2.27.2015

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!

11 comments:

  1. Such an interesting project! You are motivating me to try something similar!

    Abby
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  2. I need to get on a healthier track.. so fun to read about your progress!

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  3. great post! I get stomach aches all the time and have considered cleaning up my eating, but my love of sugar and caffeine always gets in the way. I commend you!

    xoxo,
    Tara Belle
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  4. Looks so good! Makes it easier for me to stay on my healthy diet.

    Christine
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  5. I've recently come across your blog, and I'm hooked! I just love the way you write. Super amazing posts x.
    Love from Dubai,
    Aena

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  6. Wow, that's really something to be proud of! Even though the change that you made wasn't major, you stuck to it, and that's amazing. Congratulations!

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  7. So impressed with the diet you chose, going a month without cheese can be tough! I phased meat out of my diet a couple years ago and with any dietary change it can be daunting at first but overtime my eating habits adjusted and I just felt so much healthier. Cutting down on my sugar intake is next ! Can't wait to hear what your project is for next month :)

    xoxo Nicole

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  8. Today Google translator not work, so I can not understand the post. But I wanted to thank you for your visit and your nice comment. Have a nice day, kisses,
    Eni

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  9. So good you are keeping a healthy lifestyle diet! Keep it up! Kisses,
    Vera

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  10. Loved this post! i love reading on what others are eating in their healthy lifestyles!xox

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  11. I love this! Thanks a ton for sharing, gorg! Wishing you the best Sunday!

    Hope you can stop by my blog, for a fun little giveaway!

    xo. Nicole

    Evolution of Glam

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