April was meant to be the second coming of vice detoxs. For me, my vices are very food-related. My April intentions were:
1. No sugar
2. No processed foods
How did I measure up? Well, I kept a food log, and it was really interesting. When I knew I had to write things down, I stopped sometimes before piling more on. HOWEVER, the weather also got nicer and I hung out with my best friend – ICE CREAM.
Processed foods: Ate 12/30 days
Sugar: Ate 19/30 days
Overall, I felt really positive about the processed food consumption. A few of these days I ate everything seasoned parmesan crisps, which really don’t have many ingredients at all. I was also quick to hesitate when buying packaged food, and at work when I wanted a snack, sometimes I would just look at the processed snacks, read the ingredients, and walk away. So the processed food I did eat was relatively clean – RX bars, parmesan crisps, a kind bar. I did eat a couple of things I felt ‘bad’ about: veggie burgers and Morningstar buffalo “wings” (I can easily make my own, and these also tend to be very packaged), milk chocolate, gummy bars. As I transition to a lower-waste lifestyle, it’s getting easier to be more conscious of the packaged food and veto it for myself. It can be hard though with my husband, as he does eat a lot of granola bars. I’d love to make my own, but it’s honestly a lot of work and time I don’t quite have. When I do have time, I’ll make a greater effort!
As far as sugar goes – no regrets. It got nice out. I wanted ice cream. Simple. I did less snacking on chocolate than I was when we had kit-kats and packaged chocolate in the freezer, so I really had to make the effort to go out when I wanted sugar for the most part.
I like intentions, because they are intentions, not commands. So even though I’m (obviously) not perfect, I feel much more in tune with my eating.
May is self-care, and I’m working to refine those intentions now. I’m excited for it! It’s a fun one.