10 Days of Real Food

When one of my favorite bloggers & friend posted this status update on Facebook last night, I became intrigued-

A food challenge-10 days of real food.  For the most part, I try to eat as whole & healthy as possible.  But with the newest addition to our family and trying to get into the swing of things, “real food” sometimes just doesn’t happen.  Instead of taking time to make myself a quick lunch, I grab a Luna protein bar just to get in any nutrition and calories so that I can keep up the energy (and my supply) to feed the little one.  Last week when my grandma was visiting, she brought along her famous peanut butter cookies & pecan sandies made with gluten-free flour, and I can’t even begin to tell you how many cookies I consumed.  My excuse was, “I need the extra calories to support breastfeeding Madelyn.”  Yes, it is true that you do need to consume 500 extra calories while breastfeeding.  False, that it should come in the form of delicious cookies.

So, in an effort to clean up my eating, not only for me but for the daughter I’m feeding, I decided to embark on this challenge.  It’s been a while since I’ve partook in any kind of challenge and what better than to start with one that will make me more conscious of what I’m eating and that will allow me to take some time to nourish my body a little bit better.

What you CAN eat

  • Whole foods-product of nature not industry
  • lots of fruits & veggies
  • dairy products & UNSWEETENED yogurt (this pretty much cuts out any flavored yogurts)
  • whole grains
  • seafood and locally raised meats
  • water, milk, all-natural juices, naturally sweetened coffee or tea. Beer & wine.
  • Snacks-dried fruits, popcorn, nuts, and seeds
  • All Natural sweeteners-honey, 100% pure maple syrup, and fruit juice concentrates.

What you CANNOT eat

  • No refined grains-white rice, white flour etc.
  • No refined sweeteners-sugar, corn syrup, cane juice, or the artificial stuff
  • Nothing packaged that has more than 5 ingredients in it
  • No deep-fried or “fast foods”

Here’s a link to the copy of the official rules {here}!

Looking over the list of what you can eat vs. what you can’t makes this challenge seem fairly simple.  My only hurdle will be the sugar-you don’t realize how much sugar is added into a lot of the “healthy” foods we eat until you start looking at ingredients.

Anyone willing to join Sarah and me on this 10 day challenge? There’s also a 100 day challenge, which I might partake in at the beginning of next year…I don’t want to let the holidays down 🙂

I’ll be back later with a run down of how the first day went.



3 thoughts on “10 Days of Real Food

  1. Sarah @ Celiac in the City September 19, 2012 / 12:05 pm

    YAY! So glad you are joining me! (I may have scared some others off!) I always do better when I put things out into the Universe, and then to add a “real food buddy?” Perfecto!

    Thanks for taking on this adventure with me!


  2. Chantal September 19, 2012 / 3:09 pm

    We pretty much eat that way anyway! Haha


    • Maria C September 19, 2012 / 6:57 pm

      Yeah I saw on your blog your family follows a paleo diet. It’s something I want to look into.


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