NutriSystem: Going very well. I hesitate to use the word "easy" lest it conjure visions of Magic Weight Loss Fairy Dust. That's not what NutriSystem is about at all. What it IS about is learning portion control, a balanced diet, and a healthier attitude toward food. So, as life without lemon cupcakes goes, this is easy. After ten weeks, I've lost 27 lbs.
Eating It Real: This is a challenge issued by Trish at Love, Laughter and a Hint of Insanity, in which we attempt to cut processed foods from our diet - focusing on more nutritious fresh and frozen foods, and avoiding chemicals and preservatives. Since a large portion of our diet right now is coming from NutriSystem, we adapted the challenge to cover the foods we add to the NS plan. I have to admit, this has been a bigger challenge than I was expecting.
Switching to fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables was a snap. . . except for green beans. I eat a lot of green beans and our small-town grocer doesn't stock fresh green beans out of season. I have picked them up whenever I'm in a larger town, and I've used frozen, but I have slipped back to the canned ones on occasion for convenience.
Dairy products - about the only dairy I'm consuming at the moment is yogurt - lots and lots of yogurt. I haven't got a clue how to make yogurt from scratch and, frankly, the thought of making something that involves "live cultures" without a good handle on safety issues makes me a little squeamish.
Breads and Grains - I'm not eating bread except hamburger buns and tortillas. Tried to make buns from a recipe I found on-line which included calorie info (unlike Grandma's proven recipe). Not successful. I love making pasta, but I'm not eating it right now. I did switch to brown rice (point for me).
Attempted homemade hummus from dried chickpeas cooked according to package directions. Evidently the package directions were approximate because they weren't cooked clear through so they didn't blend into the smooth hummus I've come to know and love. I went back to buying my hummus.
Then there is pop (or soda, if you prefer). Hello, my name is Tami, and I am a diet pop addict. I've cut down, but just can't let it go.
So basically, I stink at this challenge and would probably die of some disease caused by the many artificial ingredients in my food - if it weren't for the fact that I'm not eating much food any more - so I'm hoping it evens out.