors, soybean, dies, vegetable oil…

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Ick. First ingredients are sugar & vegetable oil – there’s something definitely wrong with that. Corn syrup, soybean, hydrogenation… yikes.

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High fructose corn syrup, sugar (by multiple names), soy, corn, soybean oil… I don’t see the appeal with these.

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I don’t even think I need to tell you that there is nothing good for you in here.

I know I’m probably going to be quite unpopular for this post & for calling some of these “fun” pumpkin/Fall themed items out, but popularity is not my goal or concern – nutrition is!

I think a lot of people just get sucked in by these cute Fall products without paying any attention to what’s in the ingredients & the chemicals they’re putting into their body, along with many empty calories.

Hopefully this was a bit enlightening & if it even makes a slight difference in what one of you chooses at the store, or how you look at labels & ingredients – I’m happy. Just because its PUMPKIN...  unhealthy food pumpkin craze pumpkin junk food fall products

What crazy Fall themed “food” product have you seen lately & what its ingredients surprised you?

Health Headlines #5

Hello friends!!  Happy Sunday!!  I thought it’s been awhile since I’ve done an edition of current health headlines.  Sometimes it’s just nice to see what’s going on in the nutrition & health world, so let’s take a look at some links!

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Food/Nutrition

Ok, so first off, let’s start out with a funny one… Have you seen the video clip of Irish people tasting American snacks/junk food?  It’s pretty funny & disturbing how we Americans think this stuff is food.  Watching Irish People Taste American Snacks Will Make You Seriously Reconsider Eating Them

From Chipotle to Starbucks: Is your fave on ’10 foods to avoid’ list?  I still love Chipotle, but you just need to be mindful of what you’re ordering – some of their burritos & such can really pack a calorie punch due to large servings. Health Headlines #5 South Park sleep nutrition news health headlines health gluten free ebola

Olive oil more stable and healthful than seed oils for frying food  I was happy to see this one… I am NOT a fan of seed oils, so good that more people are learning the potential harms of them (rancidity, inflammation, etc).  I like coconut oil, olive oil for low heat/no heat, & avocado oil.

The Hypocritical Diet of the Hipster  I find this one to be a bit over exaggerated… come on – who eats a pack of bacon?!  I think bacon can be fine in a healthy diet, provided it’s not overdone & that it’s from a proper source (important).  Excuse me while I go eat my pack of bacon now.  haha

5 scary good healthy Halloween treats  Halloween is coming up! Health Headlines #5 South Park sleep nutrition news health headlines health gluten free ebola

General Health…

3 Household Items That Reveal More About Your Health Than a Scale  This one is kind of interesting.

Chronic sleep deprivation considered a public health threat  Yep, I couldn’t agree more with this… sleep is uber important – something I REALLY need to work on!

Dinner-Table behavior linked to childhood obesity  I think there is a lot to be said about how children grow up with eating habits… do they eat dinner at a table?  Are they allowed to serve themselves and/or choose their own food?  I think it really all helps shape their later eating patterns & weight management.

I’m going to leave you with a great episode of South Park.  If you haven’t seen it, check it out!  It’s called Gluten-Free Ebola.  If you’re gluten-free, you’ll get it.  Health Headlines #5 South Park sleep nutrition news health headlines health gluten free ebola
(since this IS South Park, some of the content may be a little… explicit, so just keep that in mind)

Thoughts on any of these articles/stories?

20 Days of REAL Food – Day 5

Hey there friends!  Happy Friday!!  Besides being Friday, it’s now day #5 of my 20 Days of REAL Food Challenge!

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So, I’m curious… how is everyone doing??  Personally, I think I have been doing very well – not slacking on any of my goals (staying away from artificial sweeteners & cheese) & just eating real food.  Although I am a bit disappointed that some of my meals have been takeout, but that is life & we can’t always be perfect.  You do the best you can with what you have. 20 Days of REAL Food   Day 5 real food challenge 20 days real food

I would like to welcome Gina to our challenge group!!  She is hoping to focus on real food & is somewhat new to it, but is doing great by reading the ingredients list – definitely a GREAT & smart way to start!!  Knowing what’s in your food is SO powerful.

Also, Gina is following me on Instagram, where I noticed she posted one of her REAL food meals, using the hashtag #20daysrealfood!!  Here it is, it looks really tasty!!

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That is some great looking REAL food!  Speaking of food… here is what I’ve been eating yesterday.  More real food examples for you, if you are in need of some.

Breakfast…
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2 free-range eggs over roasted kabocha squash, bacon, & sauerkraut

Lunch…
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Salad with grilled grass-fed ribeye, avocado, & Tessamae’s Cracked Pepper Dressing

Snacks…
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Habenero Pork Clouds (pork rinds), pickles, raw baby carrots with organic PB, & an apple

Dinner…
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Grilled Gluten Free Beer Brat with green beans & mushrooms roasted in coconut oil

Evening Snacks…
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Fresh pear chunks topped with cinnamon & melted coconut butter

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Well, I hope that helped give you a few ideas of what some #realfood meals & snacks look like.  Just goes to show that with a little food-prep & planning you can eat healthy while at work or school (this was during a work day).

Challengers:  Check in… how are you doing?  Are you meeting your goals?  

WIAW: Healthy Takeout Eats

Hello my foodie friends!!  It’s that time again… time to drool over what everyone is eating!  Time for the What I Ate Wednesday link-up party!  This may be my last one… not sure yet, but I think I’m going to make the good ‘ol blog a bit more professional, rather than mainly my online diary…

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Thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for being such a gracious host!  Click on over & see what WIAW is all about!

In case you missed it, I’m currently hosting a 20 Days of REAL Food Challenge here on the blog!  Anyone is welcome to join – it’s now day 3.  WIAW: Healthy Takeout Eats WIAW real food primal paleo clean eats

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Ok, so just to forewarn you all… I’m kinda in the middle of midterms right now, so a lot of my eats are very quick & simple – BUT, they are still REAL food.  These are my eats from yesterday (Tuesday)

Breakfast…

Started my morning with magnesium water then coffee… Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce, yum.  Then, I took some bulletproof style coffee (grass-fed butter & MCT oil) with me in the car, along with a hard-boiled (baked) free-range egg.

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AM Snack…

A macintosh apple while doing some errands after class… loving these lately!

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and… a Gingeraide Kombucha!

Lunch…

I finally was able to get some lunch around 2pm, but had to hurry home for an online midterm I needed to take… so… it was Chipotle to the rescue!  I know it’s not always optimal to get carry out/takeout food, but sometimes you just are short on time & need to.  In those cases, you can still make real food choices & just be mindful of where you go & what you get.  At Chipotle I can get a carnitas salad (no funky oils in their carnitas – yes!), no dressing, with lots of pico de gallo & some guacamole.  Yummo.  Clean eats on the fly.

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It’s not cheap, but it’s delicious & still pretty nutritious.

Dinner…

After a Jazzercise workout class & then picking my husband up it was time for dinner!  We were both so exhausted, so once again – takeout/carry out came to the rescue.  I swear, I don’t always eat takeout food, although it probably looks like it right now.  We ended up stopping at Subway & picking up food to take home so I could study & he could watch the World Series.  I got the Double Chicken Chopped salad with all the veggies (except jalapeños), & added some Tessamae’s Balsamic Dressing at home.  This salad is a great option if you need to eat out or grab something quick.

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Evening Snacks…

I enjoyed a banana with a T of organic PB as a treat after dinner… so tasty!!

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A glass of magnesium to relax & keep things moving along…

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and… some pears with cinnamon & melted coconut butter.

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Another day of tasty REAL food eats.  Don’t forget to check out my challenge!

What was the best thing you ate today?