Thanks to my friend Ashley 'liking' something on Facebook, I saw this blog and was pretty quickly clicking through all the content. If you know me, you know I find food and health extremely interesting. I recently finished a Peter Singer book on food, and was suckered into buying the lovely illustrated Food Rules by Michael Pollan (thanks Anthropologie). I find the information so fascinating but haven't done much with it other than paying a lot of attention to whether my berries are organic, and continuing to reduce the amount of meat I consume.
But I love challenges – especially ones that build upon each other. I like setting goals and trying to meet them. And since I think of September and Labor Day as a great time to try to reboot habits I hope to have (it's like a new school year starting), I'm going to take a stab at the 14 weeks of mini-challenges
. Austin is in it with me, so hopefully we'll be able to improve our eating habits and overall health. Luckily we're both active and pretty healthy to begin with, so none (well, almost none) of these changes are going to be horrific. I think it's going to be fun.
we start with eating two fruits or vegetables with every meal. That's not a huge challenge, but the point is to actually REPLACE something that's less healthy. So instead of a Pasta Roni side, have a second veggie side. It'll be a nice way to ease into things, especially because we're also taking this week to sort of scrub out some of the packaged and less healthful food without wasting it by throwing it out. This should help us make better choices as the weeks go on.
From my perspective, week 6 will be a challenge, as I was raised on things like non-fat milk and low-fat products. I've read many different places that these items really are not better for you, but getting the prevailing mindset out of my head is going to be a challenge. And of course, anyone who has ever met me knows that weeks 9 and 12 may be my downfall (and the latter coincides with Thanksgiving – perfection).
I plan to update the blog each Sunday going forward, so if you care, great. If not, feel free to set up whatever filters you have – I'll try to put "Real Food" in the title each time.