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No junk food, progress so far January 21, 2013

Filed under: Diet — Priscilla Crawford @ 12:00 pm
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Going with out junk food has been easier than I expected. No chips or fries hasn’t been an issue at all. No m&ms from the office assistant’s bowl has been unexpectedly easy. I think going totally cold turkey has been easier for me than moderation. I find it less difficult to avoid all candy than trying to have just one or two small pieces. (good dark chocolate is an exception). I have had dessert, which included a single serving of chocolate cake and ice cream, but shared three ways mind you.

I have also had pizza, but my single (large) slice included fresh tomatoes and generous spinach. Is pizza junk food? I am a vegetarian, so it never includes high fat sausage or pepperoni. Also, we almost always go to our local pizzeria that specializes in thin New York style crust. Hmm…

I did make one slip up – a peppermint candy after a restaurant meal, a very garlicky meal, so totally warranted. I grabbed it and popped it in my mouth and didn’t think about it violating my rules until a few days later. Oops!

I don’t think I have lost any weight, yet, with this little experiment, which would not be an unwelcome side effect. However, I find that I look more to whole foods and foods of quality for a treat. Home roasted pecans, homemade whole grain and bean power bars, fruit, and avocados. That can’t be a bad outcome.

Still about half way to go. Healthy muffins will be baked today instead of eating Luna bars!


No junk food – week 1 January 7, 2013

Filed under: Diet — Priscilla Crawford @ 12:15 pm
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Warning, you may disagree with my definition of junk food. My current list of unacceptable items and fully acknowledged inconsistent exceptions:
French Fries, onion rings, anything breaded and deep fried
Potato chips, corn chips, including baked and “whole” grain (really, face it, they are all a refined carb overload)
Store bought cookies

chocolate – expensive, fancy dark in small quantities – dark chocolate is a health food, right? See – scientific evidence!
homemade cookies (in moderation) – how can I turn my back on lovingly handmade cookies made with real food like butter and pecans?
dessert from La Baguette – to call these cakes, pastries, and mousses junk food is a travesty (besides they are a infrequent indulgence. And by infrequent I mean no more than once a week)
ice cream – it is made from milk which means protein and calcium, practically making it a wholesome food. I don’t normally eat ice cream, but I love it. So, I add it to my list of exceptions in case the rare occasion arises

Temptations this week
– M&Ms on admin assistants’ desks – Why do they do this? Some days I find myself obsessing about that bowl of cheap chocolate all day. After the third trip down the hall to “ask a question” about my travel claim or use of the corporate credit card, I wonder if they roll their eyes at my excuses as I grab yet another handful of candy. Going cold turkey like this is probably the best way to kick the habit.
– Cookies at recent trail run – I love Nutter Butters and these are an tasty form of portable energy while running, but I made my own energy bars!


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