Saturday, August 6, 2011

I won't even pretend to be healthy

Last weekend, I was sitting with my friend, Jodi, at the Olympia Farmer's Market. Whenever I go there I feel a little push to eat that way more often. I'm not ready for any raw food diets or anything, but I decided to challenge myself to cut out all the junk, and try to only eat with what is available at the market. Okay, for the most part, anyway.

 I'm not about to start churning my own butter and I won't know how to begin producing flour for the bread, scones, and things I want to make! But I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to healthier eating. If you know me, you know I am the kind of person who could have M&Ms for breakfast, a slice of pizza and a Snickers for lunch, and a bowl of ice cream for dinner. I sometimes (ok, often) eat like a 12 year old left home alone. Not this month!! All those packaged, processed foods are out. Enter leafy greens and things grown locally.

My friend has decided to do the challenge along with me! We did decide coffee and tea are fair game- no restrictions. Her biggest challenge will be not going out to eat. Mine is going to be all those candies and pastries...oh, and the pizza! We did agree that pies and other sweet things were okay, but it all had to be made from scratch. This is only week one but I already feel better about moving away from all these convienent foods I seemed to eat in abundance.

Today, I headed down to the market again and had bags filled with beets, kale, swiss chard, mushrooms, tomatoes, and fresh fruit. Here's what I made for a late lunch; sauted onion, mushroom, garlic, and kale. I also used some of the filling for a stuffed portabella mushroom with some of my favorite cheese over top (Seattle's Beechers Flagship). It's a pretty delicious adventure so far.



ps. We'll see if I can keep this up all month...and maybe (fingers crossed) beyond.

I would love to hear about what YOU eat!

10 comments:

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

Looks absolutely yummy, Katie. Nothing like good fresh,locally grown food. Glad you found the ATC's .. we will continue in September. :o) hugs, Donna

craftattack said...

Well done Katie! Mostly I eat rubbishy things, because I can't be bothered to cook for myself^! Ans I know it's bad. I did buy a melon this weekend, which was a nice change, though!

jackie said...

It does look great, but chocolate is necessary sometimes. We have a glut of garden produce as it was the Horticultural Show yesterday, and my husband picks everything at once so he can win cups! Pleased you like the sketchbook; I just do it 'my way' theses days, and I enjoy the process.

Kim Mailhot said...

It would seem that we are undertaking the same kind of challenge. My hubby and I are starting tomorrow - a Monday of course ! We are going to try and cut out as much of the junk and "white stuff" as possible - at least during the week. It is a hard thing to change those habits, but I feel like I can only be my best me by giving it a try !
Happy healthy eating !

Barbara said...

I would love your salad dish! This kind of eating can be very delicious, but it does take preparation (even more than pizza sometimes ;).

Jill Eudaly said...

Change is always good. I would have to leave the coffee and tea in place too.

Lori said...

Wow- awesome! Congrats on making a change to eat a little better. I think every step in that direction is a big one. xo

Lorraine said...

this looks delicious..my fav way of cooking is to throw meat and a sauce with some spices, garlic, herbs etc in the slow cooker of a morning then by tea time we have all got something delicous to eat and I have time for art instead of slaving away over a cooker!

Joanna said...

That salad looks yum-scrum, totally my kind of food. As is cheesecake, chips, roast vegetables, pizza (you'll understand about the pizza!), ice cream, chocolate, strawberries, muesli. Basically, I will eat anything and everything - and usually do ;o)

xx

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

The food looks good! I am empathize with the sweet tooth. I have it too. But I am too going to try and shift my thinking so that there is just less of it. Coffee, no gotta have two a day. And we do eat really healthy otherwise, so....going to try to be like you, a little more healthy. xox Corrine