Diets don’t really work for me. I’ve had some success if I would just stick with them. Instead of dieting I’m trying to change my habits and the way I look at food.   (Want to read Part 1?)  I am kind of behind in journaling our progress on 100 Days of Real Food.

Week 3: Meat – All meat consumed this week will be locally raised (within 100-miles of your hometown). Meat consumption will also be limited to 3 – 4 servings this week, and when it is eaten meat will not be presented as the “focal point” of the meal. Instead meat will be treated as a side item or simply used to help flavor a dish.

Getting locally raised food has been a challenge. At this time it is a budget issue. However I have found a local meat market that has fresh meat. The sausage and hamburger are fresh and high quality. The hamburger is actually ground steak not scrap.  As for reducing the number of servings that is something I’m trying but not very successful. We are from Texas and my Granddaddy raised beef cattle. One thing I have gotten down is using meat as a part of dish and not the focal point. That is something I’ve been doing for years as a budget issue.  In most recipes I use about half of the meat called for and add more vegetables. Another way to get a non-vegetable eater like myself to eat more veggies.

Week 4: No fast food or deep-fried foodsNo fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.

For this challenge the rules call to avoid anything that has a drive through, assemble in front of you or basically isn’t table service. We have modified this. My rule has been if something would be considered a Quick Service Location (QSL) at the Land of the Mouse (Walt Disney World) then it is probably okay. QSL’s are restaurants like Boston Market and many BBQ places that serve real food. The fried food’s part hasn’t been that hard for me. I didn’t grow up eating much deep fried foods and rarely make deep fried foods at home. After a few weeks it is already hard for me to handle many fried foods.

One major plus of making healthy food choices is loosing weight. I’m almost down one size. Currently I’m in that the old size is too big and the next size down doesn’t always fit.

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