February 03, 2010

Day 1 of Depreservation

So today was Day 1 of my 30 day no processed food lifestyle.

How did it go?

I realized it's going to take a lot more planning than I'd anticipated or I'm going to be hungry.

First, Greek Yogurt. Dr. Oz says it has a lot more good stuff in it, as opposed to regular yogurt. I've cheated and been buying the Greek yogurt with the fruit in the bottom and I am going to continue to do so. It doesn't have high fructose corn syrup in it and I'm OK with the sugar the fruit adds.

However... I am mildly lactose intolerant. The Greek yogurt may be what is killing me right now. We'll see. As I eliminate all other unnecessary fats from my diet, it'll be interesting to see if my body eventually takes to it, or continues to rebel. Today I took it with a Lactaid and that seems counterproductive. If my body doesn't really like something, I need to not eat it.

I was telling a buddy of mine how I'm struggling with this Greek yogurt thing and he said, "You're lactose intolerant, remember? That's what's doing it."

*blink* How did I forget that, but all my friends remember? So I replied, "They need to make lactose free Greek yogurt." He laughed and said, "I think you're asking for a bit much."

I'm giving it another week and then I switch to an egg with whole grain toast.

Bones was sick again today, which meant all my snacks were at work. I had gone back to bed when I got home from running errands (I'm not recovered from this weekend) and I got up when Bones did.

I woke up hungry.

I decided an egg sounded REALLY good. Except we didn't have any. Which left me foraging as I was hungry for protein.

Damn the peanut butter companies. They add sugar. I did end up at Publix today and found one peanut butter that was all natural, literally all ground up nuts with some added salt. Until I can get to a place that will grind my peanut butter for me (Whole Foods), I am going to eat this stuff I found... in a bind.

Instead I ate a piece of whole grain toast and a fistful of nuts with a big glass of water.

I went grocery shopping and bought shrimp, scallops and chicken for stirfry. I can't eat the noodle part, but I can eat the vegies and protein. I ate some of the scallops with an orange for lunch (sauteed in butter with garlic powder... the scallops not the orange), but will be eating vegetables mainly at lunch for now on.

As I walked down the aisles, I picked up ketchup wondering if I could make a cocktail sauce.


Ketchup is loaded with high fructose corn syrup and if you buy organic ketchup, they just substitute 'organic sugar' for corn syrup. So, that's out. I am now debating whether I should be considering mustard as a truly processed food as there are no additives or preservatives.

We'll see. As of now, it's a no.

So this is Day 1. It's all good. My eldest thinks I'm going to turn into a monster, going into cheese withdrawal. He said, "You're going to be miserable, Mom, and so you will make the rest of us."


Not so.

Bonus, no sugar withdrawal headaches. I'm eating enough, so I'm not hungry.

If I don't plan better... I'm going to have hunger issues. No doubt.

Posted by Boudicca at February 3, 2010 02:07 PM

I think Heinz used to make a sugar-free ketchup and I used it for a while. It wasn't half bad.

Posted by: Lori at February 4, 2010 08:47 AM

I'm doing the same thing -- all natural -- but not Dr. Oz. I'm doing the Master Your Metabolism book by that bitch trainer on Biggest Loser, Jillian. Nothing refined, all organic. I did lose 7 pounds the first 8 days, but I spent 30 percent more on groceries and I am STARVING. I am trying to cut a serious sugar habit, so I'm not surprised I'm hungry. I didn't take chances with the headaches, though, and took a caffeinated aspirin every morning the first week, to stave off that first suggestion of a migraine. Not organic, no, but we don't need a violent, hungry mother in the house every morning, now do we? I'll read your posts anxiously to see how it's going. It'll keep me honest, to think you're suffering too.

Posted by: Leigh at February 4, 2010 10:05 AM

It will take longer than 30 days to get a complete changeover of your diet into place without having to really work at it. However, long before 30 days you will feel very much better. I think you'll notice in less than 2 weeks.

It's all about habits, you won't get into the habit of having the right stuff around quite yet because you're still experimenting with what works for you so you still don't know what "the right stuff" will be.

You'll also forget to read labels occasionally and you'll know it nearly immediately. After about 3 months you'll be able to pick up your new set of "regular" groceries without thinking too hard about it. It will actually be easier because it's a much smaller subset of the food in the store. When you do make a mistake and pick up the wrong thing, it's easier to remember to never again grab it off the shelf.

Yes, you are right in that you have to eat what is right for you. Dr. Oz is obviously not lactose intolerant - this means yogurt works for him. That's great for him, but doesn't mean you need to be tied to it.

Substituting egg is excellent. Also, if you make enough dinner, you can reheat for either breakfast or lunch the next day - makes life slightly easier (especially if you know you're going to have to dash out the door first thing).

Posted by: Teresa at February 4, 2010 11:14 AM

If you make this and substitute brown sugar Splenda for the real thing, you could have ketchup:



Posted by: Omnibus Driver at February 4, 2010 06:00 PM

Have you ever tried raw milk? A lot of people who have been diagnosed as lactose intolerant actually do fine on milk fresh from the farm. There's a ton of raw milk available in Florida, too. The Campaign for Real Milk has a list on their website.

Yay, Bou! I wish you lots of luck. Label reading gets easier and easier, but there are some days when I find myself just wanting to weep at all the stuff out there that looks like real food and isn't. Usually when I'm hungry, come to think of it.

Anyway - I vote eggs for breakfast, or peanut butter on whole grain toast. I've been eating the stuff that's only made from peanuts with salt for so long that I'd almost forgotten how fancy it can get. There are some tasty brands out there, though.

Posted by: Amity at February 4, 2010 06:27 PM

Re the "lactose-free Greek yogurt" thing:

I was watching the Food Network the other day. There was one of those cooking-tips-slash commercials for paper towels, where the lady made Greek yogurt by placing it in a paper towel (surprise!) stretched over a jar. The liquid part strained out, and it left a denser yogurt in the paper towel. Maybe you could try that with the lactose-free stuff?

Posted by: Michael at February 4, 2010 06:57 PM

Leigh- I'm laughing. I'm sorry, it's funny! We can suffer together, and today, was nasty. Blech.

Michael- I think I have to stop the yogurt. I'm thinking the dense stuff has the lactose in it. Good grief. I have a new adventure though... I'm posting on it. Steel Cut Oats... heh.

Omnibus- I'm staying away from all additives, including Splenda. So no ketchup... this is going to be a long 30 days.

Teresa- I just don't see much I can eat that doesn't have additives. Really... it is incredible.

Amity- Oh yeah, PB tastes so much different without all that stuff!

Posted by: Bou at February 5, 2010 09:58 PM