the original food diet day 1 :: recap


We started our whole foods diet yesterday! Wohoo! One day down, 39 to go! :)

It was interesting! It was hard because I didn't eat any granola bars or bites of bread when I was making the food, but I wasn't hungry because I added more grains and nuts to my diet than I usually eat. :)

Here's how the menu went yesterday:

breakfast: a handful of pumpkin seeds

lunch: small spinach salad w/ veggies, nutritional yeast and strawberry cilantro vinaigrette, 1/2 cup of quinoa, zucchini

snack: 1/2 cup of oatmeal, apple, soy nuts

dinner: 1 cup beans and rice, cabbage salad with asian sesame dressing, sweet potato slice, apple


We went grocery shopping on Saturday and picked up lots of new grains we'd never eaten before.


And I felt like I spent most of Sunday preparing food. Here's a glimpse of what my kitchen looked like:


I just wanted to give a little disclaimer to this project: I'm completely new to this, and it's a big change of diet for us! I'm doing the best I can to eat natural food in that is unprocessed as much as possible.

So far, this project has been a huge wakeup call as to what I'm eating. I've started reading labels and it's crazy!  I've learned in just a few days that you have to decide sometimes certain things are necessary to bring about change. :)

I've decided to give myself a little grace to be less than perfect in this project so that I can make it through 40 days. We all have to set our own limits, if that makes sense?

For example, coffee is apparently a not a natural drink to some, but I've just given up canned cokes, all artificial sweeteners, and dairy in less than a week.

So coffee is a very good thing for me right now. Even if it has soymilk and stevia {which are apparently questionably natural as well. I had no idea! :)}

Even though those are debatable, they are a better choice for me right now. I'm improving for sure! :D Lauren P. wrote me with a way to make a brown rice creamer homemade that I'm going to try soon! I'm excited to keep improving!

So you just have to decide what you need to keep and cut out- what works for you right now? It's all a step in the right direction, yes? :D There are no prizes to be won at the end of 40 days, except for your health, and making the switch to all natural foods is big either way! :)


For those of you who are doing it with me- how was your first day? :D I'd love to hear!



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32 comments

Amy said...

Sound like fun but soooo expensive. I'm interested to see how you'll feel after a few days of this. Your like a guinea pig! lol

Lissilulu said...

good for you!!! grace is a needed ingredient in making big changes like this. Google coconut milk for your coffee creamer...its a great fat that is needed.
Lori

Nc2wytracy said...

God bless you and yours during this we are working on eating better here too. However my soon to be husband is a true Southern man has to have meat and taters at almost every meal so its a major challange. I have learned that I will not die without soda almost 40 days now soda free and was doing good on bread free slipped ate a burger and some stuffing learned its a depression trigger for me so now I know better !

Anna said...

Sounds fun! I eat as much whole food as I can but we're on a very small budget. So I just do lots of produce, whole grains, lean protein. Limit sugar and refined flour as much as possible. I do the 1/4 lean protein, 1/4 whole grain, 1/2 produce on my plate rule. Just had beans and brown rice for lunch with all natural salsa, corn, nutritional yeast, and fat free sour cream (which isn't natural, I know). I have oatmeal with pumpkin for breakfast. Just wanted to encourage any of your readers out there that it IS possible to eat real food without doing it the expensive way! You just might have to cut a few more corners and give up a few extra "whole food" luxuries. :-) Enjoying this series, Mandy!

Carolyn Mullin said...

Hi! Hubby and I are going to start this after Easter. There's too much good candy in the house to do it now. I read an article yesterday about the dangers of sugar. Kinda scary. I'm addicted to jelly beans. lol So I will join you on Monday of next week and stock the house over the weekend. We live in Southern Calif. at the beach. This area outside of the beach is totally organic veggies and fruits, so it's easy to eat this way and we used to do it until we got off track this winter. Thanks for the encouragement and good role model of doing this! God Bless :o) Carolyn

Kisti said...

We are doing the 40-day Maker's Diet (Jordan Rubin). We've done this before, and felt great AND lost weight, which actually was a nice side-benefit. In implementing permanent changes, I would recommend going slowly and start by choosing good foods, and making better changes as your family gets used to them. Going cold turkey can result in an unhappy spouse and family if you aren't careful! It's hard at first to make these changes, but I'm amazed at what my family has grown to love. :)

Kisti said...

I know where you are coming from, as we live in an area where organic foods are limited and expensive. However, I would commit this to prayer! Last week when I headed to the grocery store to stock up for our 40-day diet, I was amazed that almost every single item was reduced or on sale. God does honor our desire to take better care of our bodies!

Roadto31 said...

You can make your own almond milk: soak 2 cups of raw almonds overnight. Grind in a blender or food processor with 8 cups of water until almonds are as *pulverized as possible. You will see a milky substance left. Strain liquid through cheesecloth into large bowl. The liquid is your "almond milk." The super fine almond meal left over - put in the oven at 300 degrees for 15 minutes and use on top of cereals, in breads, or other baked goods. As for the almond milk, add some honey, vanilla, or even chocolate syrup to it to make it whatever flavor you want. Depending on what you add to it, it is very healthy! My husband and children love it as a "milk" supplement!

mandyBH said...

oh, can't wait to try it! :D thanks for sharing!!

mandyBH said...

that sounds yum! I need to pick some up! :D thank you!

Beth Hubert said...

Ok...what is nutritional yeast and what are the benefits? I'm clueless on this-never heard of it but interested to know!

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mandyBH said...

that's exciting to hear! I am trying to find foods I love right away like salad! :D

mandyBH said...

Yay Carolyn!! I'm so excited for you! I know you can do it again! :D I'm excited to hear about your journey!

mandyBH said...

I'd never tried the nutritional yeast before- it's awesome!! I love it! thanks for sharing, Anna! you are so encouraging!

mandyBH said...

Way to go on being soda-free! That's awesome!!

mandyBH said...

In my mind it feels cheaper b/c we're eating lots of beans and rice, but we will see how it goes long term! Kisti has a great comment about God providing! How true is that! :D love it!

mandyBH said...

that's so cool! how encouraging!! thank you for sharing!

Roadto31 said...

No problem. It is easy and very yummy!

Kailan said...

I watched Forks Over Knives a few weeks ago and began my own whole foods diet. FOK is a documentary about how bad processed foods and meats are for our bodies! Also, you might check out this blog called A Better Bag of Groceries. It is a blog about a scoring system for foods called NuVal. It always helps me make better food choices!

Carol said...

I've been changing my diet to healthier choices over the past 2 years. I feel great and have lost about 40 lbs... I love eating healthy! Breakfast is now my favorite meal of the day. You've got to brighten up the bowl! Add fresh fruit to cereal. I add a generous portion of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, apple, raisins, grapes and/or pomegranate to my cereal and top with almond milk. Sometimes I sprinkle on flax or chai seed. Currently my cereal of choice is oatmeal, but I rotate between several types of hot and cold organic choices. Breakfast is always so bright and cheery and beautiful that it motivates me to make healthier choices all day. (Oh, and I snack on fresh raw fruit and veggies whenever I want)

Cookie2012 said...

My family will be trying this diet next week as well. I am excited to get my family off of all the junky processed foods we are addicted to.

Tina said...

I'm in with you Mandy. 2 days now down, 38 to go.... First day felt great... My body felt clean instead of weighed down. Today has been a bit harder.. My sugar cravings are coming on.... I battled and won by eating a handful of dried prunes. This won't be easy... As I have thought of diet Coke several times today... But I'm with you! Thanks for the idea and the series...

mandyBH said...

wohoo! :D so excited to hear about your journey!

mandyBH said...

Yay! Go girlie!! :D I have been tempted by the cookies in my freezer. They must go, I'm thinking! keep up the awesome work! :D

mandyBH said...

I will have to add some spice to mine too! :D thanks for sharing!

mandyBH said...

We watched forks over knives! We liked it a lot!! And it's very interesting how they had such awesome results. Will check out BBG too!

mandyBH said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutritional_yeast is where I found out my info. It's amazing! And it tastes that way too! :)

mandyBH said...

Way to go Adrienne!! :D so excited for you! Red velvet cake is my weakness!! I don't know what I'd do if it were here! :D I'm so glad to have the hubs to do it with me!

Peanutmnms9 said...

A super great book to read is Nourishing Traditions. Google it or at Amazon. Definitely put my family on the right path of eating for life not just eating. Food should give us life but like most things the world has created 'junk' food. Even food that is called natural and healthy is often processed and full of artificial chemicals and preservatives. My rule in reading labels is if I don't understand 80% of the ingredients listed I don't buy it. Another amazing book is called Sugar Blues. It will change your whole thinking on the stuff. Thanks for your thought provoking posts.

Melissa Tomko said...

Good for you!! We've been all over the place with eating a more natural diet. For a long time I tried to follow a "Nourishing Traditions" style diet, which very heavy on responsibly raised meats and raw, full fat dairy products. In the past few months I have been reading more and more about plant based diets and seeing the value of that way of eating too. Forks Over Knives is amazing, isn't it? If you haven't already, watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead as well. There are some extreme examples in that one, but it really says a lot about getting nutrients into our bodies and what that means for our overall health. Right now I am falling somewhere in the middle...leaning toward mainly plant based, reducing dairy all together because my family doesn't do well with it, and striving for local grass fed/free range meats when we do eat meat. "Food Rules" by Michael Pollan is a short, excellent read if you want a balanced framework for healthy eating.

Your blog is one of my favorites and I am excited to follow you on this journey!

Adrienne Reina said...

For me i definitely needed to pray because this is huge for me. This morning I started with a juice drink filled with greens, kale.
, cilantro, parsley, cucumbers, frozen berries, Greek yogurt, flax seed and some water. Can't remember the other fruits. It was very filling and thick. But I feel so clean inside. Yesterday I was at a gathering and my downfall was sweets, I had a sweet earlier in the day(:(), I shouldn't have. But thank God my hubby was there to keep me accountable so instead of reaching for the red velvet cake I had two servings of fruit! And I felt good after that, with Gods strength, my hubby, I conquered that obstacle. But honestly it was hard!!!!!! So if you are having hard time pray, pray, and get an accountability partner.

God bless you sis, thank you for this!
Adrienne R

Gennevia Porterfield said...

I've cut out...well, reduced salt (after my dad's triple by-pass a few years back). When I drink hot tea (don't like cold...sorry lol), I use honey instead of sugar. It's still adds a sweetness without the worry of sugar. When I have espresso from one of the cafes here, I add natural cane sugar (it's brown as opposed to white). I now actually prefer the cane sugar over the white processed one :-)