We are sitting down for our last “Subtracting the Additives” meal and a glass of organic red wine…with sulfites…we never said we were purists. There is an air of melancholy with an undertone of relief. We have opened our eyes to a “cleaner” way of eating and feel a sense of accomplishment for having gotten through the last 14 days with only a few slip-ups. Dave is happy that he didn’t take an extremist view on the rules and eat spinach salad for three meals per day everyday (he likes rules, but sometimes interprets them in an extreme manner).
I think the melancholy stems from a true desire to eat healthier always, but knowing that without the challenge we will likely revert back to some of our old ways. I’m sure we will make more food from scratch more often. Homemade tortillas and granola bars are definitely the way to go. We will, unfortunately, be eating McCain Smiles with our gourmet burgers and will, likely, indulge in a little Tim Horton’s along the way.
I haven’t written about it in any previous post, but we both came to terms with some issues we have with bread. We found ourselves, at the beginning of the challenge, wanting to eliminate it from the diet, but realizing it wasn’t as evil as we were making it out to be. Why eliminate a nutritious, delicious food without cause? It turns out we both LOVE bread. I mean LOOOOVE bread. We knew this deep down and wanted to break our dependence on it. The challenge would simply have been too strict. I guess you may need to stay tuned for Dave and Shawna in bread rehab…it could get messy.
“Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away.
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day.”