I'm Out To Prove Conventional Food Is Healthy

Prairie Gleanings

I've lost 10 pounds on a new diet. No organic. No farmers' markets. Just cheap, conventional food.

Published on: April 18, 2012

Two weeks ago, the wife and I started a new diet together. The basic premise is you eat super healthy for six days. On the seventh day, you can eat whatever you want.

Thus far, we've both seen promising results. I'm averaging about five pounds a week. Of course, we're also working out at least four times a week.

When I say healthy, I mean oatmeal for breakfast. Then we have a small lunch, such as a sandwich, hold the mayo, with a side of fresh veggies. A lot of days I'll eat a left -over meat portion from the night before. In the evening, we go with a meat (pork, beef or chicken), a salad, one starchy side and a frozen vegetable side.

For snacks, we only allow ourselves fresh veggies (sliced bell peppers, carrots, grape tomatoes, and celery) with a bit of ranch dip. We also have a variety of nut mixes and fresh fruit on hand.

Every bit of the food I just listed was produced conventionally. After nutrition, price is the next biggest factor driving our purchases. That's right, no organic, no farmers markets. Just good ole fashioned healthy food from the local Wal-Mart, Schnucks, Diebergs or Target.

Best of all, we're still consuming a good amount of animal-based protein. Our main dish for dinner is usually a pork chop, steak or chicken breast. Yep, despite what the vegan/vegetarian nuts say, you can eat meat, be healthy and lose weight.

The results confirm a long-held belief of mine: eating healthy isn’t about jumping onboard with the latest food trend. You just have to avoid the things so many Americans eat every day. I’m talking about extra value meals at McDonalds, bags of chips and cases of Coke.

It’s really easy to grab a box of Cheez-Its and mindlessly shove them in your mouth while you watch t.v. It’s also easy to not think four hours ahead. Then dinner time sneaks up on you and you’re in the KFC drive through grabbing a bucket of fried chicken.

The toughest part has been training my body to get past feeling hungry. It was tough the first week. As the pounds start to come off, you begin to welcome the feeling as you associate it with success. By the second week, the hunger pains have abated quite a bit. Plus, if I’m sitting around thinking about eating something, I’m probably not busy enough.

Lastly, I'll mention that we've spent less on food the past couple of weeks than we ever have before. Thank you for making conventional food cheap, safe and HEALTHY!