We did it!!! We made it 10 full days of following the Rules and eating real, unprocessed foods! We kept it local as much as possible and made tons of stuff from scratch. All four of us had our moments of weakness but we all stayed strong. I'm very proud of my daughters because I know this was no easy task for them. When I asked them what they are most excited about eating tomorrow once the Pledge is over Brecken said Stinger Waffles (a once-a-week treat I put in her lunchbox). Jordan's response was M&Ms and Skittles.....ok, then! Mike and I are looking forward to a little bit of balance and flexibility, especially when we are away from home. That and being able to dip our fish nuggets in some organic ketchup!
Unfortunately (or fortunately), neither of us noticed a big change in the way we felt or how our clothes fit. We think it's because we already were eating clean 80+% of the time. I used to have a voracious sweet tooth (hence, the earlier days of this blog!) but it seems to have subsided quite a bit since the beginning of 2014. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if I found myself indulging in a cupcake or macaron tomorrow from the local bakery!
The Pledge was fun and I'm so glad we did it as a family! Honestly, the hardest part for me was photographing everything I ate and blogging (almost!) every day. It was a great experience for me because I learned a few tips on food photography with an iPhone and I'm hoping to learn even more with my DSLR going forward.
So, without further ado, here's what I ate on my final day of the Pledge!
Breakfast was, of course, Iced Coffee with a little Yogurt Granola Parfait. I layered plain whole milk yogurt with some frozen blueberries and my favorite granola. I let it sit about 5 minutes so the blueberries defrosted enough to eat. This was a great treat! I'll be making this again tomorrow!
You can tell that Saturday is our grocery day because we are super light on produce. Lunch today was an egg sandwich my hubby make me with my homemade Whole Wheat Bread, a farmer's market egg and a piece of organic cheese. He is such a great cook! This sandwich was light years better than the one I made the other day!
My afternoon snack was some more Ak Mak Crackers with homemade butter and local honey. What a treat!
Dinner was a Black Bean Pattu served over sauteed Swiss Chard and Tomatoes. I used to make these patties as burgers and serve them on hamburger buns. They were mushy and fell apart. This is a way better way to enjoy them!
Thank you so much for following along during our 10 Day Pledge to eat real food! We had fun! If you took the Pledge yourself, let me know how you did! Do you feel any different? Will you continue to eat this way? I'd love your feedback!
Look for some new recipes on the blog coming soon like Honey Ice Cream, Whole Wheat Bread, Homemade Butter and Granola!
Pittsburgh area mom striving to provide clean, healthy, REAL food for her family!