Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Crap Free Week Reflections and Turkey Quinoa Stew

I'll give you one guess what I was so happy to have yesterday morning. :-)

Strangely, I felt SO guilty for purchasing this. I wish I could tell you it tasted like dirt and chemicals and blech. It did not. It tasted like heaven. ;-)

What I loved about CFW is that I learned SO much about my eating as far as things that I need to change or improve. Here's what I learned:

I learned that:

  • I don't have to have dessert each and every night. There is absolutely nothing wrong with dessert! When you are hungry, that is. I always just assume I'm going to have something at night (usually a bar or an ice cream bar...or two!), and I need to start asking myself if my hunger really warrants those treats.

  • I need to eat more fruits as snacks! It was amazing how some grapes or an orange could really fulfill my sweet tooth. I am definitely buying grapes in bulk from now on!

  • I need to eat bigger meals. This is so simple, yet I've been so SCARED to eat bigger breakfasts and lunches for so long because of point #1, above. I found that I didn't need a morning snack OR an afternoon snack because my breakfasts and lunches were so hearty! Eating bigger dinners also helped prevent me from wanting to raid the pantry at night.

  • I can go without diet coke and SURVIVE! For maybe a day. lol. I don't want to give up DC for EVER because it makes me happy. :-) I DO want to cut back and not depend on it each and everyday. I'm going to try going 1-2 days a week without diet coke. If I can do that, MAYBE in the future I will cut back now. I'm just not a cold turkey gal.

  • I can go without caffeine and SURVIVE! I slept better (although usually I'm a good/heavy sleeper anyway) and loved having "natural" energy - it felt different to me, if that makes sense. I'm going to go one day a week without any caffeine from now on...I might increase that in the future.

  • Hearty meals = Happy Holly. :-) I was in the habit of bringing a Lean Cuisine everyday for soon as I eat them up, I'm resolving NOT to bring them for lunch anymore! I'm really going to work on cooking on the weekends or Monday nights and taking leftovers. I heart leftovers.

Things I didn't like about CFW:

  • having to go to bed a little hungry sometimes. Especially since I wake up early to workout (before having breakfast), this wasn't so much fun.

  • going low on my calcium intake. I have weak bones, and don't drink milk. I did have yogurt a few times during the week, but normally I have it at least once or twice a day.

All in all, I am very glad I did CFW. I learned so much, and while this is NOT a way I could eat all the time (too restricting for me), I am going to try to do one Crap Free Day a week. I think it'll help open my eyes to heartier, healthier foods...and I also hope it will also help me with intuitive eating.

Psssst....I celebrated Sunday by eating waaaaaay too many Thin Mints.

Last night I was VERY excited to try Erica's Turkey Quinoa Stew! My regular grocery didn't have quinoa (that I could find), so I didn't get around to making it until last night. I was very excited to try this stuff:

I've seen it all over blog world and it looks...interesting.

This stew is SUPER easy and very filling - and YUMMY.

I will definitely be having this for leftovers later this week. So good! I'm such a soup/stew co-workers are going to wonder if I eat solid foods? Ever?

And check out these 3 great contests below!

* Erica's Oikos Coupons Giveaway

* Missy's Erin Baker's Giveaway

* Heather's Coconut Milk Product Giveaway

Happy early Hump Day!


healthy ashley said...

Congrats for completing your CFW! I loved your reflections... I wish it was easier to learn those without having to be so restricting for a whole week! Yay for making it and learning some great things!

Erica said...

OW! So glad loved the stew! It is so yummy, I cannot wait to make it again! Great reflections on CFW! You can slowly limit your dc's- I know it! ...You're right it still is so yummy sometimes though ;) Thanks for the shout out! You rock

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Good job with CFW week,and I'm glad you learned so many things about your body, especially how good a hearty and filling breakfast can be. :)

No worries on the diet coke - there are far worse habits!

Also, glad you enjoyed the turkey quinoa. Quinoa is one of my favorite grains - really high in protein as far as grains go. Sounds like it would be a great dish to make over the weekends to have for lunch all week.

Thanks for the link love!

Anonymous said...

Hurray, congrats! That's really awesome that you did this. I liked reading your thoughts on it all; you've learned so much from this experience.

- Sagan

Anonymous said...

congrats on having suhc a successful crap free week! I got that same exact quinoa from trader joes! I absolutely love it - its so incredibly good for you and its delicious =)

Missy said...

Thanks for the shout out! Sounds like CFW was worth it!! Congrats on finishing! I would celebrate with Thin Mints too :)

Every Gym's Nightmare said...

ooo i need to understand i dont need dessert every night.

great job on the week! I think its important to reflect on eating habits, and challenge yourself a little, as long as its in a healthy way

Holly said...

Healthy Ashley - thank you! I know...I wish it were easier, too. It was just so interesting how (relatively) easy it was to go without some things I thought I would DIE without.

Erica - I love all your recipes! Will you just cook for me everyday? I brought the stew for lunch today....soooo excited. :-)

Heather - still ridin' high from my breakfast (almost 5 hours ago). Yowsa! I'm excited to play around with quinoa (sounds dirty) and see what other fun things I can make. It's definitely filling, for sure!

Sagan - thank you! And I can't wait to read about your week, too. Gives us a lot of insight when we see how people feel when they give up things they love. :-)

Sweetandfit - I love it! Kinda sorta reminded me of the "beads" in tapioca pudding at first. But it is so yummy.

Missy - Thin Mints will be the death of me. I've had to give away a box! Down to 1/2 box, though.

Kelly - I think so, too...I hope my friends/family don't think it's EDish, I really just am trying to be more wholesome and healthy with my eating. Which is tough when you're a frozen food addict like myself. :-)

alessa said...

one way i stopped drinking so much diet coke was i stopped keeping it in my apartment! i barely even think about it when i am at home now.

although, as soon as i step into my parents house.. i head straight for their drink fridge, which is LOADED with DC! haha

Holly said...

Alessa - I know...out of sight out of mind DEFINITELY works for me! I just mainly have trouble at work. I have a bleh boring office job at least adds some excitement to my day (sad!).

lesley said...

That stew looks and sounds delicious!! I love quinoa!

Anonymous said...

I am impressed with crap free week, that is quite an accomplishment.

I love quinoa and use it a lot as a filling for stuffed peppers! So good and good for you!

HangryPants said...

Good job on your CFW! I used to drink so much diet coke. Like a chain smoker. Last year I gave it up for lent. Now I can handle 1 and don't need to have 6 more. Maybe you could try to give it up cold for awhile and then ease it back in once in awhile. Good luck with eating bigger meals too. I know you can do it!

Wiggs (The Beholder) said...

Um, can we talk about how amazing quinoa is?! I can't live without it. You should try this recipe: