My first day of no packaged foods (pictures)

I really didn’t expect one day to be such a great change and learning experience.  I know I say this all the time, but you really have to step outside your comfort zone and follow your heart sometimes.  Good things will come.  You will learn.

My plan for yesterday was to attempt to eat all produce.  I didn’t quite make it.  As the day passed by, I realized that I wasn’t getting anywhere near the amount of calories I need, so I added some almonds.  I still ended the day under where I would like to be, despite trying to eat more.  This in itself was a huge learning experience.  I never realized how filling the few packaged foods I do consume are.  I woke up at 5 am absolutely starving.  That’s no fun!  So today I’m working on adding more things in.

Despite that, I felt amazing about what I ate yesterday.  I’ve been taking it easy at the gym due to my back pain flaring up, but I felt very energetic during my workout.  Everything I ate tasted great.  I’m really excited to see how this month is going to unfold.  Here is a collage of everything I ate yesterday.

What I ate June 1

That’s 1570 calories, 57% carbs, 31% fats, 12% protein – if you care about that.  I don’t really.

I’m still waiting on the food processor I ordered to show up, so I can make nut butters and other things I have in mind.  So in the mean time, I decided to buy a loaf of bread and some eggs along with the produce at the farmer’s market this morning.  I also got some potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beets; starchy veggies that will help fill me up.

Kate cannot live on produce alone.

One of the bigger challenges for me doing this is my usual Starbucks coffee trips.  It’s one of those things I sometimes cut back on but creeps back in until I’m going there almost every day.  So even though I take my own cup to Starbucks and technically that means there’s no packaging, I’m taking a month off from Starbucks and making my own coffee.

However, today was Saturday morning and my boyfriend was fast asleep when I got up (as usual).  I had some juice and almonds before I headed to the farmers market and it was gorgeous outside.  So I decided to stop by this little breakfast place and have something light while sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  No packaging here…

enjoying the weather, and a light breakfast

If this experiment gets me to slow down and just enjoy sitting outside under the palm trees listening to the birds, then I’m all for that.  I need to slow down sometimes and everyone can use a little time to herself once in awhile.

I’d say the first day was a huge success and I’m really excited to see what the rest of the month holds for me.  I realize it’s been a long time since I challenged myself to think outside my eating comfort zone, and I forgot how much I enjoy doing that.  I feel like now is a good time for this.  I’m getting settled into my new state and getting comfortable with where I am.  It’s a great time for some more positive change.

10 thoughts on “My first day of no packaged foods (pictures)

  1. I love this challenge … I have been on a challenge very similar .. and I have still had some packaged foods, but so minimal – when I compare it to what I use to eat, it is such a massive improvement. You go girl. Have my complete support 🙂

  2. I’ll be really interested to see how you get along with this as for quite a while i’ve wanted to eat all things healthy and nutritional! I imagine it would be quite hard initially but you’d get used to it. Good luck 🙂 xx

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