Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Food I Eat: December ‘09 vs. December ‘10

I haven’t posted a lot recently about my clean eating lifestyle, but I am definitely still on the bandwagon! I was thinking today about how utterly different my food habits are from last year at this time, and I thought it would be interesting to see the comparison all typed out: 

Here is everything I ate today, December 2nd, 2010:

2 whole-wheat buttermilk pancakes {with real maple syrup and real butter}
1 egg with 1/2 slice American cheese
Organic skim milk

Handful of Snyder’s pretzels {all-natural}

Egg salad {with mayo and mustard – I promise it’s really amazing and not gross like it sounds} on 2 slices of toasted Ezekiel bread
Sliced green peppers with 2 Laughing Cow wedges

Coffee {half and half, 2 raw sugar packets, cinnamon}
1/2 of a huge Granny smith apple with some Cabot’s cheddar cheese and all-natural peanut butter

“Nacho Spuds” {a Rachael Ray recipe containing potatoes, beef, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese; topped with sour cream, lettuce, and salsa}
Sweet corn

3 mini lemon poppy-seed muffins and 1 oatmeal cookie {my mom and I were baking tonight, for two different reasons, and I definitely caved and had some sweets.  On a normal night, I definitely wouldn’t be eating this.  If I was hungry after dinner, I’d probably have some pretzels, Greek yogurt with raspberries and honey, or some Stonyfield frozen yogurt. I’m just being honest with you. :) }
Organic skim milk

Here’s how that menu would have looked a year ago, when I was on on the Weight Watcher’s/typical American mindset of fats-are-bad and paying no attention to chemicals in my food:

2 whole-wheat pancakes {topped with Lite Aunt Jemima’s and Smart Balance spread}
2 Egg Beaters with cheese
Non-organic milk {I never thought the extra cost was worth it}

Barbeque baked potato chips
A few sugar-free candies

Egg salad with lite mayo on low-cal {heavily preserved} wheat bread
Peppers and Laughing Cow wedges

Coffee with flavored creamer and Splenda
Apple with reduced-calorie PB, probably no cheese

Dinner would have been the same except I would have been terrified to eat the potatoes and corn {because of carbs}, the cheese and sour creams would have been low-fat, and I would have used msg-laced taco seasoning instead of making my own with spices

Dessert would probably be the same…who am I kidding. ;) If it hadn’t been a baking night, either some lite yogurt with sugary granola on top, or maybe a Skinny Cow sugar-free fudgscicle

I want to shudder when I think about my old eating habits.  And the crazy thing is, I really thought I was healthy!  (Here’s a tip for you: NEVER buy anything that has the word “Lite” in front. Seriously.)

My old diet was loaded with chemical after chemical after chemical.  I ate sugar and never realized it.  I tried so hard to eat low-cal foods, and was so nervous about certain carbs. 

Well, do you want to know the irony of the whole thing?  I am several pounds LIGHTER than I was at this time last year! I eat full-fat, delicious and nourishing foods that keep me full longer.  Don't get me wrong, I would love to lose 9 pounds (and honestly, my tummy area isn’t toned and it really should be), but I have a healthy BMI for my height.  (I still don’t exercise – I know, I really, really, really need to – so really the only thing different is my food.) 

Please don’t misunderstand me – I am certainly NOT a perfect “clean-eater,” as evidenced by my desserts tonight.  For instance, I don’t use flavored creamers anymore on a daily basis, but tomorrow is our monthly Moms group and someone keeps bringing Toffee creamer so I let myself have it once a month or when I’m at a friend’s house.  The key, remember, is always moderation. 

A year from now I’d love to look at my current menu and make even more improvements to it – like learn how to sprout my own grains, etc.  I certainly have a long way to go still.  Like, I know I shouldn’t eat American cheese because it’s so heavily processed, but I really like the taste of it on eggs and haven’t found another cheese that I like as well for eggs yet. 

It’s all a journey and the more I learn about food additives and preservatives, the more inspired I am to keep eating this way. 

So, what about you?  Have any of you made some drastic changes in your diet?  Or maybe you’ve just tweaked a thing or two that you never thought you’d be able to give up? (For me it was coffee creamer – and I’m seriously considering giving it its own post. :)


  1. This is a really great post! I can relate, too. I've switched over to whole-grain/whole wheat everything almost. Lots more veggies, less fakey stuff like splenda and other mysterious things. I also drink nothing but water and the occasional coffee - kicked the soda habit completely! My only challenge now is to tone down the chocolate intake. I'm only eating dark chocolate, though... so i'm trying!

  2. (this is from Erin)

  3. That's awesome...we are on a continued journey of changing our eating and I want to incorporate more of the "eating clean" lifestyle. I'm so glad I stopped by today.


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