Day 5: Spinach!

Well, it’s been five days! How are ya’ll doing? I’m feeling pretty good, still craving things like french fries and cookies, but it will get easier! If you have been keeping up with me, you probably noticed that I’ve been eating a lot of spinach. First, I love spinach, especially steamed. Second, it is so so so good for you. So, I thought I would dedicate this post to all things spinach!

Breakfast:

– Open Nature strawberry greek yogurt

Lunch:

– Spinach salad with tomatoes, chickpeas, black beans, black olives, corn, honeydew, cantaloupe, and sunflower seeds.

– Rice

– 2 hard boiled eggs

Dinner:

– Steamed spinach with chopped almonds, tomatoes, and kiwi.

– Banana

– 2 hard boiled eggs

Snacks:

-Frozen red grapes and a banana

Spinach! (Thanks to Diana Herrington):

Loaded with Vitamins: like A, K, D, and E and a host of trace minerals.

Good Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids: the kind most of us need in North America.

Anti-Cancer and Anti-Inflammatory Antioxidants: Researchers have identified more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. In a recent study on the relationship between risk of prostate cancer and vegetable intake (including such healthy vegetables as broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts) only spinach showed evidence of significant protection against the occurrence of aggressive prostate cancer.

Alkalizes the Body: All those minerals helps to balance off the highly acid diet which most of us subject our bodies to and which drains our energy, increases obesity and a creates host of other health problems.

Nourishes the Eyes: The carotenoids found in spinach protect against eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

Strengthens the Bones: One cup of fresh spinach (or 1/6 cup of cooked spinach) contains TWICE your daily vitamin K needs. This along with the calcium and magnesium in spinach is essential to maintain healthy bones.

Perfect for Green Smoothies and Salads: Organic pre-washed spinach is now readily available in most grocery stores. If you haven’t yet tried a green smoothie yet and think they might taste yucky then try one with the main ingredient as spinach. Spinach is so sweet, we guarantee you will be impressed.

Spinach is FRESH! Studies have shown that even the artificial light in the grocery store shining on those plastic tubs of spinach can actually help keep the leaves from spoiling. This indicates the spinach is still metabolically active and fresh.

Day 2 & 3: Non processed diet

Hey everyone!

Today is a combined post because midterms have consumed my life the last couple of days. Anyway, it’s going pretty well, however it’s really hard to resist temptations.

Day 2:

Lunch: (I woke up too late for breakfast)
– Salad with a hard boiled egg, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and broccoli. Chobani pomegranate Greek yogurt

Dinner:
– Steamed spinach with corn, some pistachios, a banana, and an orange.

Day 3:

Breakfast:
– 2 bananas and and orange with some rooibos tea

Lunch:
– Iceberg salad with tomatoes and carrots. An apple and a banana.

Dinner:

– Steamed Spinach, Greek Yogurt with chopped Almonds

If any of you out there are following my challenge or doing it yourself, keep strong! I know it’s so hard not to eat that piece of chocolate or down that bag of chips, but just think of how great you will feel once your body adjusts!

Lent: The ultimate challenge

Hey everyone!

So, today is the beginning of Lent. I haven’t ever participated, but recently I have become stronger in my faith, so I figured it would be a good thing for me to do. In school this semester, I have an environmental justice class, and I love it. My eyes have been opened to things and ideas that I never even thought of before. Because of this, I wanted to focus my Lenten resolutions somewhere in the food realm. We have learned a lot about toxins and food security, which has led me to try a Non-Processed Food Diet for Lent. I know, impossible right? In our day, almost every food is processed or has some sort of chemical or preservative in it. However, I kept thinking and did some research about it. I thought that it would be impossible to do, but after some reading, I felt way more confident in doing it.

Reasons #1:

In biblical times, they didn’t have processing plants or chemicals or preservatives. They wouldn’t have known what Yellow dye #6 or Aspartame was. In order to truly fulfill the real reason of Lent, this reason is the main explanation to why I am doing this

Reason #2:

Its super healthy. I’ve read multiple blogs of people who have followed a non processed food diet or a raw food diet. They all talk about how healthy and clean they feel. Not to mention the weight that they lost….

Reason #3:

I need a really strong reason to keep it going. My faith will be tested and I know that I will falter, but I have to keep going, and with Lent, I don’t have a legitimate excuse to break down and grab my jar of Nutella.

So, here I am, chronicling every day of my Lenten challenge and I hope that you all follow along. I want to provide you all with new facts and information everyday to help you make the best choices possible. This is going to be hard, terribly hard no doubt, but I’m going to do it.  I have created a more lenient version of a “raw diet” because under the circumstances of college (aka not having enough money or time to be completely raw), it would be almost impossible for me to keep up. Thus, my list of ok and not ok foods follows as is: (keep in mind that I am not knowledgeable about every little thing ( I’m human!) so things will be added and modified often on this list)

I can eat:

— Anything with less than 5 ingredients as long as I know what they are

— Anything that my great- grandmother would recognize

— Fruits, veggies, legumes without any preservatives or added elements (sugar, chemicals, vitamins, minerals)

— Greek yogurt (This is one thing that I am allowing myself because I don’t have time to cook proper breakfasts and Greek yogurt can be very healthy).

— Free range and cage free eggs

— Very lean meat that has not been injected with preservatives. (I will eat these in high moderation)

— Raw milk (probably won’t be drinking a lot of this)

I can’t eat:

— Any packaged or processed foods

— Foods with high sugar, sodium, fat, and preservative/chemical counts

— Pasta 😦

— Condiments

— Bread (unless it is homemade)

— Fast food (duh!)

— Cheese

— Chocolate (this is going to be the hardest)

Here we go!

Day 1:

Breakfast – – Chobani Pomegranate Greek Yogurt & a Banana

Lunch — 2 bananas and a cup of fresh spinach leaves

Dinner —  Spinach salad with dried cranberries, hard boiled eggs, zucchini, tomatoes, vinegar, and black olives. Rice with black beans, and steamed zucchini, summer squash and carrots. 

Snack — An orange, banana, and pistachios

I know that there are a lot of critics about restricted diets like this. I know that moderation is often the key in staying healthy. I know that things like milk and meat have great nutritional value as well. However, while this is about being healthy, it is mainly about my faith. Everyone has their own ideologies and that is the way that we are and should be. I hope that I can be inspiration for people to learn the truth about highly processed foods. I also hope that people reading this will engage me with their own suggestions and stories. Remember: I’m new to this!

This blog is not about pressing my opinions or ideas down your throat. It is just to raise awareness of a different lifestyle. I don’t want to offend anyone and I hope that no one will purposely try to offend me. There is already too much hate and pessimism in our world today.

I hope you all enjoy my blog and follow along with me! If you have any suggestions, questions, or just support, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE comment or message me. Let’s go!