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Real Food Challenge Week 4: No Fast Food or Fried Food

Posted Sep 22 2011 10:22am

ooooops..I totally forgot about this post! It was supposed to go up Monday so I’ve edited it to make it more current.

Running update: I mentioned last week that I did something to my leg. This caused me to take off on Thursday and Friday to let my leg rest. Saturday morning I woke up decided to head out for a short run before we got our day going. Well, I hit mile 2 and my leg gave out. I had the worst pain I have ever had before and hobbled/ran for another .69 miles before I gave up and hobbled in pain the rest of the way home. I was in a lot of pain for the rest of the day on Saturday but by Sunday I was feeling a little better. I still have a little pain and it’s already Thursday. I’m starting to get a little worried. I’m still hobbling around and there is NO WAY I could even attempt to run at this point. If you know of a sports doctor in Houston please send me their information. If my leg isn’t better by early next week, I’ll need to make an appointment with someone.

In Food related news:

Real Food Challenge
Scott and I did really well this past week limiting our meat intake. We ate mostly vegetarian meals and both of us thought that it was easier than we thought it would be. I have even started to enjoy fish and seafood a little more. (I haven’t always enjoyed it much in the past)

Sunday, September 18th- Saturday, September 24th
This week’s challenge is to not consume fast food or fried food
Goal: No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.
Challenges: This is another week where I don’t think there will be any real challenges for us. We typically avoid this type of stuff in general.
What I’m excited about: Since I don’t think this week will really be a challenge for us, I am actually most excited about finding more seafood dishes that I want to try and continue to eat less meat and more vegetables. I am starting to feel like we are getting the hang of eating this way. I do want to make more of an effort this week to get Scott’s lunch packed. I slacked off a little last week because we were out of sandwich stuff but need to make it a point to get back on track with that. It’s easier to make my lunch because I can just take leftovers but Scott doesn’t always have access to a microwave.

Since it’s Thursday and the week is already over, I can tell you that Scott has had a packed lunch every day this week so far as have I. Scott ate chips last night so that was a slip up but he didn’t eat very many. They were just to put in his tortilla soup because he likes the crunch. I always just leave the chips out because I don’t like the crunchiness in my soup.

Have you noticed your taste buds changing over time?
I was thinking about this today on my way into work as I was pondering what new meals we would try next week. I have realized over the past few years that my taste buds growing up were mostly dictated by my mom. If she didn’t eat it, I sure as heck wasn’t going to touch it either. Because of that, I stayed away from peas, drippy eggs, mushrooms, and seafood to name a few things.

My mom had a bad experience with peas in schools as a child and she wouldn’t eat them so I assumed they were gross and didn’t touch them either. When I went to school in London, I found myself in many situations with peas on my plate. I gave them a try and LOVED them. I’ll eat them frozen, cooked, plain, seasoned up..heck I’d probably eat them blended up if you asked me to.
My dad likes drippy eggs and my mom would always make one for him but would break the middle for her and I. A few months ago, I decided to give making a drippy eggs a try and didn’t break the middle and found out that I LOVE drippy eggs! Go figure..right? It’s funny how I grabbed on to my mom’s dislikes but not my dads. I should also say that my mom never told me any of these things were gross or that I shouldn’t eat them and she would have made me peas or drippy eggs if I had asked. I just decided that I wasn’t going to eat what she didn’t eat.
I still won’t eat mushrooms..I am hanging on to some complex about them and haven’t gotten brave enough to try them but one thing that Scott has been great about making me try is seafood. We never ate much seafood growing up because my parents just never bought it or cooked it. Though when my parent’s go out they’ll eat shrimp and my dad will eat crawfish. (I avoid crawfish like the plague. I can’t stand to be around the smell of stuff…just writing about it makes me want to gag) Scott’s family though, eats a lot more seafood and he has gotten me to try and successfully enjoy, salmon, shrimp, and crab.

Is there something that you just wouldn’t eat growing up but now really enjoy?


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