Day 1 – Lunch

I had a giant salad for lunch.  I’ve been doing this for a while, so it’s nothing new, although I did miss the Trader Joe’s shredded parmesan cheese that makes any salad more tasty.  And over the next 30 days, I’ll have to make my own chicken instead of that really convenient TJ’s seasoned chicken breast or lunch meat.  For today’s salad I had lettuce, tomato, carrots, orange bell peppers and two cans of tuna in olive oil from TJ’s.  Topped it off with olive oil and vinegar.

I had a few nuts in between breakfast and lunch.  Was hungry pretty early, but not ravenously so.  I definitely missed my usual bacon or ham at breakfast, but until I find such meat without added sugar or other unacceptable stuff, I’ll have to go without.  I’ll add some avocado and another egg tomorrow.  But overall the breakfast did it’s job this morning.

About the giant lunch salad, for those of you completely foreign to the idea.  I’ve been doing this for about 6 months now.  I used to have a sandwich at lunch.  On “healthy” whole wheat bread.  High fiber, etc.  (That high fiber stuff is a joke.  Get real fiber from veggies, not bread.  Again, as I’ve been saying, do the research, don’t take my word for it.  Eat real food and you won’t need to worry about fiber.)  Now I eat the same kind of meat (turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna, or whatever else is leftover from the fridge,) but instead of the bread, I have a ton of veggies.  I generally add half a bag of Trader Joe’s lettuce mix, a small cucumber, tomatos, bell peppers, carrots and sometimes (often) shredded parmesan cheese.  Dressing?  Just olive oil and balsamic vinegar from TJ’s.   It’s a great lunch.  And I’ve adjusted when I eat it.  I used to be starving by 11am and need lunch by noon, in the old days, when I had a bagel with cream cheese every morning.  Now I’m OK to wait until 1 or 2pm for the mega salad.  Then I’m hungry again by dinner.

IF YOU DO NOTHING ELSE with respect to changing your eating habits, lose the bagel for breakfast and the sandwich for lunch.  Eat those eggs.  They’re fine.  Can you imagine that someone made us think that eggs are bad but bagels and cereal are good???  No way.  Since I have been doing this, with virtually nothing else changing, my blood pressure has gone from a bit high, to normal.  Six months.  Try it.  Wheat is bad, eggs and veggies are good.  It really is intuitive and makes sense if you think about it and read about it.

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Day 1 – Excitement

So today I begin Day 1 of what will be 30 days of eating nothing but real, whole food.  I know, shocking.  Why would anyone want to only eat real food?  And what is “real food” anyway?  Let me explain.  Real food is food that isn’t processed.  For example, a carrot is real food.  You pull it out of the ground and eat it.  It’s real, whole food.  On the other extreme is a bagel.  How do you make a bagel?  What’s in a bagel?  Let me ask you this: if you were the last person on the planet, and all human history has been erased–you have no tools, no books, no Google, how long do you think it would take you to make a bagel?  Good luck with that.  But a carrot?  How about a steak?  Find a cow, and you’re done.  It has a short shelf life.  It’s real food that doesn’t require all sorts of ingredients and processing to make. That’s what humans were meant to eat.

Yes, I suffered through this.  (Yes, I'm being sarcastic.)

Yes, I suffered through this. (Yes, I’m being sarcastic.) Breakfast today was two eggs, sweet potatoes, bell peppers and squash. Everything but the sweet potatoes was fried in clarified butter.  And that’s black coffee over there.  My first black cup ever.  There are worse things I, and other humans, have suffered through.  I think I’ll live.

 

So that’s the thing.  A bagel, pretzels, breakfast cereal (yes, even “healthy” cereal like shredded wheat or all that yummy stuff from Trader Joes,) they’re all processed to the point of being unrecognizable from the “food” that’s inside of them.  I put food in quotes there because there isn’t much food in there at all, if any.  They’re made of wheat and other grains, sugar, and a few other things.  But wheat isn’t really food for humans.  Don’t take my word for that.  Research it yourself.  Wheat is for cows,and their seven stomachs, not people.  And it doesn’t take too much thinking to realize that sugar probably isn’t great for us either.  Again, research it for yourself.  You won’t find any credible defenders of sugar and very few defenders of making wheat your primary source of nutrition.  But carrots, lettuce, fish, meat, olive oil, and things like that?  They’re real food.  And for the next 30 days, I’m eating nothing but stuff like that.  Welcome to my journey.