Thank goodness this week is coming to a close…not because it was particularly stressful, but because our sugar and cheese cravings have reached astronomical heights, and at this point we’re about ready to eat a wheel of brie on a bed of grated cheddar with mozzarella on top and cake as a side.
To make ourselves more aware of how much food we eat that has been through industrial production, we endeavoured to avoid all processed foods for a week. However upon researching what exactly constituted ‘processed foods’ (i.e. anything that’s not straight out of the earth), we realised that this was perhaps a little too ambitious, and limited our ingredients to: Fruit & veg, lentils, beans, fish, grains, milk, nuts and seeds, oil, butter and flour.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t particularly difficult to come up with a wide range of meals using only these ingredients, and if it weren’t for the sugar cravings we could even go so far as to say it was a piece of cake. pun intended.
We discovered after this challenge just how much money we saved by cutting expensive items such as cheese, quorn, tofu and ready meals out of our diet. The extra awareness as to what we were eating also prevented last minute indulgences like late night pizzas, lunch time wraps or sneaky chocolates. We’re feeling generally a lot more energetic, healthy and far less lethargic. We also had much less waste at the end of the week due mainly eating vegetables and grains as opposed to individually wrapped goods.
To give you an idea of the kinds of meals we ate, here are a few ideas: