Pancakes, glorious pancakes! And coffee, yummy coffee! And SYRUP, lovely syrup!
I thought about Hodgson’s Mills InstaBake pancakes all week and these babies did not disappoint.
Plus, a side of delicious blackberries.
Three cheers for regular, balanced, and healthy eating instead of Crap Free Week!
Crap Free Week in Review
In a nutshell, Crap Free Week was a very interesting challenge. First, I want to review what Crap Free Week entailed:
- Enjoy! Chicken, Fish, Eggs, Dairy Oatmeal, Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Canned Beans, PB, Quinoa, Rice, Lentils, EVOO, dried fruit, and similar
- Avoid! Protein powder, bread, artificial sweeteners, deli meat, bars, cereals, maple syrup, ALCOHOL, butter, packaged pancake batter, granola, extra salt, canned soups, anything else processed, salted, or caffeinated.
- Exceptions… I couldn’t cut out caffeine right away. I switched to tea for the first 3 days and then went cold turkey. Also, I had my dad’s birthday and Meghann’s birthday on Sunday and I ate both meals out (and had dessert and drank a little champagne).
There were three big challenges to Crap Free Week:
- Caffeine: I wanted to break my coffee addiction… I used to drink 1 – 2 cups a day. I never planned to stop drinking coffee forever. But, I want to be able to choose when I drink it until feeling totally dependent on it. I quit on Thursday and had terrible withdrawals until Monday morning. Then, it got a little easier! Yesterday, I felt fine without coffee even though I only got 6 hours of sleep… AMAZING!
- Carbohydrates: I’m sure I got enough carbohydrates from rice, quinoa, oatmeal, fruits, veggies, and milk… but somehow it didn’t feel the same. Around 3 PM, I would get really cranky and my snacks didn’t seem to satisfy my hunger like… granola and yogurt would! :) Not all calories are created equal — some are just more filling!
- The Restriction: Crap Free Week was veryyyy restricting, and it was NOT pleasant. It didn’t make me feel *better* or *healthier* to avoid overly processed foods — I think because most of the food I eat is healthy, even if it is a little processed. Plus, I felt like I had very few food choices, and all of them involved preparation and cooking. This would be a hard eating lifestyle to maintain in the long term! And I really wouldn’t recommend trying this ‘experiment’ if you are recovering from an ED , as it is very restrictive.
But, there were a LOT of benefits to Crap Free Week as well:
- I’m really pleased I managed to break my caffeine addiction. I just hope I can learn how to incorporate coffee back into my life (it’s one of the world’s best pleasures!) without getting re-addicted.
- I became more creative in my meals and snacks and incorporated protein in new ways.
- I learned I DON’T have to put table salt on most things I*think* I do.
- This was NOT a point of Crap Free Week, but I do think Crap Free Week helped me shed the last two pounds of my honeymoon weight gain. I’m back at maintenance weight! Woo hoo!
I reviewed all of my Crap Free Week posts and here are some of the best Crap Free Meals:
- Healthy Stir Fry
- Sweet Pecan Oatmeal
- Quinoa and Kidney Bean Omelette
- Veggie-rific Chicken Roast Over Wild Rice
- Mini Santa Fe Casseroles
- Dal for Dummies
- Sugar and Spice Oatmeal
And here are some of the best Crap Free Snacks:
- Celery with Organic PB
- Purple Hummus
- Blackberries, an Orange, and Handful of Pecans
My post Crap Free Week plans:
- As mentioned, I’m going to try to have a "healthier" relationship with coffee — maybe once a day Monday through Thursday.
- I’m not going back into my Granola and Yogurt rut and will to eat a bigger variety of snacks (but Granola and Yogurt are still the best!).
- When purchasing bread, I’m going to try to buy organic whenever possible because CFW made me realize how MUCH bread I actually eat! 🙂
- I’m going to eat lots of chocolate and wine on Valentine’s Day! YAYYYYYY!
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!!! I’m off to enjoy a Friday mid-morning run. I love having every Friday off.
Great breakfast!!!!!!!!!! Wowza. And wonderful review of your Crap-Free Week – you did fabulously with the challenge, and it sounds like it was a positive experience overall.
Happy Friday the 13th!! 😀