7-Day Food Countdown

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7 more days til these are all mine!! (well, fresh ones of course…)

With the spring semester of my Senior year winding down, and so little time to make up for my mini “hiatus” from the blogging world, I am launching a 7-day food countdown! Every day, for 7 days, I will be posting helpful lists and pieces of wisdom that I have gained from trying out Vegetarian, Gluten-Free and Paleo dietary lifestyles.

I have learned so much from my experience, even if I was better at the eating part of the challenge than the blogging… I want to share as much as I can before the semester comes to a close.

One thing I learned about blogging, is that even though making videos can be fun, they take time and effort. And when projects and paper and tests bog you down, posting a new video every week can feel a bit daunting. Even more so when the iMovie application on your computer shuts down every two minutes, without warning. (*sigh….)

I hope everyone has enjoyed what I have posted so far! Feel free to email or tweet me with any comments you may have. I am always looking for feedback and topics that others are interested in learning more about!

Alright, and now, get ready for my 7-Day Food Countdown… LETS DO THIS!

 


Day 1:

7 Items for Domesticated Caveman Survival

Caveman Problems

Just a girl trying to be a caveman.

Being a caveman is no easy task, especially when you grew up with home-baked goods being a daily expectation. I used to think that being Paleo, or restricting your diet in any way, meant that you shouldn’t even bother with re-creating what you are trying to cut out. For example, veggie burgers. Why bother if you know that it will never be quite the same as that juicy charcoal-grilled hamburger patty?

But since starting my Green-Eating Challenge, my mind has ever-so-slightly shifted to accepting these craving-induced mocks of the original.

I still think that if you are trying to change your diet for the better, whether that means cutting out sweets, meats or grains, it is an opportunity to expand your horizons. Try out something new! Push your limits! And switch out some of those old recipe go-tos for healthier alternatives.

For Paleo however, restrictions are to the extreme. And despite the potentially energy-boosting effects of a caveman diet, sometimes you have to find an outlet to satisfy your more domestic cravings. To help you out with this transition (because the struggle is real…), here are 7 must-have ingredients for domesticated caveman survival. Continue reading…

 


Day 2:

6 Hidden Paleo Diet Adversaries

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Nom nom paleo lunch of organic grass-fed polish sausage and pan-fried sweet potato wedges.

 

Sticking with a Paleo can be hard enough (cheese… amIright?) But Paleo is, unfortunately, even more complicated than meets the eye. With our shelves saturated in highly processed foods, its can be difficult to find truly singular ingredients. Here are 6 add-ins to look out for when trying to think (and more importantly… EAT) like a caveman. Read more…

 


Day 3:

5 Veggie Snack Revelations

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The beginnings of sweet potato fry magic.

It’s officially Day 3 of my 7-Day Food Countdown, and still going strong!

While being on a vegetarian diet, I’ve found myself searching for new recipes and new vegetables to incorporate into my weekly rotations. Adding variety, adding color, and always excited to go to the grocery store and see what I can find.

I mean, I could just be eating oreos and mac-n-cheese… wait, why I am not doing this?

Just kidding. I know I consume my fair share of sweets, and I may have cookie addiction (something I’m working on…), but honestly, I am finding myself enjoying my food more and looking forward to eating each meal! And not just eating crap. Eating healthy, colorful, veggie-filled, delicious food. Read more…

 


 

Day 4:

4 Gluten-Free Tips for College Survival

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GF college survival in a nutshell.

It is Day 4 of my 7-Day Food Countdown, and I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. Being on a gluten-free (GF) diet wasn’t as difficult for me as I though it would be — hello quinoa (keen-wahh)! Or as my dad calls it, “keen-ohh”. But don’t let me convince you that being GF was a walk in the park either, there were some definite tricks along the way that made my life a ton easier! So here is a sample, or morsel if you will, of 4 GF tips for college survival. Read more…

 


 

Day 5:

3 Times GF Alternatives Just Don’t Cut It

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My extremely NON-GF Lemon Drop cupcake.

It’s Day 5 of my 7-Day Food Countdown, and only a couple more days left until I am summer-bound!!

While Gluten-Free, I was able to try out some classic GF alternatives with a fair amount of success and satisfaction. But as I soon found out, not all things are created equal. Here are three times that the GF alternative didn’t quite make the cut. Read more…

 


 

Day 6:

Bananas, the Ultimate Paleo Ingredient! (and 2 ways to use them)

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Paleo pancakes: 1 egg, 1 banana, 1/4 cup almond butter.

 

On Day 1 of my 7-Day Food Countdown, I mentioned bananas as one of 7 ingredients needed for domesticated caveman survival. Now on Day 6, I want to expand on just how awesome (and useful!) bananas really are. Read more…

 


 

Day 7:

1 Final Reflection on Health, Dieting and Self Image

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A happy picture for a happy ending. Tulip garden around the state capital in Madison, WI.

 

Well, I made it! The end of my 7-Day Food Countdown has finally arrived. 6 days and 6 blog posts later, I find myself taking a more serious note to today’s final reflection of my Green-eating Challenge.

At the beginning of the semester, I visited with a nutritionist at University Health Services here at UW-Madison so that I could make sure that my Green-Eating Challenge would not hinder my health in any way. I was worried about nutrient deficiencies and fatigue, but I left with another health risk I had not thought about… distorted self image. Read more…

 


 

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