February Project Update
I'm shocked at and thankful for the number of readers that took an interest in my first monthly project. Thank you so much for all of your support, thoughts and recommendations! Since February is coming to a close, I wanted to share my results as well as what I learned from my February project. If you have no idea what I'm talking about you can catch up here. In this post I'll be sharing some of the food I ate regularly, how I felt during the month, and what I'm going to continue to do.
What I Ate:
I always packed lunches for work, and ate at home as much as possible. I tried to stick with eating mainly whole foods, but I did eat limited packaged goods without dairy and refined sugar. Honey and maple sryup were ok in moderation. Here is a list of foods I ate regularly:
- fruits (apples, berries, bananas, grapes, frozen fruit for smoothies)
- vegetables (leafy greens, carrots, cucumber, tomato, sweet and russet potatoes)
- nuts & nut butters (almonds, cashews)
- muesli with seeds and nuts
- almond milk
- sandwiches (bread without added sugar)
- meats (avoided pork and tried to eat organic and grass fed)
- crackers with olive tapenade or hummus
- eggs (over medium with coconut oil or hard boiled)
- hot lemon water or tea
How I Felt:
When it comes to dieting I never notice increased energy or generally feeling better. It was hard not to notice how few stomach aches I had, which is great because that's why I did the project. During the past month I counted one stomach ache, which was more of a stomach discomfort. The scale also doesn't lie; I lost more than 6 pounds, and it was pretty easy. Keep in mind aside from the occasional walk or hike, I don't workout much and nothing changed in February.
What I'm Continuing:
Moving forward I'll probably add dairy in on occasion (I mean come on, cheese!), but it will be a treat. I'll continue to examine ingredient lists, and avoid foods with unnecessary sugar. . . I don't think I'll ever be able to unsee this (during the month I peeked at my sister's Balance bars and noticed 17 grams of sugar). The food I bring to work will probably resemble the foods I brought during February instead of what I was bringing before. Eating healthier and lighter just makes sitting at a desk for hours feel a little better. I'll also continue eating my muesli, smoothies and hot lemon water for breakfast.
I didn't feel like this was a major change, but it helped me become more aware of what I put into my body. Even if you don't eat poorly, I think anyone could benefit from setting diet limits for just a month.
Monday I'll announce my March project. . . a day late, but I'm excited for it, and hope you'll all follow along!