If you hadn’t noticed already, I’m a fan of life experiments and challenges. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to eat completely healthy. Would it really make a difference? Would I feel better? Would a 6-pack (more like 4-pack) finally show through?
With the help of 2 friends, I have embarked on this journey. 21 days. 7 rules. 2 freebies a week. $25 gift card penalty every time someone breaks the regulations.
- No sugar
- No white flour or white rice
- No processed food
- No alcohol
- No dairy
- No red meat
- No caffeine
Notices & Challenges:
I’m officially a week into this heath food experiment. It’s not easy. It’s been surprising how difficult it is to find food (even in San Francisco) outside the grocery store. Lunch hour is tough. Those food trucks I love so much: a faded memory. I’m saving money by not buying a latte every day and by not purchasing alcohol, but I’m limited to $15 organic fish tacos, a $12 salad, or $10 coconut chicken for options near the office. I may need to buckle down and find food I can take to work that will fit in my messenger bag.
It has, however, helped me realize that I eat excess food. I love eggs benedict, but I’m pretty neutral on English muffins, so why do I eat them? I also realized I can be social without drinking. I’ve been to bars and nightclubs and drank water. I had just as much fun and left more hydrated. It was painful to watch my roommate drink Brother Thelonius right in front of me while I munched on wild rice, but I’m making it.
I’ve noticed slight weight loss and in general I feel leaner, but hungry. Meal time has turned into a challenge in and of itself. As a total foodie, turning mealtime into sustenance, rather than an enjoyable ritual has been difficult. I’m trying to make it all taste good and not get repetitive, but I’m just not that good of a cook.
The stakes are high. I really can’t afford to fund my friend’s wardrobe with Anthropologie gift cards, so I’m going to stick to it. I would be very appreciative of anyone’s suggestions, tips, or recipes if you have them!