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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a naval orange

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?

20 Days of REAL Food – Day 2

Hey there friends!  Happy Tuesday to you!  If you missed yesterday’s post, check it out!  I thought I’d start a little challenge group focusing on REAL food since I want to watch what I eat a bit more closely… & I figured that some of you out there would like to get back on track or start the journey to eating REAL food too!  So why not do it together?!  I think 20 days is the perfect “challenge” length since it isn’t unattainably long, but it should be long enough to get you into better habits.

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So far… I have Ashley & Linda participating in the challenge.  I created a Pinterest board to pin REAL food recipes to for the challenge, if you’d like to add some (I sent you invites).  Would you guys like me to create a Google docs sheet or something to mark down how you did each day, or you just want to discuss it here in the comments?  Let me know.

If you want to tweet or Instagram your REAL food meals/snacks – please use #20daysrealfood so I can see them all.

If you’d like to join us it’s not too late!  The more the merrier. 20 Days of REAL Food   Day 2 real food challenge real food food day challenge  Just let me know in the comments below.

So these are some of the tasty things I ate yesterday…

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Roasted kabocha squash & baked chicken thighs for lunch

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Raw baby carrots w/organic PB, raw cashews, & an unpictured apple (snacks)

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We celebrated Food Day on campus last night with a tasty dinner… pulled pork, cabbage slaw w/peanut sauce, salad w/pesto vinaigrette, salsa & organic blue corn chips… tasty local food

I also had a banana with organic PB & an orange later once I got home.  Oh, & if you’re wondering what was for breakfast – it was bulletproof style coffee & a hard-boiled free-range egg.

What did you eat yesterday?  Have you ever participated in Food Day?  How are my challengers doing?

20 Days of REAL Food – I Challenge YOU

Hey there, happy Monday friends!!  So some of you may know (or maybe not) that I attended the Childhood Obesity Conference in Green Bay on Friday.  Childhood obesity is a HUGE problem these days & it’s something that I would love to get more involved in solving.  One of the things that is a HUGE contributor to childhood obesity is sugary drinks & overly processed junk food!!  Shocking, right?  20 Days of REAL Food   I Challenge YOU real food challenge real food challenge 20 days

Well, in my own efforts to make a difference & help promote my love of REAL food (aka not sugary, processed #frankenfood) – how about we do a challenge?!  Anyone up for challenging themselves to 20 days of just eating REAL food?

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So what do I mean by REAL food?  Well, what I mean is food that our ancestors would eat – not sugary, processed junk – aka #frankenfood or lab experiments – that’s not food.  I’m talking about thinking of how your ancestors ate – hunting & gathering.  If it’s in a package with a label & has more than… let’s say 5 ingredients, it’s probably not the best choice.  So yeah, put down those Oreos & that Halloween candy.

Obviously, REAL food is NOT soda or things containing artificial sweeteners or processed sugar.  If you want to eat dairy, that’s up to you – just be sure to choose a CLEAN source, preferably grass-fed or organic if possible.  NO fat-free yogurt or fat-free this or that – it’s overly processed since they’ve removed the fat, which usually means they’ve added other things like sugars and/or artificial sweeteners or other junk for texture & palatability.  Just eat the full fat, it’s better & will taste better too.  Thank me later. 20 Days of REAL Food   I Challenge YOU real food challenge real food challenge 20 days

Try having eggs & bacon for breakfast.  Yes, you CAN have bacon!!  Just make sure that you are choosing a good source of bacon – they are NOT all created equal.  Buy local pastured if possible, otherwise I really like the Applegate brand’s Sunday Bacon.  Think out of the box for breakfast too… you can have veggies, eggs, bacon, and/or chicken/steak.  It doesn’t have to look like a traditional breakfast.  Leftovers from the night before work too.  Oh, & there’s always bulletproof style coffee…  the possibilities are endless.

So what are the major rules of this challenge?  Well, I’m not here to judge you, only help encourage good habits & help you make a change, if that’s your goal.  Let’s all support each other & encourage each other to eat REAL food by:

  • Avoiding sugary drinks & sodas (try to stick to water, coffee, & unsweetened tea)
  • Avoid all artificial sweeteners & sugar alcohols
  • Avoid packaged foods as much as possible
  • Opt for full-fat versions of dairy (be sure to read the label)
  • Avoid added refined sugars as much as possible
  • Focus on nutrient dense foods & load up on the veggies
  • Opt for sustainably raised meats – grass-fed or organic when possible
  • Try for free-range (or cage-free) eggs, if possible  (they’re usually more nutritious)
  • Limit alcohol 
  • If you’re wanting a treat, try a piece of fresh fruit with a natural nut butter

Just think of food that is natural & as unprocessed as possible.  Your body will really thank you for it!  20 Days of REAL Food   I Challenge YOU real food challenge real food challenge 20 days

Now, who’s up for this challenge, starting now?!  

If you want to be held accountable & have some support to improve habits, just leave a comment below & I’ll gather a list of names that I’ll post so we all know who’s in for this 20 Days of REAL Food Challenge!

The Week In Fitness #61

Hey there friends!!  Happy Sunday to you!  I think that it’s important to hold myself accountable for my fitness activities, which is why you’re seeing The Week In Fitness even though I don’t have a ton of fitness to share at the moment.

The Week In Fitness #61 workout week in fitness exercise

Monday 10.13.14

rest day

Tuesday 10.14.14

40 mins elliptical (high resistance)

Wednesday 10.15.14 

rest day

Thursday 10.16.14

20 mins elliptical (high resistance)

Friday 10.17.14

rest day

Saturday 10.18.14

20 mins elliptical (high resistance)

Sunday 10.19.14

30 mins. high resistance on the elliptical

Four days of workouts isn’t too shabby… I’d have liked to have gotten more in, but with being so busy & stressed I think this was pretty good.  Missing Jazzercise though… the hours of classes just don’t really fit into my schedule well at the moment.

How was YOUR week in fitness?  Do you have a minimum number of workouts you try to aim for?