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Real Food Challenge

Posted Jan 06 2013 6:38pm

Now that 2013 is upon us, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to eat “real” food as much as possible. Call it a New Years resolution if you will.

Sometimes a good competition is useful for keeping myself on track, even when I’m competing against myself. Luckily, I have this blog to keep me accountable.

What do I mean by “real” food:

1) Fruits and vegetables
2) Whole grains such as oats and barley
3) Beans and legumes
4) Seeds, nuts, and natural nut butters
5) Seafood
6) Meat (in moderation)
7) Eggs and dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and kefir
8) Minimally-processed natural products, e.g. granola and Kind bars
9) Natural sweeteners such as agave and honey

I will avoid the following:

1) Fast food (shouldn’t be a problem as I don’t eat it)
2) Refined white flours, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup
3) Industrialized fats such as corn oil, soybean oil, margarine, and shortening
4) Soda, juice drinks, and artificially-sweetened beverages
5) Any processed product outside of #8 above such as store-bought breads or baked goods, chips and crackers, salad dressings, breakfast cereals, candy, cookies, canned soups, etc.

I do my best to eat as healthfully as possible during the workweek, but I do have a somewhat stressful and time-consuming job so I don’t always eat right. Therefore, I’m limiting this challenge to the weekends so I don’t make myself crazy. My challenge for the weekdays is to wake up 20 minutes earlier than normal so I can do some morning relaxation yoga.

Each Sunday, I’ll post what I ate that weekend.

So, how did I fare?




Yogurt “parfait:” 2% plain greek yogurt topped with blueberries, bananas, almonds, and all-natural granola

Coffee with a splash of milk and 1/2 teaspoon sugar (this will be hard to shake)


Homemade soba noodle soup with homemade chicken stock, all natural soba noodles, baby bok choy, and shitake mushrooms (post to follow)

Handful red grapes

Glass of water


Salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and feta cheese with a homemade dressing of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, and salt

Store-bought whole wheat bagel (challenge fail here, but I couldn’t resist. To lower the guilt-factor, I got whole wheat rather than white)

Glass of plain seltzer



Same as Saturday


1 egg scrambled with scallions and 1/2 slice muenster cheese

Handful pistachio nuts

Leftover salad from Saturday’s dinner

Glass of water


1 square of Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt


Leftover soba noodle soup

Homemade chocolate chip cookie made with blanched almond flour and agave

Glass of water


All in all, I’m pretty happy with meal plan this weekend. I also got in a 3-mile run on Saturday.

Now, let’s hope I can get myself out of bed tomorrow for morning relaxation yoga!

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