I have recently started to take a closer look at what I eat on a daily basis. I pretty much always thought I was a good eater but I do have a pretty strong sweet tooth.
For some time I have seen challenges out there to eat cleaner and give up processed food. That got me thinking about all of the processed foods I eat in a day...
Here are a few from the weekend that I have consumed:
And most likely a few more that I am forgetting, but those are the major ones.
I also started thinking about what exactly "processed foods" means. I don't think I actually know what is and isn't a processed food.
Processed foods are foods that have been altered from their natural state.
So I am trying to revamp my diet to include less processed foods and try to clean foods in their natural state. And it is pretty hard.
Breakfast seems to be the easiest meal for me to eat clean because I am on a smoothie kick and so I have coconut milk with frozen banana, peanut butter, and spinach. But peanut butter is processed, right? And I love peanut butter.
Lunch is a bit harder for because even if I pack a salad for lunch, I do like my salad dressing and I do love some cookies or animal crackers.
Dinner usually is a decent meal with a meat and two vegetables but often as bedtime approaches the freezer or cookie jar calls my name to eat some ice cream or more cookies.
Guess this whole clean eating is going to be harder than I thought, but I think it might be worth the challenge. I just need to decide how intense and extreme I want to get with what I eat. For me, giving up cookies (or dessert) is not really something I want to do so maybe I need to make sure I always have homemade cookies in the house which I know are better for me.
Having a garden in the back yard is definitely helping me to eat better and it is a start. We now have even more vegetables than before in the fridge which makes choosing a healthy snack even easier.
I am interested in your thoughts on eating and processed foods. How do you make it work?
A few articles I read: Here and Here and Here