10/5/12

THE LAST DAY

Breakfast: Coffee and a Kind bar.

Lunch: Fruit and water.

Dinner: A chicken salad (from Wendy’s) and water.

Reflecting back on the past month I realize now more than ever how hard it is to eat organic, slow, and non-processed foods. For my lifestyle, it’s pretty much impossible. If I lived somewhere I had access to a kitchen maybe it would be easier because I could have bought organic foods to cook with. I love to cook. But, since I do not have that luxury, sadly it’s hard to eat a well balanced, healthy, organic meal.

Summed up the problems I had with this challenge were: Not having proper funds to buy organic foods, not having access to a kitchen, and the convenience and low cost of fast food and other foods choices. I really would like to try and eat organic when I have access to a kitchen on a daily basis and the money to buy organic.

I added this because I thought it was hilarious and comments on the fact that whether you eat unhealthy, “well-liked, affordable” foods or organic foods, you’re screwed either way because one’s cheap and slowly kills you but the other is ridiculously expensive.

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10/4/12

Breakfast: Coffee.

Lunch: Special K bar, fruit and water.

Dinner: A sub sandwich, fruit and water.

Found this today. It gave me a good laugh. 🙂

10/3/12

Breakfast: Coffee and a Kind Bar (From Pete’s Cafe).

Lunch: None. It seems I hardly have an appetite lately. My stomach continues to disagree with me. I don’t know whats going on but I need to start eating better again.

Dinner: I forced myself to go eat at Chick-Fil-A with my roommate and her boyfriend. I had a grilled chicken salad with water but I didn’t eat a good portion of the salad. Still feeling sick to my stomach. I learned today that I wouldn’t be able to see my boyfriend over Fall Break, which is very upsetting. I haven’t seen him since July. He’s stationed in Ft. Campbell, KY, 400 miles away from here. It’s amazing how your emotions can influence your appetite. It’s been a bad day needless to say.

Food for thought

This graph illustrates how organic food in terms of minerals contained, is much much better for you than conventional foods. I knew organic vegetables were good for lots of other reasons, but I didn’t realize there was such a stark contrast between mineral amount in organic versus conventional!

Also Chick-Fil-A, on their website, as a whole page devoted to environmental stewardship

http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Company/Environmental

But finding this article is quite disheartening where Chick-Fil-A got concerned over an eco-friendly t-shirt business that promotes sustainable food messages because they used the phrase “Eat More Kale”.

http://www.change.org/petitions/chick-fil-a-stop-bullying-small-business-owners

10/2/12

Breakfast: Coffee and Fruit Medley (From Pete’s Cafe).

Lunch: A bag of chips with water. I felt sick to my stomach today and I wasn’t very hungry.

Dinner: Lasagna Lean cuisine meal, fruit and water.

I researched the Lean Cuisine company to see how eco-friendly they were. Lean Cuisine is owned by Nestle.
On the Lean Cuisine website under the FAQ’s there is a question asking if their tray is recyclable. This was their answer: “Our trays are made from CPET, a crystallized form of PET (polyethylene terephthalate), and are marked with an SPI code of #1. PET is used for such packaging as plastic soda bottles. Unfortunately, the recycling market for color PET is still somewhat weak and a number of recycling programs do not accept the PET products. Check with your local recycling organizations in your area to see if you can recycle the trays. We chose this type of tray for our LEAN CUISINE® frozen entrées because of its superior performance in both conventional and microwave oven environments.” -http://www.leancuisine.com/index/faq.aspx

I think that’s a NO.

On a side note I found an article regarding the eco-friendlyness of Nestle in which Nesle buildings worldwide are going “greener”.

http://www.nestle.com/Media/NewsAndFeatures/Pages/Nestle_buildings_worldwide_go_greener.aspx

10/1/12

Breakfast: Coffee and a Kind Bar (From Pete’s Cafe).

Lunch: Udon Noodles with Beef and Onions (From Use Your Noodle in the marketplace) and water.

Dinner: Healthy choice Chicken Noodle Soup and crackers with water. I’ve had terrible indigestion for the past couple of days. I think part of that is to be blamed on eating out and eating so gluttonously over the weekend.

“He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.”
Michael Pollan

I think of both when I think of chocolate cake.. Interesting!

9/30/12

Breakfast: Bacon and scrambled eggs with salsa and water.

Lunch: I had a late lunch with my grandparents and roommate as a post-birthday celebration. It was in the late afternoon and we all went to Red Lobster. My grandparents were out of town on my birthday and they promised to take me out to dinner. I had the endless shrimp, salad and sweet tea

Dinner: None – Got too full at Red Lobster.. Painfully full.

This information graphic on the use of pesticides and eating organic. It says “The U.S. uses 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides a year but only a mere .01 actually reach the intended bugs. The rest ends up contaminating our food, air, and water”. That sentence alone scares the hell out of me and makes me really reconsider only purchasing fruits and vegetables that use the LEAST amount of pesticides like sweet corn, cabbage, kiwi and mango.

9/29/12

My Birthday!

Breakfast: None.

Lunch: I had to splurge since today is my birthday. I went to Chili’s with a couple of my close friends. Needless to say I consumed my body weight in food – Texas cheese fries, Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers, and A molten chocolate lava cake with water. Mmmmm Mmmmm good!

Dinner: Pizza with water.

I hate to say, but I have NO regrets about not eating healthy today. I had to splurge for my birthday.

9/28/12

Breakfast: None.

Lunch: Ice cream cake! My lovely roommate bought me an ice cream cake for my birthday. I ate about half in one sitting (awful – but so tasty).

Dinner: When I got home for the weekend my mother brought home some BBQ from Hannah’s BBQ in my hometown. I had a BBQ sandwich and water.

“But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to “help preserve freshness.” According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e. lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: It can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause “nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse.” Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill.”
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

That’s hard to stomach..

9/27/12

Breakfast: Coffee and a Kind Bar (From Pete’s Cafe).

Lunch: None.

Dinner: A grilled chicken salad from Chick-Fil-A and water.

I figured out what the “Wild Greens” place was that I mentioned previously. It’s just a sub/salad place in the Marketplace. They offer a variety of meats, cheeses and vegetables to make custom subs and salads. Not too impressive and not to mention they are EXPENSIVE. I pay $6.95 for a tiny 6″ (if even that) sub. I could get a whole foot-long at Subway for $5! What’s that about?

This picture is funny to me because back when my grandparents grew their own food there was no such a thing as “organic” because everyone pretty much grew their own food back then. So now, growing your own food, in a healthier way is now classified as being “organic”.